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Trek to Humantay Lake from Cusco Full Day

Trek to Humantay Lake from Cusco, PERU

1 Day


Up to 1 day

Group Size

12 people


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We made this Huamantay lake Day trek – Salkantay trek 1 day thinking in nature lovers who do not have many days but they can found spectacular landscapes with exotic flora and fauna, Along this hike adventure you will able to find beautiful valleys and white mountains and one the most important lakes considered as a sacred mountain in Incan mythology.

Humantay Trek full day from Cusco, Humantay Lake is located on the way to Salkantay Mountain, just 2 hours away from Soraypampa.

Duration:Full Day
Destination: Humantay Lake
Departure: All Year
LEVEL: Moderate

Useful Information:

Humantay Lake Full-day Tour– Enjoy the spectacular Humantay Lagoon Tour on an unforgettable hike to one of Peru’s imposing and beautiful turquoise lake on a full-day tour from Cusco and witness dramatic Andean mountains and glaciers in just one day. This Lake Humantay Day Hike, is perfect activity for all mountain and nature lovers, as well as for those interested in one day trek in Peru, without camping! If you are planning a trip to the imperial city of Cusco, don’t miss to see one of the nicest lakes located on the way of the famous Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains.

  • Begin from: Cusco
  • Daily departures from Cusco
  • Soraypampa located at (3850 m.a.s.l.).
  • Humantay Lake (4200 m.a.s.l.)
  • 5.00 – 9.00 Cusco – Soraypampa
  • 9.00 – 9.30 Breakfast in Soraypampa
  • 9.30 – 11.00 Trekking to Laguna Humantay
  • 11.00 – 12.30 Free time
  • 12.30 – 14.00 Trekking back to Soraypampa
  • 14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in Soraypampa
  • 15.00 – 18.00 Soraypampa – Cusco
  • End in: Cusco

Places that are visited in Trek to Humantay Lake from Cusco 

  • Mollepata
  • Soraypampa
  • Humantay Lake
  • Salkantay Peak

Group Service Price:

    US$ 45  per person  (just included the tour guide and transportation), Pick up from your hotel in Cusco or Inkaland office.

Private Service Price:

 –  1 person US$ 225 per person
 –  2 people US$ 150 per person
 –  3 people US$ 130 per person
 –  4 people US$ 120 per person
 –  5+ people US$ 115 per person


Student Discount: US$10 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$10

 **   Please NOTE: Private Tours are 100% run by Inkaland while in the Group Service if there are 6 or less people in the group will be conducted by our partners.

This is a Must DO tour in Cusco!


  • Amazing view of Salkantay and Humantay Peaks
  • Visiting the majestic unbelievable turquoise Humantay Lake
  • Hiking on the Salkantay trail
  • Beautiful rock formations
  • Visiting isolated villages
  • Spectacular scenery with flora & wildlife

What you will do

Pre-tour briefing:

We’ll meet you at your hotel lobby in Cusco the night before the “Lake Humantay Day Trip” to go over the itinerary and you’ll able to take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trek begins. In case you can´t at this time “please let us know” to coordinate another time.

4:00 - We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco

To begin our exciting one-day tour, hike or adventure to Humantay Lake or Laguna Humantay from Cusco, we’ll pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am, very early morning to avoid the crowds at the beautiful Humantay Lake.

5.00 - 9.00 Cusco – Soraypampa

Then, we’ll start driving in our private roomy and comfy van for about 2.5 hours by the route Cusco-Mollepata, passing through small towns and communities like Izcuchaca, Limatambo, and make our way towards Mollepata, where we’ll stop for a taste breakfast, stock up the latest provisions, and enjoy the mountains against the early morning light.

9.00 - 9.30 Breakfast in Soraypampa

Here we will enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant before we start the trek to Humantay Lake.

9.30 - 11.00 Trekking to Laguna Humantay

After breakfast, we’ll continue our trip for one more hour in our transport; the road we will take is dirt (path) to Soraypampa, which is located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River and at an altitude of 3900 meters above sea level (12,795 ft.), where we will begin our Humantay Lake trek.

Soraypampa has the extra benefit of being a prime location from which we can appreciate the majestic Salkantay mountain (6270 m / 20,571 ft.), the second highest mountain in Cusco.

Once we reach to the trailhead of Humantay Lake tour; if the sky is clear enough, you’ll begin to feel the powerful presence of the impressive snow-capped Salkantay and Humantay glaciers, as well as impressed by their haunting snowy faces that defy any force or evil.

After listening to brief instructions from your guide and get ourselves ready for the short hike to Humantay Lake! We’ll begin our ascent to the gorgeous Humantay Lake and it will take us about an hour and a half to two. The first 45 minutes are fairly moderate difficulty, but then the trail get steeper during the latter half and as we approach Laguna Humantay.

While we do the walk towards the impressive turquoise Humantay Lake, we will see a panorama of snow-capped mountains, impressive natural landscapes and a great diversity of flora and fauna. After the effort of hiking uphill with adjacent verdant fields and the surrounding snow peaks and magical views

Finally, we’ll arrive at Humantay Lake in Peru (4230m / 13,878 ft), sparkles in the Andes mountain range like an emerald jewel. Here, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this natural marvel in all its splendour, as well as enjoy the views in quiet contemplation, or capture that perfect Insta photo.

