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BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day

One-Day Trek to Salkantay and Humantay Lake

1 Day from $ USD 45.00

BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day

BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day

One-Day Trek to Salkantay and Humantay Lake


1 Day from $ USD 45.00

$ USD 45.00
1 Day
Physical Level
3300 mnsn
Daiy Departures
Humantay Lake 1 Day


Humantay Lake Tour Full Day

The  Humantay Full Day Tour is a popular day trip in the Cusco. It is often combined with the Salkantay Trek or as a standalone day trip from Cusco.

The Humantay 1 Day hike begins when we pick you up from your hotel early, we will have a tour accompanied by beautiful landscapes, the hike lasts about 2 hours until we reach the Humantay Lagoon, which is located at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,779 feet). above sea level.

The hike to Humantay Full Day Tour takes approximately 2 hours and is accompanied by beautiful views of the mountains and valley below. When we arrive at the lake, we can take a walk around the place, in addition to taking photos of the lagoon with beautiful colors.

After our walk we will return to the walk, where we will enjoy lunch, and then return to the city of Cusco.

The Humantay Lake Tour is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Andes and is suitable for most fitness levels. We must always keep in mind that we reach a notable altitude, which is why we must acclimatize correctly before making this hike to Lake Humantay.

Trip Details

1-day Humantay Lake Details

  • TOUR NAME: Humantay Lake Full Day
  • 100% LOCAL COMPANY: fully licensed Salkantay & Inca Trail Operator, Highly Recommended! Check out our reviews on Trip Advisor & Youtube what our Passengers say about us
  • GROUP SIZE: 06 People Minimum (10 – 12 Average) and 20 People Maximum
  • STARTING POINT : Pick-up from Cusco & Sacred Valley Hotel/Airbnb. From 4:00 am to 4:30 am
  • ENDING POINT: Drop-off in Cusco at Hotel/Airbnb
  • DEPARTURE: Daily. If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as large group service). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here in cusco.
  • PHYSICAL LEVEL: Level 3. we Also recommend to Aclimatize 2 days befor we begin the trek
  • MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 46500 m.a.s.l
  • TRANSPORTATION: Tourist Transportation Cusco – Soraypampa (Trailhead) – Cusco
  • MEALS: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch (Vegetarian, Vegan and Free Gluten with NO extra Charge, Upon Request)
Price From
$ 45.00


Travel Asistants

Loal Guide
Private Conductor


Bus, Guide

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Travel Map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Cusco


Humantay Lake Tour Full Day Highlight:

  • Enjoy the scenic the Humantay Lake & Salkantay Mountain
  • Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about Incan religion
  • Enjoy our friendly customer service and experienced top guides
  • Hike through the different types of landscapes and Sceneries, such as cloud forests, highlands, grassy hills, and Andean valleys



Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel and drive for 2 hours to Molllepata, where we will stop for breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue driving to the trailhead and begin our trek with a 1-hour hike to Soraypampa. Once we arrive, we will have lunch and then begin a 1.5-hour uphill hike to Humantay Lake. Once at the lake, you will have time to take photographs and explore the area. We will then begin a 45-minute hike back to Soraypampa, where we will catch a bus back to Cusco. This all-inclusive tour takes approximately 3.5 hours.

  • Pick up Time Between 4:30am to 5:00am
  • Return Time Between 6:30pm to 7:00pm



Included in the trip  Humantay Lake 1 Day

  • Tourist Transportation Cusco – Soraypampa (Trailhead) – Cusco
  • English Speaking Guide
  • 01 Breakfast, 01 Lunch
  • Humantay Lake 1 Day Tour

No Included

Precio de entrada al lago de Humantay (20 soles)

Propinas a nuestro personal (opcional)

Seguro de viaje y de salud. (Traiga copias con usted por favor): Salkantay Treks Perú recomienda encarecidamente obtener un seguro de cancelación/interrupción de viaje para proteger su inversión en viaje. Incluido con su paquete previo a la salida, traiga su seguro de viaje para cubrir cancelación, interrupción, pérdida y retraso de equipaje, seguro de evacuación médica de emergencia y seguro de gastos médicos de emergencia.

What to Bring

For the five days of Salkantay treks, you need personal trekking gear and a sleeping bag. If you do not have a sleeping bag is possible to rent one from us also if you like trekking poles, you can rent them from us. The rest needed for this trek we provide.

