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Humantay Lake Day Hike

From USD 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
From USD 175.00
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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Reviews (11)
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Reviewed 9 October 2018
Reaching the promise land at 4000 above see level

I was reluctant to go with Flashpackerconnect as they seem much more expensive than the rest. From the moment I started talking to LeAnn, who I believe is based in the states, I started to get a good feeling. She was professional and very prompted...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Pablo N
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile
Hard, but worth it!

The hike up to Humantay Lake was difficult, but our guide Jacob was very patient and motivated us to get to the top. It was all worth it once we got to the lake. It was serene and beautiful! Our driver Mario got us safely...More

Thank claires628
Reviewed 14 September 2018
Incredible Experience!

We booked 3 treks with Flashpacker Connect: - Machu Pichu with guide Alberto - Humanatay Lake with guide Maik (Mikey) - Rainbow Mountain via horseback with guides Ricardo and Jacob All of our guides were incredibly knowledgable; not only did we visit gorgeous destinations but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Jen R
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile
Amazing experience, well worth it!

This review is for full day hike Lake Humantay. It was overall an amazing experience. Everything was organized and as expected. Our guide was Jacob and he was a pleasure to be with, he did an outstanding job. This is a must do while in...More

Thank Francis L
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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank BryanB1646
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