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Humantay Lake Day Hike

From US$175.00
  • Visit the turquoise-blue Humantay Lake on a full-day trip from Cusco
  • Discover Peru’s beautiful and diverse landscape as you hike the mountain
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a small group of 8 guests or less
Humantay Lake Day Hike
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Humantay Lake Day Hike
Discover the beautiful Humantay Lake on a full-day trip from Cusco. Hike a portion of the famous Salkantay trek and explore the beautiful scenery of the Peruvian mountainscape on your way to the turquoise waters of the Humantay Lake. This small group experience is limited to eight guests per trip and includes entrance fees, an English-speaking guide, all transportation, a first aid kit, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
What to Expect
Your day starts in Cusco where you are picked up from your hotel between 3am and 3:30am for a 3 hour trip via private van to the start of the trail. You will be given a local Peruvian style breakfast prepared by a chef and fuel up for the hike ahead of you.

Your day starts in Cusco or the Sacred Valley region where you are picked up from your hotel between 3am and 3:30am for a 2.5 hour drive to the village of Mollepata, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Here we will enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant before we start the trek to Soraypampa. 

We travel along a photogenic 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.  

The hike is dominated by Salkantay Peak, 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 lunch while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy peaks. We drive back to Cusco (or the Sacred Valley) drop you off at your hotel.

NOTE: This is a challenging day of hiking. Hikers should be reasonably fit, and spend some time in Cusco to acclimate as the hike takes place over 4200m (13,000ft) and is about 7 kilometers (5 miles) in length. We recommend guests have at least 2-3 days of acclimation.

Pick up time is between 3am and 3:30am, please be waiting in your hotel lobby at 3am and keep a lookout for the van. You may want to bring a pillow and blanket to get some extra sleep during the van ride (these can be left in the van while you hike). If you are prone to motion sickness we also recommend taking something to help with this.

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Reviewed 7 June 2018
Outstanding Hike with an Outstanding Guide

I went hiking to Humantay Lake with my mom during as a way to fit in some outdoor activity that wouldn't be terribly strenuous. The hike was beautiful and definitely doable, and our guide Joaquin did an outstanding job. He had outstanding knowledge of the...More

1  Thank Bryan B
Reviewed 31 May 2018
Worth the Hike!

My guides for this trip were Joaquin and Amilcar and they were both amazing! Having a smaller group that gets there early is worth every penny! The view is beautiful and they are so accommodating with their breakfast/lunch choices as well.

Thank A R
Reviewed 24 April 2018
Spiritual Place on the Planet

We signed up for a seven day Peruvian adventure with FlashpackerConnect. From the very first communication with LeAnn, we felt confident that we had made the right choice in tour companies. Everything was completely organized 4-5 months in advanced and delivered precisely as arranged. This...More

Thank AllyWildes
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile
Amazing trip with fantastic guides!

Our group had an amazing trip up to Humantay Lake with Flashpaker Connect. Our team of Jonathan, Beker, Jaime, Juan, and Christobal took care of us every step of the way. Jonathan and Beker are a wealth of knowledge! Jonathan saw that my mom was...More

Thank adamggeil
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile
Humantay - a hike that’s worth it!

Jonathan and Becker along with their team of porters/cooks (Juan and Cristobal) and bus driver (Jaime) were exceptional! Our group was slow but they were patient and encouraging. Excellent views at the top, just breathe along the way and stop for water and everything is...More

Thank nicole_waites
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