Exploring the Salkantay Pass in the distant Cusco Mountains during the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Expedition

Humantay Lake & Salkantay Pass Trek

2 Days & 1 Night
Starting from
US$300 saves US$70
per person
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Sky Camp Accommodation
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Up to 12 People Group Size
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Best Night in the Andes, Under the Stars

Challacancha - Soraypampa - Sky Camp - Humantay Lake - Salkantay Pass
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Sky Camp Accommodation
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Up to 12 People Group Size
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

If you’re visiting Cusco and like the idea of escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a couple of days and venturing to some of the most incredible scenery in the mountains, look no further than our 2-day Humantay Lake and Salkantay Pass hike.

Visit two of the most imposing sites in the Cusco region of Peru, Humantay Lake and Salkantay Mountain. You’ll also get to spend the night in our exclusive Sky Camp under the Andean starry sky and learn all about the constellations that were very significant in the Inca period. Join like-minded travelers on this epic 2-day trip.

Humantay Lake and Salcantay Pass Hike 2 Days Map Humantay Lake and Salkantay Pass Trek 2 Days Map
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Packing List
  • Pricing
  • Enquire Now

Whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple, or with a larger group, you can join us any day of the week on this incredible 2-day tour in the middle of the Peruvian Andes. You can escape the busy city and connect with Mother Nature in the most picturesque setting imaginable.

You’ll get to visit two of Peru's most impressive sights. On day 1, you’ll hike up to Humantay Lake, which looks like a glistening gem against the white mountainous backdrop. On the second day, you’ll trek up the Trail of the 7 Snakes to reach the Salkantay Pass, where you’ll get some truly astounding views of the snowy Andean mountain peaks.

If that’s not enough, you can enjoy the unique experience of sleeping in our Sky Camp. There, you’ll spend the night under the Andean starry sky and look through the glass roof of your igloo.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on this amazing trip that’ll give you an experience you’ll never forget.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

    Head out to Challacancha to start hiking to Soraypampa. Hike up to Humantay Lake in the afternoon and spend the night in our Sky Camp.

  • Day 02

    Sky Camp |Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Soyrococha - Soraypampa - Cusco

    Hike up to Salkantay Pass via the Trail of the Seven Snakes this morning and enjoy breathtaking views before lunch. Enjoy the ride as you return to Cusco on our company vehicle.

What's it like


  • Spend two adventurous days away from the city in the hands of Mother Nature.
  • Hike through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world in the middle of the Peruvian Andes.
  • Walk up to the incredibly stunning Humantay Lake and witness its sheer natural beauty.
  • Defeat the challenging hike to the Salkantay Pass and see the Salkantay Mountain in all its glory.
  • Learn all about the Andean flora and fauna with your knowledgeable guide.
  • Spend the night under the starry sky and learn all about the constellations.

Why Travel with us

Day 01

Cusco | Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

Highlight of the day: Looking out over the gem that is Humantay Lake and enjoying the drastic change of color against the white backdrop.

Hike to the Turquoise Jewel in the Andean Mountains

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Sky Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
Walking Distance to Soraypampa Icon
7 km / 4.35 mi Walking Distance to Soraypampa
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3 hours Walking Time to Soraypampa
Walking Distance to Humantay Lake Icon
5 km / 3.11 mi Walking Distance to Humantay Lake
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2-3 hours (round-trip) Walking Time to Humantay Lake
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3,800 m / 12,467 ft Starting Elevation
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Humantay Lake Elevation
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Campsite Elevation

We’ll pick you up from your accommodation and head to Mollepata for breakfast before continuing to Challacancha. We’ll spend the morning hiking to Soraypampa and our Sky Camp. You’ll have lunch and settle in before we continue our hike.

This afternoon, we’ll walk up to Humantay Lake, the most beautiful turquoise lake set against a snowy, white backdrop. You’ll spend some time at the top and capture some wonderful images before returning to Soraypampa for dinner, star-gazing, and some well-needed rest.

Your exciting 2-day adventure starts early in the morning with a pickup by your tour guide and driver from your accommodation in Cusco. The day's first stop will be in Mollepata to have a nourishing breakfast. Then, we’ll continue our journey until we reach Challacancha for a short rest.

From here, we’ll begin our walk toward our camp in Soraypampa. This first stretch isn’t too challenging and will help you adjust to the altitude. You’ll notice you follow a small Inca canal most of the way as you take in the impressive Andean scenery.

We will arrive at our destination, Sky Camp, in front of the majestic and snowy Salkantay and Humantay mountains, where the reception staff will be waiting for you with an exquisite lunch. Afterward, you’ll have time to rest in your igloo or wander around the site before we prepare for our afternoon hike.

We’ll climb uphill to Humantay Lake (4,200 m / 13,780 ft), taking it easy due to the altitude. Once you reach the top, you’ll have time to take in the breathtaking view of the jewel-like lake among the snowy, white backdrop.

You’ll then return to our Sky Camp for a delightful dinner and star-gazing. Your guide will tell you all about Inca astronomy. When you head to bed, you’ll be able to stare out of the roof of your igloo and let the constellations send you off to sleep.

Day 02

Sky Camp |Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Soyrococha - Soraypampa - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Reaching the Salkantay Pass and taking in the amazing mountain scenery.

