Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco

Humantay Lake

We’re flexible! Postpone your tour with zero cost up to 30 days prior to departure


Small Groups

Expert Service

24/7 In Trip Assistance

Daily Apertures


Get to know the Humantay lagoon full day, a jewel of nature on the Apu Salkantay route.

This tour allows our hikers to visit this natural attraction. The Humantay lagoon full day is located in the town of Soraypampa, it has become one of the most visited places by all travelers, to visit the Humantay lagoon only lasts one day, the walk does not present difficulty, it is enough to acclimatize to the climate of the region, we assure you that the effort will have a wonderful reward the humantay lagoon has beautiful colors and landscapes.

The “Humantay lagoon” is a natural attraction located in the town of Soraypampa, formerly only visited by those who ventured to make the trek to the snowy Salkantay, but now it has become one of the most visited places by travelers. Humantay lagoon will not take you more than 1 day, the walk is easy if you have previously acclimatized in Cusco and the reward for this effort will be the wonderful landscape that is observed in this lagoon with turquoise waters.

Lake Humantay is surrounded by imposing glaciers that are part of the Andes Mountains, among them the majestic Nevado Salkantay and Humantay that when thawing gives rise to the splendid Humantay lagoon, which when you visit it will transform your way of seeing the nature, enjoying the flora and fauna that will be recorded in your wonderful photographs in the place with 100% pure oxygen that your body will thank you for.

The most outstanding

  • Explore an authentic jewel of the Andes
  • You will observe the Humantay lagoon, the salkantay mountain peak.
  • Travel group with a maximum of 12 people.
  • You will visit the Humantay lagoon full day with a professional guide.
  • We are 100% local tour operator and our rates are direct.


  • Start: 04:30 Pick up from your hotel as long as you are in the city center.
  • End: 6:30 p.m. at Plaza San Francisco.

Our transport will pick you up from your different hotels from 04:30 to 05:00 am, and then continue with our trip until we reach the town of Mollepata where we will enjoy a typical breakfast in the area.

After breakfast we will return to our bus to continue our Humantay lagoon Full Day tour and thus be able to observe the beautiful landscapes and streams that surround us until we reach Soraypampa, where we will begin our walk to the Humantay lagoon full day.

Here our specialized guide will give us enough time to prepare our equipment such as poles, water, personal backpacks etc.

We will start with our walk to the Humantay lagoon at a height of 4,250 meters above sea level, our ascent lasts approximately one hour and a half until we reach the Humantay lagoon.

Upon arriving at this beautiful Humantay lagoon, you will have all the time necessary to be able to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us and also fill ourselves with the energy that this mountain of the snowy Salkantay possesses.

Here our guide will give us a demonstration of the use of the coca leaf and a small offering to our apus (Mountains) that allowed us to arrive, which we will be part of it.

After all this beautiful adventure we will descend to where our bus left us (Soraypampa). Continuing the trip we will go to Mollepata where we will enjoy our lunch and after that we will return to Cusco, arriving in the city at 18:30.

Thus ends our walk to the Humantay lagoon full day.


  • Information prior to departure.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in tourist transport Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Cusco (starting point of the walk).
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Entrance to the community of Mollepata
  • Professional English – Spanish guide.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle (in the car).


  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Horse rental.
  • Other services not mentioned.

Before booking

  • Minimum 02 participants are required.
  • The excursion is carried out in two languages: English and Spanish.
  • Level of demand: A high physical level and good health are required.

Before travelling

  • 21 liter backpack.
  • Trekking boots must be water resistant (recommended).
  • Warm clothes.
  • Rain gear depending on the date of travel.
  • Cap or Hat.
  • Long pants, we do not recommend wearing jeans.
  • Various poles.
  • Small towel.
  • Toilet paper, tissues.
  • Hand sanitizers.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Plastic poncho for rain depending on the date.
  • Medicine and / or articles for personal use (liquid for contact lenses).
  • Bottle of water, you must drink a lot of water on the walk.
  • Purifying tablets.
  • Have on hand checks and coins in small denominations dollars, euros or soles.
  • Photographic camera or video camera.

Frequent questions:

How to get to the Humantay Lagoon from Cusco?

To get to the Humantay Lagoon from the City of Cusco in our tour the following route is made.

Cusco – Mollepata: In this tour we go to the north-west of the city of Cusco, to the town of Mollepata, this journey in mobility is approximately 2 hours, with a fully paved road passing through the valley and town of Limatambo.

