The Best Night in the Andes, Under the Stars
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.
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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 the most impressive sights in all of Peru. On day 1, you’ll hike up to Huamantay 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, from where you’ll get some truly astounding views of the snowy Andean mountain peaks.
If that wasn’t 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
Cusco | Challacancha - Soraypampa – Sky Camp - Humantay Lake
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.
Soraypampa (Sky Camp) | Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Soyrococha - Soraypampa - Cusco
This morning, hike up to the Salkantay Pass along the Trail of the 7 Snakes. Enjoy the stunning views before heading to lunch and back to Cusco in our private transport.
- 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 up to the Salkantay Pass and see the Salkantay Mountain in all its glory.
- Spend an adventurous two days away from the city in the hands of Mother Nature.
- Learn all about the Andean flora and fauna with your knowledgeable guide.
- Spend the night under the starry Andean sky and learn all about the constellations.
Why Travel with us
Cusco | Challacancha - Soraypampa – Sky Camp - Humantay Lake
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
We’ll pick you up from your accommodation and head to Mollepata for breakfast before continuing to Challacancha. From there, we’ll spend the morning hiking to Soraypampa and our Sky Camp. You’ll have lunch and get settled in before we continue with 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 making your way back down to Soraypampa for dinner, star-gazing, and some well-needed rest.
Your exciting 2-day adventure begins early in the morning as your tour guide and our driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco. The first stop of the day will be in Mollepata to have a nourishing breakfast, then we’ll continue on our way until we get to Challacancha for a short rest.
From here, we’ll begin our walk towards Soraypampa, which is where our camp is located. 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 and can take in the pretty Andean scenery.
We will arrive at our destination, Sky Camp, located at the front of the majestic and snowy Salkantay and Humantay mountains, where the reception staff will be waiting for you with an exquisite lunch. After, you’ll have some time to rest in your igloo or wander around the site before we prepare for our afternoon hike.
We’ll embark on the uphill climb to Humantay Lake (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). You’ll take things slowly due to the altitude and once you reach the top, you’ll have time to take in the truly beautiful view of the jewel-like lake among the snowy, white backdrop.
You’ll then make your way back down to our Sky Camp for an enjoyable dinner and some 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.
Soraypampa (Sky Camp) | Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Soyrococha - Soraypampa - Cusco
Highlight of the day: Reaching the Salkantay Pass and taking in the amazing mountainous scenery.
Defeat the Trail of the Seven Snakes
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 the snowy mountain peaks. Then, we’ll descend to our lunch spot.
After eating, we’ll continue to the Sky Camp and then walk another 30 minutes to board our private 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 we’ll reach the highest point of the trip, where you’ll come across marvelous landscapes bordered by an impressive complex of mountains. You’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 some memorable photos and enjoy the fantastic landscape.
After enjoying a view of the snowy mountains and feeling the force of nature, we’ll pass through some unique stony scenery and descend until we reach our lunch spot in a place called Soyrococha.
After lunch, we’ll continue to descend toward Soraypampa and, in the distance, we’ll have a remote view of the great snow-covered forest of stones. All your efforts are greatly rewarded with incredible views everywhere you look.
Once we get to the Sky Camp, we´ll have one last rest to drink water or eat some snacks 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 some great photos of valleys, mountains, rivers, and farming fields. We’ll finally reach Cusco and drop you off at your accommodation for some well-deserved rest.
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, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
You'll meet your tour guide and group in our office for an orientation before your hike. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.
Experienced Tour Guide
English and spanish speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
Private Camping Equipment
We have dining rooms and a kitchen at each campsite. In addition, you’ll have spacious dining and kitchen tents where you can enjoy your food outdoors without problems (tables, chairs, and cooking equipment will be carried by our horses).
Medical Kit or First AID Kit
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.
Customer Service 24/7
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 (Day 1)
Our Sky Camp was a sensation so far in 2018. Our clients recommend it for its novelty, comfort, and balance with the environment. Our incredible Sky Camp is located in front of impressive glacier mountains, Humantay and Salkantay. This campsite allows for the perfect union of sky and earth. It will enable you to sleep calmly under a deep, blue sky starred with an exceptional view of the constellations. At the same time, you can enjoy all the comforts of a first-class vacation home.
1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, and 1 Dinner
Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.
Water on the trail
We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters). You’ll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.
Wake up tea
You'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea! Our staff will provide you the tea in your tent so that you will be warm from inside out before you start your day.
Tea Time or Happy Hour
The first afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, 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 to eat!
Snacks on the trail daily
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.
Products for hygiene
You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.
All your transportation is included in this package. We'll pick you up from your hotel and take you to Challacancha, the starting point of the hike. Once you complete the tour, the second day, we'll take you back to the door of your hotel in Cusco.
Permits & Entrance Tickets
Entrance to the Salkantay Sanctuary
What Is Not Included?
Extras and important equipment
All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking.
- Sleeping bag: US$ 10.00
- Walking poles (pair): US$ 10.00
Not Included Meals
- Day 1: Breakfast
- Day 2: Dinner
Horse from Soraypampa to Humantay Lake nor Salkantay Pass (optional)
Hiking Clothes & Gear
Tips for our staff
Tipping is the norm on any excursion in Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do.
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.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.
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How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?
It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We do recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.
Suppose you 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 information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.
Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)
The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Duffel Bag or Canvas Case
You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will carry them, and the horsemen will hand them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).
A maximum of 7 kg / 15.4 lb is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, and other personal items.
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
Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
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 usually 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.
Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, restaurant, or camp. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.
The "Humantay Lake & Salkantay Pass Trek" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.
2021 Land Cost
Group Price: US$ 200.00 per person
Required Pre-payment: US$ 100.00 per person
Balance (Cusco): US$ 100.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).
This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, 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.
Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to firstname.lastname@example.org; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.
Extensions & Offers
There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.
- Rainbow Mountain: US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
- Sacred Valley: US$ 60.00 US$ 50.00
- City Tour: US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00
There are additional items you can include in this trip.
- Walking poles (pair): US$ 10.00
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.
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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!