See updated homepage menu to support our travel community as we all respond to COVID-19.

60 Days of Training to Prepare for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Share on facebook
Share on email
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

In preparation for our hike last year, we did a lot of research and training in order to make sure we were comfortable and ready to lead our first group. We showed up, had an amazing time with our group, and realized that we wanted to publish this training plan in order to help more people have a better time on the hike. Obviously this is just a guide for what we recommend. Any training you do AT ALL will help but this is our 60 days of training to prepare for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Our biggest recommendation is to be kind to yourself, train as much as you can, but enjoy! 

Week 1: If you don’t already have a favorite pair of hiking boots, it’s time to start shopping and breaking them in.  Wear your boots walking around town, town to the grocery store, anywhere you can. As much walking as possible in this training plan should be done wearing your boots.

Total mileage goal: 12 
Time to start packing on the miles and the hours! 
Walk a total of 2 hours twice this week, with altitude gain or not, just get the hours in. 

Week 2: Total mileage goal: 17 
Plan and schedule a long weekend hike 5+ miles. 
Walk a total of 2 hours twice this week (in addition to hike day). 

Week 3: Total mileage goal: 19
Plan and schedule a long weekend hike 7+ miles. 
Stairmaster 50 floors twice this week
(or Walk a total of 2 hours twice this week instead)

Week 4: Total mileage goal: 20
Plan and schedule a long weekend hike 8+ miles.
Walk a total of 2 hours twice this week (in addition to hike day). 

Week 5: Total mileage goal: 22
Plan and schedule a long weekend hike 10+ miles.
Stairmaster 100 floors twice this week
(or Walk a total of 2 hours twice this week instead)

Week 6: Total mileage goal: 22
Plan and schedule a long weekend hike 10+ miles. 
Walk at least 1 hour 4 times this week (in addition to hike day). 

Week 7: Total mileage goal: 20
Plan and schedule a long weekend hike 8+ miles.
Stairmaster 100 floors 3x this week
(or Walk at least 1 hour 4 times this week instead)

Week 8: Total mileage goal: 20-30
Walk 1-2 hour(s) 5 times this week.

If you’re interested in learning more about Machu Picchu, we’ve written several blogs about packing, altitude, and other things we recommend you knowing before going. Check out our blog and email us at [email protected] for additional questions. If you’re interested in joining one of our group trips, check them out HERE

This Post Has One Comment

  1. Thanks for every other wonderful article. The place else may anyone get that type of info in such a perfect means of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such info.

Leave a Reply

Close Menu
×

Cart

Join our weekly newsletter for exclusive access to our trip deals, expert tips and travel hacks, and our in-depth destination guides!