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Humantay Lake Full Day Tour from Cusco


Humantay Lake Tour 1 Day / Humantay Lagoon Day trip

Situated amidst the majestic Andes Mountains in Peru, the Humantay Lake full-day excursion offers a breathtaking experience. This stunning glacial lake has become a sought-after destination for day hikes, attracting nature enthusiasts from all over. Accessible from the charming town of Mollepata, it promises a memorable adventure.


Embarking on the trek to Humantay Lake is both demanding and gratifying, as it offers awe-inspiring vistas of the encompassing peaks and valleys. The path is clearly designated and requires approximately 2 to 3 hours of hiking from Mollepata to reach the lake. Throughout the journey, adventurers will come across a diverse array of plant and animal life, such as Andean condors, llamas, and alpacas.


The lake offers a stunning view of its pristine, azure waters and the breathtaking reflection of the surrounding mountains. Those who visit can choose to immerse themselves in the invigorating coolness of the water.


For those who have a deep appreciation for nature and enjoy outdoor activities, a visit to Humantay Lake is an absolute necessity when exploring Peru. This remarkable destination provides an unparalleled and indelible experience that will undoubtedly leave visitors astounded by the breathtaking splendor of the Andes Mountains.


If you’re planning a day hike to Humantay Lake, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.


  • To conquer the demanding trek to Humantay Lake, which involves ascending more than 1,000 meters in elevation, it is advisable to commence your journey early. By embarking in the morning, you will ensure ample time to accomplish the hike and make it back to Mollepata before nightfall.


  • Take into account the high altitude when visiting Humantay Lake, as it is situated at an elevation exceeding 4,200 meters. If you are not acclimated to such heights, you may encounter signs of altitude sickness. It is important to stay hydrated, take breaks as required, and consider the use of altitude medication if needed.


  • To ensure your comfort while hiking in the Andes, it is crucial to dress appropriately, considering the unpredictable weather conditions. Layering your clothing is recommended as the temperatures can vary throughout the day. Begin with suitable attire for cooler temperatures and be prepared for it to potentially heat up as the hike progresses. Don comfortable hiking shoes, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and bring along rain gear or a rain poncho in case of inclement weather. Additionally, remember to apply sunscreen for protection.

pack for the humantay lake


  • To ensure that you stay energized and properly hydrated throughout the hike, it is crucial to bring along snacks and water. Be sure to pack an ample supply of both to maintain optimal energy levels.


  • It is crucial to show reverence for the natural surroundings at Humantay Lake, as it is an awe-inspiring marvel. Ensuring the preservation of the environment entails leaving no trace of litter and adhering to designated pathways to prevent harm to the delicate ecosystem.


  • If you lack hiking experience or are unfamiliar with the location, it is advisable to consider enlisting the services of a guide. Hiring a guide can assist you in navigating the trail and offer insightful knowledge regarding the area’s historical and ecological aspects.


Highlights of Humantay Lake Full Day

  • Humantay Lagoon is one of the most magical lakes in Peru. It is surrounded by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay Peaks, and the water is an amazing shade of turquoise.
  • On a full-day hike to Humantay Lake, you can get back to nature and see beautiful lakes, valleys, and mountains that were important to the Incas. You’ll also get stunning views of the glacier.
  • On a fully supported tour with a private crew from Peru Spirit Adventure, you can spend the perfect day away from the city in the peace and quiet of the Andes.
  • Explore Peru’s wild landscapes and enjoy panoramic views of the country’s beautiful lakes and mountains.
  • While hiking to the Humantay Lake Full Day Tour, your guide will tell you about Incan history and culture. This gives you a personalized experience.
  • Immerse yourself in Mother Nature’s world and feel her strong energy.
  • Take a day to hike to one of the most significant lakes in Incan mythology, Lake Humantay, and enjoy a more intimate and less crowded experience along the way.

A brief overview of the Humantay Lake day hike.


  • Your journey begins in Cusco, right from the comfort of your hotel.
  • The pick-up time from your hotel is scheduled between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • Please be ready for pick-up at 5:00 am at the Machu Picchu Reservations office.
  • The final destination is the city center of Cusco, specifically Plaza Regocijo.
  • The duration of the tour spans from the early hours of 5:00 am to the late afternoon at 6:00 pm, encompassing a full day of exploration.
  • Every day, departures take place.
  • The maximum number of individuals that can be accommodated in a group is 16.
  • We offer vegetarian and vegan food options at no additional cost upon request.
  • The meal options include one breakfast (1B) and one lunch (1L).
  • Storage is provided at no cost and is currently accessible.
  • The period from April to October is considered the high season.


