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Humantay Lake Full Day Tour

Humantay Lake Full Day Tour

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Humantay Lake Full Day Tour
Tour Type
Mountain Hike
Humantay Lake Full Day Tour
Maximun Altitude
4,283m (14,051 ft.)
Humantay Lake Full Day Tour
Physical Level
Humantay Lake Full Day Tour
Recommended Season
April to December

Humantay Lake Full Day Tour

Price from: $ 78.00 USD (See: Price list)

Lake Humantay Day Trip: Discover one of the most spectacular views in Peru on a guided tour of the Humantay Lake Tour! Surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains, take your perfect opportunity to soak in its majestic beauty.

Tour Plan: Cusco | Mollepata | Soraypampa | Humantay Lake

Grandiose Humantay Lake Day Trip from Cusco

The Humantay Lake Tour is one of the hidden jewels in the southern Peruvian highlands. We explore impressive scenic landscapes of the Humantay and Salkantay Andes that will inspire adventurers to explore the fantastic turquoise lagoon of Huamantay.

They are awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime adventures with a guided excursion of the awe-inspiring geography surrounding the Cusco Humantay Lake Tour. Take astonishing photographs, witness the Humantay and Salkantay glacial melts, and explore the Andes’ heights with a talented Cusco tour guide!

The Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco Adventure lasts a whole day between the trip and the hike. We head towards the northwest of Cusco, passing Limatambo and Mollepata towns until we reach Soraypampa, the “beginning of the walk.”

Humantay Lagoon Tour: Spend the day exploring one of Peru’s most beautiful natural wonders with a guided tour of Humantay Lagoon! From hiking to horseback riding to enjoying a picnic at the top of Humantay Mountain.


Humantay Lake Tour: Overview

One of Peru’s most beautiful natural wonders is visited on the Humantay Lake Tour, a breathtaking excursion. Humantay Lake, a turquoise gem encircled by snow-capped peaks and lush vegetation, is in the Andes Mountains. In addition to a leisurely hike to the lake and a delicious picnic lunch with panoramic views, this full-day tour also includes a scenic drive through the countryside. Before returning to Soraypampa, you’ll have plenty of time to take in the sights, take pictures, and dip your toes in the chilly waters.

Is the Cusco Humantay Lake Tour right for me?

  • Humantay Lake Private Tour start time: 5:00 
  • Travel distance from Cusco to Soraypampa: 124 km (7 miles)
  • Travel hours from Cusco to Soraypampa: 3 hours of land travel, approximately
  • Elevation at the start of the hike: Soraypampa, 3,923 meters (12,870 feet).
  • Walking distance from Soraypampa to Humantay Lake hike: 7 km (4.3 miles)
  • Walking distance: 3-hour round-trip hike
  • The maximum elevation of the Humantay Lake Full Day Hike from Cusco is 4,283 meters (14,051 feet).
  • Humantay Lake hike difficulty: challenging to moderate!
  • Meals: Box Lunch
  • Approximate time of arrival in Cusco after the Humantay Lagoon tour experience: 5:30 p.m. at 4:30 p.m.
  • Upon arrival in Cusco, we leave the clients at their respective hotels.
Humantay Lake Tour Highlights
  • Experience the majestic beauty of Humantay Lake with a guided tour! Be mesmerized by the stunning landscape filled with glaciers and rivers, take photos to cherish for a lifetime, and learn about the history of this magical location from an experienced local guide. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!
  • Escape reality and explore the breathtaking beauty of Humantay Lake on a private tour! Get ready to experience some of Peru’s magical wonders up close.


Humantay Lake Tour Full Day: Detailed Itinerary

If you’re an adventure enthusiast or a nature lover, the Humantay Lake Full Day Hike is an experience that should be on your bucket list. This full-day hike offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, physical challenge, and cultural exploration, making it an unforgettable journey for those seeking to connect with nature and immerse themselves in the Andean landscape.


