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.
Shared service price: $.35.00.
Important: Shared service price is only available with agreement passengers to share this service with other travelers (Group site 12 – 19 People approx.)
Private service price: $.190.00. (based on two people)
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 for bigger groups are according to group size
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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 high is Humantay Lake?
Humantay Lake is located at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level.
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 is the difficulty level of the trek to Humantay Lake?
The trek to Humantay Lake is considered moderately difficult, with some steep uphill sections.
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.
What should I bring on the trek to Humantay Lake?
You should bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera.
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.
What is the best time of year to visit Humantay Lake?
The best time of year to visit Humantay Lake is from April to October, which is the dry season in Peru.
Is there an entrance fee to visit Humantay Lake?
Yes, there is an entrance fee to visit Humantay Lake, which is usually included in the cost of a guided trek.
What is the weather like at Humantay Lake?
The weather at Humantay Lake can be unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from cold to mild, and occasional rain or snow.
Is there any wildlife near Humantay Lake?
There is a variety of wildlife in the area around Humantay Lake, including Andean condors, llamas, and alpacas.
Is it possible to do a day trek to Humantay Lake and return to Cusco on the same day?
Yes, It is possible to do a day trek to Humantay Lake and return to Cusco on the same day.
What is the best way to prepare for the altitude when visiting Humantay Lake?
Acclimatize: It is important to spend at least two days in Cusco or the surrounding areas before attempting to visit Humantay Lake. This will give your body time to adjust to the altitude.
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help to prevent altitude sickness. It is recommended that you drink at least 3-4 liters of water per day while at high altitude.
Eat light meals: Eating light meals that are high in carbohydrates can help to provide your body with the energy it needs while at high altitude.
Take it slow: It is important to take it slow and not rush when hiking or walking at high altitude. This will allow your body to adjust to the lower oxygen levels.
Consider medication: There are medications available that can help to prevent or treat altitude sickness. Consult with your doctor before taking any medication.
Avoid alcohol and smoking: Alcohol and smoking can make altitude sickness worse, so it is best to avoid them while at high altitude.
Dress appropriately: It can get very cold at high altitude, especially at night, so be sure to bring warm clothing such as a jacket, gloves, and a hat.
What is the best time of day to visit Humantay Lake to avoid the crowds?
The best time of day to visit Humantay Lake to avoid the crowds is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Most visitors to the lake arrive in the middle of the day, between 10 am and 2 pm, so if you can visit outside of those hours, you may be able to enjoy a quieter experience.
Can I visit Humantay Lake during the rainy season, and what should I expect in terms of weather conditions?
You can visit Humantay Lake during the rainy season, which typically runs from November to March. However, it is important to be prepared for the weather conditions during this time of year.
During the rainy season, you can expect frequent rain showers and cloudy skies, which can obscure views of the mountains and lake. Trails can also become muddy, so it is important to wear appropriate footwear with good traction.
Temperatures can be quite cold during the rainy season, especially at night, so be sure to bring warm clothing such as a jacket, gloves, and a hat. It is also important to bring waterproof gear such as a rain jacket and a backpack cover to protect your belongings from the rain.
In general, visiting Humantay Lake during the dry season (April to October) may offer better weather conditions and clearer views, but visiting during the rainy season can also be a unique and beautiful experience. Just be sure to plan accordingly and pack appropriate gear for the weather.
Is it possible to do a sunrise or sunset tour to Humantay Lake?
Yes, it is possible to do a sunrise or sunset tour to Humantay Lake, only need to take the private service and let know your seller.
Is it possible to do a horseback riding tour to Humantay Lake?
Yes, it is possible to do a horseback riding tour to Humantay Lake. Horseback riding can be a great option for those who prefer not to hike or who have limited mobility. It can also be a fun and unique way to experience the surrounding scenery and wildlife.
Are there any restrictions on taking photos or filming at Humantay Lake?
There are no specific restrictions on taking photos or filming at Humantay Lake, but visitors are expected to respect the natural environment and the local culture.
It is recommended to ask for permission before taking photos or filming of local people, especially in the nearby communities. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles and avoid causing damage to the environment or wildlife in the area.
Are there any restrictions on the use of drones at Humantay Lake?
Yes, the use of drones is generally not allowed at Humantay Lake. The area surrounding the lake is designated as a protected natural area, and the use of drones can disturb the local wildlife and affect the natural environment.
What is the average duration of a guided tour to Humantay Lake?
The average duration of a guided tour to Humantay Lake is around 12 to 14 hours. This includes transportation from Cusco to Soraypampa, the hike to and from the lake, time to explore the area around the lake, and a stop for lunch.
The hike itself typically takes around 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on the pace of the group and any stops along the way. Visitors usually spend 1 to 1.5 hours at the lake to take photos, enjoy the scenery, and rest before beginning the hike back to Soraypampa.
Learn more about Humantay Lake in the following blog: More about Humantay Lake Peru