Mollepata – Soraypampa: This road is a dirt road or trail (dirt road) heading to the high jungle of Cusco, this journey lasts 1 hour

Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon: already Starting the trek from Soraypampa one can make the journey in 45 min to 1h 30 min according to their physical capacity.

Where is the Humantay lagoon located?

The Humantay lagoon next to its snow-capped mountain is located to the north-west of the city of Cusco, in the town of Soraypampa, belonging to the District of Mollepata, Province of Anta, Department of Cusco, Peru.

Laguna Humantay is at the coordinates Longitude: 72 ° 37’2.43 ? W, Latitude: 13 ° 24’41.72 ? S

Altitudes on the trek to Laguna Humantay?

According to our image we have the following altitudes in trekking to humantay:

  • Point A: Start of the Trekking in the town of Soraypampa at 3,875 m.a.s.l. (12,714 feet)
  • Point B: Camps for the route from Salkantay to Machu Picchu 3,908 m.s.n.m. (12,822 feet)
  • Point C: Halfway this is a resting place 4,125 meters above sea level. (12,, 534 feet)
  • Point D: Laguna de Humantay at an altitude of 4,180 m.a.s.l. (12,714 feet)
  • Point E: Mirador de la Laguna at an altitude of 4,200 m.a.s.l. (13,780 feet)

In what period of the year is the trekking done?

The tour runs throughout the year, always subject to weather conditions.

What is considered the best time for the activity?

Although it can be done throughout the year, the weather usually stabilizes between the months of June and November, when there are more sunny days. However, as it is a mountain tour, there are certain occasions when mist and cloud cover could impede the visibility of the lagoon.

Are trekking poles necessary to carry out the activity?

As it is a mountain activity, of medium-high difficulty, we suggest you bring poles, although they are not essential for the walk.

Where is lunch held?

For the Humantay Lagoon Trek, lunch is done in a dining room at Soraypampa camp, once the trek is finished. Lunch consists of salad, main dish and juice. Remember to let us know if you are vegetarian or if you have any food restrictions by writing to once the reservation is made.

How much distance do you walk to reach the Humantay lagoon?

We start the walk in the town of Soraypampa from this point to the Humantay lagoon is a distance of 2.25 km away, the average time to arrive is from 45 min to 1h 20min.

At the edge of the Humantay lagoon you can see stone towers, these are called Apachetas and are a symbol of respect for the lagoon and the Apus of the area that are considered living sacred beings, where offerings are also made with the sacred leaf of Coca (Quintu »three coca leaves representing the 3 Andean worlds), asking for permission and invoking the Pachamama (mother earth) to take care of the people who visit them.

What do Humantay and Salkantay mean?

Humantay means Head of the Gods, this is possibly due to being located on the slopes that overlook the Alta jungle.

Salkantay means “wild mountain” untamed.

What is the difficulty of the Route to the Humantay Lagoon?

The one-day hike to the Humantay lagoon has a medium difficulty. Since the walking time is 1 h 20 min, making a route of 2.25 km and the demand is moderate.

Why do they call it Apu Humantay and Salkantay?

The term Apu is a Quechua word that has several meanings, it translates to Mountain, God in other cases refers to the spirits that live in the highest mountains, when we name Apu to a snowy mountain or mountain it is because it is Sacred, if we have To the Apu Salkantay and another mountain or snowy we refer to it being an important and Sacred place.

Why is the Humantay lagoon turquoise?

The turquoise color of the humantay lagoon is due to the crystallinity of the water and the microalgae, possibly from the Microcystis aeruginosa and Oscillatoria species, this is still under investigation and analysis, this would be the factor of said coloration to this beautiful lagoon.

Aggregate Rating
no rating based on 0 votes
Brand Name
Traveland Perú
Product Name
Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco
Product Availability
Available in Stock


All our recommended hotels feature good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for a comfortable stay

We can book a room for you in any Peru hotel, even if it is not on our list.

Latest Articles

Peru History

In 1532, when Francisco Pizarro landed in Peru to conquer it in the name of God and the Spanish Crown, the region had already seen the rise and fall of various civilizations. Even so, the conquest changed everything: economy, political systems,...

Perú Independence Day 2021

Perú Independence Day 2021

The Independence of Peru is a social historical process, which corresponds to a whole period of social phenomena, uprisings and war conflicts that led to political independence and the emergence of the Peruvian Republic as an independent state from...

Peru Weather

Peru is made up of eight natural regions: Chala or coast, yunga, Quechua, suni, puna, janca or mountain range, high jungle and low jungle. In these there are a diversity of climates and microclimates ranging from the arid and warm coastal, passing...

Open chat
Need Help?
Can we help You?