Salkantay Trekking
Humantay Lake

Humantay Lake Tour

Visit Cusco and discover the majestic turquoise lake of Humantay

The immense mountains of Peru keep innumerable precious stones in their basins: blue, turquoise, green, yellow, and red lagoons. Among all of them, one of the most dazzling jewels that’s located in the Cusco region stands out: the Humantay Lagoon. Its emerald waters and the imposing presence of the glacier come together in dazzling harmony at more than 4,200 masl / 13,780 fasl.
No photograph can do justice to this impressive natural wonder. So don’t miss the opportunity to meet her when you visit Cusco.

There’s one destination in particular that has been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s an impressive lake at the foot of an immense mass of snow. Surprise yourself with the Humantay Lake after an exciting uphill hike. Feel the shocking presence of two sacred mountains covered in white, the Apu Salkantay and the Apu Humantay.

Enter a paradise world where perpetual snows melt and suddenly takes on an impressive turquoise coloration.

4200 M. / 13779 FT. Max. Altitude
3 HOURS Hiking
MILD Activity Level
Duration 1 DAY
Starting from US$100


Remember that to fully enjoy this walk you must be well acclimatized. That’s why we recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 days in advance to avoid altitude sickness. It’s important that you avoid alcoholic beverages and cigarettes the first few days. In addition you must constantly hydrate yourself. Altitude sickness symptoms include shortness of breath or extreme agitation, severe headaches, vomiting, and even diarrhoea. Nobody wants to feel like this in the middle of the mountain!

  • Surprise yourself with the imposing presence of 2 gigantic glaciers.
  • Challenge your physical and mental resistance on a walk that will take you to the Humantay Lake. If the sun's rays are reflected on its waters, the Humantay Lagke is capable of displaying surprising hues. You’ll be able to see a real turquoise fire in the middle of the white of the snow.
  • Exercise your body and calm your spirit in the middle of a spectacular glacial valley.
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in the middle of the mountains.
At a glance
DAY 1: Cusco | Mollepata – Humantay Lake - Soraypampa (Sky Camp) - Cusco
Trekking Map
Map Humantay Lake


Full Itinerary
Day 1

Cusco | Soraypampa-Humantay Lake

Humantay Lake

Our adventure begins very early. We’ll pick you up at 4:00 a.m. and we’ll go in our private transport for 2 hours to the beautiful town of Mollepata. There we’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast. Take advantage of the first light of the morning to take photos of the mountains.
After having filled our stomachs, we’ll go in our private transport to Soraypampa (3,900 masl / 12,795 fasl) where you’ll already feel the powerful presence of the glaciers. Be impressed by their haunting snow faces that defy any force or evil. After listening to brief instructions from your guide, we’ll begin our 2-hour ascent to the fantastic Humantay Lagoon. Remember that you’ll face very stony terrain, so using a cane always helps. Take your time, walk slowly, get some rest, and try to drink plenty of fluids. Please, don’t carry plastic on the route and in no case leave your trash on the trail.
After the effort, the reward is huge. Hidden among the undulations, the impressive Humantay Lagoon gradually appears. This beautiful turquoise body of water originates from the same snows that cover the mountain. Walk around and make the effort to climb a little further up the surrounding rocky slopes. The higher you are, the more turquoise the water will look.
You’ll be so close to the immense glacier that its presence will shake your soul and perhaps at that moment you understand why the mountains are sacred in the Andean culture. Therefore, our guide will perform a simple ritual of permission and thanks using coca leaves.

We’ll take 1.5 hours to descend again to Soraypampa where we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch. Then we’ll board our private transportation and head back to the city of Cusco. You’ll arrive at the doors of your hotel at approximately 5:00 p.m.
  • Walking time: Approx. 3 hours (including picnic en route).
  • Level of trek: Difficulty moderate.
  • Departure time: 4:00 a.m.
  • Return time: 5:00 p.m.
  • Walking distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Meals included: Breakfast, sandwiches, buffet lunch. Special diets are catered for.


What is Included?
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Mountain guide (english and spanish).
  • Touristic transport from Cusco to Soraypampa (beginning of trek)
  • Breakfast.
  • Snacks.
  • Entrance to the Humantay Lake.
  • Lunch at the Sky Camp.
  • First aid kit equipment.
  • Transportation back to Cusco.
Not Included:
  • Hiking boots.
  • Waterproof gloves.
  • 01 hat with neck and face protector.
  • Poncho.
  • Sun block: Factor 70 or more.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • 01 waterproof jacket.
  • 01 waterproof trousers.
  • Personal medication.
  • Bottle of water or camelbak.
  • Camera and extra battery.


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