The snow-capped Salkantay is located at 6271 m is one of the highest mountains in the Cusco region, together with the Ausangate snow-covered peak in the Vilcanota mountain range which is located further south.
Trek of Cusco to Humantay Lake is about 1.5 hours route and offer splendid views of the turquoise waters at the base of Humantay Glacier.
Humantay is a mountain which is covered with snow. The Humantay Lagoon is situated in the Anta and Cusco province. For those travelers who are in search of a natural landscape and a true nature with the snow glaciers, Cusco to Humantay Lake is the perfect trip for them. If you are brave enough, you can also take bath in the ice cold water.
Very early departure from Cusco by car for 2 hours approx. to the village of Mollepata where usually breakfast is taken and the last supplies are obtained, then you leave again by car for 1 hour more until you reach the community of Soraypampa from where you start the trek uphill about an hour and a half to two approximately.
While walking you will perceive the panorama of snow-capped mountains, impressive natural scenery and the great diversity of flora and fauna until you reach the Humantay Lagoon. Here you will enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Humantay and the surrounding mountains. On the way back, the trek begins until you reach Soraypampa and from there return by car to Cusco.
If you are planning for day trips from Cusco to Humantay Lake, following are the points where you can visit.
Throughout the year, thousands of travelers from all over the world undertake the route of the Inca Trail from Cusco to access the jungle of Peru and the ancient mysteries that still enclose the stones of Machu Picchu.
Walk to Choquequirao:
Choquequirao is known as the other Machu Picchu. This archaeological site has recently gained a high level of importance and both tourist and cultural curiosity.
Hike to Salkantay:
Salcantay located in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, department of Cusco, rises to 6271 meters above sea level. The Salkantay is the Apu and a tutelary mountain of Cusco.
To get to it, you will cross beautiful Andean landscapes, open to 5,000 meters and the possibility of observing Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat. You can take baths in natural hot springs from the depths of the earth, different fruit plants and a variety of orchids.
Walk to Ausangate:
Ausangate is a mountain located about 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Cusco. Its maximum altitude is 6,384 meters above sea level.
Walk to Huchuy Qosqo:
Huchuy Qosqo is located about 3,550 meters above sea level on a small plain in the upper third of the mountain. From the place you have a beautiful view, on the other side of the valley you can see the incomparable beauty of the perpetual snow of the Pitusiray and in the background, you can clearly see the town of Calca.