Humantay Lake Peru Full Day Tour

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Humantay Lake Peru Full Day Tour Details

The shimmering turquoise Humantay Lake Peru is one of the most visited attractions on a full day trip from Cusco. Infact, statistically, it is the most visited attraction in Cusco Peru after Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain.

Humantay’s Lake in Peru is a high altitude lake. It flows at 13800 ft above sea level (4200 meters). The lake is snuggled between Salkantay and Humantay peaks. The Humantay Lake from Cusco can be visited on a full day guided tour.


This high altitude lake is a glacier lake. Melting snow from the snow capped Humantay Mountain has resulted in the formation of this lake. Laguna Humantay Peru is a popular stop on the renowned alternate trek to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek. 

In the Andean mythology, the lake is sacred. Andean priests or Shamans visit the lake often to offer their gratitude. They do it in the form of Apacheta. It is a process of piling stones – each on top of the other. 

The hike from the starting point could be challenging because of the altitude. However the staggering views of the highland villages, snow capped peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range would easily compensate for that. If you are not willing to trek then renting a horse from the community would be an ideal option. 


Please note that it is imperative that you spend at least 2-3 days in Cusco before visiting Humantay’s Lake. Often unexperienced trekkers are prone to altitude sickness.

We offer Laguna Humantay Peru day trek from Cusco both in private and as a small group tour.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0420 AM

Price Includes

  • Transport
  • Bi-lingual guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • First aid kit

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (10 Soles)
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Any Private Expenses

Things to carry

  • Daypack to carry your things.
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Peruvian soles in cash
What to Expect

Laguna Humantay Peru Trip Schedule

  • 04:00 - 04:35 Pickup to your hotel or hostel
  • 04:40 - 08:40 Cusco to Mollepata
  • 08:40 - 09:30 Breakfast in Mollepata
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Start walking from Soraypampa to Humantay Lake
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Trekking back to Soraypampa
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch in Soraypampa
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Back Soraypampa to Cusco
Humantay Lake Peru Itinerary

Laguna Humantay Peru Itinerary

Your incredible adventure to Humantay Lake Peru begins early in the morning, as you embark on a scenic 2 hours and 45 minutes drive from Cusco to Mollepata, a charming Andean community nestled at an altitude of 2803 meters (9196 ft.) above sea level.

You’ll stop for breakfast here before continuing on to Soraypampa, the starting point of your trek.


Our local expert will provide a short safety briefing and share some tips on hiking before you begin your uphill hike through highland farms and villages.

As you hike, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot Andean camelids like Alpacas and Llamas grazing in their natural habitat, and you’ll be accompanied by pristine views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range.

There will be plenty of stops along the way for you to catch your breath and take in the breathtaking scenery. Once you reach the summit, you’ll be greeted by the captivating views of the shimmering turquoise lake.

You’ll have plenty of time to soak in the views and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Andes before hiking back down to the starting point.


After your hike, you’ll stop for a traditional lunch in Mollepata before being driven back to Cusco city, where you’ll arrive by 06:00 PM.


Tour’s End

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Q: What is the best time to visit Humantay Lake?

A: The best time to run the Humantay Lake Trek is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, the weather is generally clear and sunny, making it ideal for hiking and exploring the lake.


Q: What should I bring with me to Humantay Lake?

A: It is recommended to bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and a rain jacket, as the weather can be unpredictable.


Q: What is the difficulty level of the hike to Humantay Lake?

A: The Humantay Lake trek is considered moderate to challenging, as it involves a steep climb up to the lake. The trail is about 2 miles long and takes about 2-3 hours to complete.

Humantay's Lagoon under a bright sun

Laguna Humantay Peru Photos
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