Frequently Asked Questions
Is it Easy to get lost on the Salkantay trek?
This is a very appropriate questionwhenever we explain our services to clients and especially important if you are hiking the trek for the first time. If you are experienced trekkers you are possibly used to getting lost or getting off route.While it is not the same as getting lost in a big city oron the underground, getting off route on a trek in the wilderness brings along with it some issues. Some of the most disconcerting issues are being out of our comfort zone, outside of our regular routine, and this can make us feel vulnerable. It is for this reason that doubts may start to creep in and we ask ourselves what should we do do in this type of situation.
Its always best to have a decent trekking route of the area and in the case of the Salkantay trek, the pathway is clearly marked. (However its not always like this in practice!)
So is it posible to get lost?
In reality iy is actually quite difficult to get lost on this trek. However there is always the possibility getdistracted if we are talking, or taking in the scenery, taking photos etc.
For this reason, the 12 families who work together with Salkantay Refuges, are always alert as to what time you should be arriving. Each cabin has a large, visible sign with our logo which you can see from a distance.
The first2 cabins on the route also have telephone and internet Access for any emergency situation.
We also have along the route, small businesses, shops and most importantly other trekkers to ask for directions (usually with guides). There are also clear signs along the trekking routeso it is actually quite difficult to get lost.
What happens if I have problems with the altitude?
We recommend a minimum 2 days acclimatisation period in Cusco before you start this trek.
The local families have a guide and an emergency mulewho are trained in first aid and have a first aid kit, Especially on the 2nd day which is the longest trek day plus reaching the highest elevation.
All cabins have a fully equipped first aid kit and oxygen tank.
The fact that few people have ever been at such high altitudes,it is difficult to judge who will suffer from altitude sickness, there are no specific reasons why one person suffers and another person doesn't. It is not dependent on age, weight, sex, or even physical condition, simply put, some people are affected moreso than others.
The majority of people can reach 2438m / 8000 ft without any effect ofaltitude symptoms, If you have ever been at higher elevations before, it is likely thatyou will not be affected by the altitude on this trek,especially if you have spent an adequatetime acclimitising prior to the trek.
It is very important to be hydrated prior and during the trek drinking on average 3-4 litre of water per day. It is a good sign if you urinate frequently and the colour / consistencyof the urine is watery and clear.