Hike along the Humantay trail to the Lagoon

  • Humantay Lake Hike: Begin the activity at 5:00 with pickup service from travelers’ hotels, then travel northwest from Cusco to Soraypampa.
  • After an hour-and-a-half journey, we arrive at Mollepata to enjoy an optional and not included local breakfast. Mollepata has beautiful colonial-style houses. We continue for another hour and a half until we reach Soraypampa.
  • In Soraypampa, we start the beautiful Cusco Humantay Lake Tour, where we walk up a semi-flat slope for about 40 minutes; the rest of the Humantay Trail climbs for 1 hour and 20 minutes until you reach the enchanting turquoise Humantay Lake.
  • Have a great photo op at Salkantay and Humantay Glaciers, Humantay Turquoise Lagoon. Lake Humantay is located between the Andes Mountains and the Salkantay Mountains.
The Journey Begins: Cusco to Soraypampa

The adventure commences in the historic city of Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu. From here, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to Soraypampa, a small village at the base of Humantay Mountain. The journey is a feast for the eyes as you traverse through picturesque landscapes, passing quaint Andean villages and lush valleys.

Setting Foot on the Trail

The hike to Humantay Lake begins in Soraypampa, where you’ll follow an ascending trail that gradually gains elevation. The walk is classified as moderately challenging, so it’s essential to be physically prepared and take acclimatization seriously. As you trek higher, the air gets thinner, and the views become even more impressive.

The Beauty of Salkantay Mountain

En route to Humantay Lake, you’ll also catch glimpses of the mighty Salkantay Mountain, which stands at 6,271 meters (20,574 feet). The mountain is significant in Andean culture and is often called the “Savage Mountain” due to its rugged appearance. The locals consider it sacred and believe it embodies the spirit of a protective deity.

Arrival at Humantay Lake

After a few hours of hiking, you’ll finally reach Humantay Lake, and the sight that awaits you is nothing short of breathtaking. The pristine turquoise waters reflecting the surrounding glaciers and mountains create a postcard-perfect panorama. Take a moment to soak in the tranquility of the place and appreciate the wonders of nature.

Connecting with Nature

Humantay Lake is not just a scenic spot; it’s also a place of spiritual significance for the local communities. Many visitors participate in traditional offerings to the Apus (mountain spirits) as a sign of respect and gratitude for the protection and resources provided by the mountains. This spiritual connection to nature is an integral part of the Andean culture.

Picnic Amidst the Andean Majesty

As you spend time near the lake, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a delightful picnic surrounded by the Andean majesty. Savor the flavors of local Peruvian cuisine while relishing the pristine environment and fresh mountain air. This is a nourishing experience for the body and the soul.

The Descent and Farewell

After spending ample time at Humantay Lake, it’s time to bid farewell to this enchanting destination. The hike’s descent back to Soraypampa allows you to take another look at the breathtaking Andean scenery you saw there. The return trip is accompanied by a feeling of accomplishment and the pleasure of reconnecting with nature at its finest.

Cusco Humantay Lake Tour on Horseback Riding

The inhabitants of Soraypampa and its surroundings offer a horse rental service at the beginning of the walk to the Humantay Lagoon.

The Humantay Lake Horseback Service is only available for uphill sections; the horse leaves visitors just a 20-minute walk from the top of Lake Humantay. Please write us if you require a horse to ride through the Humantay Lagoon.


Box Lunch

Physical Level

5, Challenging

Walking Distance

7km (4.3 miles)

Hiking Time


Starting Altitude

Soraypampa: 3,923m (12,870 ft)

Highest Altitude

Humantay Lake: 4,283m (14,051 ft)


Humantay Lake Tour Full Day INCLUSION 

  • Unique activities towards Lake Humantay, Cusco
  • Local guided tour service in English
  • Cusco-Soraypampa-Cusco: private transport with fuel and a professional driver.
  • Entrance ticket to the Humantay Lagoon and hiking circuit
  • Meals: Box Lunch
  • A portable oxygen tank and a first aid kit.
  • All local Peruvian taxes

Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco NOT INCLUDED

  • Cusco Hotel or Airbnb
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Travel insurance.
  • Horse rental.
  • Tips at discretion, “tour guide and driver of the vehicle.”

