Humantay Lake Tour One Day - Humantay Lake Full Day Tour in Cusco

Humantay Lake Tour One Day

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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,200 m / 13,779 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate Difficulty

Hike to the Andean Mountain Gem

Mollepata - Soraypampa - Camp - Humantay Lake
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No Accommodation
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,200 m / 13,779 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate Difficulty

If you come to Cusco, you should do the Humantay Lake tour as a day trip. In the last few years, this has become the most visited lagoon in Peru. Its turquoise color surprises everyone who gets here, exploring the amazing treasure hidden in the middle of the Andes. Humantay Lake offers a varied selection of stunning views surrounded by glaciers, snow mountains, and picturesque villages in flawless harmony for the truly incredible sight that you see. Humantay Lake is most well known for its insanely bright blue and green water and its snow-capped mountain backdrop. These fantastic colors come from the mineral-filler runoff from the melting glaciers around the Humantay and Salkantay mountains.

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During the Humantay Lake tour, you will feel the energy of the mountains, also known as Apus, who protect the local people according to Andean traditions. This lovely lake is located three hours from Cusco at a height of 4200 meters (13780 feet).At Vidal Expeditions, we provide an ultimate adventure day trip that includes everything you need to make your trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Highlights: Humantay Lake, Salkantay mountain, Humantay mountain
Hiking distance: 2:30hours round trip
Considerations: Acclimatization is required
Season: April to November
Max. Altitude: 4,200m/13,780ft

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypamapa - Humantay Lake - Soraypampa - Cusco

    Explore the most beautiful turquoise lake in the Andes, surrounded by imposing snow mountains, Humantay and Salkantay.


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypamapa - Humantay Lake - Soraypampa - Cusco

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Breakfast & Lunch Meals
Difficulty Icon
Moderate Difficulty
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5 km / 3.11 mi Walking Distance
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Starting Elevation
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Highest Elevation

Very early in the morning (around 4:30–5 a.m.), your trekking guide and our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive for about 2 hours, the first stop of the day will be at Mollepata to have breakfast and fill us with the energy for this wonderful adventure, we'll need to continue our trip up to Soraypampa at 3950 m a.s.l.

Here, you will have the opportunity to see parts of the Salkantay and Humantay mountains. After a brief rest, we will prepare to begin the ascent, which takes roughly 1,30 hours to the highest point where the lakes are located, passing through picturesque landscapes surrounded by a complex of mountains.

You will be amazed by the panoramic view of the turquoise lake at 4,200 masl, 13,779 ft, close to an amazing glacier, which will undoubtedly impress you. Your guide will explain all the information about the area, and he will also talk about the Andean religion and how important the mountains are for locals.

After have captured the best photos, we will return to Soraypampa, and board the bus to drive towads Mollepata where our delicious buffet lunch awaits us. At around 3 p.m. our transport will be waiting for us to return to Cusco.


At Vidal Expeditions, we are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded from our tours. We know this is very important so that you know exactly what to bring and don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your 7 Lakes Trek.


Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your adventure guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Sacred Valley of the Incas departure. During this briefing, you will receive important details about the tour.

  • Professional Cultural Guide

    All our tour guides have a great reputation for customer service. Our tour guides have graduated with a tourism career from the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. They have also studied English at a private language institute. Through their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for adventure, and pride in having been born in the land of the Incas, we ensure our tour guides provide an excellent experience for you when you explore the famous sacred valley of the Incas.

  • Entrance Fees

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we purchase all the necessary tickets for your adventure it will be for a specific date.


  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportation during your tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the trail head (Pacchanta Town). The bus returning to Cusco once you are done with this activity will drop you off at your hotel.


  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides at Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in first aid. They received training courses every six months on how to assist someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained on how to supply balloon oxygen if someone requires it.


  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation, and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial. We include one buffet breakfast and lunch during this tour, of course, and we cater to all dietary restrictions: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others. Just let us know.


  • Water bottle

    Every customer needs water during this tour, and for that, we will stop in a shop where you can purchase some water bottles and snacks.

  • Travel Insurance

    We recommend buying travel insurance before leaving your country in case something happens during your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team

    Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion in Cusco, and although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team's hard work.


