The Andean Valleys of the Incas, and sacred snow-capped mountains such as the Salkantay Apu “the Savage sacred mountain”, Humantay lake is an amazing tour to visit and explore in Cusco, during the 02 days tour you can see the impressive lake its landscape, with stunning snow-capped mountains, also, during the night you can see, full of stars and constellations forming an exceptional night.
Secondly, ITEP Travel offers high altitude ecotourism in the mountains, Humantay lake Tour is one of them; and is perfect for nature lovers, this is a new authentic experience in the Andes of Cusco. Join an exclusive ITEP Travel group; Cusco explorers like you who see to achieve their dreams in Cusco, Peru and Machupicchu.
So if you are in Cusco or wherever you don’t miss out, the Humantay Lake Tours will be a spiritual gate to the Andean Gods, such as the Mother Nature Pachamama, we are sure that you will have an unique and memorable experiences, Also, there is Humantay Lake full day tour and we can fix travel packages in Cusco including the experience for Humantay lake.
Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including a picnic lunch in the route)
Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter, on open roads, some steep ascending trails.
Overnight at Soraypampa Lodge del Cielo “Sky Lodge” at 3,869 m/12,690 ft
About Our Lodge del Cielo base in Soraypampa: Our camp is located at 10 minutes walking from the village of Soraypampa, this gives us a huge advantage to have a 360 panoramic view of the Humantay glacier, also it is a perfect place, away from the crowd and where we can appreciate the beautiful scenery of the Andean Valley and enjoy the company of our pretty Alpacas.
Note: On the evening before this day there will be a briefing with your guide in Cusco. After an early breakfast at your hotel, we are picked up starting at 6:00 am at your Cusco hotel by ITEP guide and vehicle “Pick up time can vary and will be confirmed only on the day of your briefing”.
Tarawasi: In our Way, we visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi (approx. 1.5 hrs. from Cusco). The archeological complex of Tarawasi is located in the district of Limatambo, providence of Anta (Cusco region), to the left of the Limatambo river and 2675 meters above the sea level. Its name comes from the union of two runasimi words “Inca Language”, which would be: "Tara" that means bush and the second one is "Wasi" that means home.
The construction of this complex would have been by Inka Pachacuteq mandate during the epoch of his reign.Due to the structure of the archaeological complex was indicated that was a ceremonial center that is located in the beginnings of Chinchaysuyo, also it is observed the construction a temple which would be found seated on the Ushnu. A ceremonial altar with a pyramidal shape that was used for important ceremonies and due to its location is indicated that this served as a resting place in route to the Chinchaysuyo.
After leaving Tarawasi, we pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we stop for a short break before ascending to Soraypampa.
Here in Soraypampa our campsite is in the Lodge del Cielo.
After Lunch time, our excursion takes us to Humantay Lake, fed by glaciers far above on the slopes of the impressive Mt. Humantay. Our 4-hour walk is necessary in order to reach the lake, but the view is well worth it and those brave enough can go for a swim! performed by our local Tour Guide, in full view of the awe-inspiring Mt. Salkantay, tops off this unique experience. Return to the Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Today very early in the morning at 4:00 am we wake up with a very hot wake up té, at 4:30 am we going to have a nice breakfast and at 5:00 am we start our trek for climb the Salkantay Pass “We like to walk in a fresh early morning before it puts on us the strong heat characteristic of the Andes. We continue walking up the Rio Blanco valley and circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point of the ride is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638 meters (15,213 ft).
At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. After a free time, we back and descend towards to Soraypampa, where we going to enjoy a delicious lunch, later we take our bus back to Cusco and continue for 03 hours drive to Cusco.
Trekking Time: Approximately 5 hours (including picnic lunch in the route), Approximately 8 hours. Our style is just walk slow, enjoy the scenery, and talk with our tour guide.
Walk and Terrain: Walk, on mostly steep trails, and some open slopes.
A Little of History:
The name Salkantay or Salcantay is coming from the Inca´s word Sallqa, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible, and was recorded as early as 1583.The name is thus often translated as "Savage Mountain".
Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu's main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salcantay’s summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.
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