• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: trekking/ experiential, adventurous
  • Max. Elevation: 4500 msm

Humantay Lake Hike and Salkantay Snowy 2D/1N


Humantay Lake Hike and Salkantay Snowy 2D/1N

Humantay, is a snow-capped mountain; that is part of the Vilcabamba mountain range. It gives rise to the splendid turquoise lagoon known as: Humantay Lake. And Salkantay is the second highest snowy mountain of the Cusco region. With a height of 6271 meters above sea level; which gives rise to other beautiful blue greenish lagoon.
This incredible Short 2-day hike; takes you within the Andes mountain range and some of its imposing snowy peaks.

Highlights of our Humantay Lake Hike and Salkantay Snowy.

* We wish to give you the best experience on this Humantay Lake Hike and Salkantay Snowy. That is why we planned a unique itinerary; that gives you the precise hours of hiking to make you really enjoy, observe, acclimatized to the altitude, take your time and appreciate the landscape beauty of this trip.
* We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
*Be part of our social and environmental projects.
*We provide you with an emergency horse, in case you need a little push.
*We provide you with an alpaca wool blanket and a hot water bladder
* Stargaze the andean sky over the Salkantay snow-capped mountain.
*Our campsite, is off the beaten path; Thus tranquility and direct contact with nature are assured
*In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.

Trip Overview of our Humantay Lake Hike and Salkantay Snowy.

  • Trek Type:Trekking/hiking, scenic, cultural and informative
  • Good for: those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
  • Season:From March 1st to January 31th

Day 1. Cusco- SorayPampa- SalkantayPampa- Soyrococha 

  • Hiking distance: 4.5 miles/7.2 km (6-7 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4.400 meters above sea leve
  • Considered:Difficult
  • Meals:Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet.
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We collect you at 5:00 am. from your accommodation; to then drive you to the beginning point of the Humantay Lake Hike and Salkantay Snowy. We´ll enjoy an outdoor buffet breakfast; and then we start hiking uphill for two and half hours to Humantay Lake. Along the path your guide will show you interesting flora and fauna of the region. Upon arrival to the summit, you´ll be taken to the most imposing Humantay Lake overlooks; your tour leader will teach interesting facts about snow-capped mountains and the lake colors.
Continuing, we hike for two hours to a place called: Salkantaypampa. Where we´ll delight a delicious buffet meal. After a half an hour rest, you’ll hike uphill for three hours to our basecamp; The path will be adorned by imposing rugged peaks and a spectacular view of Salkantay snowy in front of us. Once we arrive to our campsite, our tents are already set up; also our support staff will provide us, a lukewarm water bucket, a small towel and a soap to wash up and nap. After a tiring but awesome first day; within the Humantay Lake hike and Salkantay snowy.
At night will stargaze over the Salkantay peak; while enjoying a charming tea time. Let’s enjoy our buffet dinner; to then sleep like bricks.

** Awesome day, within the Humantay Lake hike and Salkantay Snowy. To stargaze and point out Inca constellations.

Day 2. Soyrococha – Salkantay Pass – Soraypampa – Cusco.

  • Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (5 hours)
  • Considered:Moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet.
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We come to your tents at 5:30 am. with a hot coca tea to wake you up; so you can enjoy a awesome sunrise over the Salkantay mountain. After 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets; so you may wash up and wake up in a better mood. After a nutritious breakfast we’ll hike uphill for one hour to the Salkantay Pass; Once there you´ll be astonished by the greatness of this snowy peak. Let’s take unforgettable photos and make a small gratitude ceremony to mother earth. Following the Humantay Lake hike and Salkantay Snowy. We hike on a flat path for one hour; to arrive to a fantastic overlook of the green bluish Salkantay lagoon. From here, we descend for three hours and a half to our lunch area. A cold fruit juice and a varied and yummy buffet lunch is waiting us. Then we´ll be transported by car, for three hours to Cusco; where we arrive around 17:00 pm.

** Our Humantay Lake hike and Salkantay Trek service, is door to door.

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the 2 day trek or a 4 day trek for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier.

Reserve for the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the 2 day trek permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your 2 day trek permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the short salkantay trek does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.

During the trip, how challenging is the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

Remember that this 2 day trek, it is challenging  because you will climb one very high mountain pass; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots).

Will I need extra money on the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, souvenirs «also remember that along the days of hiking into the salkantay trek just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in this 2 day trek. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the 2 day trek can become a bit muddy and slipery. Please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

For the 2 day trek we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path. 

Are there any toilets along the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

Along the 2 day trek there are 3 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Can I use plastic botles during the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

Due to New goverment regulations for the salkantay trek it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER  BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the salkantay trek.

Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square. 

If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.


Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage

What should I expect from the weather on the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the salkantay trek and Machu Picchu, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip in Peru and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.

Is there a possibility to cancel my Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier?

There is no possibility to cancel this 2 day trek. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the salkantay trek; We will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to the lake and trek in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the entrance permits, bus and logistic have already been purchased.