This beautifully still, turquoise-emerald Humantay Lake is truly a stunning lake, hidden among the rocky landscape, that offer tourists an all-encompassing, breathtaking scenery; and this day hike is an easy way to take it in.

11.00 - 12.30 Free time

On our Humantay lake tour, we also have the opportunity to explore the area a bit more, hiking uphill for about 15 minutes to reach another viewpoint for even more spectacular views of Laguna Humantay, as well as the stunning Apu Humantay mountain (5480m / 17,979 ft). Being so close to the mountains will really shake you, and you’ll likely understand why they’re so sacred in the Andean culture.

12.30 - 14.00 Trekking back to Soraypampa

After basking in nature’s beauty on this Humantay Lake day trip and some free time, we’ll start our hike back down to Soraypampa, where our day hike began.

14.00 - 15.00 Lunch in Mollepata

In Soraypampa or in the town of Mollepata, we’ll enjoy the lunch.

15.00 - 18.00 Soraypampa – Cusco

After lunch, our private transport will take us back to the city of Cusco, thus ending our hike to the Humantay lagoon for 1 day, at approximately 6:30 in the afternoon with a drop off at your hotel.


While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.


  • Pre-trek briefing the night before the Lake Humantay 1 Day Hike
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your Laguna Humantay Tour
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead of Lake Humantay
  • Private transport to Drive back and drop off at your hotel
  • Entrance fee to the Lagoon Humantay, as required
  • Breakfast & Lunch prepared by our chef (vegetarian or vegan are available)
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide
  • Oxygen tank (in case it is needed)
  • All taxes included
  • Flights to/from Cusco
  • Hotel
  • Dinner
  • Travel Insurance (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Tips for your crew
  • Trekking poles (can be rent from us)
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
  • Horse to ride – you can add a horse to ride if you prefer
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drink



Activity's Location

Trek to Humantay Lake from Cusco, PERU


Where’s the Humantay Lagoon?
Located in the Andes of Cusco, Peru, Lake Humantay is in a region extremely rich in Inca history. Located right next to the Salkantay and near the Inca Trail, Lake Humantay is often accessed by hiking. The Salkantay trail runs between the Salkantay and Humantay mountains, which are part of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The water of the lake offers one of the most spectacular views of Cusco, Peru. The hike to Lake Humantay requires some effort and is rated as moderate on the easy to difficult scale. However, the end result of being able to stand in the middle of the snowy mountain peaks, on the edge of a turquoise lake, makes it worthwhile for travelers and hikers alike.
How to get to Lake Humantay?
There’s no way to see Lake Humantay from ground level. Lake Humantay is a true gem of Peru and like most gems, it takes some work to reap the rewards. Lake Humantay is located at 4200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level, but there are several ways to get there.

Your options to reach the Humantay Lagoon from Cusco are almost 4 hours by bus or go to Soraypampa from the historic heart of Cusco and then walk. At the end you decide if you want to take a private or group tour. Private Tour To Humantay Lake is definitely the best option! Depending on your hiking experience and the time you have to visit will help you determine the best option. The full day trip to Lake Humantay is ideal for nature and ecotourism lovers. During the tour we will be able to observe the exotic flora and fauna and appreciate the impressive snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay. The tour to Lake Humantay starts and ends in the city of Cusco. We also offer a horseback ride to Lake Humantay. For more information please contact us
How long is the hike in Humantay Lake?
The uphill walk takes between 1.5 and 2 hours on a smooth trail, if you take the same path back it takes 1.5 hours.
What to bring to Humantay lake Day Trip
Small or medium size backpack (to carry your personal belongings)
A hiking pant – not jeans
Comfortable sturdy walking shoes or runners
Rain coat or rain poncho
One warm/winter jacket/gloves, scarf, cap cold, thermal clothing etc. VERY IMPORTANT (the weather is very changeable and unpredictable)
Bring some meds! Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness
Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended)
Extra money for tipping and souvenirs
Camera and films
The History of Lake Humantay
Lake Humantay is formed as a product of the thawing of a large snow-capped mountain which in turn is part of a mountain range called the Vilcabamba mountain range. What makes Humantay’s lagoon characteristic is the natural color it has since it does not have much marine flora in its waters, it has an indescribable color in words, but understandable to the eyes, forming a unique landscape when travelers seek to capture the ideal moment with their cameras that are so eager to capture experiences and moments of landscapes all this and more make it an ideal place to visit if you travel to Cusco Peru.

The inhabitants of the area know Laguna Humantay as the Humantay Lagoon and it is believed that the lagoon was a sacred area for the Incas. It was common for people to leave sacred offerings on the edges surrounding the lake.

Today, Lake Humantay is often visited by shamans and other spiritual travelers, as well as by hikers and those who want to find this hidden sacred beauty. Many people still continue the tradition of making these stone offerings. The offerings that are scattered around the lake are very visible. The people of this region call them Apachetas. Apachetas as piles made of rocks stacked on top of other rocks. Sometimes the mounds are small, sometimes the mounds are large. The Apachetas are offered to an Inca culture deity called Pachamama.

It is a common ritual to make an offering when arriving at the lagoon. The process begins by first selecting a rock as an offering to be offered to the Pachamama. Then you thank her for having successfully arrived at the lagoon, as well as ask her to accompany you on your expedition before placing the stone.
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