Hike to one of Peru's most magical lakes and be surrounded by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay Peaks while gazing at unbelievable turquoise water.
Duration: Full Day 3am- 5pm
Distance: 6.4 km (4 mi) Round Trip
Elevation: 3,869m (12,690 feet) / 4,200m (13,779 feet)
Difficulty: Easy/ moderate
We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 3am and drive 4 hours to the village of Soraypampa, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Here we will enjoy breakfast before we start our trek up to the lake.
With beautiful views surrounding us, we ascend up the mountain 1.5 hours (1200 ft) for 2 miles taking numerous breaks to enjoy the scenery. After conquering the hill, we will gaze down on a turquoise lake , which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier.
The hike is dominated by Salkantay Peak, 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 other natives 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 lunch while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy peaks. We drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.