Humantay Lake Peru – Laguna Humantay


Full day


4, 200 msnm


3 km


Level 3: Average

Tour Guide



Humantay Lake

Overview – Humantay Lake Peru Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Humantay Lake Peru with Andean Trekking Peru. We will guide you through the breathtaking landscapes of Cusco, Peru. Our destination is the mesmerizing Humantay Lake Peru, known locally as Laguna Humantay. 

This full-day Humantay Lake Peru Tour from Cusco represents a must-experience adventure. It is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty. It also suits those eager to explore the cultural richness of the Andean region.

We’ll ensure you’re well-prepared for this day tour. We will be offering insights into navigating high altitudes and providing essential tips to prevent altitude sickness. It is a common concern for many travelers in areas reaching up to 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level.

Our journey begins early in the morning. This timing allows us to soak in the serene beauty of the valley. As we ascend, we approach the stunning mountain ranges. These ranges cradle the azure waters of Humantay Lake Peru. 

Recognized as one of the most picturesque day hikes in the region, the tour stands out for its scenic beauty. It rivals that of iconic destinations like Machu Picchu and Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Humantay Lake Peru

Exploring the Natural Wonder of Humantay Lake in the Heart of the Andes

Humantay Lake Peru, nestled in the Andes, is a breathtaking spectacle of natural beauty that attracts visitors from all over the world. This stunning turquoise lake is formed by the melting glaciers of Humantay Mountain, a towering peak that stands as a sentinel over the serene waters. Humantay Lake Peru is not only a visual delight but also a popular destination for trekkers and nature lovers who are drawn to its pristine, untouched surroundings.

Located in the Cusco Region, Humantay Lake Peru is accessible via a day trip from Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. The journey to Humantay Lake Peru involves a scenic hike that challenges and rewards trekkers with its panoramic views of the Andes and its diverse ecosystems. As you approach Humantay Lake Peru, the thinning air and the crunch of gravel underfoot heighten the anticipation of the stunning vistas that await.

The Andes, home to Humantay Lake Peru, are the longest continental mountain range in the world, stretching along the western coast of South America. This mountain range is not only geographically significant but also culturally rich, with many indigenous communities maintaining their traditions and way of life. Humantay Lake Peru, with its crystal-clear waters reflecting the Andean skies, encapsulates the majestic beauty and the cultural significance of the Andes.

Visitors to Humantay Lake Peru often find themselves enveloped in a sense of tranquility and awe. The lake’s vibrant blue waters, set against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, offer a perfect canvas for photographers and nature enthusiasts.

Humantay Lake Peru remains one of the jewels in the Andean crown. Its allure lies not just in its aesthetic appeal, but also in its ability to connect visitors with the majestic nature of the Andes and the enduring spirit of its people. Whether you’re a hiker, a photographer, or simply someone in search of peace, Humantay Lake Peru promises an unforgettable experience.

Humantay Lake Peru

Nourishing Adventures: Breakfast, Lunch, and Beyond

To ensure you have the energy to enjoy every moment, we will provide a nourishing breakfast and lunch. For those who wish to buy snacks and water or need additional supplies, opportunities will be available. 

The hike to visit Humantay Lake Peru is an invigorating 1.5-hour trek, part of the famous Salkantay Trek. It is popular for its stunning vistas and cultural significance. 

For participants concerned about the trek’s difficulty at such high altitudes, we offer a solution. There is an option to rent a horse. This makes the experience accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Our expert guides, knowledgeable in both the natural and cultural history of the area, will lead you through this incredible landscape. They will be ensuring a safe and memorable adventure. As we explore the area, the majesty of the Andean mountains will envelop you. It will be offering a perfect backdrop for those seeking to connect with nature and discover the beauty of Humantay Lake Peru.

Join Andean Trekking Peru for a full day of exploration, adventure, and unforgettable memories. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or someone looking to experience one of the most beautiful natural sights near Cusco Peru, our promise stands. Our Full Day Humantay Lake Peru Tour offers an enriching experience. It will leave you in awe of the natural world. 

Let’s embark on this journey together, where adventure awaits at every turn.

Laguna Humantay Packing List

  • Appropriate Clothing: Dress in layers to adjust to the changing temperatures. Include a breathable base layer, an insulating layer, and a waterproof outer layer. The weather during the trek to Humantay Lake Peru can be unpredictable, so be prepared for both sun and rain.

