Towering 6,264 m (20,551 ft) above sea level, Nevado Salkantay is the most formidable of the high peaks surrounding Machu Picchu. Due to this convenient location, it has become an appealing alternative to the massively popular Inca Trail for those looking to accomplish an invigorating trek before arriving at the Lost City of the Incas. Just be advised that the Quechua people didn't name Salkantay the "Savage Mountain" for nothing.
Ascending the summit of this monster is not recommended for those without serious climbing experience, with some exposed climbing sections of the popular 7-day Northeast Ridge reaching inclines of 80-90 degrees. If you have neither the time nor the expertise to reach the top, however, don't fret: trekking the passes around its snow-topped peak is no laughing matter either, and provides tons of amazing vistas you won't be forgetting any time soon. Typical hikes paired with a visit to Machu Picchu won't run any shorter than 4-5 days, though longer tours are also an option. Whatever option you choose, Salkantay is sure to deliver an incredibly visceral and rewarding experience for those bold enough to tackle it.