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Humantay Lake

Humantay Lake

Humantay Lake is one of most magical lakes in the Cusco region, being surrounded by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay peaks. While gazing at unbelievable turquoise water, you will have opportunity to appreciate beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes during our hike from Soraypampa to Humantay Lake.

This turquois lake is one of the photogenic jewels of the Cusco region and its proximity to Humantay and Salcantay mountains only adds to its beauty.

Overview

Overview:

Humantay Lake is a great option for those looking to see the spectacular glacial landscapes of Cusco and only have a day to do it. Humantay Lake is a glacial lake located on the slopes of Humantay Mountain (5835 m/19143 ft) and is part of the Salkantay massif which has become one of the world’s most popular areas for higher altitude trekking.  Along with turquois colored Humantay Lake we will also have spectacular views of Humantay and Salcantay Mountains.

  • Tour Type: Hiking and adventure.
  • Good For: Those with a sense of adventure and in good shape.
  • Temperature: Cold, temperature may go below 0 degrees at night.
  • Difficulty: Challenging.
  • Considerations: Enjoy the amazing colors of the mountains before they are discovered by the public.
  • Heigh: The height of Humantay Lake is reflected in its 4200 meters above sea level.

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Itinerary

Pre-trek briefing:

You will have a through briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Humantay Lake. Your guide will meet you at our office in Cusco and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Cusco.

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 am and drive 2 hours to the village of Mollepata, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Here we will enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant, later we will continue to Soraypampa.

Our hike takes us along a photogenic trail called the “Camino Real,” as we gain altitude we’ll reach the tiny village of Soraypampa, where few amenities exist. We’ll continue for another hour and a half, gaining another 1,200 feet in just 2 miles ascending a steep path. After summiting the last hill, we will gaze down on the turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier.

We’ll spend about an hour taking photos and admiring Humantay Lake and discussing the geography and culture of our surrounding before we return to Mollepata along the Camino Real and board our van to Cusco where we’ll arrive at about 5 pm just in time for you to prepare for your dinner and evening in the Cusco.

  • Duration: Full Day, 4:30am- 5pm
  • Distance: 7 km (4.4 Miles) Round Trip
  • Elevation: 3,869m (12,690 ft) / 4,200m (13,779 ft)
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Inclusions

Included:

  • Pre-trek briefing the night before the humantay lake.
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your humantay Lake.
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead of Lake Humantay.
  • Private transport to Drive back and drop off at your hotel.
  • Entrance fee to the Humantay Lake.
  • Breakfast and Lunch.
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide.
  • Oxygen tank (in case it is needed).
  • First aid kit.
  • All taxes included.
  • Small group experience or custom private trips

Not Included:

  • Horse riding (optional).
  • Domestic Flights.
  • Dinner.
  • Walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms).
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs.
  • Hotels.
  • Travel Insurance. 
  • Tips for your crew.

We recommend that you bring:

Hiking to humantay lake is like any other high altitude trek, so it is essential to be well prepared. As it begins in the dead of night morning, consider to pack the following Items:

  • Passport.
  • A down and rain jacket. 
  • A pair of gloves. 
  • A hoodie/hut and sun glasses. 
  • A good pair of hiking shoes. 
  • Rain poncho. 
  • Hiking poles. 
  • Water bottle or camelback. 
  • Sunscreen. 
  • Snacks. 
  • Camera. 
  • Extra Cash. 

Prices

Prices are valid from March 2024 through January 2025. All prices quoted are $USD

Group Price:$59 per person

A group trip means that it is open for other hikers to join you. This means that your group will have different hiking and fitness skills. All our guides are experts on how to keep the walk moving and happy, no matter how fast you walk.

Private Service Price:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • Price for 2 trekkers: 140 USD per person
  • Price for 3 trekkers: 130 USD per person
  • Price for 4 trekkers: 120 USD per person
  • Price for 5 trekkers: 110 USD per person
  • Price for 6 trekkers: 100 USD per person
  • Price for 7 trekkers to more people: 90 USD per person

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US$10.00.
  • A horse (USD 45 extra).

Terms & Conditions

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Journeys, you agree to these Terms & Conditions.

Booking:

  1. Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  2. You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
  3. You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  4. The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.

Cancellations:

  1. Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 40% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:

ONCE BOOKED, DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. CHART BELOW OUTLINES WHAT FURTHER FEES WILL BE DUE.

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91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.

Inca Trail Tours:

  1. Permits: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Journeys (or any agency).
  2. In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Journeys will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  3. Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

Medical Information:

  1. You must advise Cusco Journeys of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  2. You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
  3. Cusco Journeys reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
  4. Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
  5. It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

  1. All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
    You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  2. All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  3. If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
  4. Cusco Journeys will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Journeys cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  5. Cusco Journeys does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  6. Cusco Journeys may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
  7. Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
  8. All tours are done in English.

Delays:

  1. Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

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