Humantay Lake Tour .- Hiking to Humantay Lake is undoubtedly one of the best one-day trips you can do in Cusco. Read our Itinerary to how deal with the altitude sicknes, what to pack and where to stay, so your the only task will be trekking the moderately-difficult hike and enjoying the incredible scenery.

The Humantay Lake Tour is surrounded by imposing glaciers that are part of the Andes Mountains, among them the majestic Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped mountains (Salkantay Trek 5 Days option) that give rise to the splendid Lake with the same name, when you visit it will transform the way you see nature, enjoying the flora and fauna that will be recorded in your wonderful photographs, in this place you will breath 100% pure oxygen.

Humantay Lake Weather

The hike takes 1 hour and 45 minutes climbing up the mountain from Soraypampa (3,820m) which is the 1st campiste of the 5 day Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek.


  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Private Transportation from Cusco to the beginning of the trekking or hike.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Professional English Guide.
  • Entrance Ticket
  • First Aidd

Not Included

  • Services not described in the Itinerary


  • Water.
  • Sun cream.
  • Camera.
  • Snacks (chocolates, sweets, coca leaf).
  • Jacket for the cold.
  • Cap and sunglasses.
  • Raincoat (Consult us according to the season).
  • Shoes or tennis for trekking.


Humantay Full Day Tour

This day begins with the pick up from your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00 am, we will take our private transport to travel northwest of the city of Cusco to the town of Mollepata, this trip will show you the lush valley of the Apurimac River.

In this small and picturesque town, we will have a well-deserved breakfast to fill us up with energy, then we will continue our trip to the starting point of the hike, the village of Challacancha which is at an altitude of 3,600 m.a.s.l (11,811 feet) after a brief rest, we are going to walk towards the Humantay lake located at of 4,180 m.a.s.l (13,714 feet), after uphill about 2 hour 20 min approximately we will be able to appreciate the wonderful landscape, after the explanation of our guide and to take the many pictures of Humantay Lake Tour.

We will enjoy the place and finally return to Challacancha place, enjoy our delicious lunch and will be transferred to the city of Cusco, arriving at Cusco al 17:00 hours approximately.

Recommendations to Humantay Lake Tour:

  • Bring your backpack, a rain cape and layers of clothes so you’ll be warm
  • Take gloves, a hat, hiking shoes, hiking clothes and if you want to you can bring your hiking poles as well
  • If you don’t want to hike up you can rent a horse for S/ 70 – 90 that will take you almost to the end of the hike.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and some extra money
  • Pack some snacks

Humantay Lake is formed by the thawing of the Humantay and Salkantay snow-capped mountains presents a unique landscape on the district of Mollepata (Anta); as part of the route to Salkantay mountain.

With a mystical air, the Humantay Lake Tour is visited by shamans and tourists from all over the world to leave offerings to the Pachamama, deity that represents mother Earth in the Inca culture.

What does the Humantay Lake Full Day Tour include?

  • Pick up from your hotel (your hotel must be close to the main square of Cusco, otherwise we will coordinate a meeting point).
  • Private Transportation from Cusco to the beginning of the trekking or hike.
  • Breakfast
  • Box Lunch.
  • Professional Guide.
  • Transportation from Challacancha to Cusco.
  • Entrance to the Route.

What is not included in the Humantay Full Day Tour?

  • Services not described in the Itinerary

What should I bring to the trekking of the Humantay Full Day Tour?

  • Water.
  • Sun cream.
  • Camera.
  • Snacks (chocolates, sweets, coca leaf).
  • Jacket for the cold.
  • Cap and sunglasses.
  • Raincoat (Consult us according to the season).
  • Shoes or tennis trekking.

Humantay Lake Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get from Cusco to Humantay Lake?

You have 2 options, the first is to take a bus from Cusco to Mollepata, then a taxi and walk to the Humantay Lake, the second option and the recommended is to hire this tour.

What is the Humantay Lake?

It is a turquoise and Glacia Lake in Cusco.

How many hours are from Cusco to Humantay Lake?

By car it is about 2 hours, then you will have to walk for about 1 hour.

How far is Humantay Lake?

This hike takes approximately 1 hour, depending at your rhythm.

How much does it cost to go to Laguna Humantay?

Andean Peru Treks Offers the best price and Best Experience; other travel operator offers lowers prices but you have take precautions.

How many meters of altitude is Humantay Lake?

This is is 4,200 meters above sea level.

Did you have any doubts or questions about this destination?

Don’t hesitate to contact us, at Andean Peru Treks we will be happy to help and guide you in everything you need to know about this place without complications.

Can you swim in The Humantay Lake?

No, Because Andean Peru Treks protects the delicate ecosystem, that is why we do not recommend entering the Humantay Lagoon; but if you can refresh yourself with the cold water

How to get to Humantay Lake from Aguas Calientes?

First, you have to return to Ollantaytambo, then take the route to Huarcondo and follow the route to Limatambo and then to Mollepata.

