Lake Huamantay Hike – 1 Day

A great addition to your trip to Cusco – perfect for nature lovers!  This hike offers you beautiful scenery, exotic fauna and flora with the backdrop of the snow peaks of Huamantay and Salkantay. This hike is part of the popular Salkantay Trek – we visit the campsite of Soraypampa where we will start our ascent to the Huamantay lake (4200 masl / 13 779 ft).

Duration – 1 Day
Difficulty – Moderate


  • Full Day hike
  • See the most beautiful mountains and lakes in southern Cusco
  • Professional English speaking mountain guides
  • High quality service and highly recommended by our clients

* We can arrange a customised itinerary for you to include this hike, contact us for more information.

Tour Itinerary

Pick Up Time: 4.30-5am from hotel

A very early start! We collect you from your hotel in Cusco and start our journey out to the village of Mollepata (2.5 hours drive). We stop here and have some breakfast in a local restaurant before we start our hike to Soraypampa (4,000masl).

The path ascends moderately for around 1.5 hours until we reach Humantay Lake (4,300masl). This beautiful turquoise lake is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier. The dominant peak is that of Mnt Salkantay, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, a snow mountain towering 20,600 feet with pyramid like features.

The equally impressive Humantay Peak, rising 19,412 feet, is also within view. Shamans and locals alike will often give blessing when reaching the crystal-clear waters of Humantay Lake. At the shore we relax, enjoy our box lunch, 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 while enjoying the breath taking panoramic views. We drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.

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Tour Prices

Options Available

Group Service Private Service
Join other travelers on the tour. Departs daily with collection from central Cusco hotel between 4-4.30am.

US$ 75 per person

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No other persons except your group. Departs daily. You have a Private English Speaking Guide and Private Driver at your disposal for the tour.

Tour start time: 4.30am

2 persons : US$ 230 in total

3+ persons : US$ 190 in total

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  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Professional Driver
  • Transportation
  • Collection from Hotel in Cusco with group and private service (return to hotel included with only private service / group service ends Plaza de Armas)
  • Entrances
  • Box Lunch & Snacks / Water


  • Gratuities/tips


  • Walking Poles – $10 per pole
  • Horses – $50 per horse (to be reserved in advance)

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