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2 day, 1 night

Humantay Lake & Salkantay Pass Tour 2D/1N (with domes)

Located in one of the most beautiful places in Peru, the Humantay Lake & Salkantay Pass Tour 2D/1N (with domes) has to offer a walk full of unimaginable landscapes that dazzle with their beauty and tranquility. Its turquoise waters combine perfectly with a range of snow-capped mountains, surrounded by trails that offer panoramic views to hikers.

The tour includes an exciting adventure that starts early in the morning, including breakfast and lunch. We will be located at the Sky Camp in Soraypampa, a site with unparalleled views of the mountains and the starry sky at night.

The Humantay Lake & Salkantay Pass Tour 2D/1N (with domes) has expert guides who are fluent in both English and Spanish and who will accompany us all along the way. Therefore, there is no reason to worry about anything but enjoying the tour.

The groups are small and usually consist of 2 to 10 people, plus the guide and an assistant. As a health safety measure, we do not exceed 12 people per group.

The Humantay Lake is one of the most sought after destinations for trekking and hiking lovers, being one of the natural wonders of Cusco. It is very accessible for its short walk, paths surrounded by a natural environment of hills, streams and inhabited by llamas and alpacas.

On the Humantay & Salkantay Tour 2D/1N (with domes) you will discover that the road is as beautiful as the destination. You will get to know the typical landscape of the Andes and admire the fantastic view of the lagoon as a reward for the way up.



Itinerary of the Sky Camp & Humantay Lake Tour 2D/1N

DAY 1:


The day begins with the pickup of the passengers from their respectives hotels at approximately 04:00 a.m. We will drive for 3 hours through Anta and Mollepata until we reach Challacancha which will be the starting point of the trek. Around 09:30 a.m. we will start trekking to Soraypampa (3869 m.a.s.l. / 12,690 FASL) for 3 hours. Once there, lunch will be served.

Then we will head for 3 hours (5 km / 3.1 miles) to the Humantay Lagoon (4,221 m.a.s.l. / 13,845 FASL). Finally, after admiring the lagoon, we will return to Soraypampa Sky camp to enjoy the night.

The difficulty of the walk is MODERATE considering the approximately 6 hours of walking. 

DAY 2:


Today we will wake up at 5:30 am. We will enjoy an energetic breakfast to begin our hike up the trail known as "The path of the 7 snakes' ' to the highest point of this trek: The Salkantay pass (4,638m.a.s.l. / 15,213 FASL). Then, we will follow a downhill trail that will take us to Soroycocha where we will have lunch. After that, we will continue descending to our Sky Camp in Soraypampa where our transportation will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.

We will arrive in the city at approximately 6:00 p.m. 


Additional Information


The price of the Tour Sky Camp & Humantay Lake 2D/1N includes:

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Transport Cusco-Challacancha and Soraypampa-Cusco
  • Expert guide in English and Spanish
  • Sky camp
  • One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner. Snacks included (Special, vegetarian or vegan menus available at no additional cost)
  • Medical kit
  • Oxygen balloon
  • Sleeping bags
Not include

The price of the Salkantay & Humantay Lake 2D/1N Tour does not include:

  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay trail (PEN 10.00 per person)
  • Walking sticks
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Travel insurance
What to Bring

What to bring for the Salkantay & Humantay Lake Tour 2D/1N?

  • Choose comfortable and optimal footwear for hiking, warm jacket, caps or hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, clothes or poncho for rain (especially from November to April).
  • Passport or ID card.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Audiovisual recording devices (cell phone, camera, video cameras).
  • Cash (preferably Peruvian Soles).

Considerations for the Salkantay & Humantay Lake Tour 2D/1N: 

  • The streets of the city are narrow, which limits vehicular access to certain places; in this case the guide will suggest a nearby point to pass by looking for you and enjoy the tour.
  • You must be in reasonable physical condition to do the tour.
  • It is important that you enjoy a few days in Cusco before doing the Tour; only then your body will be adapted to the altitude of the region.
  • This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years old. Adults over 60 years of age should be aware that this activity requires a good physical condition.
  • Due to environmental, climatic or other factors beyond our control, the itinerary of the trip may vary. If so, we will notify you in a timely manner.
  • Guru Explorers value your time and strive to respect the tour schedule; however, it may vary for reasons beyond our control (weather, natural disasters, field conditions, among other demonstrable reasons). We will do our best to offer efficient options and solutions for your enjoyment.

