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Humantay Lake Tour

Humantay Lake Tour


Activite type



Group Size

min 2 / max 10


Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft


Activity Level


Humantay Lake Tour is a popular full day trip from Cusco, as the Rainbow Mountain Tour. It takes you to the turquoise lake at 13.780 ft/4.200 meters above sea level, snuggled between the snow capped Andean peaks. 

This hidden gem is a popular stop on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. To Incas and to the people living in the valley the lake is a sacred entity. Even today Shamans (Andean priests) often visit the lake to offer Apacheta. 

Apacheta is a process of piling stones each on top of the other. They do this to express their gratitude to the mother earth (Pachamama). Shamans also use three coca leaves (Kintu) to seek blessings from Apus (Sacred Peaks). 

Visiting Humantay Lake is somewhat challenging. This is a high altitude experience. You need to be reasonably fit and acclimated to avoid altitude sickness. It normally takes about 1.5 hours to get to the lake from the nearest camp. 

If you are not keen on hiking, you can rent a horse from the local community at an additional cost.

What to Expect?

Humantay Lake Tour starts with a drive to the trailhead in Soraypampa early in the morning. After a hot breakfast, you’ll hike for about 1.5 hours through highland Andean farmlands to the turquoise lake.

At the summit, our guide will be explaining to you the importance of the lake in the life of Incas and its prominence today.

This is a high altitude experience. The highest point of the trek is at 4.200 meters above sea level. Although our tour guides will be carrying oxygen tanks and coca leaves, It is highly recommended to spend 3-4 days in Cusco to avoid altitude sickness

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Cusco – Humantay Lake – Cusco

  • Highest Altitude: Humantay Lake 4,200m / 13,780ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: 4 km / 2.48 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 1.5 hours approx.
  • Highlights:

Useful info

  • Level of difficulty: Moderately difficult
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour availability: Daily departures min 2 people
  • Weather: dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • 1 or 2 days Acclimatization is Recommended
  • Service offered: Group service, Private Service and Luxury Service
  • Tour Operator: Machu Picchu Tours & Treks

Lake Humantay Trek – DETAILS


Day 1: Cusco – Lake Humantay – Cusco

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 04:30 AM. Then in our private transport, we embark on a three hours drive along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Soraypampa. Here we will be serving you breakfast.

Our local expert will be sharing some safety tips before beginning the full day hike. The route up to the lagoon offers captivating views of the Peruvian highland farms. Here you will be able to spot the Andean camelids – Alpacas and Llamas grazing. 

Once at the summit (on the shores of the turquoise lake), our local expert will be explaining to you about the importance of the lagoon and how the Andean community continue to worship it. 

Once you have had your fill of this hidden gem, we will be hiking back to Soraypampa the same way we went up. At Soraypampa, our driver will be meeting you and will be driving you to Mollepata town. Here we will be stopping for lunch. 

After lunch, we will be driving you back to Cusco.

Lake Humantay Tour


Pick up and drop off in your hotel.
Professional Tour Leader
1 Buffet lunch
Hot drinks
Private round trip Transportation
First Aid kit and Oxygen bottle.
Humantay Lake Entrance fee

Not included

Tips for your crew
Horse for entire trip

Humantay Lake – Packing list

Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rain jacket, gloves)
Walking boots.
Walking sticks
Rain poncho
Sun hat + sunglasses.
Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Extra money, minimum 200.00 soles (USD $60.00)

Humantay Lake Trek – ESSENTIAL INFO


At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip.

If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.

Laggage storage

All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours & Treks office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek.

Lake Humantay Trek FAQs

How to Book the Humantay Lake tour?

  1. When booking your Humantay Lake tour, you’ll need to fill out our booking form by clicking on the BOOK NOW link on our homepage. Be ready to supply the following information for each participant in your group.
  1. Personal Information (Full name as it appears on your passport)
  2. Gender
  3. Passport Number
  4. Date of Birth (D.O.B.) example: dd/mm/yyyy
  5. Nationality
  6. Date of Passport Expiration. This date must be valid for at least six months past the time of travel. 

2. There is a required USD$50.00 per person for us to purchase the entrance into The Humantay Lake. Click on the VISA, Western Union, or the PAYPAL links on our booking page.

Once we receive the deposit and details, we can then book your permits. Once we have those in our hands, we’ll send you the invoice and confirmation that everything is ready to go. All start dates, once they’re confirmed, are guaranteed.