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Lake Humantay day hike is a wonderful way to explore the Peruvian Andes. If you have a day in Cusco, this trip is well worth the time and effort! Lake Humantay is a glacier lake surrounded by Andes giants like Mount Salkantay and Mount Humantay. These mountains are towering, sheer, icy peaks that provide a breathtaking backdrop to our destination, the turquoise-colored waters of Lake Humantay!

Humantay is one of the snow-capped mountains in the Vilcabamba mountain range and the glacier melt makes a beautiful lagoon that may be visiting for those who like a little bit of hiking and being in the mountains also the area where lake Humantay has located a scene to film a movie for Netflix. During the tour we will provide you with a professional service and the tour is led by professional guides and transported by modern and safe vehicles you will try the local dishes since this tour included lunch and breakfast.

  • Amazing glacier Lake
  • Breathtaking Mountain Views
  • Towering Glaciated Peaks and valleys
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks are included
  • Turquoise Colored Glacier Water
  • Pick up at Your Hotel to start the tour
  • Stunning views of Salkantay Mountain
  • Tour led by an expert guide

About this activity


Group or Private


Trekking, Cultural and Adventure


Up to 8






1 Day



The schedule for Humantay Lake Tour on Day 1 is as follows:

  • Pick-up time from your hotel is from 4:30 to 5:00 am
  • It takes a 2.5-hour car ride from Cusco to the trailhead of lake Humantay
  • It takes 2.5 hours of uphill hiking from the trailhead to lake Humantay (3km up)
  • The time that you spend in lake Humantay is 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the weather conditions
  • Hiking back from lake Humantay to the car stop takes around 2 hours downhill hike
  • The car ride back to Cusco takes around 2.5 hours
  • You will be back in Cusco around 5:00 pm
Humantay Lake tour

We pass to pick up everyone from their respective hotels between 4:30 to 5:00 am then we will go to the town of Mollepata by car for 2 hours where we will make a stop at the restaurant to have a delicious breakfast, which will take about an hour and then we continue in the same car for 1 more hour towards the beginning of the hike which is called Soraypampa at 3900 m, then we go to the control point to pay the entrance fee to the community (20 soles for foreign visitor and 10 soles for Peruvian).

Afterward, we get ready for the hike towards lake Humantay for around 2 hours uphill hike a distance of 3 km. Once in Humantay Lake, you will have enough time to take pictures of the breathtaking scenery, listen to the explanations of the guide, and enjoy all the wonderful landscapes of the area.

The time that you will spend at Lake Humantay is about 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the weather conditions, sometimes it is cloudy, foggy, or a little rainy and it is very cold in that case you may stay about 30 minutes if the weather is sunny and clear you can stay around 1.5 hours enough time to know the lake Humantay. After we will get ready for the return hike to the car stop and it will be the end of the hike then we take the car back to Mollepata for an hour where we will stop to have a buffet lunch and then 2 more hours by car back to Cusco.



  • Round trip transportation
  • Breakfast (fruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit salad, and bread or pancakes with butter and jam)
  • Buffet lunch
  • Walking stick
  • Entrance fee for Lake Humantay
  • Groups ranging between 7-8 people, maximum of 10 people
  • English-speaking, professional guides
  • First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies

Not Included

  • Personal gear
  • Tips



Our OFFER PRICE applies to people who already booked with us for one of our tours to Machu Picchu such Salkantay trek, Inca jungle, Machu Picchu tours, etc.

Our prices for Lake Humantay are reasonable and are in line with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco. If you book this tour online or directly at our office in Cusco, the price does not vary, we always keep the same price and the quality of the service we provide will always be the best.

OPTION HORSEBACK RIDING: 80 soles or 22 dollars

This is an OPTION for those who are not able to hike or just want to enjoy horseback riding in the mountains. Once you arrive at the beginning of the Lake Humantay hike you can rent a riding horse from the locals directly with the help of the guide. The price that they charge for the horse usually is 80 soles or 22 dollars and the horse will take you to Humantay Lake and take you back also the owner of the horse will be pulling the horse ahead and you only have to sit down on the horse and enjoy.


Booking online: If you like to book the lake Humantay tour online, we request a deposit of 20 dollars per person, and the remaining balance you can pay once you arrive in Cusco at our office if you are not able to come to our office you can pay to the tour guide once you are on the tour also is possible to pay the full amount online.

Booking at the office: If you like you can come to our office in Cusco to book the Lake Humantay tour one of our salespeople will give you all the details of the tour and take your reservations. You can book the Lake Humantay tour even one day before.


How long does it take for the hike for the Laguna Humantay?

The way up takes between 1.5 to 2 hours on a gradual trail, If you take the same way to return takes like 1.5 hours and if I return through the red valley it takes about 2 hours.

When is the best time to go?

This is a difficult question to answer as Peru has a huge variety of conditions. The best time is the dry season runs from May to November and this is typically the time that is most recommended.

Do I need to bring my passport for this tour?

For the Laguna Humantay, you do not need to carry any documents, only for emergencies or some unexpected control, you can take a copy of your passport.

What type of transportation is used?

All the vehicles that we use for this type of tour are the Sprinter Mercedes Benz modern minibusses. These vehicles have all the documentation required by the national authorities. They are maintained daily to keep them in good condition and clean and each vehicle has been properly logged.

Will the altitude affect me?

When traveling throughout the Andes in Peru some people will suffer some effects. If you plan to hike the Laguna Humantay,  we recommend arriving 2 or 3 days before the start to acclimate and rest or you can do it on the last day of your time in Cusco since the rainbow mountain is at 5000m.

What can I do in order to prevent altitude sickness?

We recommend being in Cusco for at least 2 days and drinking as much water as you can and drinking coca tea that can be ordered anywhere you want, you can also prepare it yourself with boiled water and dried coca leaves. At least one day before the tour we recommend eating light food and if you have any medication prescribed by your doctor you can take it the best thing that you can do is to keep in mind that you will be fine.

How do I reserve a space for the Laguna Humantay?

Just click on the BOOK NOW button and fill out all the required information and one of our sales advisors will contact you immediately if you want to talk by WhatsApp with a specialist you can contact this number. +51993492123. You can also book our other city tours.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes. We require a booking deposit of 20 dollars for the Laguna Humantay, if you cancel the tour 24 hours in advance, you will have a 100% refund, if you do not do it within 24 hours you will lose the money deposited.

What happens after I make my deposit?

Once we receive the deposit we confirm your reservation through email sending you all the details about the tour.

Can I go by horse to the Laguna Umantay?

Yes, you can go by horse to the Laguna Humantay, you can rent horses directly from the local people which costs between 60 and 80 soles per person.

How long will I stay in the Laguna Humantay?

The time that we usually spend at the Laguna Humantay viewpoint is about an hour, depending on the group’s pace and the weather conditions.


We recommend dressing as follows for the Lake Humantay tour 

  • Wool hat
  • T-shirt
  • Layer
  • A jacket
  • Long pants
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Small Backpack to carry water, some snacks, camera, etc.

What to bring for the tour

  • 2 liters of water (there are options to buy along the route)
  • Snacks such as apples, cereal bars, sweets, and chocolates
  • Sun cream

1 Day

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