All you need to know about: The Salkantay Trek

What to pack ?

The key to a successful trek is to pack layers, as you will be trekking through different terrains, climates and altitudes. You will be going through humid jungles, dry and cold mountain paths.

A Duffle Bag

The evening before the trek, they will give you a small duffle beg to put your belongings and clothes you will bring on your trek with a weight allowance up to 7kg.

Note that you will only be able to access the duffle bag at camp, so you have to take with you the essentials like a rain jacket, medicine if needed, water, gloves, snacks …

A Day Pack

If you are having your belongings being carried by a porter, you will need to bring a light-weight day pack to put all your essential items like water, snacks, rain jacket, scarf, camera etc.

The best ones have a waist strap that will take weight off your shoulders. There are day packs suited for men and women fitted for their different back structures so pay attention to that when choosing a bag.

Trekking towel

Get a towel that doesn’t take much space and that dries fast like the Microfibre towels.

Your Passeport

You will need your passeport to enter Machu Picchu and to pass the Government Checkpoint to enter the trails.

A Base Layer

Often called “first skin”, it is really important especially at the higher points of the trek near the Salkantay pass where it gets colder.

Trekking Shirts

Bring 4-5 breathable trekking shirts. Do not bring cotton shirts as they will absorb your sweat !

  • Fleece Jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Insulated Jacket
  • A Rain Jacket
  • Good Hiking Boots
  • A good sleeping Bag
  • UV Intensity Sun Glasses

Refillable water bottle or hydration bladder

It is important to get a bottle that can filter the water you put in, in case of bad bacteria in the water.

Lifestraw for exemple is a good brand of filtered water bottle, they also give back to poor communities providing them with safe and clean drinking water.

  • Camera
  • Pen/ notebook
  • Medicine kit
  • Music
  • Gloves
  • Head Bend / Beanie
  • Hat / sun protection
  • Scarf / Neck Gaiter / Balaclava
  • Head lamp to see the campsite at night
  • Hiking socks
  • Shoes for campsite
  • Thermal socks
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking Poles (optional but recommended, can be rented)

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