- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Trekking/Hiking
- Max. Elevation: 4401 meters above sea level
Singrenacocha: The Older Humantay Lake
125 USD Per person
Singrenacocha: The Older Humantay Lake
Peru and by extension Cusco, is a region full of beautiful peaks and lakes of various colors. After so much exploring looking for new natural tourist attractions for 1-day visit, we found out and visited an immense turquoise lake, located just 3 hours by car from Cusco. Enjoy the best lake and snow-capped mountain views of the Singrenacocha lake, considered by locals as the older humantay lake. This incredible one-day hike to Singrenacocha lake, that we have called the older sister of Lake Humantay. It is located in the Ausangate region, an area known locally for its beautiful lacustrine and snowy landscapes. This lake is 4 times bigger than the famous Humantay Lake and easier to access; be encouraged to visit unusual tourist attractions.
There are two communities that own Singrenacocha lake: the Yanacancha community and the Maranp’aqui community (divided equally between the two). The Yanacancha community is the one with the closest and most direct access to the lake, and therefore the one that frequents the place the most. In addition, 7 families from that community currently live in the lake and their main income activities are within the same lake, such as raising alpacas, trout and vicuña. With the exception of the chaccu, the economic activities carried out by the Yanacancha community are subsistence and self-consumption, and the commercialization of their products is scarce.
Among the fauna of the Singrenacocha lake and its surroundings we can find three different species of the camelid family, two of them domestic, the llamas and the alpacas, and another wild one, the vicuñas. The former is usually used as a pack animal, while alpacas and vicuñas are coveted for their fur, which is sold at very high prices. We can also find wallatas (the Andean goose), vizcachas (a large rodent with a hairy tail) and trout, which are the base of several typical traditional dishes of the Cusco region.
Highlights of our Singrenacocha the Older Humantay Lake
- We will work hard to create a lifetime experience for you and your loved ones on this journey on the Singrenacocha lake.
- We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
- Be part of our social and environmental projects.
- Our 1-day Singrenacocha hike has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
- Let’s take a dip; in the beautiful and medicinal thermal baths, of the community.
- Make your one-day trip unhurried and with guides trained in first aid by a physician.
- In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.
Singrenacocha the Older Humantay Lake Trip Overview
- Trek Type: Trekking/hiking, scenic, cultural and nature.
- Good for: those in moderate shape or better.
- Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
- Language: This tour is done only in English; If you need a Spanish tour, it must be booked privately and done at the initial booking.
- Season: From March 1st to January 31th.
DAY 1. Cusco – Yanacancha – Singrenacocha – Hot Spring –Cusco.
- Hiking distance:2 miles/3.2 km (2 hours).
- Highest altitude:4,401 meters above sea level.
- Meals:Breakfast, snacks and lunch! All served as buffet.
- Weather:Cold and windy.
We pick you up from your respective hotels at 4:30 am. We will be driven in a van for 3 hours to the town of Yanacancha. Place, where we will enjoy a delicious breakfast and from where, we will hike for 30 minutes to the older sister of the Humantay Lake. Upon our arrival, we will be surprised by an immense body of turquoise-colored water, surrounded by imposing snow-capped and rugged mountains.
The coloration of the Singrenacocha lagoon is very peculiar since it changes color three times a year: turquoise, lead blue and green; being turquoise the one, that characterizes the lagoon in the most usual way, that is what makes it attractive. The water coming down from the snowy mountains also brings pulverized minerals with it and finally they end up supernatant in the waters, without submerging themselves at the base of the lagoon, in this way, on sunny days, the effect of the coloration will be better appreciated.
After your guide takes a lot of memorable photos and hikes along the edges of the lagoon, we will return to our van, to be taken for 15 minutes to the town of Pampacancha, where we will enjoy some relaxing hot springs after a fabulous tour by Singrenacocha the older sister of Lake Humantay.
** This amazing hike to Singrenacocha or Sirenacocha also gives you the opportunity to see herds of Llamas, Alpacas and Vicuñas in their natural habitat.
Included in the Singrenacocha: The Older Sister of Humantay
Professional local English speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in Cusco region and studied tourism for five years at Cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our one-day hike
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Singrenacocha lake.
Briefing: You should come to our office at least one day prior to your hike to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour.
Transportation: IncoGo Expeditions will be providing all transportation for this one-day trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:30 am. You will be taken to the starting point of the trek, transferred to the hot springs and brought back to the door of your hotel.
Food: We will enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast and lunch at a restaurant in the Yanacancha community. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know.
Details: It is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies, each hiker receives a cloth bag with fruits, cookies, dried seeds and a bottle of water, as well as a plastic rain poncho.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a physician and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the hiking treks, which every INCAS PATH tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included in the Singrenacocha: The Older Sister of Humantay
Due we are hiking the one-day hike program, each trekker needs trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring it, it is available for rent:
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $5
We would love to tour the Singrenacocha lake with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the land of the Incas. We can leave any day from March to January as the one-day trek is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $125 per person
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: $125 per person
- 3 Trekkers: $90 per person
- 4 Trekkers: $75 per person
- 5 Trekkers: $65 per person
- 6 Trekkers: $56 per person
- 7 Trekkers: $52 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $48 per person
We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this one-day hike.
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the path is entirely dirt soil.
- Original Passport.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below.
- Rain gear.
- Music (IPhone).
- Hand sanitizer.
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.
- Personal medication.
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Where do we pick up the hikers for the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
The Pick-up will be from your hotel at 4:30 am. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco, it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your hike.
Reserve for the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in IncaGo Expeditions. We prepare a reservation form, where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 50 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the permits are in our hands, we will send you, your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
Only tour operators licensed by the government, such as IncaGo Expeditions, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel, that you consider convenient, however you must have into account the location of the hotel, because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square, the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you, if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your IncaGo Expeditions sales representative.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike, must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing client´s luggage; or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead, does not go through the sacred valley of the Incas.
During the trip, how challenging is the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
Remember that this hike, it is from moderate to difficult, because you will ascend from 4100 to 4200 meters; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy (don´t worry if you have good hiking boots).
Will I need extra money on the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, souvenirs «also remember that, only cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups, that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in this hike. During the low season, it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the path can become a bit muddy and slippery. Please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the Singrenacocha: the older Humantay lake?
For this hike, we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.
Are there any toilets along the Singrenacocha: The Older Sister of Humantay?
Along the hike there are 2 places that has toilet. Firstly, at the hiking start, then at lunch. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
What should I expect from the weather on the Singrenacocha: The Older Sister of Humantay?
Historically in the Peruvian highlands, we have the dry season that goes from April to October and the rainy season that goes from November to March. Unfortunately, this pattern is changing a bit due to climate change. Be ready with your cap/hat and your bottle of sunscreen, because the solar radiation in Cusco during the day fluctuates between 16 and 18 points. And do not forget to bring warm clothes for the cold at night, since the temperature can drop as low as 0 ° C degrees Celsius.
Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets. Also remember, that we want to pamper you during your trip to Humantay Lake and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip in Peru and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.