Salkantay trek, Peru

Salkantay (Nevado Salkantay), Sallqantay in Quechua is the highest peak of the Willkapampa mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco.

Salkantay is the 38th highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru. 

Our route headed north, then around the west side of the mountain and then over Salcantay Pass at 4600m. As we rested on the Pass, an avalanche tore down the glacier, filling the air with a dull rumble. A group of people watching the avalanche in the first picture give some sense of scale. They can just be seen at the bottom of the frame.

We continued as far as the village of La Playa, and then travelled by minibus to Santa Theresa. In the morning, we travelled by car and on foot to the Hydroelectric project. From there, we walked to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu. This route took 4 days in total.



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