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Humantay Lake

  • Duration1 DAY
  • Max Altitude4.200 m.a.s.l
  • ServicePrivate / Group
  • TrasportationVan
  • DifficultyModerate


The Humantay Lake located in Mollepata is a vibrant turquoise lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains, one of which is called Humantay Mountain and whose name means “under the snow” and can be seen which on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. The lake, which for a long time was a part of the tourist route to Machu Picchu, is truly majestic and impressive and worth venturing to in order to experience it first-hand.


  • Trekking
  • Horse riding
  • Photography

Price Includes

  • English speaking, experienced and professional guide
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • 2 Meals / day
  • PrivateTransport

Price Excludes

  • Tips for the driver and guide.
  • Horses, which can be rented at the trailhead (100 soles roundtrip)
  • Trekking Poles - $10

What to Expect

When visiting Humantay Lake, you can expect a captivating and rewarding experience:

  • Scenic Trek: Embark on a moderate trek of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, enjoying the picturesque journey through the Andean landscapes.
  • Turquoise Beauty: Be greeted by the stunning sight of Humantay Lake, with its crystal-clear turquoise waters reflecting the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
  • Spectacular Views: Marvel at the breathta.king views of the Humantay and Salkantay Peaks, creating a dramatic backdrop for the serene lake
  • Photographic Opportunities: Capture the natural beauty of the lake, mountains, and the surrounding landscapes, offering fantastic photo opportunities at every turn.
  • Cultural Significance: Learn about the cultural importance of the lake for local communities, often considered a sacred site with spiritual significance.
  • Flora and Fauna: Encounter the diverse flora and fauna of the region during the trek, adding an extra layer of natural beauty to the experience.


Day 1 - Cusco – Humantay Lake - Cusco

You will be picked up bright and early from your hotel to begin the four-hour drive with private transportation to Soraypampa which is at 3 850 meters in elevation. This location is the campsite for the first day of the Salkantay trek (click here for more info). We will have a delicious breakfast in Soraypampa to fuel us for our trek. After breakfast we’ll begin gradually climbing to reach Humantay Lake located at 4 200 meters above sea level. Along the way you will see beautiful views and if the sky is clear enough we should catch sight of the impressive snowcapped peaks of Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. The hike is approximately one and a half hours longs and is low to moderate is difficulty, but well worth it when you see the magical views. You do have the option to rent a horse if you prefer. Once we have reached our destination, there will be plenty of time to take pictures, bring an offering to Apus, the mountain spirit and for the brave trekkers, take a dip in the lake when it’s sunny! After some free time, we will start our decent back to Soraypampa. When back in town we will have lunch and afterwards begin the journey back to Cusco where we will arrive at approximately 5:00 pm.

For a day hike to Humantay Lake, it's essential to be well-prepared. Here's a checklist of items to bring:

A small backpack to carry your essentials.
◉Comfortable Clothing:
Dress in layers to accommodate changing weather conditions.
Long-sleeved shirt, lightweight jacket, and a waterproof outer layer.
◉Hiking Boots:
Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots with good traction.
Hat or cap for sun protection.
Beanie or hat for warmth at higher elevations.
◉Sun Protection:
Sunscreen with high SPF.
Sunglasses to shield your eyes from UV rays.
Water bottle or hydration system to stay well-hydrated at high altitudes.
Consider bringing water purification tablets in case you need to refill from natural sources.
Energizing snacks like trail mix, granola bars, or fruits.
Capture the stunning landscapes, but make sure your electronics are well-protected from the elements.
◉Rain Gear:
Lightweight, packable rain jacket or poncho in case of unexpected rain.
◉Personal Items:
Personal identification and any necessary permits.
Basic first aid kit (band-aids, pain relievers, altitude sickness medication).
◉Trekking Poles:
Optional but can be beneficial, especially during steep ascents and descents.
Warm gloves if you’re hiking in colder conditions.
◉Personal Hygiene Items:
Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and tissue.
◉Binoculars for bird watching or enjoying distant views.
◉Portable battery charger for your electronic devices.
◉Cash for tipping guides or purchasing items from local vendors.

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