The Humantay Lake Experience: A Breathtaking One-Day Adventure from Cusco

Set off on a memorable excursion to the enchanting Humantay Lake, an unspoiled natural wonder situated close to Cusco.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Beat the crowds and embark on a remarkable journey to one of Peru’s most serene natural wonders with our 1-Day Humantay Lake Trek. This excursion is designed for those who wish to experience the tranquility and breathtaking beauty of the Andean landscapes in a short time frame. Starting early from Cusco, you’ll be transported into a world where majestic mountains and pristine waters blend to create an unforgettable setting. Perfect for avid hikers, photography enthusiasts, and nature lovers alike, this trek offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Peru’s hidden gems in an intimate and peaceful setting.

Our well-crafted itinerary ensures you get the most out of your day. From enjoying a hearty breakfast in the charming town of Mollepata to trekking or horseback riding to the stunning Humantay Lake, every moment is filled with awe-inspiring views and experiences. The trek is not just a journey to a destination but an immersion into the rich natural beauty of the Peruvian highlands. Upon reaching the lake, you’ll be greeted by its crystal-clear turquoise waters set against the impressive Humantay glacier, creating a perfect backdrop for those memorable photographs. This one-day adventure combines the thrill of exploration with the tranquility of nature, making it a must-do for anyone visiting Cusco.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 3:00 AM - 03:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 3:00 PM - 4:00 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
  • Deluxe 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.

Your extraordinary journey to Humantay Lake begins with a convenient early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. We set off southward, ensuring an early arrival to beat the crowds for an exclusive experience. After a two-hour drive, we reach Mollepata, a quaint town where a refreshing breakfast at a local eatery prepares you for the day's adventure.

Post-breakfast, our journey continues on a rugged path leading to Soraypampa. This marks the starting point of our trek to the enchanting Humantay Lake, a stunning natural wonder nestled in the Peruvian highlands. Whether you choose to hike or opt for a horse ride, our early start offers a serene path to the lake. A 1.5-hour hike or a brisk 30-minute horse ride through breathtaking landscapes brings you to the lake’s edge.

As you ascend, the challenging journey unfolds into a breathtaking scene. Humantay Lake, with its pristine turquoise waters, sits majestically against the dramatic backdrop of the Humantay glacier. The serene environment, accentuated by the early hour and fewer visitors, offers an undisturbed experience of this highland gem. Our guide will lead you to the prime spots for capturing those perfect photographs and share insights into the lake's significance and beauty.

After a period of tranquil exploration and relaxation by the lake, we commence our descent back to Soraypampa. However, the day's experiences are far from over. A drive back to Mollepata awaits, where a sumptuous lunch will be served, offering a taste of the local cuisine against the scenic vistas of valleys and mountains.

As we conclude this unforgettable day, a comfortable two-hour drive takes us back to Cusco. You'll be dropped off at your hotel's main gate by approximately 3:00 pm, bringing to a close a day filled with natural wonders and lasting memories.

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Tour Highlights

  • Beat the Crowds with an Early Start: Begin your journey with an early morning pickup from Cusco, ensuring a quieter and more exclusive experience at Humantay Lake.

  • Scenic Drive to Mollepata: Journey through the Andean countryside, enjoying picturesque views en route to Mollepata, where a refreshing breakfast awaits.

  • Trekking or Horseback Riding Options: Choose between an invigorating hike or a leisurely horseback ride through breathtaking landscapes to reach the stunning Humantay Lake.

  • Spectacular Humantay Lake and Glacier Views: Be captivated by the striking turquoise waters of Humantay Lake, beautifully contrasted against the majestic Humantay glacier.

  • Perfect Photography Opportunities: Seize the chance to capture the pristine beauty of the lake and its surroundings, a haven for photography enthusiasts.

  • Tranquil Connection with Nature: Revel in the peace and unspoiled beauty of the Peruvian highlands, a serene escape from urban life.

  • Enjoy Authentic Peruvian Cuisine: Indulge in a delicious lunch featuring local flavors in Mollepata, complemented by scenic mountain views.

  • Panoramic Views of Andean Landscapes: Experience the diverse and stunning scenery of the Andes, ranging from lush valleys to rugged mountain terrains.

  • Comfortable Return to Cusco: Conclude your adventure with a smooth drive back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel by mid-afternoon.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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, Peru Tripper 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, Peru Tripper 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. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Humantay Lake Trek. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Humantay Lake Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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