- Time 2 Days / 1 Night
- Tour Type Hike
- Altitude 4200 m.a.s.l.
- Place Cusco
- Difficulty Moderate
Description of the trip
An excellent occasion to discover Humantay Lake and the Salkantay Pass, knowing that you will have the opportunity to sleep in a Dome, which offers a fantastic atmosphere and exceptional comfort. This is the perfect place to relax while enjoying treks through the impressive Humantay and Salkantay snow-capped mountains, with truly spectacular views, crystalline and turquoise lagoons, as well as areas of abundant vegetation and fauna.
Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lagoon – Soraypampa
We will pick you up at your hotel and take you by bus from Cusco to Mollepata. You will hike, have lunch in Soraypampa, visit the Humantay Lagoon, have dinner and spend the night in Domos after walking approximately 13 km.
Day 02: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Soraypampa – Cusco
We start the day with breakfast, then hike to the ‘Abra Salkantay’. After the visit, we return to Soraypampa and finally to Cusco.
Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha- Soraypampa- Laguna Humantay
Cusco (3, 400 masl): We will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00 am and head to the town of Mollepata, arriving in approximately a 2.5 hour drive. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will begin our hike.
Challacancha (3,600 masl): We will continue our hike for an hour, where we will enjoy the breathtaking views of the Mollepata valleys. In Challacancha, we will meet the Salkantay team, including the cook, muleteers and pack horses. We will receive a warm welcome from them and prepare for our adventure in the mountains. Before starting the trek, we will be given a brief explanation. For three hours, we will walk on flat terrain in the Andean highlands, which will help us acclimatize for the rest of the trek. We will also have the opportunity to contemplate the majestic Nevado de Humantay, which rises to 5,917 meters above sea level.
Soraypampa (3,900 masl): Afterwards, we head to Soraypampa and arrive at our domes called “Salkantay Sky Domes”. From there, we admire the impressive Salkantay mountain. At the camp, our team awaits us and we enjoy an Andean lunch, followed by a 30-minute rest.
Humantay Lagoon (4,200 masl): After lunch and rest, we begin our 1.5 hour hike to the beautiful Humantay Lagoon. We will have time to appreciate the impressive scenery of the lagoon and the glaciers on the mountain, then we will return to our camp. At tea time, we will be able to chat with the group and later we will enjoy dinner before resting.
- Meals: Lunch and Dinner
- Time: 8 Hours Approx.
- Distance: 16 kilometers Approx. from Challacancha to Soraypampa.
- Weather: Cold and windy
- Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl (Humantay Lagoon) (13,799 ft.)
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Camping: Luxury Domes “Salkantay Sky Domes”.
Day 02: Soraypampa – Abras Salkantay – Wayracpunko – Chaullay
Soraypampa (3,900 masl): We will have a hot breakfast around 5:30 in the morning and begin our hike to the highest point of this route (4650m / 15200ft), located between two imposing mountains.
Abra Salkantay highest point (4,630 masl): During our hike, we will appreciate the majesty of the Salkantay mountain and the grandeur of nature. We will enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and experience their power. We will pass through a rocky landscape and descend to Soyrococha for lunch. Then, we will continue descending to Soraypampa and from there we will be able to see the impressive snow-covered stone forest in the distance. Finally, we will continue our hike until we reach the meeting point where our transportation will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Time: 7 Hours Approx.
- Weather: Cold and windy
- Maximum Altitude: 4630 meters (20,671 feet) – 4,000 m.
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Campsite: Soraypampa
What’s Included Salkantay Trek:
- Transfers In/ Out
- Transportation Cusco – Challacancha
- Professional bilingual guide ( English – Spanish)
- 02 Breakfasts – 02 Lunches – 01 Dinner
- Professional Cook
- 1 night in Soraypampa Sky Domes camp (dome, quadruple, triple room).