Humantay Lake tour – 1 Day Itineray

Embarking on a meticulously arranged and efficiently executed excursion to Humantay Lake guarantees ample opportunity to revel in the breathtaking landscape and capture stunning photographs. It is worth noting, however, that the duration of our sojourn at the lake may fluctuate in accordance with the whims of the weather, necessitating preparedness for any eventuality. The inclusion of designated breaks for breakfast and lunch in the itinerary serves as a welcome addition, affording us the chance to replenish our energy reserves both prior to and after the invigorating hike. All in all, this promises to be an exhilarating and indelible adventure.


    • Between the hours of 4:30 AM and 5:00 AM, you will be conveniently picked up from your hotel located in Cusco.
    • Between the hours of 5:00 AM and 7:30 AM, embark on a journey to Mollepata, a quaint town nestled in the Anta province.
    • Start your morning off right from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM with a delightful breakfast experience at a charming local restaurant in Mollepata.
    • From 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, the journey continues towards Soraypampa, a quaint village nestled at the foot of Humantay Mountain.

Hike to Humantay Lake day tour

    • Embark on the journey to Humantay Lake between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, a trek that typically spans approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
    • From 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM, we will reach our destination at Humantay Lake, where you will be captivated by the awe-inspiring sights of the vibrant turquoise water and majestic mountains that encircle it. Your guide will provide an informative explanation of the area. Feel free to snap some photographs, unwind, and immerse yourself in the sheer splendor of Mother Nature.
    • Between the hours of 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM, make your way back down to Soraypampa.
    • From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, there will be a designated lunch break in Mollepata.
    • The return drive to Cusco is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


It is important to acknowledge that the proposed schedule may be subject to change due to factors such as inclement weather, traffic, and other unforeseen circumstances. Furthermore, it is essential to understand that this itinerary is merely a representation and may not reflect the exact sequence of events



What is Included in one one-day trek to Humantay Lake?

High-quality service & safety

Pre-departure briefing about Humantay Lake Cusco

You’ll meet one of the representatives of our company in our office for an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be around 6:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

Professional tour Guide

English and Spanish speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading groups in ancient ceremonies, he or she will keep you safe. So that you can enjoy your time worry-free.

First AID or Kit Medical kit

All Magical Peru Expeditions Guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every year. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers, diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.)As well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

Customer service 24/7

We have telephone service available 24 hours a day for ease of communication with Magical Peru Expeditions leading up to your trek.

Breakfast & lunch

Our passengers love our food. We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing.

Private transport

All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Soraypampa, the starting point of the hike. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel in Cusco.


What is not included in the Humantay day trek?

  • Dinner
  • entrance ticket
  • Hiking clothes

Tips for our staff

Tipping is the norm in any excursion in Peru, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome.


Additional costs or delays beyond our control

Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemic, government policy, political instability, strikes, an act of god, etc.


Frequently asked questions about Humantay Lake:


What exactly is Humantay Lake?

This magnificent lake, with its mesmerizing turquoise hue, can be found nestled in the breathtaking Andes Mountains of Peru.


What is the route to reach Humantay Lake?

To reach Humantay Lake effortlessly, it is recommended to partake in a guided tour departing from Cusco. This comprehensive tour includes convenient transportation to and from the lake, along with a knowledgeable guide to lead you on a memorable hike.


What is the duration of the hike to Humantay Lake?

To complete the round-trip hike to Humantay Lake, expect to cover a distance of roughly 5.5 miles and allocate approximately 3 to 4 hours of your time.


Does the hike to Humantay Lake present a challenging endeavor?

With its steep inclines and uneven terrain, the hike to Humantay Lake is classified as moderately challenging. It is advised for those who possess a moderate level of physical fitness.


When is the ideal time of year to visit Humantay Lake?

For optimal hiking conditions, it is recommended to plan a visit to Humantay Lake during the dry season, which spans from May to September. This period offers pleasant weather and clear skies, ensuring an enjoyable outdoor experience.


