4-Day Salkantay to KM 82: Experience the Entire First Day of the Classic Inca Trail, No Permit Required

From Salkantay's Majestic Peaks to Inca Ruins: A Seamless Trek Through Andean Splendor.

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Cusco, Peru


4 Days




Year Round

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Unearth the magic of the Andes without the constraints of traditional permits. This 4-day trek presents the rugged grandeur of the Salkantay route and seamlessly transitions into the iconic first day of the Classic Inca Trail. From the reflective beauty of Humantay Lake to the archeological wonder of Llactapata, every step is a testament to nature’s splendor and the Incan legacy.

Your path will bridge the untamed landscapes of Salkantay with the storied terrain of the Inca Trail’s starting point at KM 82. As you traverse this ancient route, you’ll witness sites that have stood the test of time, carrying with them tales of a civilization unparalleled in its architectural and cultural prowess. It’s more than just a trek; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of the Andes and the footsteps of the Incas, all without the usual permit challenges.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:30 AM - 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Humantay Lake, Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, Incachiriasca Pass, Paucarcancha Incan Ruins, Llactapata Inca Site, KM 82 Inca Trail Starting Point, Ollantaytambo Town, Aguas Calientes Hot Springs, Machu Picchu Citadel
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:30
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:30
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Cusco to the quaint village of Mollepata. As the Andean landscape unfolds, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the regal Salkantay and Humantay mountains. Mollepata offers a chance to enjoy a traditional breakfast and mingle with the locals.

From Soraypampa, our starting point, our dedicated team awaits, ensuring a smooth journey ahead. The day's first highlight is a hike to the pristine Humantay Lake, a gem of the Andes. After capturing memories, we descend to Soraypampa, setting our trajectory towards Ichupata. As night falls, we camp amidst the Andean serenity, under a blanket of stars.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 8.5 km

Wake to the harmonious sounds of the Andes. Today promises a blend of physical challenge and visual rewards. Post breakfast, you'll journey towards the lofty Incachiriasca pass, the trek's zenith. The summit offers unparalleled vistas of Apu Salkantay and the surrounding glacial landscapes.

The journey downwards is equally captivating, as you may spot condors gracefully soaring the skies. Sisaypampa, our lunch enclave, boasts a serene atmosphere with the Salkantay Valley as its backdrop. The day culminates in the Pampacahuana community, where you'll rest near ancient Incan aqueducts.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 10 km

Today's trek is a bridge between the raw beauty of Salkantay and the historic allure of the Classic Inca Trail. Descend to Paucarcancha and witness the silent testimony of the Inca's architectural prowess. The journey from here to KM 82 is filled with cultural treasures, including the Llactapata Inca site, a prelude to the famous Inca Trail.

After a rejuvenating lunch, a scenic drive to Ollantaytambo awaits, followed by a train journey offering glimpses of the lush Andean landscape. Aguas Calientes welcomes you with its charm, and after settling in, the local hot springs beckon, offering relaxation before a delightful dinner in town.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

The pinnacle of your journey awaits. An early morning bus whisks you to Machu Picchu, ensuring you witness the sunrise—a spectacle that breathes life into the ancient stones. Dive deep into the heart of this world wonder with a guided tour, unraveling its mysteries.

For those seeking an added adventure, Huayna Picchu offers an exhilarating climb. Post exploration, return to Aguas Calientes, savor a meal, and reminisce about the journey. The return encompasses a train ride to Ollantaytambo and a comfortable drive to Cusco, concluding an unforgettable voyage through time and nature.

Accommodation: N/A (End of tour)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Guided tour and optional Huayna Picchu climb

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Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Drive to Mollepata: Begin your journey with picturesque views of the Salkantay and Humantay mountains.
  • Humantay Lake Visit: Experience the serene beauty of this pristine high-altitude lake nestled amidst the Andes.
  • Incachiriasca Pass Ascent: Challenge yourself by reaching the highest point of the trek, offering panoramic views of Apu Salkantay and surrounding glaciers.
  • Ancient Incan Ruins: Explore Paucarcancha and Llactapata, witnessing the architectural marvels of the Incan civilization.
  • Transition to the Classic Inca Trail: Experience the entirety of the first day of the renowned Inca Trail, starting from KM 82.
  • Train Ride through the Andes: Enjoy scenic views on a tranquil train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Relax in Aguas Calientes: Immerse yourself in the charm of this town, with an option to rejuvenate in local hot springs.
  • Machu Picchu Exploration: Witness the sunrise over the iconic citadel and dive deep into its history with a guided tour.
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Climb: For the adventurous, ascend this famed peak for an unparalleled view of Machu Picchu and its surroundings.
  • Seamless Experience without Permits: Trek the majestic routes of the Andes without the need for the often-elusive Inca Trail permits.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 4-Day Salkantay Trek to KM 82 and Machu Picchu. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 4-Day Salkantay Trek to KM 82 and Machu Picchu, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store extra luggage somewhere during the trek?

Yes, you can leave any extra luggage at your hotel in Cusco or with us, and it will be safe and waiting for you upon your return.

Is there a weight limit for personal items?

Each trekker is allowed a maximum of 7kg for personal items, which will be carried by our horses. This should include your sleeping bag and air mat.

Is travel insurance required?

While not mandatory, we strongly recommend obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities, medical emergencies, and trip cancellations.

Are there age restrictions for this trek?

While there’s no strict age limit, the trek is more suited for individuals aged 12 and above. However, we’ve had both younger kids and seniors successfully complete the trek, so it’s more about individual fitness and determination.

How difficult is the 4-Day Salkantay to KM 82 trek?

The trek is considered moderate to challenging. While previous trekking experience is beneficial, it’s not essential. However, a good level of fitness is required. The highest point, the Incachiriasca pass, reaches an altitude of 4,850 meters. We recommend acclimatizing in Cusco for at least 2 days prior to starting the trek.

Do I need a special permit for this trek?

No, one of the advantages of this trek is that it doesn’t require the traditional Inca Trail permits. However, entrance to Machu Picchu and other sites are included in the tour package.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek can be done year-round. However, the dry season from April to October is the most popular due to clearer skies and less rain. The wettest months are January and February.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

Is the entrance fee to Machu Picchu included?

Yes, the entrance fee to Machu Picchu is included in all packages.

Is the water safe to drink during the trek?

We provide boiled water throughout the trek. However, if you’re wary, you can bring water purification tablets or a personal filter.

Can I charge my devices during the trek?

Electricity is limited during the camping days. We recommend bringing extra batteries or a portable charger. However, in Aguas Calientes, your hotel will have charging facilities.

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