- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: trekking/ experiential, adventurous
- Max. Elevation: 4500 msm
Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier 2D/1N
Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier 2D/1N
Humantay is a snow-covered mountain that is part of the Vilcabamba mountain range and gives rise to the formation of this splendid turquoise-colored lagoon known as the «Humantay Lake» that is fed by the mountain glaciers; and Salkantay is the second highest snowy mountain of Cusco with 6271 m.a.s.l., and also gives rise to another beautiful teal greenish lagoon.
Don´t lose the chance to combine these nature jewels in this 2 day trek.
Highlights of our Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier
In order to give you the best experience on this 2 day trek, we created a unique itinerary to wake our people up the first day later than other companies to give our hikers enough time to get well rested for the Humantay lake and Salkantay trek; also our itinerary 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 our 2 day trek.
Besides we also provide you with a highlight on this 2 day hike, locating our first campsite right at the foot of Salkantay mountain to you be pleased in the evening by a breathtaking starry sky over the Salkantay snowcapped mountain in addition of enjoying an amazing sunrise over the glacier the next day in the morning.
In addition to all of the above we are the only Humantay lake and Salkantay glacier specialist that prepares food for our hikers and staff using 100 % organic vegetables purchased from local producers and also we do a demostration of a typical peruvian dish called Pachamanca which is an underground hot stone barbecue.
Trip Overview of our Short Salkantay Trek
- Trek Type:trekking/hiking, landscape, experiential, adventurous, cultural, colors and flavours
- Good for: those in moderate shape or better
- Difficulty: moderate to challenging
- Season:From March 1st to January 1st
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: Moderate to Difficult
- Weather: Cold and windy
We pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotels to drive from Cusco to the trailhead of our humantay lake & salkantay glacier called soraypampa, located at 3900 m.a.s.l. (12,870 ft.). Once at soraypampa we have an outdoor breakfast observing in front of us the snowy mountains of Salkantay and Humantay in all its splendor with its 6240 m.a.s.l.
After breakfast we get ready to begin hiking uphill our 2 day trek program for 2 hours on a slow a steady pace enjoying the surreal andean scenery until reaching to the outstanding humantay lake composed of pretty teal green color, once on the humantay lake you will have full of time to have a sit, meditate and connect with the lake and glacier, also your tour guide will share interesting facts about the salkantay trek, mountains and lakes.
Then, we hike 45 minutes downhill until we reach salkantay creek, from where we will ascend for 1 hour towards our lunch spot with a spectacular view of salkantay snowy mountain in front of us; Once at our lunch place called salkantay trek pampa our porter and cook will make us wait a cooled fruit juice and also a delicious buffet lunch, we will digest for 30 minutes and then we hike 2 more hours uphill to our campsite which is located just right at foot of salkantay glacier, in my expertise as a guide into this 2 day trek for more than 5 five years l can tell you that there is nothing better than observing a starry sky and the milky way over a glacier higher tan 6000 m.a.s.l.
Upon arrival to our first campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a llitle difficult but rewarding day in this 2 day trek, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and our delicious dinner.
** The Humantay lake and the Salkantay glacier are really well known and crowded places so in order to avoid the crowds and give you peace and comfort we ascend gradually up to the lagoon by an alternative path which is known just by locals; alsowe provide our hikers with extra blankets and rubber bladders with hot water to be warm enough at night
Day 2. Soyrococha- Salkantay Pass- Chaullay- Termal Baths- Lucmabamba
- Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (5 hours)
- Considered: moderate
- Weather: Cold, windy and warm in the second half
We come to your tents at 5:30 am with a hot coca tea to wake you up and enjoy the great morning view with the sunrise over the sakantay mountain, after 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets so you may washed up and wake up in a better way, then we give bewteen 30 to 40 minutes to pack essentials and then have breakfast for another 30 minutes.
Following we start ascending on the salkantay trek for one hour to the salkantay mountain pass, which is the highest point of our 4 day salkantay trek 4650 m.a.s.l. (15,484 ft). Once at salkantay mountain pass; we wil celebrate our target, giving thanks to Pachamama (mother earth) and Apus (mountain gods) so, we will perform an andean ritual to show respect to those deities. Then we hike 40 minutes to an overlooking from where we will be astonished by the bluish green lagoon of salkantay and the vilcabamba mountain range behing it, here we have plenty to meditate or doing a yoga session.
Then we hike back downhill for three hours and a half to Soraypampa which is our lunch spot, upon our arrival our team will be waiting with a welcoming drink and our
yummy buffet lunch; following with our 2 day trek itinerary we get ready to board oyr private van and be driven for three hours and half back to Cusco where we will arrive by 5 pm; then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your hotel.
** Our service is from the door of your hotel this 2 day trek and then back to the door of your hotel again
Included on the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our 2 day trek
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the humantay lake and salkantay glacier.
Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting; you will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on this 2 day trek. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this 2 day trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead and then you will be brought back to Cusco.
Food: Our 2 day trek includes expert hiking chefs who will will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.
Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking, a extra blanket, a bladder to refill with hot water for the cold nights and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the salkantay mountain pass on our 2 day trek or from the dead woman´s pass on the classic inca trail or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the salkantay trek, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier
Rentals: Due we are hiking the 2 trek program ,each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $10
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $5
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $5
We would love to tour the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Glacier with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January as 2 day trek is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $600 per person
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: $980 per person
- 3 Trekkers: $925 per person
- 4 Trekkers: $870 per person
- 5 Trekkers: $815 per person
- 6 Trekkers: $760 per person
- 7 Trekkers: $705 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $650 per person
This 2 day trek, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the salkantay trek. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this 2 day trek
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the 2 day trek is entirely dirt soil
For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
- 2 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 2 sets of undergarments.
- 2 sets of hiking socks
- 1 fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
- 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on this 2 day trek!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
- Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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.