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Salcantay is an outstanding snow peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in south central Peru. It is the highest mountain of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible and is climbed frequently.

Elevation (feet): 20,574
Elevation (meters): 6,271
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Latitude: -13.333085
Longitude: -72.545214
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1952
First successful climber(s): G. Bell, F. Ayres, D. Michael, W. G. Matthews, Bernard Pierre, Claude Kogan
Nearest major airport: Lima, Peru
Convenient Center: Cuzco, Peru

Trip Reports

There are 4 trip reports for Salcantay.

  • Log #6880 - by James and Tim Morgan on Jan 17, 20033.00 stars
    There is nothing to say here. As Guy Clark says, "To Live is to Fly," and one can do no better than this....
  • Log #6882 - by todd on Nov 03, 20003.00 stars
    We passed by this nasty giant , which gave us shivers to think anyone has ever summited. Maybe thats why there are no entries in your summit log.
  • Log #6883 - by George Bell on June 14, 20003.00 stars
    Why no summit register entries if Salcantay is "frequently climbed" (as claimed by Peakware)?? I found one report on the web of an attempt at: ...
  • Log #6884 - by michael railey on Mar 25, 19993.00 stars
    Requesting any wisdom. Please forward any information. I will submit report after our summit. Are there any books on this mountain? Regards Michael Railey