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Salkantay Trek, Peru vs. Colorado 14ers

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Salkantay Trek, Peru vs. Colorado 14ers

Postby endresspt » Sun May 15, 2011 8:40 am

Hey everyone. My wife & I are looking to do the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu this summer. We were wondering if anybody had experience hiking it, and if so, how does it compare to some of the Colorado 14'ers (most specifically for Salkantay section of the hike to the pass at over 15,000 ft.). Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Re: Salkantay Trek, Peru vs. Colorado 14ers

Postby mirhash » Sun May 15, 2011 10:48 am

I was in Ecuador climbing up to over 20,000ft this winter and I had no problems. Before that I had only been up Colorado 14ers and Mt. Rainier. I imagine you guys will do fine as long as you take a little time to acclimate and don't just shoot right up to 15k. have fun out there!

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Re: Salkantay Trek, Peru vs. Colorado 14ers

Postby planet54 » Sun May 15, 2011 10:59 am

You may want to check out www. peaksandplaces.com you can see a slideshow and an itinerary. I did the Cordillera Huayhuash trek in 2006 and found that the 15,000' passes were not all that difficult. Peru is awesome!!
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Re: Salkantay Trek, Peru vs. Colorado 14ers

Postby jimlup » Sun May 15, 2011 1:09 pm

Salkantay pass was no problem for me and I did it last year (June) coming from a week in the jungle so I wasn't altitude adapted at all. I arrived in Cusco and noticed a minor altitude adjustment period there. I departed for my trek the next morning and we climbed from like 9000' to 12,300' that day. It seemed relatively easy but I had some altitude symptoms late in the day as we approached our camp. They went away as soon as I had a chance to rest a bit and eat dinner. The next day we hiked up to the 15,200' high pass between the two 6K meter peaks (awesome!) ... I felt it was way easier than a typical Colorado 14er - I really wasn't troubled by the altitude at all. Really, it is no big deal. Do you know how to do pressure breathing? That seems to help me when I'm exerting myself at altitude.

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Re: Salkantay Trek, Peru vs. Colorado 14ers

Postby endresspt » Sun May 22, 2011 11:55 am

Thanks guys for your help and input! We hope to have a great time!

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