  • Comfortable Hiking Boots: Durable, waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support and grip are crucial for the uneven terrain and to prevent slips and falls.

  • Daypack: A lightweight, comfortable backpack to carry your essentials such as water, snacks, a camera, and extra clothing.

  • Sun Protection: High-altitude sun can be particularly strong. Pack sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat or cap, and high-SPF sunscreen to protect your skin during the trek to Humantay Lake Peru.

  • Water Bottle or Hydration System: Staying hydrated is key, especially at high altitudes. Bring a reusable water bottle or a hydration bladder with at least 2 liters (about 68 ounces) capacity.

  • Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, or dried fruits can be great for a quick energy boost during the hike to Humantay Lake Peru.

  • Personal Medications: Include any personal medications, as well as altitude sickness medication if you are prone to it.

  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture the stunning scenery of Humantay Lake Peru and the surrounding mountains. Ensure your device is fully charged and consider bringing a portable charger.

  • Headlamp or Flashlight: Useful for early morning starts or in case of any delays returning in the evening.

  • Rain Gear: A waterproof jacket and pants can be lifesavers in the case of sudden downpours.

  • Warm Hat and Gloves: Temperatures can drop significantly during the trek to Humantay Lake Peru, especially early in the morning or at high altitudes, so warm accessories are essential.

  • Trekking Poles (optional): They can provide extra stability and reduce strain on your knees during the hike.

  • Personal First Aid Kit: Include basics like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, blister plasters, and any other small items you might need in a pinch.

  • Cash: For any personal expenses, tips for guides and staff, or additional services like horse rental.

Humantay Lake Peru FAQs

1) What is Humantay Lake Peru?

Humantay Lake Peru is a stunning glacial lake located at 4,200 meters above sea level (13,780 ft). Tourists visit Humantay Lake for its vibrant turquoise waters and scenic views.

2) How do I reach Humantay Lake?

To reach the lake, travelers will start with a more than a hour drive from Cusco to the town of Mollepata. From there, they hike to Humantay Lake.

3) What should I expect on a day tour to Laguna Humantay?

Our day tour to Laguna Humantay includes an early morning departure from Cusco, a hike to Humantay Lake. Meals, breakfast and lunch, are part of the tour price.

But for the main part of the trek you can expect a challenging trek with a gorgeous background. And also a magnificent view of one of the most stunning high altitude lakes.

4) How long does the hike to Humantay Lake take?

The hike to Humantay Lake generally takes about 1.5 to 2 hours from the drop-off point. This depends on your pace and acclimatization to high altitudes.

5) What are the symptoms of altitude sickness at Laguna Humantay?

Symptoms can include headache, nausea, and dizziness. It’s essential to acclimatize before you hike to Humantay Lake. Plan your trip with some light activities in cusco for at least two days before the Humantay lake trek.

6) When is the best time of year (seasons) to visit Humantay Lake Peru?

The best time to visit Humantay Lake Peru is during the dry season, from May to September, for clearer skies and easier hiking conditions. Take in consideration that these months have colder nights and early mornings.

7) Is it necessary to buy snacks before we leave Cusco?

It is advisable to buy snacks before you leave Cusco. In Mollepata options are limited. And you won’t find any stores around once you start the hike.

8) Can beginners handle the hike to Laguna Humantay?

The hike to Laguna Humantay is moderately challenging due to the altitude and steep paths. Beginners should prepare physically and acclimatize to the altitude. But a beginner with good mobility and health should be fine.

9) How does the tour operator handle emergencies during the hike?

The tour operator has protocols for handling emergencies, including first aid and emergency evacuation if necessary. All guides are ready to ensure your safety in case of emergency.

10) What other attractions are close to Humantay Lake Tour?

Near Humantay Lake Peru, tourists often explore Salkantay Trek or 7 Lakes circuit which offer additional breathtaking high-altitude experiences.

11) How long is a full day tour to Laguna Humantay?

A full day tour or day trip to Laguna Humantay typically involves an early start and returns to Cusco by late afternoon, totaling about 12 to 14 hours.


