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Humantay Lake Tour 1 Day

Humanaty Lake, Salkantay Mountain
Duration 1 day
Travel Style Trekking , Adventure
Difficulty challenging
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Get ready for one of the best day hikes in the region with 69 Explorer, where we’ll guide you on a captivating Humantay Lake Tour 1 day trip. As we journey together, you’ll marvel at the serene beauty of Humantay Lake, locally known as Laguna Humantay. It’s a destination that’s gaining attention alongside the iconic Machu Picchu and the vibrant Rainbow Mountain.

Our full-day expedition to Humantay Lake, pronounced “Uman Tie,” is more than just a day hike. It’s an immersive experience in nature’s grandeur. Located at a breathtaking 4,200 m (about 13,780 ft) above sea level, this tour captivates those who love high altitudes. It offers pristine mountain views that are simply unparalleled.

The lake’s stunning turquoise waters, set against a backdrop of the Andean mountain range, create a picture-perfect scene that awaits your discovery.

Discover the Splendor of Humantay Lake: A Journey Above the Clouds

We’ll start our day early, journeying from Cusco to the quaint towns of Mollepata, where a nourishing breakfast awaits. This meal is essential, as we’ll be hiking in areas where altitude sickness can be a concern. From Mollepata, we’ll ascend towards Humantay, each step bringing us closer to the awe-inspiring beauty of the lake.

As we hike, we will provide ample opportunities to rest and hydrate. Remember, it’s crucial to stay hydrated and energized, so do bring along snacks and water. Although we’ll be far from convenience stores, the experience of trekking through these landscapes is unparalleled. For those who prefer to buy snacks, we recommend stocking up before leaving Cusco.

Our Humantay Lake Tour 1 day trip is not just a journey through stunning landscapes; it’s an adventure that connects you with the heart of Peru’s natural wonders. Imagine standing by the shores of Laguna Humantay Peru, feeling the cool mountain air, and witnessing the tranquil waters reflecting the sky. This full-day excursion is more than a day tour; it’s an experience that will resonate with your adventurous spirit.

So, gear up for an exhilarating day hike to Humantay Lake. Whether you’re an avid hiker or a nature lover, this Humantay Lake tour 1 day promises to be a highlight of your Peruvian adventure. With 69 Explorer, your journey to visiting Humantay Lake will be filled with breathtaking views, cultural insights, and an unwavering sense of adventure. Join us, as we explore one of Peru’s most enchanting destinations!

From US$ 33

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information


  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the hike, in a comfortable vehicle.
  • Guided Hike: A professional and knowledgeable guide to lead the hike and provide insights about the area’s history, flora, and fauna.
  • Meals: This includes breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served in Mollepata, and lunch is provided after the hike.
  • Entrance Fees: Any required entrance fees to access the Humantay Lake and surrounding areas.
  • Basic First Aid Kit: For safety, tours are equipped with a basic first aid kit to handle minor emergencies.
  • Oxygen Bottle: Due to the high altitude, an oxygen bottle is included for emergency use.


  • Travel Insurance: Hikers are expected to have their own travel insurance.
  • Snacks and Water: While meals like breakfast and lunch are included, additional snacks and water for the hike are not provided.
  • Hiking Equipment: Additional hiking gear is not provided. Gear such as walking sticks, appropriate footwear, backpacks, and other personal hiking equipment is not included.
  • Additional Beverages: Alcoholic beverages and sometimes even certain non-alcoholic drinks are not part of the package.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides and support staff are not included and are left to the discretion of the travelers.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal purchases or expenses incurred during the tour are not covered.

Recommend to carry

  • Comfortable Hiking Boots: Choose sturdy, well-fitting boots with good ankle support and grip for the uneven terrain.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Layered clothing is key. Include breathable base layers, a warm fleece or sweater, and a waterproof and windproof jacket.
  • Hat and Gloves: A sun hat for protection against UV rays and a pair of gloves for colder temperatures higher up.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: High-altitude sun exposure can be intense, so sunglasses and high-SPF sunscreen are essential.
  • Backpack: A comfortable backpack to carry your essentials during the hike.
  • Water Bottle or Hydration System: Staying hydrated is important, especially at high altitudes.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, fruit, nuts, or sandwiches to keep your energy up during the hike.
  • Camera or Smartphone: For capturing the breathtaking scenery.
  • Personal First Aid Kit: Include items like plasters, pain relief, altitude sickness medication (if needed), and personal medications.
  • Rain Gear: A rain poncho or rain cover for your backpack, as weather can change quickly.
  • Identification and Documentation: Carry ID, necessary travel documents, and tour confirmations.
  • Cash: For small purchases, tips, or emergencies.
  • Walking Sticks (Optional): Helpful for those who want additional support during the hike.


Embark with 69 Explorer on a thrilling day trip from Cusco to the breathtaking Humantay Lake, an experience that blends adventure with awe-inspiring natural beauty. Our journey to Laguna Humantay, a spectacular turquoise lake set in the Peruvian Andes, promises a day filled with scenic vistas, cultural insights, and physical accomplishment.

Early Morning Departure from Cusco

Our day begins early as we set off from Cusco. We’ll travel in comfortable transportation, making our way through picturesque landscapes. During this journey, we will share insights about the region and prepare for the hike ahead.

Arrival at Mollepata for Breakfast

Upon arriving in the charming town of Mollepata, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast. This meal is crucial for energizing us for the day’s hike and helping to mitigate the effects of high altitude.

Ascent Towards Humantay Lake

Post-breakfast, we’ll continue our drive to Soraypampa, the starting point of our hike. We will begin our ascent on foot, traversing paths surrounded by stunning mountainous scenery. As we ascend, we’ll witness the diverse flora and fauna unique to this elevation.

Reaching Humantay Lake

The hike culminates at the serene Humantay Lake, situated at an impressive altitude. Here, we’ll spend time soaking in the tranquil atmosphere, capturing photos, and perhaps even witnessing local wildlife. The lake’s striking blue waters, set against the backdrop of glaciated peaks, create a surreal experience.

Lunch and Return to Cusco

After our time at the lake, we’ll descend back to Soraypampa. A satisfying lunch awaits us, offering a moment to relax and reflect on the day’s achievements. Following lunch, we’ll journey back to Cusco, arriving in the evening, marking the end of an unforgettable adventure.


Humantay Lake is a stunning glacial lake located in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Known for its vibrant turquoise waters, it’s a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers.

The most common way to reach the lake in one a day hike tour. The journey typically starts from Cusco, with a drive to the trailhead near Soraypampa, followed by a hike to the lake.

The hike is moderate to challenging. Depending on your fitness level and acclimatization to the altitude it may be more or less difficult. The trail is steep in parts and the high altitude can make the trek more strenuous.

While it’s possible to hike to Humantay Lake independently, many visitors choose to go with a guided tour for ease of transportation, safety, and to learn more about the area’s history and ecology..

Essential items include good hiking shoes, water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, and layers of clothing, as the weather can change quickly. Don’t forget your camera for the breathtaking views!

The best time to visit is during the dry season, from April to October, when there is less rain and clearer skies.

Yes, included in the price is a small entrance fee to access the area around Humantay Lake.

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Local Experience

Our guides are locals with extensive knowledge about the history, myths, and secrets of the region.

Small personalized groups

Our groups never exceed 10 people, giving you an unforgettable experience

Our experience

Our With seven years of experience and more than 20 packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to carry out a successful expedition.

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We believe in responsible tourism. Our tours are designed to respect the local communities and environment, ensuring a positive impact.