At Vidal Expeditions, we focus on making your trip an unforgettable experience, and we want to provide all the details you need to know before leaving your country and starting your life experience in Peru.

What you need to pack? Important
  • Passport
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelback is encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking pant
  • Trekking poles


A daypack can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. If it is larger, try to make it as light as possible.

  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication or Own first aid kit
  • Snacks (Chocolate, energizing bars, caramels, etc.)


Here some frequently asked question about Humantay Lake tour in Cusco

At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the booking system as easy as possible for you. Once you decide to do some of our day tours, we will send you a booking form where you need to complete all the required details that we need to book your tickets. We also need a previous deposit of 50% of the price per person. As soon as you pay it, we immediately book a spot for this tour. Once we are done with it, we will send you your invoice and a confirmation form that all the booking processes have been satisfactorily set up.

The Humantay Lake is the ultimate day tour in Cusco that takes you to explore a stunning lake in the Peruvian mountains. Located in the northeast of Cusco, the Humantay Lake is a hidden gem surrounded by gigant snow mountains that milt crystal water towards the lake. This must be on the wish list of every explorer.

Definitely! This is a must-do thing in Cusco, and many people visit it to see its beautiful turquoise color. Just imagine hiking in the mountains and seeing a crystal lake with some of the most gorgeous color and clear water. For many Andean people, this was a sacred lake where they used to worship the Apus and Mother Nature (called Pacha Mama in the Andes).

Humantay Lake is located at 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level. The hike to get there begins at 3,980 meters

Well, the hike to reach Humantay Lake is quite challenging; it takes around 2.30 hours for the complete hike round trip, with some steps in the final section. We highly recommend spending a few days in Cusco before heading to this tour.

May to October is the best time to visit this wonderful Humantay Lake, as this is the dry season in Cusco and you will have more chances to get better views along the hike and at the same lake. However, this is also the busiest season as many travelers come to Peru to explore the highlights, and Humantay could be full of tourists.

Actually, you are not allowed to swim. Because there are many communities located in the valley, they use this water for drinking and farming. For others, this is considered a sacred lake, and they respect the ancient traditions with the purpose of leaving humans and nature in harmony. Just imagine hundreds of people swimming at the same time; it can be destroyed in a couple of years. That is why local authorities have put some regulations in place for this lake, and our job as visitors is to protect what nature gave us to appreciate its beauty.

The locals of Soraypampa offer horse service from the starting point to get to the Humantay Lake. The price is S/90 soles only uphill, and it can vary depending on where you take the horse.

Currently, the best way to get to Humantay Lake from Cusco is through the guide tour. Our Humantay Lake day tour usually starts at 4:00 am with the pick-up from your hotel, and it includes the entrance fees, breakfast and lunch, transportation, the tour guide, walking sticks, and the drop-off.

All our guides who lead different excursions in Peru are well trained to assist in any emergency that can happen during the tour. They will always carry the first aid kit and an oxygen balloon for these situations where you could have problems with the altitude. We take small groups for our different tours, so don't hurry up to anyone in the group.

Definitely, it is always recommended to wear light hiking boots if possible. However, for our traditional day tours, where you do not need to hike for hours, you can go with sneakers. On the Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake tours, you need ones with ankle support, which are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker. Because you will be climbing and going down slippery stairs, some of which could be muddy, uneven, and at varying heights, the extra support helps prevent twisting your ankles.

Yes. Walking sticks are always helpful to trekkers, especially if is raining along the trek. Using walking sticks can help take the pressure off your knees while doing some portion of the trek. Plus they will help you get up the mountain as well.

Well, the hike to Humantay Lake is considered less challenging than the Rainbow Mountain Trek due to the difference in altitude and weather. While both hikes require a good fitness level, Rainbow Mountain is a high-altitude hike where you will get 5,036 meters above sea level through an ascending steppath with cold wind hitting your face.

The weather in Humantay Lake is very cold and the average temperature is anywhere from 4 to 12 degrees Celsius, however it can change easily in a couple hours even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny. We can’t trust it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically, April through September is the dry season; November through February is the rainy season; and March and October are bridge months—a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain, no matter when you come.


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USD 66.00: from 4 people to more

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At Vidal Expeditions we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Vidal Expeditions we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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