Humantay Lake full day tour


Min: 3350m/10990 ft. Max: 4200m/13780 ft.


1 day

Physical Level


Tour Type


Group Size

Min 2 people, Max 16 people

Best Season

April to October


Embark on a captivating day tour to the pristine Humantay Lake, a natural jewel nestled high in the Andean mountains at the base of the majestic Humantay glacier. Its unparalleled location renders it a breathtaking spectacle, drawing countless visitors daily to bask in the beauty of the Andes. This once-hidden gem, now a renowned destination, offers an extraordinary opportunity to witness the convergence of two colossal glaciers, Salkantay and Humantay. Join this immersive experience to be enthralled by the awe-inspiring panorama of the Andean landscape and the serene allure of Humantay Lake, an experience that has captivated the hearts of many.

humantay full day tour from Cusco


Humantay Lake is the hidden gem is Cusco, this colorful lake you can visit in one full-day tour starting from Cusco it is becoming so famous due to the turquoise color just below one glacier with the same name.

If you have a spare day in Cusco, you must go it is worth visiting! Humantay is a glacier Lake it is surrounded by the big Andes mountains like Salkantay and Humantay both big glacier mountains these mountains provide a great backdrop to the lake of Humantay.

lake Humanatay is a crucial source of water for the locals, especially for agriculture in the valley of Mollepata and surrounding areas.

Destination: Humantay Lake, a hidden gem near Soraypampa.

Adventure Start: Pick up at 4:30 am from your hotel in Cusco.

Scenic Drive: Enjoy a 3-hour drive through picturesque landscapes and local villages.

Soraypampa: The trailhead and an official campsite for the Salkantay trek.

Breakfast: Energize with a nutritious breakfast prepared by our chef.

Hiking to Humantay Lake: A 2-hour ascent in a stone terrain with breathtaking views.

Lake Beauty: Witness the turquoise Humantay Lake fed by the Huamnatay glacier.

Descent and Lunch: Descend to Soraypampa for a well-deserved lunch.

Return to Cusco: Drive back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel by 5 pm.


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What to Bring?

  • Walking boots.
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • T-shirts.
  • Comfortable Trousers.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera.
  • Torch with spare batteries.
  • First aid kit.


  • USD 120     2 participants in the group
  • USD 105   3 participants in the group
  • USD 95     4 participants in the group
  • USD 80     5 participants in the group more than 5 contact us

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Where does start the Humantay tour?

This tour to the lake starts in Cusco they pick you up from your hotel and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Can I do the Humantay hike on my first day in Cusco?

not recommended due to the elevation it is located at 4200 m you need to get used to the elevation first then you can go but if have been in Puno or Bolivia yes you can do it on your first day.

How far in advance do I need to book Humantay?

Not necessary to book in advance you can book a couple of weeks in advance because there are no limitations on the entrance.

What is the altitude of the Humantay Lake?

Humantay is at 4200 m/13780 ft. It is much higher than Cusco


Travel Guide

The Humantay Lake is high up in the mountains at an elevation of 4,200 m, before you decide to go on this incredible day tour we recommend you at least two days in Cusco or explore day tours in Cusco like the Sacred Valley tour or the Cusco city tour which are perfect to acclimate while you in Cusco otherwise will be so the top and can be even dangerous due to the altitude sickness.

Tour Itinerary:

Trailhead Drive:

Pick-up Time: 4:30 AM.

Transportation: Private van.

Highlights: Scenic drive through Anta, Limatambo, and Mollepata.

Tip: Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and cultural insights during the 3-hour drive.

Soraypampa – Breakfast Stop:

Activity: Breakfast with stunning views of sacred mountains.

Insight: Appreciate the significance of the towering mountains considered sacred by locals.

Hike to Humantay Lake:

Terrain: Stone terrain.

Duration: 2 hours.

Distance: 3 kilometers.

Useful Tips: Use walking poles for balance, take it slow due to thin oxygen, and stay hydrated.

Views: Incredible panoramic views as you ascend towards Humantay Lake.

Humantay Lake Exploration:

Features: Turquoise glacier lake fed by the Humantay glacier.

Activity: Walk around the lake, and climb rocky areas for the best views.

Tip: The higher you climb, the more turquoise the lake becomes.

Descent and Lunch:

Descent: Return to Soraypampa using the same path

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch.

Insight: Reflect on the natural beauty of Humantay Lake during the descent.

Return to Cusco:

Departure Time: After lunch.

Drop-off: Arrive back in Cusco by 5 PM.

Practical Tips:

Clothing: Wear comfortable hiking attire, suitable for changing weather conditions.

Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots are recommended for the stone terrain.

Hydration: Carry sufficient water due to the high elevation.

Altitude Considerations: Pace yourself, acclimatize, and follow the guide’s instructions.


Transportation: Private van from hotel pick-up to drop-off.

Meals: Nutritious breakfast and lunch provided.

Guidance: An expert tour guide offers instructions and insights.

Embarking on the Humantay Lake Day Tour promises an unforgettable experience, from the scenic drive through picturesque landscapes to the rewarding hike leading to the pristine beauty of the turquoise glacier lake on the base of Humantay Lake.


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