Humantay Lake With Salkantay Pass Trek




Salkantay hike 2 days, exploring the mesmerizing landscape surrounding Cusco’s second-highest peak in Peru, at an elevation of 6,275 meters.

Experience awe-inspiring mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, and lagoons with visits to the stunning Humantay and Salkantay Lagoons. This adventure is perfect for those who have already visited Machu Picchu and wish to delve further into the captivating Andean mountains.

As operators of the Salkantay Trek, we offer an opportunity to experience the trail’s beauty in just two days. All you need are a few personal items, and we will provide the rest. Spend a night at our exclusive, private Quiswarniyoc campsite, surrounded by natural wonders and Relax in our one-of-a-kind Crystal Igloos, offering a truly exceptional and immersive lodging experience amid the stunning natural surroundings.

As you venture along the winding trails, a sense of tranquility and wonder will envelop you. The Humantay Lake, a hidden gem nestled amidst towering peaks, unveils its majestic turquoise waters, reflecting the surrounding snow-capped mountains with sheer perfection.

Every step of this exhilarating hike brings you closer to nature’s masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of the flora that embellish the path, breathing in the crisp, invigorating mountain air. Feel the energy of the Andean wilderness coursing through your veins as you ascend towards the extraordinary destination.

Reaching the shores of the Humantay Lake, time seems to stand still. A symphony of serenity embraces your senses, inviting you to contemplate the sheer magnificence of this natural wonder. The crystal-clear waters mirror the towering peaks, creating a breathtaking panorama that will forever be etched in your memory.

Take a moment to indulge in the peace and tranquility that envelopes you. Allow the pure beauty of the surroundings to invigorate your spirit and ignite a sense of awe within your soul. Capture the moment with your camera or simply soak in the splendor, knowing that this experience is yours to cherish forever.

As you descend back along the trail, a profound sense of gratitude fills your heart. The Humantay Lake hike has not only allowed you to witness nature’s grandeur but has also awakened a deeper connection with the earth and its wonders.



  • Start point: Cusco, hotel pick up from 4:30 to 5:00 am
  • Pick up: at Machu Picchu reservations office at 5:00 am
  • Ending point: Cusco city center – Plaza Regocijo
  • Duration: 2 days – 1 night
  • Departure: Daily departures
  • Group size: Up to 16
  • Duffle Bag: Included (7 kg capacity)
  • Meals included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Vegetarian/vegan: Food available upon request at no extra charge
  • Free storage: Available
  • High season: From april to october

Humantay Lake With Salkantay Pass Trek



Per person



Group Size:

Max. 10 People

Physical Level:


Tour location:

Cusco - Peru

Tour type:



2 B, 1 D, 2 L


Daily departures



After picking up everyone from their respective hotels, we depart from Cusco around 5:15 am, driving for 2 hours to the town of Mollepata. Once there, we stop for a delicious breakfast and pay a 10 soles entrance fee to the local municipality. We continue by car for another hour to Soraypampa, where we meet the muleteers and horses that will carry our luggage, food, and each hiker’s 7 kilos of personal belongings provided in duffle bags.

We start the 2-hour uphill hike to Humantay Lake. Upon arrival, you’ll have ample time to explore, take photos, and listen to the guide’s explanation about the significance of Humantay Lake. After spending a couple of hours at the lake, we descend for 2 hours to the exclusive Quiswarniyoc Camp, where a wholesome lunch awaits.

Following lunch, you have free time to explore the stunning area. If you desire more hiking, you can ascend to the Salkantay Mirador for a panoramic view of the entire region. If you prefer to rest, relax in the Crystal Igloos, which are cabins featuring glass doors, pillows, sleeping pads, and nighttime illumination.

Quiswarniyoc Private Camp, located at 4,000 meters, is an exclusive campsite offering short hiking trails, mountain views, and waterfalls. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and even take pictures with the llamas that inhabit the camp.


The second day of the trek is more challenging, as it takes you to the highest point of the entire Salkantay trail, offering fantastic mountain views and a visit to Salkantay Lake.

At around 5:00 am, the cooks will wake you with a cup of hot coca tea, giving you time to repack and prepare for a nutritious breakfast served at around 5:45 am. Afterward, it’s time to begin the ascent to the highest point of the Salkantay trail, which stands at 4,630 meters. The uphill hike takes approximately 3 to 4 hours at a steady, slow pace.

Upon reaching the summit, you’ll have time to admire the mountain views, take photos, and learn about the mountain gods from your guide. You’ll also participate in a small Andean ritual to honor the Apus, the mountain gods. Afterward, you’ll begin the 2.5-hour downhill trek back to Soraypampa, where transportation will be waiting to take you to Mollepata for lunch. Following lunch, you’ll continue with a two-hour drive back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 6:00 pm.


