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  • Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
  • Max. People: 15
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Availability: Every Day
  • Destination: Machu Picchu
  • Depart: Soraypampa

El 2 Days Humantay Lake and Salkantay Trek is a great way to explore the highlights of the Andes Mountains in a short amount of time. The Humantay Lake is one of the many hidden gems of Peru’s highland region and well known for its insanely bright blue and green water and its snow-capped mountain backdrop.

  • Recommendet For: Moderate to Advanced Hikers
  • Altitud inicial: 3200m / 10,500ft
  • Altitud más alta: 4,650m / 15,200ft
  • Hiking Distance: 60 km / 37 miles
  • Altitude Acclimatization is Recommended


Our Andean mountain adventure begins at 4:30am. We will pick you up at your hotel and drive in our van to Mollepata. Along the way, we pass through two picturesque local communities called Iscuchaca and Limatambo. At around 8:00am, we will stop in Mollepata to have a nutricious breakfast and then take our transportation for one more hour to Challacancha (3,380 meters/ 11,090 feet), the starting point of our hike, passing the view point of Hornada Pata where the valley splits into two. The beginning of the trail will take us through some beautiful valleys. After a three hour hike, we arrive at our campsite in Soraypampa (3,900 meters /12,800 feet) at approximately 13:30 pm. We will have time to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch.

Later, we will finally visit the famous Humantay Lagoon! After 1.5 hours of hiking, we will arrive at the lagoon (4,220 meters/13,850 feet) with blue-green water and beautiful views of Humantay Mountain and Lake Humantay, making it one of the most impressive places in the Andes Mountains. We will take some time to admire the beautiful views of this special place. Later, we head back to our campsite in Soraypampa for approximately 2 hours. We will have a hot cup of tea, a delicious dinner prepared by our cook, and stay overnight in our domes at the campite.

Hiking Distance: 8 km/5 miles


Very early in the morning we will have a delicious breakfast and get ready to take a moderate climb on your second day of trekking. Starting at approximately 06:30 am, we will ascend for 4 hours until we reach the highest point of the Salkantay pass, located 4,650m/15,255ft above sea level. During our trek, we will make a ceremonial offering of gratitude to our Pachamama (Mother Earth) and to Apu Salkantay, using the sacred coca leaves that represent the connection between the material and spiritual worlds in the Andean culture. We will learn more about the history and beliefs of the Incas. Later, we descent to our campsite Soraypampa, our transportation team will pick us up and bring us back to Cusco.

Hiking Distance: 10 km/6.2 miles




  • Instead of sleeping in small tents, we set up our spectacular and comfortable campsites just for you. In Soraypampa, you stay in our amazing 2 person glass cabins.


  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (2x Breakfast, 1x Lunch, 1x Dinner).
  • Professional cook and cooking equipment. Dining tent and kitchen tent for the cook to freshly prepare your meals.
  • Our meals can be accommodated for any dietary requirements such as vegetarian or vegan. Please let us know in advance if you have certain preferences, so we can plan ahead.
  • Boiled water provided for drinking water at the campsites (which you can carry in your own reusable water bottle).


  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the starting point of your trek.
  • Transportation from Soraypampa back to Cusco (Plaza Regocijo)


  • English/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 12.
  • All our trekking guides have a minimum of 3 years of guiding experience and are certified. They carry a first aid kit with them, as well as an extra oxygen bottle in case of emergencies. 


  • Briefing: Prior to departure you will have a meeting with your guide in our office to go over all the details regarding your tour. The orientation will be at 6:00 pm at our office in Cusco the day before the departure date.
  • Entrance tickets to Salkantay trek included.



  • Dinner and lunch on the last day.
  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you ($15.00 per person).
  • Trekking poles. Available for rent for $15.00 per person.


  • Entrance to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. This itinerary does not include a visit to Machu Picchu. Please check our other trekking tours if you want to visit Machu Picchu.


  • Tips for your guide, cook and porters.
  • National or international flights.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Other activities not mentioned in this itinerary.


  • Sleeping bags: Available for rent if you don’t have one with you ($15.00 per person).
  • Trekking poles: Available for rent for $15.00 per person.

What should I pack for the trek?

  • One personal daypack (a 30 to 50 L backpack is sufficient). 
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small coins in Peruvian Soles (Bathrooms are free at the campsites but cost 1 Sol along the route. Keep small change on hand too for water bottles, snacks, and toilet paper.)
  • Rain jacket or rain poncho
  • Strong footwear (Waterproof trekking boots recommended.)
  • Sleeping bag (also available for rent)
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Enough clothes for the whole period of the trek (long-sleeve trekking shirts, short-sleeve shirts, leggings or trekking pants, shorts, pairs of underwear, hiking socks, a rain poncho, an insulated jacket, gloves, beanie, a hat with a brim, hiking boots, and sandals to rest your feet at the campsites.
  • Protector solar.
  • Insect repellent
  • Additional snacks (remember that we supply you with plenty of food already.)

How can I prepare for the Ausangate hike and prevent altitude sickness?

The best way to prepare yourself for this trekking experiencee is easy: spend at least 2 to 3 days at a high-altitude place like Cusco, so your body gets used to the high altitude. If you have already been to a high altitude destination before arriving to Cusco, we still recommend you spend at least one full day in Cusco to rest, recuperate from your trip, and enjoy the beautiful views of the city before your trek.

Additionally, taking good care of your body helps deal with the extra pressures that altitude creates. We recommend you to eat healthy food, drink lots of water and stay away from alcohol. Chewing coca leaves, drinking coca tea helps to alleviate any discomfort associated with the altitude.

¿Que hacer luego de realizar mi reserva?

Congratulations, adventure awaits you! We sent you a confirmation e-mail with more details about your trekking adventure. The day before your departuer at 6:00 pm, please stop by our office at

392 Triunfo St. Office 218, Cusco

to receive a briefing. Our professional guide will tell you everything about your trek and clarify last questions you may have.

¿Qué tipo de comida se sirve en la caminata?

We serve a variety of local superfoods and traditional Peruvian dishes with rice, chicken, beef, salad, potatoes, vegetables, delicious soups and fruits. Everything will be freshly prepared by our local chef.

We have a lot of vegetarian travellers and our cooks have some great options for them to enjoy their meals. We can cater for or all other types of dietary requests with adequate preparation and clear communication.

¿Puedo dejar equipaje extra en su oficina?

Sí, puede dejar equipaje adicional en nuestra oficina de forma gratuita.

¿Cuáles son los tamaños mínimos y máximos de los grupos a Salkantay?

The minimum group size is 4 people and the maximum group size is 15 people. There will be an assistant guide for groups over 12.

¿Cuáles son sus políticas de cancelación y reembolso?

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