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Humantay Lake 1 Day

Humantay Lake 1 Day

1 | Starting from $ 90 USD per person
Trip Length
Trip Length
Group Size
Group Size
Physical Level
Physical Level
Trip Starts in
Cusco - Pick up from your hotel
Hiking Distance
4250 MT / 15255 FT
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The Humantay Lake tour offers a unique and captivating experience, providing insight into the beauty of Cusco. Surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains like Salkantay and Humantay, the lake exudes a magical charm. Fed by the melting snow from the Vilcabamba mountain range, Humantay Lake is a pristine gem nestled in the heart of Cusco.

Ideal for those seeking a moderate hike without exerting too much effort, the tour includes professional guides, comfortable transportation, and delectable meals featuring authentic Cusco and Peruvian cuisine. It’s perfect for couples and beginners in hiking, with the option to rent horses for emergencies. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Humantay Lake.


Highlights of the Humantay Lake Tour:

  1. Breathtaking Scenery: Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Humantay Lake, surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains and pristine wilderness.
  2. Unique Charm: Experience the magical charm of Humantay Lake, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
  3. Moderate Hike: Enjoy a moderate hike to Humantay Lake, perfect for both beginners and experienced hikers looking for a memorable adventure.
  4. Professional Guides: Explore with confidence alongside knowledgeable and experienced guides who will enhance your understanding of the region’s history, culture, and natural wonders.
  5. Comfortable Transportation: Relax and enjoy the journey in modern and comfortable vehicles that provide a hassle-free travel experience.
  6. Authentic Cuisine: Delight your taste buds with delicious breakfast and lunch featuring authentic Cusco and Peruvian cuisine, providing a true taste of the region.
  7. Option for Horse Rental: For added convenience and flexibility, the tour offers the option to rent horses in case of emergencies or for those seeking an alternative to hiking.

Experience the best of Humantay Lake and its surroundings on this unforgettable tour filled with adventure, beauty, and cultural immersion.

Details of Humantay Lake Hike:

  • Distance from Cusco: 123 KM
  • Driving Time: 4 hours one way. Approximately 5 hours total.
  • Entrance Fee: S / 20 (10 Peruvian soles)
  • Humantay Lake Elevation: 3850 m
  • Difficulty: Moderately difficult hike, but horses are available for riding.
  • Trail Terrain: Flat trail for about 40 minutes. Loose rocks on the uphill hike, take your time. The last part of the trail is hilly, rocky, and slippery. Be careful.
  • Hiking Distance: 7 km round trip. Do not rush and proceed with caution.
  • Mule Rental: Available at the beginning of the hike for S / 80 (not included)
  • Hiking Time: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the lake, and 1 hour to return.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4200 m

Prepare yourself for a rewarding adventure to Humantay Lake, taking in the stunning landscapes and embracing the challenges of the hike with caution and care.


Experience the Humantay Lake Adventure: Full day

Embark on an unforgettable journey starting with a hotel pick-up between 4:30 to 5:00 am. Our private van will take you to the quaint village of Mollepata, a scenic 2-hour drive, where a delightful breakfast buffet awaits in a local restaurant. After refueling, we’ll continue for another hour to Soraypampa, the starting point of our trek at 3900 m.

The adventure truly begins here as we embark on a 2-hour uphill trek covering approximately 3 km to reach the stunning Humantay Lake.

Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Humantay Lake. Spend ample time soaking in the serenity, capturing mesmerizing photographs, and embracing the mystical energy of this remarkable place. Whether you’re a nature lover or a spiritual seeker, Humantay Lake offers an experience to cherish for a lifetime.

After spending around 1 to 1.5 hours at the lake, it’s time to begin our descent. The return journey takes about an hour, where our vehicles await to transport us back to Mollepata for a well-deserved lunch.

Reflect on the unforgettable memories made as we journey back to Cusco, where we’ll drop you off at your hotel.

In summary, the Humantay Lake experience is perfect for travelers with limited time in Cusco who seek to maximize their adventure without excessive physical exertion. In case of altitude issues, horse rentals are available for added convenience.