  • This package includes round-trip transportation between Cusco and Soraypampa, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free journey to and from your destination. You’ll be picked up at a designated location in Cusco and transported to Soraypampa, then brought back to Cusco at the end of your adventure.
  • During the trip, you’ll be provided with a total of five meals, including two lunches, one dinner, and two breakfasts. All meals are prepared by experienced chefs, offering a taste of local cuisine and ensuring you stay fueled and energized throughout your adventure.
  • A professional tour guide will accompany your group, sharing their expert knowledge of the area and ensuring your safety during the excursion. They will also offer insights into local history, culture, and natural wonders, making the trip a truly enriching experience.
  • A comfortable sleeping bag will be provided for your use during the trip, ensuring you stay warm and cozy during the night. You won’t need to bring your own, which helps lighten your load while traveling.
  • The highlight of this package is the unique experience of spending one night in a Crystal Igloo. These transparent igloos offer stunning, unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape and sky, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the area. The Crystal Igloo also provides a comfortable and memorable overnight stay, making your trip even more special.

Not Included

If you are planning on embarking on the Salkantay Trek 2-day hike, here is a detailed packing list to ensure that you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable journey:


  • Wool hat or beanie
  • T-shirt
  • Layer (such as a fleece or sweatshirt)
  • Waterproof or water-resistant jacket (if your jacket is not waterproof, bring a rain poncho)
  • Hiking pants or comfortable outdoor pants
  • Hiking shoes (or sneakers if you don’t have hiking shoes)
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves


  • Small backpack to carry water, snacks, camera, etc.


  • Water (at least 2 liters, but you can also buy more on the way)
  • Snacks (such as apples, cereal bars, sweets, and chocolates)
  • Sun cream
  • Rain poncho

Additional Items (optional):

  • Trekking poles (can be rented in Cusco)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera or phone charger

Make sure to pack your items in a waterproof or water-resistant bag to protect your belongings from any potential rain or wet conditions. It is important to note that the weather in the Andes can be unpredictable, and it is best to pack clothing that can be layered to adjust to changing temperatures. With this packing list, you will be well-prepared to tackle the Salkantay Trek and fully immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of the Peruvian Andes.



Salkantay Trek 3-Day Essentials

For the 3-day Salkantay trek, you’ll need personal trekking gear and a sleeping bag. If you don’t have a sleeping bag, you can rent one from us, as well as trekking poles if desired. We provide the rest of the necessary equipment.

Personal Trekking Gear to Pack:

  • A small 20 to 30-liter backpack to carry daily essentials, or any daypack you’re comfortable with
  • Wool hat or beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • A pair of gloves
  • 2 to 3 T-shirts (preferably with long sleeves)
  • 2 layers (sweater, fleece)
  • 2 pairs of long pants or leggings
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • A small headlamp
  • Shorts
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • A small towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush and other personal toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Water bottle
  • Rain gear (pants, jacket, or rain poncho) – crucial, especially during the wet season
  • Optional: thermal clothing for the first night at 4,100 meters
  • Snacks (chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc.)
  • Extra cash in Soles

Essential Documents for the Trek:

  1. Original passport
  2. Physical original student card (if you applied for the student discount)

Note: Machu Picchu Reservations provides a duffle bag in which you can pack up to 7 kilos of personal belongings. These will be carried by horses during the trek. You’ll carry your small backpack with daily essentials while trekking, and you’ll have access to your duffle bag at each campsite.


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Humantay Lake With Salkantay Pass Trek

2 Days - 01 Nights
$110.00 Per person (Group service)
Amazing trek with the best guide I did the Inca trail to Machupicchu for 4 days and 3 nights, with Salkantay Trekkers Peru. Our organization was excellent I joined a group of 6 people. We had the briefing one night before our departure where our guide Jose gave us full information and some suggestions. The service was very good, with all the staff that we went from the first day between them it is worth mentioning the service of our Cheff and our porters who were the people who took our travel luggage. The whole group saw the desire to work as a team, and in a professional manner. Our Guide Jose very kind and attentive with all the group of tourists and the staff of the Agency. I had the best travel experience with this group and very organized, I congratulate the whole group for making me part of this unforgettable experience. I recommend this travel agency in Cusco, for those people who are interested in traveling to Machu Picchu.
Belen F
Belen F
El mejor!! Machu Picchu mi Excursión con ellos. Organizaros perfectamente. Salimos a tiempo y la guía fue informativo y servicial. Disfrutamos cada momento de la excursión y nos sentimos en manos seguras. Lo recomiendo para cualquier excursión en Cusco y alrededor de la ciudad.
Sreeram Hariharan
Sreeram Hariharan
Servicio impresionante Fui a Salkantay Trek con la agencia. Estaba bien organizado y las guías son conocedores e informativos.

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