Humantay lake is located north of Cusco, just behind the legendary snow Apu Salkantay only 3 hours driving from Cusco and 2-hour hike up 2.4 miles (4.5 km). Humantay lake day trip is the best option to enjoy the beautiful snow mountains and turquoise waters in an exhilarating one-day trip from Cusco. During your trip, you will meet excellent tour guides, savor great local food and have fun memories of the Andes.
During your Humantay hike, enjoy the panoramic views of the Salkantay area.
Experience the local flavors of Cusco during your breakfast and buffet lunch.
All our groups leave Cusco early, enjoy Humantay lake before the crowd.
HOTEL PICK UP – MOLLEPATA (BREAKFAST) SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAKE – LUNCH – BACK TO CUSCO
Your tour guide will pick you up at your homestay, hostel, or hotel between 4:00 to 4:30 hrs. You must tell your Travel company where you are staying one day before departure and be ready and waiting for pickup.
During the first hours of the Humantay lake tour, the temperature is cold ( 5 to 9°C ) that why you have to bring extra warm sweaters, jackets, hats, and warm gloves. These will keep you warm and comfortable during this driving time to Mollepata. After 2-hours of driving, you will arrive at Mollepata, where you will stop for breakfast and get the last things you might forget to buy in Cusco, like water and snacks.
After breakfast, there is one more hour by car to Soraypampa. Once you arrive at this high mountain, you will be able to see the beautiful mountains Apu Salkantay (6230 meters above sea level) and Humantay (5250 meters above sea level). After a short time preparing day packs, you start the 2-hour trek to your destination about 2.4 miles (4 km). The way up to Lake Humantay is steep; however, groups are small, and the guide will let you take your time to enjoy and arrive.
After enjoying the first view of Humantay Lake, there is an optional small climb above the lake to the right or left, where you can enjoy a panoramic view.
Next, you have the easy part of your trek, going downhill to Soraypampa for another hour. Then you will take the private transportation back to Mollepata, where a local lunch will be waiting for you. Once you finish lunch, you will go back to Cusco. You will arrive in Cusco between 18:00 to 19:00 hrs.
Professional Tour Guide
Professional Tour Guide
Pick up from your hostel or hotel
Transportation from Cusco to SorayPampa
Ride from SorayPampa to Cusco
First Aid Kit
Hot drinks at the restaurant
Price per person: $.35.00.
Important: Shared service price is only available with agreement passengers to share this service with other travelers (Group site 10 – 16 People approx.)
Included all mentioned before
Group size upon your request, for people who need a personalize and exclusive service
Departure day is according to passenger request
Price is according to group size
Price per person: $.90.00. (based on two people)
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Is Laguna Humantay worth it?
Highly recommend a day tour to Humantay from Cusco; however, you need to acclimate for a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before going on this trip to enjoy the walk & scenery fully. It is not a strenuous hike, but the elevation makes it challenging.
How long is Humantay Lake hike?
After driving 3 hrs from Cusco to SorayPampa, there are 2.4 miles. An average hiker can do it from SorayPampa to the lake in 2 hrs, Hike up to Humantay lake star at 12.795 ft (3900 m) and finish at 13.779 ft (4200 m).
What do you wear to Humantay Lake?
Hiking shoes are essential for the trail conditions; it is sometimes slippery and wet. Hiking pants, polyester shirts, warm sweaters, and rain jackets are indispensable; all year is pretty colder during the first hours of the day.
A small day backpack with snacks and water for the walk is essential.
How cold is Humantay Lake?
Early in the morning, from 4:00 am to 8:00 am, the temperature is around 41°F (5°C). After 8:00 am, the temperature increases to approximately 65 (18°C).
Can you swim in Laguna Humantay?
The government prohibits swimming in the Laguna Humantay since this contributes to this natural attraction contamination.
Learn more about Humantay Lake in the following blog: More about Humantay Lake Peru