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4-Day Salkantay Trek to KM 82 and Machu Picchu

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

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

4-Day Salkantay Trek to KM 82 and Machu Picchu Overview

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 4:00 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: 04:00
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  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to KM 82 and Machu Picchu

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Cusco – Humantay Lake – Ichupata

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

Tour Highlights

4-Day Salkantay Trek to KM 82 and Machu Picchu 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end to Ollantaytambo.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • All necessary permits and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Camping spot fees at designated sites.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 4 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

820

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

850

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

900

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

1120

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1580

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1790

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

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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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our 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.

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