The 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.
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 comfortable glass cabins 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, have a delicious lunch, and our transportation team will bring you back to Cusco.
Hiking Distance: 10 km/6.2 miles
LOCAL GUIDES & TEAM
MEALS & EQUIPMENT
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can leave extra luggage in our office free of charge.
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.
Please feel free to read our Terms & Conditions and let us know in case you have any questions regarding our cancellation policy.
Henry and Cesar are the best guides! Best tour guides you could wish for during this amazing tour. Henry and Cesar were very knowledgeable, patient, funny, cool, and inspiring. Would do this again, and definitely will recommend K.B. Adventures to my friends. Thank you for such a great experience!!! Sulpaki waki! 🤗
Fantastic tour, great experience! We had a fantastic experience during the tour. Our local guide, Alex, was particularly good, he was fun and informative throughout the trip, and went out of his way to cater for our needs. Would recommend K.B. Adventures to anyone!
What an amazing experience! The itinerary is very beautiful, the camping facilities were well organized and the food of good quality and quantities.
Apo Salkantay and Humantay Lake; an experience to remember for a lifetime! Ruben as our guide and everything they promised they delivered on, and even did more to accommodate us as their guests.
The mountains and nature were amazing! 😊 Ruben was great, very informative and cultured. He was the best guide we could ask for. I enjoyed my trekking to the point that I will go back and would do Inka trail with them next time. 🏔️💚
The trek was amazing! Our guide, Carlos, was great, he was fun, patient and supportive! The entire crew was amazing! Our cook was very accommodating for the vegetarians, and very creative with limited resources.