Ascent of Abra Salkantay on 2016-01-10
|Date:||Sunday, January 10, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||15092 ft / 4600 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWent over this pass on day 2 of our Salkantay Trek. We wild camped in the beautiful valley near a stream about 45minutes uphill from Soraypampa looking straight up at Salkantay (about 4,100m), then hiked up the following morning. Highly recommend this trek, easily done without a guide. Try to spend the third night camping at Llactapata ruins rather than walk/bus to Santa Teresa - spectacular view to Macchu Picchu. There is also a municipal campsite near the entrance to Macchu Picchu about 20minutes before Aguas Calientes (a rip-off tourist trap town) - take the path down to the road from Macchu Picchu train station. GPS file (75km) too large for this site, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1n15Al9
Day 1, 17km: Got an early colectivo from Cusco to Limatambo, where we changed to a taxi which took us to Mollepata (stopped for breakfast) & then another 8km to Cruzpata (3,300m), where we were told the tour groups start. Hiked along the road until we got to a steep trail up to the irrigation canal, which we followed to Soraypampa (where the tour groups sleep). We hiked about 45minutes beyond here to our first beautiful campsite (4,150m), in a valley with a view straight to Salkantay.
Day 2, 19km: Hiked over the pass at Abra Salkantay, then down passing through a few villages - stopped for a beer in Chaullay where the tour groups sleep & for some shopping in Collpampa, before camping by the Rio Totoba about 15-20minutes past Collpampa near the disused hotsprings (no safe river access at this campsite, running water was warm & extremely salty). River access about 10-15minutes further along the trail).
Day 3, 23km: Hiked along by the river passing a couple of houses/shops to Playa (lunch/a couple of cheap stores), then along the road to the turnoff for Llactapata (fill up water bottles in stream that crosses the road, there is only one waterfall/water source on the walk up to Llactapata). Camped in front of the Inca ruins with stunning view to Macchu Picchu.
Day 4, 16km: Hiked down the VERY steep trail to the river & on to Hidroelectrica, before walking the tracks all the way to Aguas Calientes.
Day 5, 15km: Got up early (5am) & hiked from Aguas Calientes up to Macchu Picchu. Walked around in the morning rain before climbing Huayna Picchu at 10am. Stunning views, the weather cleared. Hiked down to Hidroelectrica again along the train tracks, then took a shared taxi to Santa Maria (left Hidroelectrica after 6pm). From Santa Maria took a colectivo to Cusco, arriving about 12:45am.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4265 ft / 1299 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||9022 ft / 2749 m|
| Quality:||9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford|
| Gear Used:||Tent Camp|
| Nights Spent:||3 nights away from roads|
| Gain on way in:||4265 ft / 1299 m|
| Distance:||13 mi / 21 km|
| Route:||Salkantay Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Cruzpata 10827 ft / 3300 m|
| Time:||1 Days 3 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||9022 ft / 2749 m|
| Route:||Salkantay Trail|
| End Trailhead:||Hidroelectrica 6070 ft / 1850 m|
| Time:||3 Days 6 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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