Inclusions Tour

What’s Included in the Humantay Lake Tour:

  1. Hotel Pick-Up: Convenient pick-up from your hotel in Cusco between 4:30 to 5:00 am.
  2. Transportation: Comfortable private van transportation to and from the village of Mollepata and Soraypampa.
  3. Breakfast Buffet: Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at a local restaurant in Mollepata to fuel up for the trek.
  4. Professional Guide: Knowledgeable and experienced guide to lead you throughout the trek and provide insights into the surroundings.
  5. Entrance Fees: Admission fee to access the Humantay Lake area.
  6. Lunch: Sumptuous lunch served upon returning to Mollepata after the trek.
  7. Safety Equipment: Access to safety equipment and assistance as needed during the trek.
  8. Memorable Experience: Create lasting memories exploring the stunning beauty of Humantay Lake and its surroundings.
  9. Drop-Off: Return transportation to your hotel in Cusco after the tour concludes.
  10. Optional Horse Rental: In case of altitude or physical limitations, the option to rent a horse is available for an additional fee.

Enjoy a hassle-free adventure to Humantay Lake with everything you need provided for a memorable experience in the Andes.


  1. Dinner: Evening meals are not included in the tour package.
  2. Personal Hiking Gear: Participants are responsible for bringing their own hiking gear such as trekking poles, hiking boots, and backpacks.
  3. Travel Insurance: We recommend obtaining travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost belongings.
  4. Tips for Our Staff: While our team receives competitive salaries, tips for exceptional service are appreciated but not included in the tour price.
  5. Additional Costs or Delays Beyond Our Control: We cannot be held responsible for additional costs or delays resulting from circumstances beyond our control, including landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, pandemic-related restrictions, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, acts of God, etc.

Price Notes


The price of the Humantay Lake tour is $100 per person.

Available Discounts:

  • Large Groups: For groups of more than five people, we offer a 10% discount per person.
  • Students: Presenting a valid student card, students can enjoy a 15% discount on the tour price.

Contact us for more information about our prices and special discounts for large groups or students.

Packing List

Packing List for the Humantay Lake Day Trip:

  • Clothing: Bring a down jacket for the cold mornings and a rain jacket for potential showers. Don’t forget gloves to keep your fingers warm, and a hoodie or hat along with sunglasses for sun protection.
  • Footwear: Wear sturdy hiking shoes to navigate the terrain comfortably.
  • Rain Gear: Pack a rain poncho if you’re traveling during the wet season.
  • Hiking Essentials: Consider bringing hiking poles for support and balance, and don’t forget a water bottle or Camelback to stay hydrated.
  • Sun Protection: Remember to apply sunscreen to shield yourself from the intense UV rays.
  • Snacks: Pack energy-boosting snacks to keep you fueled throughout the trek.
  • Camera: Capture the stunning scenery with a camera and bring extra batteries.
  • Cash: Carry cash for any unexpected expenses, such as mule rides or purchasing snacks.
  • Duration: 12 – 13 hours.
  • Elevation Gain: 400 meters

What to Bring

Humantay Lake Peru 2024: Packing Essentials

  • Daypack: Choose a suitable daypack like the Eagle Creek Afar Backpack to carry your personal belongings comfortably.
  • Trekking Boots: Opt for lighter trekking boots with good ankle support to navigate the terrain easily.
  • Hiking Pants: Pack one pair of hiking pants (avoid jeans) for comfort during the trek.
  • Rain Jacket: Even in the dry season, bring a rain jacket to prepare for unexpected weather changes.
  • Warm Clothing: Include a warm/winter jacket, gloves, scarf, cap for cold weather, and thermal clothing for added warmth.
  • Medications: Bring essential medications, including iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness, as altitude sickness can affect some hikers.
  • Sun Protection: Protect your skin with sunscreen (SPF 45 or higher) to shield against intense UV rays.
  • Water Container: Carry a reusable plastic or metal water container to stay hydrated during the trek.
  • First Aid Supplies: Pack bandages or moleskin for any blisters or injuries that may occur during the hike.
  • Extra Money: Bring extra money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips for your Cusco Journeys staff.

