Salkantay Trek: Packing List and Renting

The below is our recommended packing list if you're doing the Salkantay Trek on your own. 

  • Backpack: 60 - 70L (and raincover)
    • Highly recommended to protect from rain: Buy a pack of garbage bags and line your backpack with it as well as pack your sleeping bag, mat, clothes, food, etc in individual garbage bags
  • Sleeping gear:
    • 2-person Tent 
    • Sleeping bag (Comfort Ratings: Wet season -3 Celsius // Dry season -6 Celsius )
    • Sleeping Mat (Foam or Self-inflating, up to you)
  • Clothes:
    • Worn:
      • Hiking pants (ideally zips-off into shorts)
      • Hiking top (ideally light and loose, long-sleeve gives better sun protection) 
      • Mid-layer jacket (Merino or Fleece are best)
      • Outer-layer jacket (Down or Synthetic)
      • Wide-brimmed hat
    • Brought:
      • Underwear (3 pairs in total)
      • Socks (3 pairs in total, ideally medium-thickness Merino)
      • Thermal top and bottom
      • Sport shorts
      • Spare shirt (optional)
      • Gloves
      • Beanie
      • Swimmers (optional, if you take the option to swim / go to the hot springs woohoo)
    • Tips
      • You'll notice we only have the one hiking outfit for 5 days (with a spare shirt), this may seem gross but it's really not worth carrying the extra weight to have an extra outfit. If something happens to your hiking pants, that's what the extra sport shorts are for. At night time, we just change into our thermal set.
      • DO NOT bring any cotton clothing. When cotton gets wet, it's useless at keeping you warm and takes a long time to dry; so you'll just be carrying around a heavy sopping mess.
      • We packed our clothes into packing cells (really useful). If you are expecting a lot of rain on your hike, I'd also recommend putting the packing cell into a plastic bag to protect it from any rain that might get into the backpack
  • Hiking gear:
    • Worn: Waterproof hiking boots
    • Waterproof rain jacket 
    • Walking stick
    • Optional: Waterproof rain pants / gaiters (I've never used either of these; that being said, wet pants sticking to your legs is not a great feeling haha. Downside of rain pants/gaters is that they can get stuffy inside when you walk. Up to you.)
  • Cooking gear:
    • Camping stove and gas
    • Camping pot
    • Metal fork and spoon each
    • Lighter
  • Toiletries:
    • Toilet paper rolls (1 per person)
    • Baby wipes (25 pack should be enough for 2)
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Optional: Travel towel
  • Electronics:
    • DSLR camera 
    • Powerbank to charge phones
    • Phone charging cables
  • Misc:
    • Steripen (UV-light pen for sterilising water)
    • Passports (for Machu Picchu tickets)
    • ISIC card (for Machu Picchu tickets)
    • Pocket knife
    • Paracetamol
    • Bug spray
    • Sunscreen
    • Bandaids
  • My extra recommendations:
    • Thongs/slippers/flip flops
    • Blister pads (Especially important for tougher hikes, like the Salkantay!!) 

Where to Rent in Cusco

For gear rental, we went to Rosely on Calle Procuradores, next to the Plaza de Armas. This is, by far, the cheapest place we found after checking 10+ places around Cusco.

We rented a sleeping bag for 5 sols / day. We met another girl doing the Salkantay on her own who rented everything (tent, sleeping bag, boots, camping stove, etc.) from Rosely for 25 sols / day She got a bargain as she was renting more but Rosely does the best prices for sure! :)

Where to Buy Camping Gear in Cusco

High-quality, expensive gear:

Tattoo Adventure, they sell high-quality branded camping items but is obviously more expensive. I also bought a North Face zip-off hiking pants for 75 sols (I am certain they are not real but they look and work well) from one of the stores in Calle Plateros (the store sold heaps of other North Face stuff - even rain jackets for 100 sols).

Second-hand gear:

There is a second-hand market on Saturdays called Baratillo