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Humantay Lake Hike Tour 2024

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Humantay Lake Hike Tour

Embark on a captivating Humantay Lake Hike in Peru, discovering a high-altitude turquoise gem nestled between the snow-capped peaks of Humantay Mountain and Salkantay. This pristine lake, known as Humantay Lake or Humantay Lagoon, serves as a popular day trip from Cusco, comparable to the allure of Rainbow Mountain.

Resting at an elevation of 4,300 meters, this glacial lake gracefully flows on the foothills of the snow-capped Humantay Mountain. Fed by the melting snow, the lake exhibits enchanting shades ranging from dark green to emerald, a captivating spectacle influenced by the time of day.

A herd of vicunas grazing in the middle of the path to Humantay's lagoon.

Humantay Lake holds sacred significance in Inca mythology, revered alongside the “Apu” Salkantay.

Presently, Andean shamans, also known as Andean Priests, embark on a hike to this hidden gem to express gratitude to Pachamama (mother earth) through a ceremonial offering called Apacheta, involving the artful piling of stones.

Humantay's lagoon turquoise waters form a beautiful landscape on a sunny day.

This Humantay Lake Hike is a popular stop on the initial day of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, offering not just a glimpse into Andean mythology but also breathtaking views of the Peruvian highland.

For an immersive experience during your Humantay Lake Hike, choose Peru Amazon Trips, a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco.

Our certified native guides, tourism professionals with excellent knowledge of history and culture, ensure your safety. Trained in first aid and the use of oxygen cans, they guarantee a secure and enriching exploration of the Andean wonders.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:00 AM

Price Includes

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

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (20 Soles)
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Any Private Expenses

Things to carry

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

Humantay Lake Day Trip

Early in the morning, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will embark on a journey to Soraypampa. We will have a brief stop in Mollepata town for breakfast. 

Once in Soraypampa, our guide will be sharing some helpful expert local trekking tips. We will then start with a gradual climb from 3850 metres above sea level to 4300 metres. It is a 1.5 hours hike. 

Partial view of the road that ends up in Humantay Lake's shores.

The trek itself is a rewarding experience. It offers you through highland farms and communities with sights of Llamas and Alpacas grazing. If you are unsure of hiking to the top, you can rent a horse from the community at an extra cost. 

Once at the summit, our local expert will be sharing some stories and facts about this marvel. We will spend some time so you can immerse in the enchanting views and the tranquility here. 

A typical foggy day around the Humantay Lake's shores.

Once you have had your fill of the view, we will hike back to the car park in Soraypampa. Here we will be meeting our driver who will be driving us to Mollepata for lunch. 

After lunch, we will return to Cusco. We will arrive in Cusco by 0600 PM. You will be dropped off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from Plaza De Armas. 

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FAQs

How to get to Laguna Humantay?

It is extremely difficult to find a transport to Soraypampa (trail head). You can take a transport from Cusco to Abancay and get down at Mollepata. It is a super long hike from Mollepata to Humantay through Soraypampa. It is recommended to sign up for a tour as you will be driven to Soraypampa from where it is a 1.5 hours hike to Humantay.

How far is Humantay lake from Cusco?

Sorayapampa, the trail head is a three hours drive from Cusco. From Sorayapampa its a 1.5 hours hike to Humantay Lake.

How challenging is the trek to Humantay Lagoon, and what is the elevation gain?

The trek involves a gradual climb from 3850 meters to 4300 meters, taking approximately 1.5 hours. It is suitable for individuals with moderate fitness levels.

Are there alternatives for those who may find the hike to Humantay Lagoon challenging?

Certainly. For those uncertain about hiking to the lagoon, there is an option to rent a horse from the local community at an additional cost.

 

Is lunch included in the Humantay Lagoon Tour, and where will it be served?

Yes, lunch is included. We will return to Mollepata after the trek for a meal at a local venue.

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

The optimal time to visit Humantay Lake is during the dry season from April to October when the weather is more predictable. However, the lake’s beauty can be enjoyed year-round, with each season providing a unique perspective of the landscape.

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Alexander T

Solo Traveller

Our Laguna Humantay tour with Peru Amazon Trips was simply fantastic! The service felt so genuine and seamless, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature. The hike to Laguna de Humantay was challenging but incredibly rewarding.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team was attentive and supportive, making sure we had everything we needed throughout the journey. The guide’s knowledge about the area and the ecosystem added depth to the experience.

Our Laguna Humantay tour with Peru Amazon Trips was an absolute highlight of our trip to Peru! The service was outstanding, making the entire experience feel so natural and enjoyable. The journey to Laguna de Humantay was a true adventure, with breathtaking landscapes at every step.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and safety during the trek. The guide’s passion for the region and its ecology made the hike even more fascinating.

Arriving at Laguna Humantay was like stepping into a postcard – the colors and scenery were surreal. We were left in awe of the beauty of nature. This tour is a must-do for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Thank you, Peru Amazon Trips, for an unforgettable experience!

June 23, 2023

Thomas T

Solo Traveller

Our Laguna Humantay tour with Peru Amazon Trips was simply fantastic! The service felt so genuine and seamless, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature. The hike to Laguna de Humantay was challenging but incredibly rewarding.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team was attentive and supportive, making sure we had everything we needed throughout the journey. The guide’s knowledge about the area and the ecosystem added depth to the experience.

Reaching the turquoise waters of Laguna Humantay was a surreal moment, and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to explore this natural wonder. If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure in Peru, Peru Amazon Trips is the way to go!

June 17, 2023

Joseph

Family Traveller

As a family, our Laguna Humantay tour with Peru Amazon Trips was an absolute delight! The service provided a perfect blend of adventure and comfort, catering to everyone’s needs. The hike to Laguna de Humantay was challenging but incredibly rewarding, and Peru Amazon Trips made sure we were all well-supported throughout the journey.

The guide was fantastic with the kids, keeping them engaged and excited about the nature and wildlife we encountered along the way. The whole experience felt safe, educational, and memorable.

Reaching the stunning turquoise Laguna Humantay was a magical moment for all of us. It was an incredible bonding experience, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to choose Peru Amazon Trips for this unforgettable family adventure. Highly recommended!

June 1, 2023

Chen Liu

Couple Traveller

No words to thank and appreciate the effort and work of our guide. This trip would not have been so informative and fun without him. He was very friendly and has a good sense of humor. Machu Picchu Travel World did really deserve excellent credits for making this a memorable trip.

March 4, 2020
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