What should I wear to Cusco and Humantay Lake?

Clothing to explore the city

Cuzco enjoys high daytime temperatures of up to 68 degrees Fahrenheit from May to September, even though this is the winter period in Peru, and you will be fine wearing cotton pants, shorts and T-shirts in Cuzco itself on sunny days. The average daily temperature remains constant, between 50 and 52 degrees throughout the year. However, the temperature drops at night and can be below freezing, so make sure you have a sweater and a warm coat or polo shirt to wear at night.

Clothing for hiking

To hike from Cusco you will need several layers of clothing so that you can adapt to the changes in temperature and be prepared for the showers. Wear hiking boots or shoes with strong ankle support and a warm sweater and carry a dry change of clothes at all times. Use high-factor sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat with a brim to face the sun during the day.

Clothing for Cuzco’s nightlife

Cuzco has many bars and restaurants, but the dress code is generally informal. Most visitors are passing through, so jeans and shirts are suitable for both men and women.

Weather conditions

The best time to visit the area is during the dry season, from May to September. However, no matter what time of year you visit us, be sure to bring some warm clothes as the average temperature is only 52 degrees Fahrenheit and the coldest month is July with an average of 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prices in Shared Service (With other travelers)

  • Price per person: US $ 35.00

Prices in Private Service

Number of people Price per person
1 Person US $190.00
2 People US $120.00
3 People US $95.00
4 People US $80.00
5 People US $70.00
6 People US $60.00

Frequently Asked  Questions Humantay Lake?

How to get to the Humantay Lake?

  • Cusco – Mollepata: In this tour we go to the northwest of Cusco city, to the town of Mollepata, this journey in mobility is 2 hours approximately, with a totally asphalted road passing by the valley and town of limatambo.
  • Mollepata – Soraypampa: This road is a dirt track towards the high jungle of Cusco, this journey takes 1 hour.
  • Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon: Starting the trek from Soraypampa one can do the tour in 45 min to 1h 30 min according to your physical capacity.

Where is the Humantay Lagoon located?

The Humantay Lake, together with its snow-capped mountain of the same name, is located to the northwest of the city of Cusco, in the town of Soraypampa, which belongs to the District of Mollepata, Province of Anta, Department of Cusco, Peru.

Laguna Humantay is in the coordinates Longitude: 72°37’2.43″O, Latitude: 13°24’41.72″S

Altitudes  to Humantay lake?

Following altitudes in trekking to humantay:

Beginning of the trekking the village of Soraypampa at 3,875 m.a.s.l. (12,714 feet)
Camps for the route from Salkantay to Machu Picchu 3,908 m.a.s.l. (12,822 feet)
Half way up this is a resting place 4,125 m.a.s.l. (12,,534 feet)
Humantay Lagoon at an altitude of 4,180 meters above sea level. (12,714 feet)
Mirador de la Laguna at an altitude of 4,200 m.a.s.l. (13,780 feet)
Altitudes on the trekking route to the Humantay Lagoon

How far do you walk to get to the Humantay Lake?

We start the hike in the town of Soraypampa from this point to the Humantay lagoon is a distance of 2.25 km, the average time to arrive is 45 min to 1h 20min.

At the edge of the Humantay lagoon you will be able to observe stone towers. These are called Apachetas and are a symbol of respect for the lagoon and the Apus of the area who are considered sacred living beings, where offerings are also made with the sacred Coca leaf (Quintu » three Coca leaves that represent the 3 Andean worlds), asking permission and invoking the Pachamama (mother earth) to care for the people who visit them.

What do Humantay and Salkantay mean?

Humantay means Head of the Gods, this is possibly because it is located on the slopes of the High Forest.

Salkantay means «wild mountain», untamed.

Difficulty of the Humantay lake route?

The one day hike to the Humantay Lagoon has a medium difficulty. Since the walking time is 1 hr 20 min doing a 2.25 km route and the demand is moderate.

Why are you called Apu Humantay and Salkantay?

The term Apu is a Quechua word that has several meanings, it is translated to mountain, god in other cases refers to the spirits that live in the highest mountains, when we call Apu to a snowy or mountain is because it is sacred, if we have the Apu Salkantay and another mountain or snowy we refer to it is an important and sacred place.

Why does the Humantay Lake have a turquoise coloring?

The turquoise color of the Humantay Lagoon is due to the crystallinity of the water and the microalgae, possibly of the species Microcystis aeruginosa and Oscillatoria, this still in investigation and analysis, this would be the factor of him this beautiful coloration to this lagoon.

Can I visit the Humantay Lake Tour on my own?

Of course, you must hire a guide who knows the route and this certified, unfortunately at the moment there are no trucks or public transport that takes you to this place you must do in particular mobility, that’s why the best recommendation is to do with a travel agency, we have daily departures and we give you the opportunity to book your place or travel space with only USD 5 dollars.