Defeat the Trail of the Seven Snakes

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Breakfast and lunch Meals
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty
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14 km / 8.7 mi Walking Distance
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7 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Salkantay Pass Elevation

Wake up bright and early for a nourishing breakfast before we set out on our hike up the Trail of the 7 Snakes to the Salkantay Pass. Once you reach the peak, you’ll have lots of time to rest and soak up the astounding views of Salkantay Mountain and the snow-capped peaks. Then, we’ll descend to our lunch spot in Soraypampa, our Sky Camp.

After lunch, we’ll rest a little before walking another 30 minutes to board our transport. Enjoy the last scenic views out of the window as we take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

Today’s the grand day because you’ll reach the highest point of the trip; you’ll come across marvelous landscapes bordered by an impressive complex of mountains. We’ll enjoy a filling and nutritious breakfast before we gradually ascend to Salkantaypampa and then through a challenging path known as “The Trail of the 7 Snakes” until we get to the impressive Salkantay Pass at 4,630 m / 15,190 ft. You’ll spend some time at the pass to take memorable photos and enjoy the fantastic landscape.

After taking in the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and feeling the power of nature, we’ll pass through a unique rocky terrain and descend to our campsite for lunch. On the way, we’ll catch a glimpse of the vast forest of snow-covered stones from a distance. Your hard work will be greatly rewarded with incredible views everywhere you look.

After lunch at our Sky Camp, we’ll have a break before heading out on the last stretch for 30 minutes to board the transport. Along this last part of the journey, you’ll get plenty of opportunities for great photos of valleys, mountains, rivers, and farming fields. We’ll finally reach Cusco and drop you off for some well-deserved rest at your accommodation.


At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance to the Salkantay Sanctuary

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing - The day before the trip, at 5:00 pm you will meet your trekking guide.

    You'll have an orientation meeting with your guide the evening before the tour. The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. in our office.

  • Experienced Tour Guide - All our guides have professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness and passion, which will make your trip safe and comfortable.

    English and spanish speaking official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • One Duffle Bag

    On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking Poles (pair)
  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit - Our guides are trained to deal with basic emergencies.

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Extras Included in our Service - You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the route and a rain poncho.

  • 24/7 Customer Service - We have 24 hours a day telephone service.

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.


  • Accommodation in our exclusive Sky Camp

    Our dazzling SKY CAMP is located in front of the impressive mountains of Humantay and Salkantay. This campsite creates the perfect union of sky and earth, allowing you to sleep calmly under a clear, starry sky with exceptional views of the constellations. At the same time, you can enjoy all the comforts of a first-class vacation home.


  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 1 Dinner

    Our Sky Camp has a well-equipped kitchen and spacious dining room where you can enjoy your meals worry-free. We cover all diets and restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost).

  • Water on the trail - You will need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle for us to give you boiled, filtered and refrigerated water.

    We'll provide boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle, which you can refill during each meal (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

  • Wake up tea - Every morning at campig we will provide you with hot coca tea.

    You'll wake up with a cup of hot coca tea! It'll be brought to your tent so you can warm up before you start the day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour - Every evening, before dinner, the cooks will provide you with popcorn, cookies, coffee, tea, hot water, etc.

    The first afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you with popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a bite!

  • Snacks on the trail daily - You will receive a bag with cookies, fruit and more, to be refilled each morning.

    Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.


  • All transportation is included in this tour. We’ll pick you up from your hotel, and after the end of the trip, we’ll drop you back at the door of your hotel in Cusco.

What Is Not Included?

  • Day 2 Dinner
  • Horse from Soraypampa to Humantay Lake nor Salkantay Pass (optional)
  • Hiking Clothes & Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is usual on any excursion to Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our team, something extra is always welcome.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All briefing meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) the day before the tour. The meeting lasts between 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you'll need to arrange a different time by email, phone, or by visiting the Salkantay Trekking office.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Please note:

  • All pickups are within Cusco City, but we recommend booking a hotel in the historic center for its convenient location.
  • Our guide or staff will confirm the pickup time the day before the tour.
  • Due to traffic conditions, the pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • Cusco is an old city and has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs are located on streets without car access or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. For such reasons, we strongly advise you to book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your belongings and remember to take everything once you leave a place or a transport. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Packing List



Valid Passport
Valid Passport
Extra money (recommended soles)
Extra money (recommended soles)
Personal medication
Personal medication
Water bottle or CamelBak
Water bottle or CamelBak
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Insect repellent
Insect repellent
Personal Care Products
Personal Care Products


Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Light footwear or sandals
Light footwear or sandals
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking socks
Trekking socks
Pair of thermal pants
Pair of thermal pants
Long sleeve t-shirts
Long sleeve t-shirts
Warm jacket
Warm jacket
Waterproof jacket
Waterproof jacket
Raincoat or rain poncho
Raincoat or rain poncho
Waterproof or wool gloves
Waterproof or wool gloves
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Wool hat for the cold
Wool hat for the cold
Neck gaiter or buff
Neck gaiter or buff
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sunglasses with UV protection


Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)
Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)


Camera and charger
Camera and charger
Power bank
Power bank
Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, candies, dried fruits, etc.
Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, candies, dried fruits, etc.

"Humantay Lake & Salkantay Pass Trek" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

2024 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 230.00 per person

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 5%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Extensions & Deals

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip.

  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 10.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

  Enquire Now

Thank you for your interest in having an adventure travel experience in Peru curated by Salkantay Trekking. Please take a moment to complete our short form, so one our friendly Adventure Consultants could provide you all the information for your trip of a lifetime in Peru.

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Salkantay & Humantay Lake 2D
14 years and above
Below 14 years
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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at info@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

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