  • Professional Guided Tour: Expert guides with extensive knowledge of the area's geography, history, and culture will lead you. They ensure a safe, informative, and enjoyable experience.
  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the trek. Comfortable and safe vehicles ensure a smooth journey through the scenic landscapes of the Andes
  • Meals: Nutritious and delicious meals fuel your adventure. The tour includes a hearty breakfast to start your day right and a fulfilling lunch after your hike. These meals are designed to provide the energy needed for the day's activities.
  • Snacks and Water: To keep you hydrated and energized throughout the hike, snacks and water are provided. These essentials are crucial for maintaining your stamina at high altitudes.
  • Entrance Fees: All necessary entrance fees to access Humantay Lake and surrounding areas are covered. This means you can focus on the experience without worrying about additional costs.
  • First Aid and Safety Equipment: The safety and well-being of participants are paramount. The tour comes equipped with a first aid kit and essential safety equipment. Guides are trained to handle any medical situations that may arise.
  • Option to Rent a Horse: For those concerned about the physical demands of the trek or wishing to enjoy the scenery without the exertion, there is an option to rent a horse. This addition makes the tour accessible to a broader range of fitness levels.
  • Travel Insurance: Participants are responsible for securing their travel insurance. This insurance should cover medical emergencies, accidents, and trip cancellations
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks or beverages outside of those provided, and other personal purchases are not included.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Gratuities for the guide and support staff are not included in the tour price. While tipping is optional, it is a welcomed gesture to show appreciation for their hard work and expertise.
  • Dinner: The tour provides breakfast and lunch, but dinner is not included. Participants will need to arrange their evening meals following the conclusion of the tour.
  • Horse Rental (unless specified): If the option to rent a horse is not explicitly included in your package, the cost of horse rental for those who prefer not to hike is an additional expense.
  • Additional Equipment: Any specialized gear or equipment, such as trekking poles, hiking boots, or backpacks, is not provided. Participants must bring their own or arrange for rentals if necessary.
  • Transportation to Starting Point: While round-trip transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the trek is included, transportation to the initial meeting point in Cusco from your accommodation is not covered.

Tour Plan

Humantay Lake Peru. Laguna Humantay

Embark on a breathtaking journey with Andean Trekking Peru to the serene Humantay Lake. It is a gem nestled in the heart of the Andean mountains. Our Full-day Humantay Lake Tour offers a blend of natural beauty, adventure, and cultural immersion. It is perfect for those eager to explore the wonders near Cusco, Peru. 

We will guide you every step of the way. We will be ensuring a memorable experience amidst the stunning landscapes of the Andes.

We will start our day early in the morning, departing from Cusco to Mollepata. Here, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast, fueling up for the day's adventure. Next, we'll continue to Soraypampa, the starting point of our hike. As we ascend towards Humantay Lake, we will witness the majestic Salkantay and Humantay peaks, standing as silent sentinels over the Sacred Valley.

The hike to Laguna Humantay is both challenging and rewarding. We will traverse paths surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty, reaching an altitude where the air is crisp and the skies seem endless. Upon arrival at Humantay Lake, we will have time to explore, take photos, and soak in the tranquility of this azure paradise. The crystal-clear waters, set against a backdrop of towering mountains, create a scene of pure majesty.

After spending quality time at the lake, we will begin our descent to Soraypampa. Here, a delicious lunch awaits, offering a chance to share experiences with fellow travelers. As we make our way back to Cusco, we will reflect on the day's journey. We will be carrying with us memories of the stunning Andean landscape.

Key statistics of the Full-day Humantay Lake Tour include:

- Distance covered: Approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) round trip.

- Highest altitude: 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level at Humantay Lake.

- Lowest altitude: 2,900 meters (9,514 feet) above sea level at the starting point in Mollepata.

- Level of difficulty: Moderate to challenging, suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness.

We will ensure you're well-prepared for this adventure. We will be offering guidance on how to navigate high altitudes and minimize the risk of altitude sickness. For those who prefer, the option to rent a horse is available, making the journey accessible to all.

Join Andean Trekking Peru for the Full-day Humantay Lake Tour. You will discover one of the most enchanting natural sights in the Cusco region. With breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures, and the serene beauty of Humantay Lake, this tour promises an enriching experience that will leave you in awe of the natural world. Let's embark on this adventure together, where the beauty of the Andes awaits.

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