Here is a general packing list for the Salkantay trek that you can use as a reference:


  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Long pants (hiking pants or leggings)
  • T-shirts or breathable shirts
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Swimwear (for hot springs or swimming)
  • Sandals / Flip flops
  • A towel


  • Backpack (20-30L)
  • Sleeping bag (rated to 0-5 degrees Celsius/32-41 degrees Fahrenheit). If you do not have one, you can rent one from the company
  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Trekking poles (optional but recommended), if you do not have one pair you can rent from the company
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Water bottle or hydration system (at least 1.5 liters capacity)
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Personal medication (if necessary)


  • Camera or phone for taking pictures
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Book or Kindle for reading during downtime
  • Snacks (such as energy bars, trail mix, or dried fruit)
  • Cash in soles (for buying souvenirs or optional activities)
  • Also, keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable in the Andes, so it’s recommended to dress in layers and bring both warm and waterproof clothing or rain ponchos.


  • Original Passport
  • Original student card if you have applied for a student discount.

NOTE: Salkantay Treks Peru provides a duffle bag in which you can pack up to 7 kilograms of your personal belongings, which will be carried by horses during the trek. During the trek, you will carry a small backpack with the necessary items for the day hike. The rest of your belongings can be packed in the duffle bag, which will be accessible at each campsite.

Pricing List

1 Full Day Humantay Lake (Prices for & 2024)

Availability: Daily Departures All Departures are 100% Guaranteed. If You’re Booked, You are Going, We wont Cancel your Trip !!!

How to Book?: Send us all Your Personal information as well as a Deposit of 30% and the Final Balance will be paid once you are in Cusco.

Group Service: Price per person: US$45

(You will be joined into a formed group of people who come from different countries/Nationalities): (Group Size: 04 Minimum – 12ppl Average – 18ppl Maximum)

Private Service: Price per person: US$180

Recommended for Honeymooners, Families with children & Groups of Friends (02 Persons Minimum)

Booking Note

Discounts Humantay Lake 1 Day 

  • Group of 6 or more: US$5 per person. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

Aditional Rentals Humantay Lake 1 Day

  • Goose Down sleeping bag (Mummy style): US$30 for the entire trip
  • (Black Dimond) Walking Poles Rubber Tips Included: US$20 for the entire trip
  • Day Pack 20 – 30 liters (Rain cover included): US$15 for the entire trip
  • BRIEFING SALKANTAY TREK 1 DAY: all our treks is a Night before we do the trek at 6:30 pm in our office, But if you want us to come to your Hotel let us know in advance.(You will get a chance to meet your guide and as well as to give you your duffel bags)
  • STORAGE: Most Hotels have storage where you can leave the rest of your stuff while you hike to Machupicchu (, But if they dont have a place you can leave your stuff in our storage at no extra cost. (Let us know at the time of briefing)

Valid Student ID for Machu Picchu

To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:

  • 25 years or less at the time of entering Machu Picchu. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
  • The ID must have the Name of the university, name, and photo of the student
  • The ID must have a valid expiration date

Invalid Student IDs

Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:

  • Traveler is older than 25
  • Expired ID
  • Student Id without expiration date
  • ISIC cards are not valid.

Travel Guide

Humantay Lake is a beautiful natural attraction located in the Peruvian Andes, near Cusco. Many visitors to the area choose to take a tour to Humantay Lake to experience its stunning natural beauty and to take in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

The tour usually starts with a pick-up from your hotel in Cusco and a two-hour drive to the town of Mollepata, where you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will continue on to the trailhead to begin the trek. The first part of the hike is a relatively easy one-hour hike to Soraypampa, where you will stop for lunch and rest.

Humantay Lake 1 Day
Humantay Lake 1 Day

After lunch, the trek continues with a more challenging 1.5-hour uphill hike to Humantay Lake. The lake sits at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) and is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains. Once you reach the lake, you will have time to explore the area and take photographs before beginning the 45-minute walk back to Soraypampa.

The tour is all-inclusive, meaning that transportation, meals, and a guide are all provided. It is recommended that visitors wear warm clothing and comfortable hiking shoes as the weather can be chilly and the terrain can be uneven. The tour typically takes around 3.5 hours and is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Andes while in Cusco.

