Humantay Lake Day Hike

Humantay Lake Day Hike

This day hike starts in Cusco and takes you to Humantay Lake, a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by massive snowcapped mountains.
Activity Level: 3  | Duration: 1 day | Group Size: 2-16 | Price: $150

Overview

Humantay Lake (Laguna de Humantai) is a stunning, vibrant blue lake nestled high in the Andes. It is one of the highlights of the Salkantay Trek.

The Humantay Lake Day Hike is ideal for those who don't have the time or interest to do the 5 Day Salkantay Trek but still want to visit this incredible site

The trip starts and ends in Cusco. Enjoy a fully prepared breakfast followed by a beautiful hike to Humantay Lake. 

After the hike, you will have a hot lunch followed by the drive back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel. 

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning scenery  
  • Incredible views of Salkantay Mountain
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Breakfast and lunch prepared by a professional chef
  • Professionally guided hike 

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Scenery
  • Wildlife
  • Great company

Accommodations

  • NA

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION
All transportation for the hike.

This includes:
   - Pickup from your hotel (or nearby) in Cusco in a private van
   - Drop-off in private van from the same place we pick you up
FOOD
We provide breakfast and lunch for this hike. The meals will be prepared by a professional chef and made from fresh, organic, locally-sourced ingredients. 

NOTE: Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES
Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this begins and ends with our people. All of our Lead and Assistant Guides are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust us when we say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide. You will be in incredible hands.
PERMITS AND TICKETS
Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your hiking permits.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY
Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Lead Guide and his staff. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year.

Your Lead Guide will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you off of the trail and to a medical facility as quickly and comfortably as possible.

NOTE: We have never had to evacuate a hiker.
SUPPORT STAFF
In addition to your incredible guides, this hike requires a support staff including: chef, assistant chef, horse master and porters. We started Kusa Treks for several reasons, one of which was to provide living-wage jobs for local Peruvians.

We employ individuals passionate about Peru's culture and nature and who want to share their incredible country with our clients. You will be absolutely amazed at how hard these people work to provide you with an incredible trip. 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

EQUIPMENT
We have high quality equipment available for rental during this trek. 
   - Trekking Poles (2): $10
   - Personal Horse: $80, if you don't want to walk...ride!

Pricing:

We offer private service for this day-hike.

PRICE: $150 USD per person

NOTE: We require a minimum of 2 people to book this trip.

Itinerary:

HUMANTAY LAKE DAY HIKE ITINERARY:

MORNING

A Kusa Treks van will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:30AM. You will have a 3.5 hour drive through incredible scenery that includes amazing views of mountains, local villages and farms. The drive will end at Soraypampa (12,460ft. / 3,800m.), which is the location of the first campsite for the Salkantay Trek. At Soraypampa you will enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our chef and his staff.

After breakfast you will start the 1.5 hour hike to reach Humantay Lake (13,800ft. / 4,200m.). Your hike this morning will be primarily uphill through an incredible landscape full of local plants and animals. Your guide will pause every so often to explain the nature and history of the sites you pass during the quick hike. These breaks will also allow you to take pictures of the stunning, mountainous landscapes that surround you.

Once you reach the top of your hike, your efforts will be seriously rewarded, as you see the stunning turquoise waters of Humantay Lake. This. Place. Is. Gorgeous! Make sure you have plenty of storage on your phone or camera, as you’ll want to take a lot of pictures of the lake with the snow capped Humantay Mountain as the backdrop.

You will have 1-1.5 hours to explore this area, and, for the brave souls, you can even swim in the frigid waters of lake!

AFTERNOON/EVENING

Between 12 – 1PM you will begin your decent down the same path you came up, which typically does not take as long as the ascent up. Once you reach the bottom of the path, our Kusa Treks crew will have a delicious, warm lunch prepared for you.

After lunch you will get back in the van to start the return trip back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel will be around 6 – 7PM.