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Cerro Soirococha is a mountain in Peru and has an altitude of 5297 meters. Cerro Soirococha is close to Quebrada Parcoy.

Cerro Soirococha is a mountain and is located in Provincia de La Convención, Cusco, Peru. The estimate terrain elevation above seal level is 4073 metres. Variant forms of spelling for Cerro Soirococha or in other languages: Cerro Soiroccocha, Cerro Soirococha, Cerro Soiroccocha, Cerro Soirococha.

Soirococha (possibly from Quechua suyru a very long dress tracked after when worn, qucha lake) is a 5,297-metre-high (17,379 ft) mountain at a lake of that name in the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Andes of Perú. It is located in the Cusco Region, La Convención Province, Vilcabamba District. Soirococha lies northeast of P’anta and Kima.

The mountain is named after a lake at 13°12′33″S 73°04′23″W.

Geographical information of Soirococha

  • Type: Mountain
  • Municipality: Vilcabamba
  • Latitude: -13.15 / 13 ° 9 ‘0’ ‘South
  • Longitude: -73.1 / 73 ° 6 ‘0’ ‘West
  • Elevation: 5297 meters (17,379 feet)

Distance between Soirococha and nearby cities

  • Inkawasi: 25.9 km
  • Huanipaca: 42.1 km
  • Oronccoy: 44.6 km
  • Kaquiabamba: 47.2 km
  • Villa Virgen: 47.8 km

How to get to Soirococha?

The only way to visit the Soirococha hill and the lagoon of the same name is through the Salkantay Trek in Cusco.

Salkantay trek

Also known as Salkantay, a snowy peak in Peru located in the department of Cuzco; it constitutes one of the main elevations of the Vilcabamba mountain range, an extension of the Eastern mountain range, a mountainous branch of the Peruvian Andes. It reaches an altitude of 6,271 meters. It features two snow-covered summits, known as China Salkantay and female Salkantay, separated by a port that opens into the Santa Ana valley in the Urubamba province. Both the mountain pass and the river course that originates there are called Salkantay. This river pours its waters into the Urubamba on its left bank.

¿Where the name of Salkantay comes from?

The name of this mountain is a contraction that comes from Salga = sullen or wild and Antay produce cloudscapes or avalanches. It is usually given the name of Apu, which in Quechua language comes to mean lord, is thus defined as the great mountains that mean something sacred above the valleys. For example Apu Salkantay in the Vilcabamba mountain range.

Snowy Salkantay location:

The Salkantay Route, also known as the “New Inca Trail”, is located to the North of the city of Cusco, following the Cusco – Limatambo – Abancay – Lima highway, making a detour passing Limatambo until reaching Mollepata.

Snowy Salkantay climate:

It is very sunny during the day, but a bitter cold at night. The temperature falls below 0 ° C at night during the months of June to September. In the season from December to March it is very rainy, which is why it is not highly recommended to go on these dates.

The best time for the weather, to do this hike is during the months of March to September.

Height of the walk to the snowy Salkantay

This hike reaches a height of 4,600 meters above sea level at its highest point this on the slopes of the same snowy Salkantay. Enter the Snowy Ausangate 5D Hike to make this walk.

How to get to the snowy Salkantay

The buses from Cusco to Mollepata leave very early 4 am to 5 am and pass through Limatambo, from Mollepata is where the trek to the snowy Salkantay begins, after going up a high pass it is possible to have an impressive pyramid view of the Salkantay, one of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains in Cusco.

From Mollepata itself it takes two days to go down to Huayllabamba and join the second day of the Inca Trail.

To get to the snowy Salkantay it is recommended to take the services of our RAP TRAVEL travel agency since we have the necessary capacity to make your vacation come true.

What are you going to see on the way

On the way, there are herds of cattle and sheep, orchids, bear with glasses, medicinal plants of the Inca eponca, small variety of birds, fruit trees such as orange, papaya, bananas, etc.

Note: the eye of glasses to see it is necessary to have a little luck.


It is very important that the traveler. Bring your original passport for the respective checks.

When is the best time to go to the Salkantay Trek?

  • March: (a little rain)
  • April to October: (an optimal trip)
  • October to November: (a little rain)
  • December to February: (lots of rain)

How difficult is the Salkantay Trek?

We hope we did not scare you the previous paragraph. You might believe that Salkantay trekking is extremely difficult. Don’t worry, it isn’t. None of the itineraries of the tours to Machu Picchu are designed for mountaineers. They are designed for tourism, which means that all people with a moderate physical condition are capable of doing it. The same applies to Salkantay trekking. It is not easy, but it is not very difficult to achieve either.

Alternative Treks to Salkantay Trail

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