What to bring to our Humantay Lake Full Day Hike From Cusco

  1. An excellent, comfortable backpack for carrying your belongings on the hike to Humantay Lake
  2. Lighter trekking boots with good ankle support!
  3. Hiking pants or any comfortable mountain equipment for day hikes in the Andes
  4. Rain gear or at least a rainponcho since, in the Andes, it could rain at any time of the year! The dry season is from May to November.
  5. A thermal sweater for the icy region of the Andes near Lake Humantay or a mountain jacket for cold weather
  6. A basic personal first aid kit for the heights of the Andes and hiking
  7. Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness
  8. It is advised to use sunscreen with an SPF of 45 or higher. Preserving the environment around the southern Peruvian Andes and the Humantay Lake Hike tourist route is essential.
  9. Water in two bottles, each holding 700 milliliters or two liters. We advise bringing a reusable bottle because there are several local shops where you can stock up on bottled water.
  10. Extra cash in Peruvian currency for personal items, etc. Additionally, US dollars are used in local shops and other locations for purchases, etc.

Travel Guide

Read all the frequently asked questions about the Cusco Humantay Lake Tour

Why you will love the Humantay Lake Full Day Hike from Cusco

The Humantay Lake Tour is a guided tour that takes visitors to the beautiful Humantay Lake in the Peruvian Andes.

Humantay Lake is located approximately 100 km (62 miles) north of Cusco, in the province of Anta.

The tour involves a moderate hike, so it may not be suitable for young children or anyone with mobility issues.

The tour usually lasts around 12 hours, including transportation from Cusco, the hike to the lake, and time to explore the area.

Humantay Lake is located at an altitude of approximately 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level.

It’s recommended to spend a few days in Cusco to acclimatize to the high altitude before taking the tour.

The hike is moderate in difficulty and takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours each way, depending on your fitness level.

Wearing warm layers is best, as temperatures can be chilly at the lake. Comfortable hiking shoes and a hat are also recommended.

Some tours may include a boxed lunch or snacks, but it’s best to check with your tour provider to confirm.

Swimming is prohibited in Humantay Lake, as the local communities consider it a sacred site.

Yes, some tours offer the option to take a horse or mule to the lake for an additional fee.

Yes, there is a small entrance fee that is paid on-site.

From May to September, the dry season is the best time to visit Humantay Lake, as there is less chance of rain and the skies are more evident.

Yes, some tours offer combined packages that include visiting other attractions in the Sacred Valley, such as Machu Picchu or the Maras Salt Mines.

Humantay Lake is considered a sacred site by the local communities and is believed to have healing properties. It is also a water source for agriculture and livestock in the area.

What’s it like?

  • A tour of the magnificent Humantay Lake will help you make your trip to Peru one you won’t soon forget. Explore the area’s stunning scenery and discover its hidden gems!
  • Take a guided tour of Humantay Lake to discover the natural splendor of Peru. Discover the charming local attractions and beautiful landscapes of the Andes.
Humantay Full Day Tour

Humantay Full Day Tour


Humantay Lake Private Tour COST

Season 2024

Number of persons Price per person
1 $ 286.00 USD
2 $ 171.00 USD
3 $ 140.00 USD
4 $ 117.00 USD
5 $ 107.00 USD
6 $ 97.00 USD
7 $ 90.00 USD
8 $ 84.00 USD
9 $ 78.00 USD

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco, with its breathtaking panoramas and endless views. Explore the glacial valley surrounding the lake and marvel at its unique colors—from turquoise to deep blue—this lake is truly magical! Feel part of nature while enjoying the tranquil atmosphere that permeates the site.



Day Trip to Humantay Lake: Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a guided tour of the awe-inspiring landscape surrounding Humantay Lake. Take breathtaking photos, witness glacial melt, and explore the altitude with an expert local guide!

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