TURQUOISE GEM HIDDEN “HUMANTAY LAKE”
Join us in this exciting full-day tour that is one of the most incredibly beautiful lakes in Cusco city. On the journey, you will be surrounded by the panoramic view of the Andes’ scenic meadows, colorful valleys, snow-capped mountains, and lovely nature. While you walk your sight will be magnetized by the majestic Salkantay and Humantay snowcapped mountain, with breathtaking views!
Also, we will appreciate the striving survival of the diversity of flora and fauna at high altitudes around until you reach Humantay Lake where you will have something surreal, and with some luck you can see the spiritual giant bird “Condor” that is seen seldom.
SALKANTAY and HUMANTAY are glaciers found in the Vilcabamba mountain range located in the Cusco Region, northwest of the city of Cusco, which are considered holy mountain gods of the Incas. The thawing of Humantay glacier is from the lake that sits like a turquoise gem in front of the snowy backdrop known today as Humantay lake.
The tour includes a private tour bus ride and an extra walk, its location is at 4,200 mt (13,780 ft), perhaps the altitude will need that you are a bit acclimated to reach that high. Nevertheless, to make it easier we have the option to ride horses that are hired for the most difficult section to reach this nature gift “Humantay lake”
Come and explore the humanity lake with us! Don’t miss this beautiful experience.
Overview of Humantay lake hike
- Duration : Full day
- Tour type : Adventure, and culture.
- Height gained : 350 m/1,150 ft.
- Distance : 5 km / 3.2 miles
- Walking time : 4 hours approximate
- Meals : Breakfast, and Lunch.
- Physical difficulty : Regular
- Group size : 2-8 people
The Humantay lake tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 am. We proceed to drive nearly 2:30 hours to Mollepata; a small village where we will stop for tasty local breakfast and also you can grab last minute snacks. The drive will then continue until Soraypampa (3,850 mts/ 12,631 ft) the starting of the walk, where we will feel the fully presence of the Salkantay and Huamantay glaciers.
Before the walk we get ready and use the bathroom. After our tour guide brief information and recommendation, we begging with the 1.5 hours walk up to the gorgeous destination (4,200 mts/ 13,780 ft.)
The first 20 minutes the trail is relatively flat then the trail starts to ascent up hill, at this altitude you will need to take your time walking slower and hydrating. Closing to the top you will be reward by the incredible view; trust us, it's worth it! Your guide will tell you the history and geographic formation of the lake.
Then you will need to back to the starting where surely the return will be easier for breathing, but difficult on the stony terrain, so walking down with sticks and good hiking boots will be the best. It will take us around 1:30 hours back to the transportation and drive all the way to Mollepata village to have a delicious lunch.
Once we are full, we will back driving for 3 hours to Cusco and drop you off in your hotel.
HUMANTAY LAKE TOUR MAP
- Breakfast, lunch, and snack
- Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco
- Professional tour guide
- Access to Humantay lake
- walking stick
- First aid kit & Oxygen tank
PACKING LIST FOR HUMANTAY LAKE HIKE
- Day Backpack
- Mosquito repellent
- Sunblock, sunglasses and cap.
- Rainwear or rain poncho
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Warm jacket
- Hand sanitizer
- Personal medication
- Extra money
$ 90.00 USD per person
- 02 hikers: $ 120.00 USD per person
- 03 hikers: $ 110.00 USD per person
- 04 hikers: $ 100.00 USD per person
- 05 hikers: $ 90.00 USD per person
- 06 hikers+: $ 70.00 USD per person
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