Best Recommendations about Humantay Lake

If you are planning a visit to Humantay Lake, here are some recommendations to help you make the most of your trip:

  1. Acclimatize yourself to the high altitude: The lake is located at an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level. It’s important to give yourself time to adjust to the altitude to avoid altitude sickness. Spend a few days in Cusco or other high-altitude locations before heading to Humantay Lake.
  2. Dress appropriately: The weather at the lake can be cold and unpredictable, even during the summer months. It’s important to bring warm clothing, including a jacket, hat, and gloves. Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes for the hike.
  3. Bring enough water and snacks: The hike to the lake can be challenging and you’ll need to stay hydrated and energized. Bring enough water and snacks to keep you going throughout the hike.
  4. Take it slow: The hike to Humantay Lake is steep and can be strenuous, especially if you are not used to the altitude. Take your time and go at your own pace. Rest when you need to and enjoy the scenery along the way.
  5. Respect the environment: Humantay Lake is a sacred place for the local people. It’s important to respect the environment and avoid littering or damaging the natural surroundings. Follow the rules and regulations of the area and don’t disturb the wildlife or vegetation.
  6. Consider hiring a guide: A knowledgeable guide can enhance your experience by providing information about the area and its history. They can also help you navigate the trail and ensure your safety.

By following these recommendations, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip to Humantay Lake and fully appreciate the beauty of this natural wonder.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Humantay Lake is a stunning turquoise-colored glacial lake located in the Vilcabamba mountain range of the Andes in Peru.

The most common way to get to Humantay Lake is through a guided tour or by hiring a private car to drive you to the trailhead.

The hike to Humantay Lake is considered moderate to difficult, with a steep incline and high altitude. It’s recommended for those with some hiking experience and in good physical condition.

It’s recommended to wear comfortable and warm clothing, including layers, as the temperature can change quickly. Good hiking shoes and a hat are also recommended.

The hike to Humantay Lake takes about 1.5 to 2 hours uphill and 45 minutes downhill.

Yes, there is a fee to enter the Humantay Lake area, which is typically included in the guided tour fee.

There are no facilities at the lake, so it’s recommended to bring your own snacks, water, and toiletries.

Swimming in the lake is not permitted due to its sacred significance to the local community.

Hiking to Humantay Lake is generally safe, as long as you follow the trail and stay with your group. It’s recommended to hike with a guide for added safety.

It’s possible to visit Humantay Lake without a guide, but it’s recommended to go with a guide for safety reasons and to learn more about the local culture.

The best time to visit Humantay Lake is during the dry season, from May to September. The weather is generally clear and sunny, and there is less chance of rain.

Yes, Humantay Lake is a great spot for stargazing and seeing the Milky Way due to its high altitude and clear skies.

There are no specific age restrictions, but it’s recommended for those who are physically fit and able to handle the altitude.

The elevation of Humantay Lake is approximately 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level.

Yes, it’s possible to visit Humantay Lake on a day trip from Cusco. Most guided tours offer a full-day excursion, including transportation, hiking, and meals.

How to Book


  1. Choose a reputable, government-authorized tour operator.
  2. Click the “Book Online” button, select the date, and complete the booking form. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together. Keep your passport handy for accurate information.
  3. Make a payment online using any debit or credit card. There’s a 2.9% fee for online payments, which customers must cover.
  4. To secure your BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day, provide a $180 deposit per person. This helps obtain necessary permits and tickets from the Peruvian government.
  5. Optionally, you can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns.
  6. If you choose to pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in cash (soles or dollars) at the office in Cusco or by card (3.9% fee). You can also pay the balance online with any card (2.9% fee).

By following these straightforward steps, you can easily book your BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day experience and focus on preparing for your adventure.

Payment: You can pay for BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day online using any debit or credit card. A 2.9% fee applies to online payments, which customers must cover. To book BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day, a $180 deposit per person is required to secure permits and tickets from the Peruvian government. You can choose to pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid future payment concerns. If you pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay the balance in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco, or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online using any card with a 2.9% fee.

Passport Requirements: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned entry date to Peru. If it’s set to expire within 6 months, renew it before traveling. If your passport expires within 6 months but you want to secure BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day and Machu Picchu tickets, book the tour and update your passport details with us after renewal. Failure to do so may result in permit and ticket forfeiture.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Obtain insurance before departing and consider working with a reputable agency for affordable coverage.

Deposit: The $180 deposit per person for the BEST Humantay Lake 1 Day tour is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Remaining Balance: If you only pay the deposit, the balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online with any card and a 2.9% fee.

Student Discount: If your student card meets Peruvian government requirements, reserve the tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance upon arrival in Cusco. The student discount will be applied at that time.

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