by PROJECT CORDILLERA
Cordillera Vilcabamba, Perú
Nevado Salkaytay is a sacred giant of a mountain. Revered by the Inca as the Great Apu Salkantay, the mountain is not only big but is also one of the most difficult climbs in the region.
The most straightforward route up the mountain is via the North Face, but even this is difficult with approximately 800m of exposed ice/snow climbing in the region of 60-70°.
Ascents are also possible via the Northeast Ridge and even less visited routes that are longer and more technical. Taking on one of these challenges, you will be climbing in a rarely seen wonderland.
What awaits you here is the experience of a lifetime: trekking through lush jungle scenery, past huge waterfalls and even exploring un-excavated Incan ruins miles from any tourists.
Salkantay offers a trip to the Cusco area like nothing else. This peak is a real mountaineer's challenge, but it rewards in abundance, and is rightly considered one of the most sacred landmarks in pre-Columbian South America.
“From the very onset, Project Cordillera provided great support and encouragement for our expedition."
Cecily Church, London, UK
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It can also be combined with the Salkantay Trek for those heading to Machu Picchu or other expeditions in other parts of Perú.
Cusco - Soray Pampa (3,888m)
Take private transport to the town of Mollepata and have breakfast. Afterwards arrive to Soray Pampa (3888m) below the south face of Nevado Salkantay. Stay in cabins for the night.
Soray Pampa - Abra Inkachillaska (5,100m) - Sisaypampa (4,200m) - Abra Palqay
Breakfast at 6am and start trekking up to the pass at 5,100m which should take around 4 hours. Have lunch at Sisaypampa before crossing the next pass and going down the other side to Palqaycasa.
Palqaycasa (4,200m) – Base Camp (4,550m)
An easy 2.5 hour hike to BC.
Base Camp - Camp 1 (5,500m)
The path to Camp 1 will take about 5-6 hours while porting up food and equipment, having to climb a few steep sections to get there.
Camp 1 – Summit – Camp 1
Wake up at midnight and leave the tent by 1am. The climb should take about 9 hours in total and then another 6 to get back to Camp 1.
Camp 1- Palqaycasa (4,200m)
You'll rise early in the morning pack up and return to Base Camp for lunch. After lunch descend we'll descend to Palqaycasa.
Palqaycasa - Soray Pampa
Return to Soray Pampa after about 8 hours of hiking through incredible scenery.
Soray Pampa – Cusco
Awake at the hour of choosing and have breakfast. Then go by a car to Cusco.