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Laguna Humantay – Humantay Lake Peru – Lake Humantay Trip

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Laguna Humantay - Humantay Lake Peru - Lake Humantay Trip

Laguna Humantay or Humantay Lake Peru Day Trip is a trip to a new natural wonder in Cusco Peru. Located in the village of Mollepata, below the glacier mountain that gives its name, Humantay. 

Lake Humantay is a hidden gem. For a long time, Laguna Humantay was part of the alternative hike to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek.

Just as Rainbow Mountain, Lake Humantay Trip has now become a popular full day trip from Cusco. 

If you are planning on doing Inca Trail or Salkantay Trail, we highly recommend visiting Laguna Humantay before the trail as this would help you acclimate to the high altitude. 

We also recommend you to spend four days in Cusco City before the Humantay Lake Peru Trip to avoid altitude sickness. 

Happy Gringo local tour operating company offers trips to Humantay Lake Peru both in private and in small groups. It is recommended to reserve the tour months in advance. If you haven’t decided yet, you can read our blog about the highlights of the Humantay Lake.

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Trip Advisor

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0400 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Bi-Lingual Guide (English and Spanish)
  • All Transportation

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (10 Soles)
  • Dinner
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tips

Things To Carry

  • Sunscreen and Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Laguna Humantay Highlights
  • Discover a sacred wildernesss on a hike of Humantay Lake (Natural wonder of Cusco).
  • Explore the turquoise glacial waters of Humantay Lake, leisure for photo hiking the surrounding area
  • Experience Humantay Lake, 4,150 meters - 13,720 feet above sea level and get wonderful views
  • Immerse yourself in a sacred landscape and get the chance to arrive by foot to Humantay Lake
  • Pass by the spectacular Salkantay and witness the beauty of the mountain
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch and organic breakfast in the base camp of Salkantay path
  • Dip your feet in the freezing cold lake, or if you're intrepid simply go in turquoise waters at the base of the Humantay glacier. Clean your soul, mind and body like the Inkas.
  • Experience the gem that is the lake, which gathers water from the glacier sitting atop

Cusco - Humantay - Cusco

At 0400 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will embark on a three hours drive to Mollepata. Here we will be stopping for breakfast. 

After breakfast, we will continue to Soraypampa where the Humantay Lake Peru experience begins. It is a 1.5 hours hike up the hill through the highland Andean villages. You will be rewarded with sights of Andean camelids grazing. 

Once we reach Humantay, we will be spending a lot of time on the shores witnessing the ethereal beauty. Later, we will start descending to the same place where we started the trek for lunch.

Soak up the stunning views before you return to Cusco for a refreshing cold chicha drink (a fermented or non-fermented beverage usually derived from maize in Mollepata).


What is The Best Time to Visit Humantay Lake?

The best time to visit Humantay Lake is be during the dry season, from April to October. Trekking on rainy season November to March along the Andes is more brave, defiance but more colorful – why? Because during the rainy season the Peruvian Andes is blooming.

During the dry season, the weather is cold, strong winds but there is no rain whatever, the path is not muddy or wet either. Get yourself really warm clothing, good hiking equipments and you will be satisfied of being in Humantay trek.

How far is Humantay Lake from Cusco?

Humantay Lake is 75 miles (120 kilometres) to the northwest of Cusco city. To get there, you will need to reach Soraypampa which is roughly 67.5 miles (108 kilometres) from Cusco. From Soraypampa, it is a one and a half hour’s hike to reach to Humantay Lake. 

If you are not willing to hike, you can rent a horse from the starting point of the trek. 

Is Humantay lake worth it?

Yes, it is totally worth visiting Humantay Lake on a full day tour from Cusco. Not just because of its popularity the lake also offers stunning views of the Peruvian Andes as it sits snuggled between Salkantay and Humantay mountain. 

Can you go to Humantay lake without hiking?

The only way to reach Humantay Lake is by hiking from Soraypampa. However, if you are not willing to hike, you can rent a horse from the starting point of the trek. Make sure to negotiate the price before renting one. 

Where is Humantay Lake?

Humantay Lake is 75 miles (120 kilometres) to the northwest of Cusco city. To get there, you will need to reach Soraypampa which is roughly 67.5 miles (108 kilometres) from Cusco. From Soraypampa, it is a one and a half hour’s hike to reach to Humantay Lake. It is snuggled between the snowcapped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay. 

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Necter Benjamin

Couple Traveller

Marko and his team were simply the best, we enjoyed our Lake Humantay trip with them.

January 22, 2020

Daniel Janie

Solo Traveller

t was certainly the best experience .. LAGUNA HUMANTAY with Happy Gringo Tours
It is a unique and magical destination to discover, walking towards the lagoon allows you to appreciate the great magnitude and beauty that the place has.
Marco who more than a guide became an adventure companion, made the tour a pleasant experience … all the agency staff made it really special from the first moment we received good attention and guidance.

January 7, 2020

Plant Cord

Solo Traveller

I had a great day walking towards LAGUNA HUMANTAY, everything seemed perfect, there are good landscapes, you enjoy nature and its snowfall, RECOMMEND GO TO LA LAGUNA has beautiful landscapes, the tour was great from the transport, the staff Agency that took care of making the food and the guide who was very sociable.

October 15, 2019

Samuel Marrson

Solo Traveller

It was a great experience to do the tour with HAPPY GRINGO TOURS, the LAGUNA HUMANTAY has a spectacular landscape, it is definitely a unique experience, everything is very different from the traditional.

October 8, 2019

Enisa Mehernosh

Solo Traveller

Everything on my trip to Laguna Humantay was fantastic and all thanks to the guide Marko. He is very attentive and never made me feel rushed or ushered. I hiked up at my own pace and he always stood by me ensuring that I was fairing well. Very nice experience.

September 26, 2019
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