by PROJECT CORDILLERA
Cordillera Vilcabamba, Perú
Cerro Soray is a perfect mountain for all levels. Whether a complete beginner looking to bag your first mountaineering experience, or an experienced climber hoping to get high while visiting Cusco, this is one for you.
The summit has spectacular views of all the surrounding mountains including the huge and sacred Nevado Salkantay. This area was home to the most important and advanced civilization in the Americas.
The peak can be combined with any of the treks to Machu Picchu - with one of the Salkantay treks definitely recommended. Alternatively, this climb is perfect as an acclimatization peak before attempting to climb Nevado Salkantay itself.
"The experience of Cerro Soray was sublime and made our trip to Machu Picchu all the more amazing."
Cusco – Soray Pampa (3,888m)
Leave Cusco in the morning and arrive to Mollepata, about 2 hours. Breakfast and shop for last minute necessities. Continue on for another hour or so to Soray Pampa at the base of the high mountains. Acclimatize here and stay the night in cabins.
Soray Pampa – Base Camp (4,924m)
After breakfast trek up to Base Camp. Covering about 4 hours and a distance of around 4km, gain over 900m in altitude. Time to relax and acclimatize more in the afternoon.
Base Camp – Summit (5,446m=17,863ft) – Soray Pampa – Cusco
The climb should take 4-5 hours with a descent to Base Camp in about 3 hours. Either return to Cusco this same day or if you combine this climb with a trek to Machu Picchu, rest and stay the night in Soray Pampa.