- Entrance tickets
What Salkantay Trek does NOT include:
- Shower at Soraypampa camp (no access).
- Sleeping bag.
- Trekking poles.
- Extra weight of luggage.
- Alcoholic and energizing drinks.
- Last dinner.
- Tipping or showing personal appreciation is suggested as optional, equivalent to 10% of the total cost of the package.
- Travel and medical insurance.
Recommendations for your trip:
- Original passport
- CIIU (student discount card), in case you have it.
- Small backpack
- Rain poncho
- Good hiking pants, hiking boots, sun, hat and sunglasses
- Camera batteries and extra
- 2 liters of water
- Extra money
- Insect repellent
- Trekking poles
- Walking stick (with rubber tip)
- Extra money
- Swimsuit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes) entrance fee at the door $ 4.00 dollars
TOUR IN SHARED SERVICE
Huamantay Lagoon Trek Tour with Domes 2 Days / 1 Night
PRICE PER PERSON
Minimum 02 people
What is included in the tour
Frequently Asked Questions from travelers
For what age is the tour not recommended?
The hike is open to all people in good health. Participants over 60 years of age must be in adequate physical condition. Children must be at least 8 years old and enjoy walking.
Is there food with vegetarian option?
Yes, you must make the request in advance.
Is the trek possible all year round? When should I not go?
The Salkantay trek can be done at any time of the year. However, the most risky months are January, February and March due to heavy rainfall. During the rest of the year, the trek is more comfortable due to the low rainfall.
Can I go on my own?
Yes, it is possible to do it without a tour, but it is not recommended. If you decide to do it on your own, be sure to bring a backpack with all the necessary items, such as warm clothes, camping gear and enough food for every day. However, most visitors prefer to do it through an organized tour.
From what age is it recommended to do the Humantay Lagoon tour?
Due to the low temperatures and the intense cold in the area near the Salkantay snow-capped peak, it is suggested that the tour to the Humantay Lagoon be done by people of legal age. In the case of minors, they can participate in the tour under the responsibility of an adult.
What is the best season for the tour?
The best season for the Humantay Lagoon tour is during the dry season (April to October) with stable weather and less rainfall. In the rainy season, there is more vegetation and the roads are less traveled.
Do I need to have travel insurance for the tour?
It is recommended to have travel insurance for the Humantay Lagoon tour, although it is not mandatory. Travel insurance provides protection in case of injury, illness, loss of luggage or trip cancellations.
Do I need to acclimatize before the tour?
Yes, it is advisable to acclimatize before the tour to the Humantay Lagoon. The lagoon is at a high altitude and it is important that your body gradually adjusts to the altitude to prevent altitude sickness. It is suggested that you spend at least a couple of days in Cusco or in lower altitude areas before embarking on the tour. During this time, it is important to rest, hydrate adequately, avoid intense physical exertion and eat light meals. Acclimatization will help you enjoy the tour more comfortably and safely.
Where is the Humantay Lagoon?
The Humantay Lagoon is located in the Cusco region of Peru. It is located in the Andes Mountains, near the snow-capped Salkantay. To get to the Humantay Lagoon, you must hike from the town of Soraypampa, which is approximately 3 hours by car from the city of Cusco.
What are the colors of the Humantay Lagoon due to?
The colors of the Humantay Lagoon are the result of the combination of minerals, sediments, sunlight and atmospheric conditions, which creates a beautiful and distinctive palette of colors in this stunning body of water.
Can I go without a tour to the Humantay Lagoon?
It is possible to visit Humantay Lagoon without a tour, but you must be physically prepared and follow the established routes. Get up-to-date information, bring plenty of water, and communicate your plan to someone. Consider joining a tour or seeking the company of a guide if you don’t feel confident or comfortable.
Are there any campsites near Humantay Lagoon?
There are campsites near Humantay Lagoon. Tour operators offer camping there, but permits are required and regulations must be followed. Contact local agencies for more information.