Humantay Lake Trek 1 Day
Humantay Lake Trek is one of Peru’s most scenic 1 day treks! We drive through the local indigenous villages of Iscuchaca and Limatambo, where you can see indigenous Quechua people wearing traditional dress, and protecting their traditions in their still of living. Finally you arrive at the trailhead. Take your time hiking up to the lake, enjoying stunning views of the Andes. The incredibly turquoise lake is situated at the base of the majestic glacier covered Salkantay Mountain Range. The views are absolutely breathtaking!
DAY 1 – CUSCO – HUMANATAY LAKE – CUSCO
This spectacular day begins at 4:30am when your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. We drive about 3 hours to the trailhead of Soraypampa located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. At this point, we enjoy a hot breakfast made by our professional chef.
Our trek begins at a path called the “Camino Real” which slowly gains in altitude. After reaching a tiny traditional indigenous village, we continue for another hour and a half, ascending 1,200ft/366mt in just 2 miles up a steep path. After conquering the last hill, we can gaze down on a turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier.
On the trek you are overshadowed by the majestic Salkantay Mountain, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, towering 20,600ft/6,279mt with a sheer and snowy face. The equally impressive Humantay Peak, rising 19,412ft/5,917mt, is also within view. Shamans and others who follow traditional Andean beliefs, will often give blessing when reaching the crystal-clear waters of Humantay Lake.
Once we reach the lakeshore, we relax, enjoy a snack, 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. Tired from such a beautiful day, we drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel at about 5pm.
Duration: Full Day 4:30am- 5pm
Distance: 7 km (4.4 Miles) Round Trip – 3 hours of hiking
Elevation: 3,869m (12,690 feet) / 4,200m (13,779 feet)
Difficulty: Difficult (altitude and uphill trek)
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Hot breakfast & lunch prepared by our chef
- Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco
- Professional trekking guide fluent in English & Spanish
- Fees to access private land
- First aid kit & emergency oxygen tank
- Small group experience (max 8 guests)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Water: please bring 1 liter per person
- Tips for guide, driver and cook
The Humantay Lake Trek 1 day is available on any date that it’s best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers. For private service of 2 or more add $50 per person.
|# OF PERSONS||
|2 persons||$150 pp|
|3 persons||$125 pp|
|4 persons||$100 pp|
|5 persons||$80 pp|
|6 persons||$70 pp|
Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and Humantay Lake trek.
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look out for our representative holding an orange SPIDER Travel Peru board at the exit from the arrival terminal.
Your briefing will take place the night before your tour.
Your briefing will take place the night before your trek. It will be held at our office at 6 or 6:30pm, depending on your confirmation email details. The office is located at Calle Garcilaso 210, office 213 (second floor) in the La CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.
HOW TO BOOK THE TREK
FIRST, to book your Humantay Lake trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
SECOND, we require a deposit of $53.00 USD per person. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Yes, but with some restrictions. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.
*** If you cancel your Humantay Lake Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?
Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your trek, other entrances and reservations.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SPIDER Travel Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
WHAT TO BRING FOR A DAY HIKE
- A lightweight, waterproof day pack
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Warm clothes and hiking pants, not jeans
- Layers of clothes for variable temperatures
- Camera with extra film and batteries
- Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
- Thermals, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool hat in cold season
- Insect repellent
- Waterproof clothing and or a rain poncho
- Water bottles
- Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
- Walking sticks if needed (rentable)
- Favorite snacks
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper