TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1:

Humantay Lake Trek 1 Day

This spectacular day begins at 4:30am when your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will drive 3 hours to the trailhead of Soraypampa located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Here we will enjoy hot breakfast made by our professional chef.

We hike along a path called the “Camino Real,” as we gain altitude. After reaching the tiny traditional village, we continue for another hour and a half, ascending 1,200 feet in just 2 miles up a steep path. After conquering the last hill, we will gaze down on a turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier.

On the trek you are looking directly up to the Salkantay Mountain, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, towering 20,600 feet with a sheer and snowy face. The equally impressive Humantay Peak, rising 19,412 feet, is also within view. Shamans and others who follow traditional Andean beliefs, will often give blessing when reaching the crystal-clear waters of Humantay Lake

Once we reach the lakeshore, we relax, enjoy a snack, go for a swim (if you are brave!) or give thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth). When you are ready to hike back down, we will descend to Soraypampa and have a hot lunch while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy peaks. Tired from such a beautiful day, we drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.

Inclusions

Included

  • All Transports included, in Tourist Service.
  • 1 full lunch, 1 Breakfast (Optional vegetarian meal)
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance ticket

Pricing

From 2 to 3 Passengers
$ USD 175.00

Price per person

From 4 to 7 Passengers
$ USD 148.00

Price per person

From 8 to 12 Passengers
$ USD 128.00

Price per person

From 12 to more passengers
$ USD 118.00

Price per person

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What to Pack

  • Comfortable clothes for the trip.
  • Wool caps (chullo), gloves, scarf.
  • Waterproof jacket, rain poncho, small backpack and rain cover.
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Mineral water.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Binoculars, walking stick, sunscreen. Personal medications
  • Photo Camera with extra batteries

Frequently Asked Questions Humantay Lake Trek 1 Day

WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF HIKE TO THE HUMANTAY LAGOON?

The route for the Humantay Laguna Tour is quite simple compared to longer hikes such as: Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, Ausangate, Lares, etc. However, we always recommend that our clients be in good physical condition, in addition to acclimatizing to the altitude. That is why we suggest you arrive in Cusco 2 days or 1 day before your departure on the tour in order to adapt to the altitude.

IF I HAVE A FOOD ALLERGY, CAN I DO THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY HIKE?

Yes, you can take the Humantay Lagoon Tour, but we ask that you please communicate your allergic condition in good time and in detail at the time of making your reservation. This way we can give you a solution and keep an eye on your situation, because our goal is for you to enjoy your trip without any problem.

In the case of having a severe allergy, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or person who is aware and fully responsible for your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A TREKKING POLE TO DO THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY TOUR?

To do the Humantay Lake route, it is usually not necessary to have walking sticks, since our route is not too complicated. However, if you have a problem with your knee, then it is best to use walking poles.

FOR WHAT AGE IS IT RECOMMENDED TO TAKE THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY TOUR?

The temperature in the Laguna Humantay Tour, being very close to the Salkantay Mountains, is low and the intense cold is felt. So, the appropriate age to take the Laguna Humantay tour is for adults. In the case of minors, they may take the tour under the responsibility of an adult.

CAN I FIND INTERNET ON THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY TOUR?

Internet service during the walk is zero. However, in the Soraypampa – Salkantay Camp it is possible that your cell phone can pick up a Wi-Fi signal, but you will have to pay for the service since the modem is managed by residents of the community and the payment is 20 to 30 soles per hour.

WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO DO THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY TOUR?

Taking into consideration that the Humantay Lagoon is located in the region of Cusco-Peru, it goes through two well-defined seasons during the year:

Rainy season: Between the months of November to March, during this time the presence of rain is frequent and long walks are not recommended. However, you can take short trips around Cusco.
Dry season: Between the beginning of March and the end of October, during this time the presence of rain is minimal. Therefore, this season is considered the best time for tourism in the entire Cusco region.

DO I NEED TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE TO TAKE THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY TOUR?

Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended, whether in the case of visiting Lake Humantay, Salkantay or another hike. Because in the event of an incident occurring en route, if you have travel insurance it allows you to make support arrangements between the various institutions and support you as soon as possible and said cost will be assumed by your travel insurance.

IF I WANT TO DO THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY TOUR, DO I NEED TO ACCLIMATIZE?

Due to the height at which the Humantay Lagoon is located, it is necessary to acclimatize. To do this, it is suggested to arrive in Cusco between 2 to 3 days before the tour, this will help with the symptoms of altitude sickness.

IS IT NECESSARY TO USE TREKKING POLES TO DO THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY TOUR?

The hiking level for the Humantay Lagoon Tour varies from easy to moderate, it may not be necessary to use trekking poles; However, it is suggested to use it at least during the descent, this way it will help balance your body weight and not feel pain in your knees. If you do not have your own trekking pole, you can rent it from our agency for $15 dollars.

IS THERE A PLACE TO LEAVE THE THINGS I DO NOT NEED FOR THE LAGUNA HUMANTAY TOUR?

Most hotels in Cusco have a space to leave belongings while their guests take their tours. If the hotel you chose does not have this service, don’t worry because you can leave your suitcases and things you don’t need for the trip at our agency, at no additional price.

