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Humantay Lake Day Hike

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    Stop At: Humantay Lake, Cusco 08001 Peru

    Your day starts in Cusco where you are picked up from your hotel between 3am and 3:30am for a 3 hour trip via private van to the start of the trail. You will be given a local Peruvian style breakfast prepared by a chef and fuel up for the hike ahead of you.

    Your day starts in Cusco or the Sacred Valley region where you are picked up from your hotel between 3am and 3:30am for a 2.5 hour drive to the village of Mollepata, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Here we will enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant before we start the trek to Soraypampa.

    We travel along a photogenic path called the “Camino Real,” as we gain altitude. After reaching the tiny village, where few amenities exist, 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.

    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 (or the Sacred Valley) drop you off at your hotel.

    NOTE: This is a challenging day of hiking. Hikers should be reasonably fit, and spend some time in Cusco to acclimate as the hike takes place over 4200m (13,000ft) and is about 7 kilometers (5 miles) in length. We recommend guests have at least 2-3 days of acclimation.

    Pick up time is between 3am and 3:30am, please be waiting in your hotel lobby at 3am and keep a lookout for the van. You may want to bring a pillow and blanket to get some extra sleep during the van ride (these can be left in the van while you hike). If you are prone to motion sickness we also recommend taking something to help with this.

    Duration: 14 hours
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pick up from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley
    Departure Time
    Between 3am and 3:30am
    Return Details
    Tour ends with drop off at your hotel
    • Small Group Experience* (max 8 trekkers) - This maximizes the experience, and provides you the full attention of our guides and staff
    • Professional FlashpackerConnect guide
    • Breakfast at a local restaurant
    • Lunch prepared by a chef (local Peruvian food is prepared, and drinks such as teas and coffee)
    • Snacks for the trek
    • English/Spanish speaking expert trekking guide
    • First aid kit and oxygen
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Cusco or the Sacred Valley area)
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Snacks
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Water (bring 1 liter per person)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    What makes Flashpacker worth the extra dollars? It's their on-site guide staff and how they truly want to provide the best service to their clients. If he's available, you should ask for Jacob. It's guides like him that make an impression. Had the opportunity to...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank mcclintockmiller
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We did the day trip from downtown cusco to Lake humantay with them today. We had an incredible time and they did so much for us. One of our party got car sick on the 3 1/2 hour trip and they were extremely attentive to...More

    Thank otellop2014
    Reviewed 23 July 2019

    My friend and I did the Humantay Lake day hike on our first day in Cusco. Adjusting to the altitude was a challenge, but this was the perfect way to acclimate. You do have to wake up early but you can finish sleeping on the...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank pforpal
    Reviewed 5 July 2019 via mobile

    The hike is a little difficult for someone who isn't fit and also because of the altitude above 4000 feet. If you hike all the way or ride a horse you will have be filled with joy because the view of Lago Humantay is extremely...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank 7lalad
    Reviewed 17 May 2019

    We took the FlashpackerConnect tour and it was outstanding! Giovanny was very informative, fun and helpful; he really made the experience. We got there early before anyone else, gave a blessing to Mother Earth and had an amazing Peruvian lunch afterward. Everything was top notch!...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Meghan E
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