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1-Day Humantay Lake Trek

Step into Nature’s Marvel: A Day Amidst Glacial Wonders

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

1-Day Humantay Lake Trek Overview

Experience the unparalleled beauty of the Andes with our tailored 1-Day Humantay Lake Trek. Unlike any other, we prioritize your tranquility and connection to nature. Starting our journey at dawn from Cusco, we ensure you’re one of the first to witness the pristine waters of Humantay Lake, a sight now sought by over 500 visitors daily. This early start allows for a serene experience, where the lake’s mirror-like waters, reflecting the grandeur of the surrounding peaks, are yours to savor without the distraction of large crowds.

While the trek presents its challenges due to the elevation surpassing 4,250 m.a.s.l., the reward is nothing short of breathtaking. Feel the pulse of the Peruvian Highlands with every step, and as the mesmerizing views unfold, you’ll understand why this hidden gem has captured the hearts of many. To optimize this high-altitude experience, we recommend a two-day acclimation in Cusco beforehand, ensuring your trek is both memorable and comfortable.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 3:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Mollepata, Soraypampa, Humantay Lake, Humantay glacier, and Salkantay Mountain

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 03:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 03:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:00
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Cusco

Kickstart your day with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. Our timely departure ensures we beat the crowds, offering you an exclusive experience. We journey southward for two hours, reaching Mollepata where a refreshing breakfast in a local eatery awaits.

Post-breakfast, we traverse a rugged road to Soraypampa, the starting point of our trek. From here, the mesmerizing Humantay Lake, a hidden gem of the Peruvian highlands, beckons. You have the choice to either hike or opt for a horse ride. Typically, our early start facilitates a serene 1.5-hour hike to the lake or a brisk 30-minute horse ride.

The ascent, though challenging, is worth every step. As you reach the lake, you’ll be greeted by its pristine waters, dramatically set against the backdrop of the Humantay glacier. With fewer visitors around, you’ll have the luxury of soaking in the views undisturbed. Our guide will also introduce you to the best spots for those perfect photographs. After a tranquil time at the lake, we’ll begin our descent to Soraypampa.

The journey doesn’t end there. We drive to Mollepata, where a sumptuous lunch is served. The return route offers panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. Wrapping up this unforgettable day trip, a two-hour drive brings us back to Cusco, with a drop-off at your hotel’s main gate by approximately 3:00 pm.

Tour Highlights

1-Day Humantay Lake Trek Highlights

  • Early Morning Departure: Beat the crowds and enjoy a serene experience at Humantay Lake.
  • Mollepata Breakfast: Start the day with a local breakfast in the picturesque town of Mollepata.
  • Soraypampa Start: Embark on your trek from the scenic base of Soraypampa.
  • Humantay Lake: Witness the pristine beauty of this high-altitude lake, set dramatically against the backdrop of the Humantay glacier.
  • Exclusive Photo Opportunities: With fewer visitors around, capture the perfect shots of the lake and its surroundings.
  • Mollepata Lunch: Refuel with a hearty lunch in Mollepata, taking in the local flavors.
  • Panoramic Return Drive: Enjoy breathtaking views of valleys and mountains on your return journey to Cusco.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • An additional guide for larger groups (more than 12 participants).
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Efficient round-trip transportation to the trek’s starting point.
  • Meals at Mollepata restaurant: 1 breakfast and 1 lunch.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options at no extra cost.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit on standby.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Entrance fee to Humantay Lake: S/. 10 soles per person, payable on-site in Peruvian Soles.
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Travel/health/emergency insurance.
  • Tips (optional and at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Master Chef: Enjoy meals prepared by our expert chef.
  • Dining Equipment: Portable chairs and tables for comfortable dining.
  • Buffet Lunch: Delight in a buffet lunch during the trek.
  • Emergency Horse for Riding: An extra horse for riding, including a horse controller.
  • Entrance Fees: Covering entrance fees for Humantay Lake and additional sites visited during the trek.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Expert Guide: Professional guide for personalized exploration.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

130

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

150

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

180

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

290

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

290

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

480

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Choose Huaynas Expeditions

Local Expertise

As a Cusco-based travel agency, our knowledgeable local guides and travel experts have an in-depth understanding of Peru's history, culture, and hidden gems, ensuring an authentic and immersive experience.

Experienced Team

Our dedicated team shares a deep love for Peru and its diverse offerings, ensuring you receive a memorable and uniquely crafted travel experience.

Personalized Itineraries

We understand that every traveler has unique interests and preferences. That's why we work closely with you to create customized itineraries tailored to suit your travel goals and desires.

Top Support

Our devoted team is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience.

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Your safety and well-being are our top priorities. We adhere to strict safety protocols and maintain strong relationships with trusted local partners to provide you with the best possible experience.

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