Start: Suyroqocha 4,480m (14,698 ft)
Finish: Collpapampa 2,800m (9,186 ft)
Trek Time: ~8 hrs (including lunch)
“Buenos dias! Café or té?” Alex asked as he unzipped rain fly on our tent and handed us cups of coffee and coca tea before we even got out of our sleeping bags. After a freezing night, we woke to the sun shining bright and clear blue skies! Salkantay was out, with no clouds in sight. It was a beautiful day! After a pancake breakfast, we packed up the rest of our gear and headed off to finish our ascent to the highest point of the trek – Salkantay Pass at 4,630m (15,190ft).
We hung around at the top and took pictures, then Tonya and I wandered off and climbed up a fun spire. From the pass, the rest of the day was down hill into the cloud forest. The clouds moved through the sky all day, and the temperature continued to rise the lower we got. We stopped for lunch at a local family’s farm house where our cooks made another amazing meal. Then we continued trekking down through an obstacle course of cow pies and water crossings to our second camp at Collpapampa.