Get an early start to your morning with a 5:30 AM pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Leave the city behind as your head towards the small town of Mollepata
, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Enjoy breakfast in a local cafe before continuing for 1 hour to the small town Soraypampa,
where you will start your hike to Humantay lake.
The trail is steep but gorgeous, with views of snow-capped mountains and deep glacial lakes along the way. The hike is shadowed by Salkantay Peak
, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, towering at 20,600 ft (6,280 m), with a spectacular sheer and snowy face. It is matched by the equally impressive Humantay Peak
, rising 19,412 ft, (5,916) m.
Shamans will often give a blessing when safely reaching the crystal-clear waters of Humantay Lake
, located at 14,100 ft (4,300 m). Once you reach the lakeshore, relax, enjoy a snack, go for a swim (if you are brave!) or give thanks to Pachamama
When you are ready to hike back down, descend to Soraypampa
and have lunch while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy peaks. Drive back to Cusco
and spend the evening relaxing in the hotel.
- Drive time: 3.5 hours
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
- Overnight: Cusco
- Meals included: Breakfast snack, Boxed Lunch