Not Allowed:

  • Pets.
  • Smoke.
  • Large suitcases or bags.

Not recommended for:

  • People with heart problems, back problems, asthma or high blood pressure.
  • People in wheelchairs.
  • Pregnant women.
Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy:

  • With 3 days or less notice, there will be no reimbursement.
  • Between 4 and 7 days’ notice, 70% reimbursement.
  • More than 7 days, 90% will be reimbursed.

Date changes:

  • Fees applied for change of date in private tours:
    • There will be no extra charge if notified more than 5 days in advance.
    • If notified between 3 and 5 days in advance, an additional charge of 20% will apply.
    • If notified 2 days or less in advance, it will not be possible to make the change and will not be subject to reimbursement.
  • There will be no refund in case of delayed flights, train delays, bad weather or other external factors.
Why choose us

We want to be part of the experience that you will live in the Humantay Lake & Salkantay Tour 2D/1N (with domes).

If you are still wondering why choose us, we would like you to read 7 outstanding features of our service:

  1.  QUALITY: When you go to a teacher, it is because you want to answer all the questions. When it comes to travel, money, time and enjoyment there is a lot to solve and that's what Guru Explorers is all about, giving you the perfect balance for the adventure you DESERVE.
  2.  EXPERIENCE: To become Guru Explorers, we are still world travelers, but experts in Cusco, Lima, and the most important destinations in Peru. We experienced bad and good experiences, finding that in the details is the difference, that's why we know what elements are essential for your trip, we are travelers and we strive to enhance your experience!
  3.  TRANSPARENCY: We are here to provide you with the best information and description of our tours. We are not in favor of hidden costs. We provide the necessary information so you can choose the inclusions or upgrades you are looking for.
  4.  SAFETY: You trust us with your time, your money and your expectations and that is why we fine-tune every detail to guarantee the trip you dream of.
  5.  FLEXIBILITY: Although we have pre-established packages; we adapt to your needs and make tailor-made plans for you to visit any place in Peru, with the expertise of a Guru Explorers. We adapt trips for special occasions such as your corporate travel, honeymoon, birthday, social, cultural or sporting event in your visit to Peru, offering you complete advice to achieve and exceed your expectations.
  6.  PASSION: Before being tour guides, we are travelers, explorers, adventurers; that makes us passionate about creating the best experiences in the time you invest for you and those you love.
  7.  SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: We promote Responsible and Sustainable Tourism without affecting the traveler, nor exploiting the communities that receive us or their environment. We create experiences that are more humane and respectful of heritage.

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¿ What is the level of difficulty of the Humantay Lake Hike?

At Guru Explorers, we categorize this hike as MODERATE. The physical effort is not so demanding, although we recommend using hiking poles.

Due to the altitude of the region we suggest you be acclimatized with at least 2 days in Cusco to avoid respiratory problems.

¿ It is possible to do the Humantay Lake tour on horseback.?

Yes, at the base of the beginning of the hike you will have horseback transportation services. The owners, local people, will accompany you as muleteers along the way.

In high season it is difficult to find available horses due to the demand. The approximate price to hire this service round trip is approximately 100 Peruvian soles. (~30 USD - payment is in cash and in Peruvian Soles).

¿ What is the weather like during the Humantay Lake Tour?

The cold season is between May and October, and the rainiest months are between November and April. However, the weather at high altitude is unpredictable, from sunny, windy, cold, to rain out of the blue.

We recommend that you plan your clothing to withstand the weather conditions. The sun is usually intense during the morning and part of the afternoon and the temperature can range from -5 to 18 °C.

¿ What luggage should I bring to the Humantay Tour??

No suitcases or large bags are allowed. However, you may bring a backpack for basic items such as water, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, among others.

¿ What is the difference between group service and private service?

In the group service you share the experience with a small group of passengers, all departing from Cusco and being picked up at their respective lodgings. The private service is personalized and has the option to leave earlier to avoid other groups of tourists, also, the tour will be at your pace and you can customize the experience on special occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, family trip, among others.

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