Note: Ensure to pack appropriately for the weather conditions and terrain to enjoy a comfortable and memorable trek to Humantay Lake.

Frequently Asked Questions Humantay Lake 1 Day

Frequently Asked Questions about Humantay Lake:

  1. Where is Humantay Lake located and what is its altitude?Humantay Lake is located in the district of Mollepata, about 123 kilometers northwest of Cusco, at an altitude of approximately 3,850 meters above sea level.
  2. What is the difficulty of the hike to Humantay Lake?The hike to Humantay Lake is considered moderately difficult, with steep sections and uneven terrain. However, it is feasible for most people with a moderate level of fitness.
  3. What is the distance and duration of the hike to Humantay Lake from Cusco?The hike to Humantay Lake covers around 3 kilometers one way and takes approximately 2 hours to reach the lagoon from the trailhead.
  4. When is the best time to visit Humantay Lake?The best time to visit Humantay Lake is during the dry season in Peru, which typically runs from April to September. During these months, the weather is more stable, and there are fewer chances of rain.
  5. What should I bring for the hike to Humantay Lake?It is recommended to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for walking on uneven terrain, sun protection, water, snacks, a camera, and a lightweight backpack to carry your belongings.
  6. Are restroom facilities available along the trail to Humantay Lake?Yes, there are bathrooms available at the beginning of the trail to Humantay Lake. However, during the hike itself, there are no restroom facilities, so it is advisable to bring toilet paper or wet wipes.
  7. Can horses or mules be rented for the hike?Yes, at the beginning of the trail to Humantay Lake, horses or mules can be rented in case assistance is needed for the ascent. The animals can be helpful for people with walking difficulties or health issues.
  8. Is it necessary to hire a guide for the hike?It is not mandatory, but hiring a local guide is recommended to get information about the area, avoid getting lost on the trail, and ensure a safe and enriching experience.

Travel Guide

Travel Guide: Humantay Lake, Peru

Introduction: Discover the breathtaking beauty of Humantay Lake, nestled in the Andean mountains of Peru. This stunning destination offers visitors a unique opportunity to connect with nature and experience the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Sacred Valley.

Getting There:

  • Start your journey from Cusco, the gateway to the Andes. From Cusco, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to the village of Mollepata, the starting point for the trek to Humantay Lake.
  • The drive takes approximately 4 hours, offering spectacular views of the Peruvian countryside along the way.

Trekking to Humantay Lake:

  • The trek to Humantay Lake begins from Soraypampa, located at an elevation of 3,900 meters.
  • The trail winds through pristine Andean landscapes, with snow-capped peaks and lush valleys surrounding you.
  • The hike is moderately difficult, with some uphill sections and rocky terrain. However, the stunning vistas and serene atmosphere make it well worth the effort.


  • As you ascend towards Humantay Lake, be prepared to be mesmerized by the turquoise waters nestled amidst towering mountains.
  • Take time to soak in the tranquility of the lake and capture photos of this natural wonder.
  • The journey offers opportunities for wildlife spotting, with chances to see Andean condors and other native species.

What to Pack:

  • Essential items to pack include a daypack, sturdy hiking boots, rain gear, warm clothing layers, sunscreen, water bottle, and first aid supplies.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning scenery along the way.

Tips for Visitors:

  • Start your trek early in the morning to avoid crowds and make the most of the cooler temperatures.
  • Stay hydrated and take breaks as needed to acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Respect the natural environment and leave no trace behind. Practice responsible tourism by taking only photos and leaving only footprints.

Conclusion: A visit to Humantay Lake is a journey into the heart of the Andes, where natural beauty and cultural heritage converge. Whether you’re an avid trekker or simply seeking a peaceful escape, this enchanting destination promises an unforgettable experience amidst Peru’s majestic landscapes.

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