Salkantay Trek Packing List
What do you need for Salkantay Trek?
Salkantay trek is one of the most difficult trips or toutes in Peru and therefore do not have to carry more than necessary for the trip, the travel time varies for days, but can be hours of trekking and do not want you to carry everything as a backpacker, salkantay is a great tour for adventure people, there is not hotel along the route, you have to carry a bottle of water.
Salkantay trekking is like the inca trail or like the lares trek, but with Lares trip you will stay in a home, but in salkantay trip is in a campsite, out of the city, out of the communities.
- Trekking shoes/hiking boots to walk on trails, Inca trails, mountains, glaciers, it is very important to wear hiking shoes that offer support, anti-slide, grid and shock absorption so that you can focus on a beautiful scenery of your trek and not on your feet. The shoes also should be waterproof and have got a cartage tongue and ankle cuffs that provide comfort and protection. Rubber sole as an impact protection is also recommended.
- Small rucksack to carry your personal items during daily travels when all your baggage is not necessary.
- Travel insurance (+ copies in a case of lost).
- Jacket needs to be light, waterproof, windproog, especially designed for adventure and preferably made of bright colours to make you visible from far.
- Trekking trousers should be convertible (trousers - shorts), should have pockets of a big capacity as well as satisfy your comfort during weather changes. It is suitable to be made of resistant and waterproof fabrics.
- Walking sticks/poles enable you to walk with ease providing you with support on each step. They should be light, compact, preferably made of aluminum alloy and have an antishock system that absorb impacts before they reach your hand wrists.
- Sandals for a better comfort whilst at a campsite.
- Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping).
- Hat or a cap as a protection against the Sun, rain as well as cold).
- Sun cream or sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
- Insect repellent when in area with insect occurrence.
- Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions).
- Flashlight/headlamp + batteries
- Handkerchiefs and toilet paper
- Small towel and toiletries
- Sufficient reserve of underwear and extra socks
- Swimsuits when you pass through warm areas with lagoons, rivers, hot springs in Agua Calientes and Lares or other water sources.
- Snacks such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Bottled water and a water bottle to be refilled. Metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles are ideal.
- Water-purifying tablets if you like to use water from streams along a trail.
- Cash in a local currency