6 days
Cusco, Peru

Humantay Lake trek

Humantay Lake is easily one of the best day trips you can take from Cusco Peru.

The incredibly turquoise lake is situated at the base of the majestic glacier covered Salkantay Mountain Range. The views are absolutely breath taking.

Itinerary : Humantay Lake trek


Day 1: Cusco – Humantay Lake – Cusco

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00am and drive 3 hours to the trailhead of Soraypampa located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Here we will enjoy hot breakfast made by our professional chef.

We hike along a path called the “Camino Real,” as we gain altitude. After reaching the tiny village, where few amenities exist, we continue for another hour and a half, ascending 1,200 feet in just 2 miles up a steep path. After conquering the last hill, we will gaze down on a turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier.

On the trek you are surrounded by the Salkantay Mountains, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, towering 20,600 feet with a sheer and snowy face. The equally impressive Humantay Peak, rising 19,412 feet, is also within view. Shamans and other natives will often give blessing when reaching the crystal-clear waters of Humantay Lake. Once we reach the lakeshore, we relax, enjoy a snack, go for a swim (if you are brave!) or give thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth). When you are ready to hike back down, we will descend to Soraypampa and have a hot lunch while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy peaks. We drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.


Additional information

INCLUDED Briefing by your guide a day before your trek leave.
Professional bilingual tour guide.
Round trip transportation to Cusco city.
01 pair of walking sticks for the hike (highly recommended)
Entrance fee to the Natural Reserve
Oxygen tank
Firs aid kit
NOT INCLUDED Water: please bring 1 liter per person
Voluntary Tips for Guide, Driver and Cook

Packing List

Day pack
Copy of your passport
Good hiking gear: hiking boots, warm jackets, gloves, hat warm fleece and socks
Sleeping bag
Walking boots
Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
Hat and gloves
Warm clothes: Layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
Comfortable trousers
Sun hat
Reusable plastic/metal water container, or camel bags
Personal medication
Camera and films
Flashlight with spare batteries
Walking stick
Bathing suit for the hot springs
Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips

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