Reviews about Humantay Lake Trek 1 Day

cathy w
cathy w
2023-12-22
Exceeded all expectations! We had an incredible family adventure with this white water rafting and zip lining experience in Peru. Our safety was a top priority, and the guide ensured a smooth pick-up from our Airbnb. The 1 hour 45 minute drive to the river lodge was scenic, and the lodge itself nestled in a beautiful setting. The rafting, said to be class 3+, provided an exhilarating experience, and the absence of other tourists made it feel exclusive. The scenery during the ride itself was amazing. We were also provided GoPro photos at the end for an extra charge. It definitely got very cold but there was a sauna at the end which was perfect. We finished up with a delicious lunch featuring quinoa and chicken soup, along with chicken, rice, and sweet potatoes. A memorable and well-rounded adventure that deserves five stars!
Madison P
Madison P
2023-10-31
Great experience and value but not a must-do in Cusco Hotel pick up at 8:30am very convenient. 2 hour drive or so to get to lodge, one stop for bathroom/snacks if needed. Equipment provided was weathered and a few tears but adequate. Safety demonstration before hitting river. Water was freezing but stayed warm enough in wetsuit provided, was definitely cold by the end. Anderson was our rafting guide and he was amazing, made the trip fun. Gave us a ton of info about the river, rafting, and other trips he does. Super cool guy. Rapids were about a class 2-3+ on the day we went but they differ depending on time of year/rain. When we got back I warmed up in the sauna then tried to take a shower. No hot water (which I guess isn't in the description but I assumed it would be hot.) Ended up not getting in since I was just in cold water for 2 hours... Had a warm delicious lunch of coffee, soup, and chicken & rice. After was given zipline equipment and a quick basic rundown/safety info. There are only two zips - one across the river and then one back. The ladder to get up to the first one is a little sketchy but not horrible. The posting doesn't specify how many zips are included so suppose it's my fault but I thought there would be more. We were a bit rushed because it looked like it was going to rain. Overall I would recommend if you for sure want to go rafting. But if you have been rafting and/or ziplining before and have a limited amount of time in Cusco, I would say skip it and do something like Rainbow Mountain that you can't see anywhere else.
Anna
Anna
2023-08-23
Exiting tour! We had a really good time, the guides really made an effort to make the whole tour exiting. The lodge were also nice 👍
Mike
Mike
2023-05-30
Awesome Experience! Just completed a hike up Rainbow Mountain with Juan Carlos from Mayuc. He did an outstanding job of keeping a group with varying abilities together and made it a most enjoyable experience for all. He was highly knowledgeable about the history, geology, and culture and was extremely personable. Fantastic experience. Lunch at the nearby Mayuc compound was a great bonus and a treat not to be missed!
George O
George O
2022-11-06
Value for money The zip line and the rafting were both enjoyable experiences. They were loads of fun. To top it all, after the rafting experience one can then warm-up in an home-made Sauna!
Tjay1
Tjay1
2022-09-15
Great Fun, Brilliant Day Out We had an excellent day with these guys! The rafting was brilliant, friendly staff, good equipment, clear instructions, great setting and scenary, fun zip line, good food, on time... recommended!
Necia S
Necia S
2022-08-02
The perfect activity The River was fantastic and our guide made it just an over the top experience! We laughed so much! I highly recommend booking with them!
Jonathan S
Jonathan S
2022-07-28
Amazing rafting trip What an incredible experience! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is considering it. Rafting on the Apurimac River was beautiful and the rapids were exhilarating. Our guides Willy and Gabriel were also absolutely amazing. They were both very experienced and made us feel safe throughout the experience. Plus, they were genuinely friendly and fun to hang out with. They even sent us photos and videos from their GoPro after the trip! Overall, this is a top tier tour company and I feel more than comfortable recommending it to everyone!!
Alex In Wanderland
Alex In Wanderland
2022-07-20
Rafting Apurimac with Amazonas Explorers The Apurimac is sporty with incredible scenery. In 3 days, other than camping, I don't think we ever went more than 10 minutes between rapids. Six portages and watching one where the guides sent the rafts down unmanned, a wave caught the 6 man raft and tossed it upside down onto rocks several feet above the river level, glad I wasn't in it. You don't want to do anything stupid here, it's a long way to the hospital. The only other people we saw were 3 gold miners sluicing with 5 gallon buckets, who told us it was a 3 day walk for them to get from the top of the canyon down to the river. At the top of the canyon before driving down to the river my i-phone read 13,400 feet elevation. Our outfitter was Amazonas Explorers, the guides professional and food good. The rafting equipment was top notch with foot pockets, which you need. Amazonas Explorers organized another 14 days of Peruvian sight seeing, from Paracas on the coast, through Cusco and the sacred valley, and on to the Tambopata eco-lodge in the amazon. Everything was on time, all of the employees were extra friendly and the guides spoke excellent english, put us up in excellent hotels, good food, just a first class organization. I asked the different guides how long they've worked there, and almost all of them had been with the company for 10-15 years We sprang for the private guides and transportation, good choice. One other thing, the airport at lake titicaca went down for maintenance at the last minute and after some frantic emails, Amazonas Explorers changed the itenerary. got us different hotels and kept the ball rolling, the only extra cost was for changing Latam tickets. I was impressed they were able to pull that off during high tourist season and didn't soak us for it. Hat tip for that.
Choosewhatever
Choosewhatever
2022-06-21
Excellent rafting for beginners This activity included river rafting, lunch and ziplining. The river rafting was an incredible experience with class 1-3. This was ideal for our family with teens. The teens had never been rafting before so it was a fun experience for them without much danger. We were followed by a safety raft in case any went overboard. Américo was a great river guide and gave great instructions on what needed to be done. After rafting there were showers and bathrooms available as well as a sauna. We were then treated to a nice lunch followed by ziplining. I had never ziplined across a river so it was a great experience even though the climb up to the first line was not very safe. If you are doing this activity with children I highly recommend skipping the ziplining. Unlike other eating trips we have done there was no one trailing along to take pictures although there was a GoPro mounted on the raft. There was also no one to take pictures during the ziplining.

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