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Humantay Lake Full Day Hike

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Humantay Lake Full Day Hike

The Humantay Lake day trip is a beautiful day hike where you can appreciate great views of the turquoise Humantay Lake as well as impressive views of the snowy peaks of Salkantay and Humantay mountains. You can enjoy the energy of these sacred Apus and spectacular views of the Peruvian Andes.


Daily Departures: From 4:30 a.m.
Duration: One day
Return to Cusco: Approximately at 6:00 pm
Starting point of the hike: (4000m/12,750ft).
Maximum Altitude: (4,300m, 14,107ft)
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Adventure: Absolutely
Hiking Hours: 3 to 4 Hours

Detailed Itinerary

Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa / Humantay lake and return to Cusco

We will pick you up between 4:30 a.m.and 5:00.a.m from your accommodation in Cusco. We will then travel by private van to the village of Mollepata in the rich countryside of the Apurimac valley. The scenic trip lasts for 2 and a half hours before we arrive at Mollepata, where we  normally stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast. Then, we will continue our journey towards Soraypamapa, where we will start our trek (4000m/12,750ft). We will start hiking up a moderate slope for one and a half hours until we reach Humantay lake (4,300M, 14,107Ft). From this point, we can soak in the spectacular views of the turquoise waters of Humantay Lake that lays peacefully at the base of the picturesque Humantay Glacier and is one of the most stunning places in the Cusco Region. We will continue our downhill trek for one and half hours to Soraypampa located at (4000m/12,750ft), and have lunch. Finally, after an amazing journey, you will travel for 2 1/2 hours in a van before you arrive back at your accommodation. Your arrival time in Cusco will be approximately 6:00 p.m.


US$40 per person 


What is included:

  • Pick up from your accommodation
  • Fluent English speaking tour guide
  • Round trip transportation
  • Stops at the Inca sites (Killarumiyoc and Tarawasi)
  • Entrance fees to the Inca sites and Condor sighting Cusco tour
  • Lunch with vegetarian option
  • Oxygen tank
  • First aid kit

Not Included:

  • Meals not described on the itinerary and snacks
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Walking poles
  • Horse

What you need to bring

What you need to bring:

  • A day-pack
  • Water bottle (2 liters per person)
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long pants
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm fleece to return
  • Extra money
  • Accurate dark color clothing (bright colors scare the condors)
  • A good camera with extra batteries
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toilet paper


Where is Humantay lake is Located?
It is located at one and a half hours from Soraypampa base camp of the Salkantay trek, which is located around 3 hours and half from Cusco.

When does the tour start and finish?
Since the location is 3 1/2  hours away from Cusco, we will have an early start at 4.30 a.m. The tour finishes at 6:00 p.m.

Is breakfast and lunch included?
Yes, you take breakfast in Mollepata and the lunch in Soraypampa

Is there a toilet on the bus?
No, however we can stop for toilet breaks.

What is the maximum altitude?
The maximum altitude we will reach is (4,300M, 14,107Ft)

What will I do if I suffer from altitude sickness?
We will treat you accordingly. We carry oxygen cylinders and altitude tablets.

What if I can’t hike? Can I take a horse?
Yes. Horses are available. You must arrange directly with the people there. You can expect to pay an addition 70 soles for the horse.



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