Peru has a rich culture and natural beauty. Known for many breath-taking scenes and destinations, Lake Humantay is a paradise, of course. It is just a few hours drive from Cusco. Cusco Humantay Lake is a popular full day tour, just as Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Lake Humantay is a beautiful highland lagoon in the Peruvian Andes Mountain Range. It is extremely appealing for anyone and everyone.
The lake nestles just below Humantay Mountain at 5473 meters above sea level (17956 feet). The bright blue waters of the lake have been loved by the visitors as if it is very satisfactory to the eyes. There is a ridge near Lake Humantay. You can ascend to the ridge and get the opportunity to see the panoramic view of the area.
Cusco Humantay Lake is situated at the foot of the snow-covered mountain that bears a similar name. Melting glaciers of the mountain feeds the lake. You can admire the view and click beautiful panoramas. The picturesque view is probably the most outstanding thing about this place. It is so gorgeous that you won’t feel like leaving the place.
You can see tourists hiking, exploring, swimming, paddle boarding and mountain biking. The white mountain peaks, lush green landscapes, and azure blue water make Lake Humantay truly incredible and truly breathtaking.
Do not underestimate the height of the mountains as sickness, nausea, and headache are some of the common problems that people encounter at these elevations. Be prepared to battle these or train yourself to increase physical strength. Consider chewing coca leaves as it helps in acclimatising.
Lake Humantay can be toured during the months between May to September. The weather is apt with dry months. Check out our exclusive post on the best time to visit Lake Humantay.
Trekking the eye-catching Cusco Humantay Lake is not very difficult. A person who routinely does some sport or physical exercise can complete the trek easily. When talked about its difficulty levels, it is moderately difficult. You will get steep hills on the way.
Lake Humantay is a hidden gem. You need to hike for about 1.5 hours from the trailhead in Soraypampa to reach this lake. The best option to visit the lake is by signing up for a full day trip with a local tour operator in Cusco. There are also private tours and small group tours.
Alternatively, if you are hiking the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu you can seize the opportunity to visit the lake on the first day of the trek. The campsites are closer to the lake.