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Mar 13, 2024



At Peru Top Experience, we believe that exploring any breathtaking landscapes of Peru should be an unforgettable experience. And one of the most popular treks around the world such as the Salkantay Trek, must take you through the heart of the Andes on the way to Machu Picchu, offering unparalleled views of snow-capped mountains, turquoise lagoons, and lush valleys. However, proper preparation is key to make the most of this adventure, and that starts with having the right gear. In this blog, we’ll provide you with a packing list for the Salkantay Trekking to ensure you’re fully equipped for the challenges and rewards that lie ahead.

Clothing and Footwear for Salkantay Trekking

  • Hiking boots: Bring with you a high-quality pair of waterproof and well-broken-in hiking boots to keep the pace. Along the 4-day Salkantay Trek there is rugged terrain, so proper foot support and traction are essential.
  • Hiking socks: Pack several pairs of moisture-wicking and breathable socks to keep your feet dry and comfortable after a rainy day or walking on wet terrain.
  • Hiking pants: Choose lightweight, quick-drying, and durable pants that allow any body movement and protect your legs from cactus, branches and mosquitoes’ bites.
  • Windbreaker: Pack a warm fleece jacket or sweater, as well as a down or synthetic insulated jacket for the chilly mornings and evenings along the Salkantay trekking.
  • Waterproof Jacket or poncho: A waterproof and breathable rain jacket and pants are essential for the unpredictable weather during the 3-day Salkantay trek.
  • Hat and gloves: Keep in mind that at high altitudes, the brightening of the sun can cause skin burns. Therefore, bring a warm hat and gloves to protect against the sun, cold and wind.
  • Hiking shorts (optional): If you prefer to hike in shorts during the trail down to Santa Teresa, pack a lightweight pair.
  • Sandals or camp shoes: After a long day of Salkantay trekking, you’ll appreciate having a comfortable pair of sandals or camp shoes to wear while witnessing the Andean sky embellished by bright stars.
  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking underwear, both tops and bottoms, should be worn under hiking clothes. By the way, this recommendation is for Salkantay trek and inca trail as well.

Backpack and Accessories for Salkantay Trekking

  • Hiking backpack: Choose a comfortable, well-fitting and waterproof backpack such as Osprey backpacks with a capacity of 30-40 liters, designed for multi-day treks.
  • Sleeping bag: A warm, compact, and lightweight sleeping bag rated for temperatures down to 0°C (32°F) is essential. However, if you rely on us to explore Salkantay, we will provide a professional sleeping bag for free.
  • Trekking poles: Adjustable trekking poles can significantly reduce the impact on your knees and improve stability wherever you walk.
  • Headlamp or flashlight: A reliable headlamp or flashlight is necessary for looking around the campsites and trails at night.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen: Protect your eyes and skin from the intense high-altitude sun light with UV-blocking sunglasses and a high-SPF sunscreen.
  • Reusable water bottles: Stay hydrated throughout the Salkantay trekking by carrying a water bottle or hydration bladder with a capacity of at least 2 liters. Drinkable water is available for refilling at each campsite.
  • Personal toiletries and medications: Pack essential toiletries, including biodegradable soap, toilet paper, and any necessary medications.
  • Quick-drying towel: A lightweight, quick-drying towel is useful for getting cleaned up at campsites.
  • Camera: Don’t forget to pack your camera, extra batteries, and memory cards to shot the stunning landscapes between Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
  • Snacks and energy bars: Despite travel operators like Peru Top Experience provide three meals a day during adventure tours, it’s recommended to bring high-energy snacks to boost your energy when needed.

Miscellaneous Items for Salkantay Trekking

  • Cash: Make sure to have Peruvian Soles for purchasing items in the towns along the way and for tipping guides and porters. Although some sellers and markets may also accept dollars, it is recommended to have the local currency.
  • Passport: the most important thing to pack for 5-day Salkantay trek. Without it you can not get in Machu Picchu.
  • Ziplock bags: To organize and protect your belongings while it rains.
  • Rain cover for your backpack: That should be lightweight and packable.
  • power bank: To charge devices while heading to the Peruvian marvel.

Remember, the key to a successful Salkantay Trekking is packing light and smart. Our experienced tour guides, cooks and porters will assist with carrying the group gear and preparing meals but you’ll be responsible for your personal belongings and needs. By following this packing list, you’ll be ready to tackle the challenges of the trek and fully immerse yourself in the stunning trail to Machu Picchu.

At Peru Top Times, we take pride in delivering exceptional service and ensuring our travelers have a memorable and safe trekking experience. If you have any questions or require further assistance with your Salkantay Trekking preparations, check out our blog about salkantay trek: the best alternative to machu picchu or inca trail vs salkantay trek: which one should you choose?. Book your adventure with us today and get ready to take an unforgettable journey!

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