Humantay Lake Day Tour

1 Days

Humantay Lake full day is a beautiful glacial lake located in the Andes Mountains of Peru. It is a popular destination for day hikes and is accessible from the town of Mollepata.

The hike to Humantay Lake is challenging but rewarding, with stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges and valleys. The trail is well-marked and takes about 2 to 3 hours to reach the lake from the town of Mollepata. Along the way, hikers will encounter a variety of flora and fauna, including Andean condors, llamas, and alpacas.

At the lake, visitors can take in the crystal clear blue waters and marvel at the surrounding mountains’ reflection on the lake’s surface. Visitors can also take a dip in the chilly waters or take a boat ride on the lake.

Overall, Humantay Lake is a must-see destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts visiting Peru. It offers a unique and unforgettable experience that will leave visitors in awe of the natural beauty of the Andes Mountains.


Start early: The hike to Humantay Lake is challenging, with an elevation gain of over 1,000 meters. Starting early in the morning will give you enough time to complete the hike and return to Mollepata before it gets dark.

Be prepared for the altitude: Humantay Lake sits at an altitude of over 4,200 meters. If you are not accustomed to high altitudes, you may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Be sure to drink plenty of water, take breaks when needed, and consider taking altitude medication if necessary.

Dress appropriately: The weather in the Andes can be unpredictable, so it’s important to dress in layers. You may start the hike in cool temperatures, but it can get hot as the day progresses. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, rain gear or rain Poncho and sunscreen.

Bring snacks and water: It’s important to stay hydrated and fueled during the hike. Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy levels up.

Respect the environment: Humantay Lake is a natural wonder and it’s important to respect the environment. Don’t leave any trash behind, and stay on designated trails to avoid damaging the fragile ecosystem.

Consider hiring a guide: If you’re not an experienced hiker or are unfamiliar with the area, it’s a good idea to hire a guide. A guide can help you navigate the trail and provide valuable information about the history and ecology of the area.


Humantay Lake. Its a well-planned and organized trip with enough time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take pictures. It’s also good to know that the time spent at the lake can vary depending on the weather conditions, so it’s best to be prepared for all possibilities. The stop for breakfast and lunch is a great addition to the itinerary as it provides a chance to refuel and recharge before and after the hike. Overall, it sounds like an exciting and memorable experience.

4:30 AM -5:00 AM: Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco.
5:00 AM – 7:30 AM: Drive to Mollepata, a small town located in the Anta province.
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Enjoy a delicious breakfast at a local restaurant in Mollepata.
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Continue driving to Soraypampa, a small village located at the base of Humantay Mountain.
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Start the trek to Humantay Lake, which takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
11:30 AM – 12:00: Arrive at Humantay Lake and enjoy the breathtaking views of the turquoise blue water and surrounding mountains, guide explanation. Take photos, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Descend back down to Soraypampa.
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: lunch in Mollepata
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Return drive to Cusco.

Please note that the itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, traffic, and other factors. Additionally, this is just a sample itinerary.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Round trip transportation
  • Breakfast (fruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit salad, and bread or pancakes with butter and jam)
  • Buffet lunch
  • Entrance fee for Lake Humantay
  • Groups ranging between 12-14 people, maximum 18 people
  • English speaking, professional guides
  • First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies
  • Excursión de día completo a la laguna Humantay en Cusco
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

The Laguna Humantay Tour offers quite easy routes compared to longer treks such as: Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, Ausangate, Lares, etc. However, we always advise our clients to be in good physical shape and to get used to the altitude. Therefore, we recommend arriving in Cusco 2 or 1 day before departure to get used to the altitude.

For what age is it advisable to take the humantay lagoon tour?

The appropriate age for the Laguna Humantay tour is for adults. In the case of minors, they can take the tour under the responsibility of an adult.

What is the best season to do the humantay lagoon tour?

There are two seasons that occur throughout the year in the region of Cusco so you can visit the Humantay Lagoon in both, but much will depend on the route.

-Rainy season: Between the months of November to March, during this time the presence of rain is frequent and long walks are not recommended. However, you can make short trips around Cusco.
-Dry season: Between the beginning of March to the end of October, during this time the presence of rain is minimal. Therefore, this season is considered the best time for tourism throughout the Cusco region.

Is there an internet signal on the way to Humantay Lagoon?

The internet service during the trek is bad. However, in the Soraypampa – Salkantay camp it is possible that your cell phone can pick up wifi signal for an additional cost, but in any case the internet or wifi signal is not very good because it is located in an area far from the city.

How high is the lagoon?

The top of Humantay Lagoon is at 4,200 m (13,779 ft elevation).

Can I visit the Humantay Lagoon without a tour?

Yes, however, there are few public transportation buses, so it is best to go with a tour, which can be more economical. To go on your own, you leave from Cusco to the town of Mollepata. Then you should ask for a cab to Soraypampa camp. The return trip follows the same route but keep in mind that without a guide you can miss the history behind the lagoon.

What should I bring to my visit to Humantay Lagoon?

If you visit the Humantay Lagoon, we recommend that you bring: sports clothes with a layered jacket, trekking shoes, rehydrating water, snacks, gloves, sun block, trekking poles (optional), passport, cash and whatever you consider necessary.

Can I camp at the Humantay Lagoon?

Camping is not allowed in the Humantay Lagoon itself. Campsites are located in the community of Soraypampa, located at 3,800 m and 2 kilometers from the lagoon.

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Humantay Lake Day Tour