Is it possible for someone to swim in Humantay Lake?

Due to its sacred significance to the local community, swimming is strictly prohibited in Humantay Lake.


What items should I pack for a hike to Humantay Lake?

For the tour, it is recommended to have suitable hiking footwear, warm attire, sun protection, headgear, a backpack, a camera, and an ample supply of water and snacks. The tour company will supply breakfast and lunch.


Is there a fee required to enter Humantay Lake?

Indeed, there is an entrance fee to gain access to the lake, and this fee is included in the overall price of a guided tour.


Are there any lodging options available in close proximity to Humantay Lake?


Due to its secluded location, Humantay Lake does not offer any lodging options in close proximity. Many tourists choose to stay in neighboring towns like Mollepata or Soraypampa instead.


How long will I stay in the Laguna Humantay?

Depending on the group’s speed and the weather, we often stay between thirty minutes and an hour at the Laguna Humantay lookout.


  • Hiking Boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts (quick-dry)
  • Comfortable Trekking Pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film


Here are some ideas for a day excursion to Humantay Lake.


To ensure a successful hike to Humantay Lake, begin early in the morning to enable enough time to finish before nightfall.


  • Because Humantay Lake is located at a high elevation of over 4,200 meters, it is vital to be prepared for altitude sickness symptoms if you are not accustomed to such elevations. Stay hydrated and take breaks as needed, and consider altitude medication if necessary.
  • It is critical to dress adequately for the Andes’ ever-changing weather. Layer your clothes because temperatures can fluctuate throughout the day. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and remember to protect yourself from the sun with a hat, rain gear or poncho, and sunscreen.
  • Bring plenty of snacks and water for hydration to keep your energy levels up during the journey.
  • In order to protect the pure ecology of Humantay Lake, it is critical to leave no trace and to strictly follow to approved pathways in order to avoid harming the delicate ecosystem.
  • Hiring a guide can substantially enhance your hiking experience if you lack experience or knowledge with the area. A guide can help you traverse the trail and provide useful information about the area’s history and environment.


Price of the “Humantay Lake Full Day from Cusco”

We offer a group travel service and custom private trips, with private van transfers and professional drivers, to enhance the experience by giving you the full attention of our guides and staff. Please take a look below and choose one of them and let us know the departure date.


Group Service Price

US$ 30 per person

For our group travel experience, we require a minimum of two people to organize the Humantay Lake day trip. We guarantee that your “Lagoon Humantay Tour or Humantay Trek 1 Day” will be limited to a maximum of 15 people and fully supported. No problem if your date does not match with other traveler departures, we can open a new departure just with you on any date you wish. Feel free to email us or call us at +51 941011519


Private Service Price

  • Price for 2 trekkers: 150 USD per person
  • Price for 3 trekkers: 130 USD per person
  • Price for 4 trekkers: 110 USD per person
  • Price for 5 trekkers: 100 USD per person

Advantages of booking the “Humantay Lake Full Day Tour” in Private Service.

  • Flexibility on dates: Choose your own travel dates, and you decide when to start your Humantay Lake day trip.
  • Flexibility to Explore or Go at your own pace: Walk or explore on your own rhythm, and spend as little or as long as you want on your full-day Humantay Lake tour, forget to stay or keep up with the large groups. It’s your own journey.
  • Perfect for families, groups of mates (friends), or honeymoons: Make this Lagoon Humantay Tour for you and your loved ones or someone special.
  • Totally customizable: Travel the way you want and enjoy a customized trip; where you specify the itinerary of the Humantay Lake tour. Book this trip as is or customize it to be as active, relaxed, rustic, or luxurious as you wish to go. Also, this trip is perfect for multi-generational families and to celebrate a special anniversary or milestone birthday.
  • Private treks, single trekkers, custom treks, large groups, and packages are welcome! Please email us to customize.


How do I make a reservation?

Please contact us via this page by filling out the INQUIRY form, asking for availability first and we will provide you with all the information on how to book a day trip to Lake Humantay, and once we’re okay, you’ll book the tour on demand, otherwise, we can’t guarantee availability.


When contacting us, please provide the location of your hotel, the number of tour members you are traveling with, and group tours, or private tours. Thank you for your preference