Humantay Lake Peru Tour from Cusco – Lake Humantay

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Humantay Lake Peru Tour from Cusco Tour Details
Lake Humantay Peru

The allure of Lake Humantay in Peru is undeniable. Just a day trip from Cusco, the Lake Humantay Peru tour stands as a testament to nature’s splendor. This high-altitude marvel sits serenely at 4,200 meters above sea level (approximately 13,780 feet). It’s not just another lake; it’s an experience.

Visiting Humantay Lake will introduce you to breathtaking vistas unlike any other. Many travelers consider this hike to Humantay Lake as one of the essential day hikes in the region. 

Embracing the Altitude: Preparations and Precautions

Before embarking on this full day’s adventure, you must be well-prepared. Why? The altitude can play tricks. For those acquainted with Machu Picchu, the altitudes are somewhat similar. 

Altitude sickness is a real concern for many. Therefore, ensure you’re acclimatized before setting off.

Your journey begins early in the morning. Leaving from Cusco, the drive presents a prelude to the grandeur that awaits. Once you reach the starting point of your hike, you can feel the palpable excitement in the air. 

The hike itself, while offering stunning views, is no small feat. But the end result? Majestic peaks frame the crystalline waters of Lake Humantay.

Amid the Salkantay trek, Humantay Lake promises a unique experience. It offers a welcome contrast to the increasingly popular Rainbow Mountain. As you approach, the views intensify. When you finally reach the lake, a sight greets you that words often fail to capture.

While the tour provides both breakfast and lunch, it’s a smart move to buy snacks and carry ample water. This ensures you’re energized throughout the day. Snacks and water will be your trusty companions, especially as you push for that last stretch to the lake.

In summary, the Lake Humantay Peru tour isn’t just about the destination. It’s about the full day journey. It’s about the challenge. And it’s about the mesmerizing end reward

So, when you think of a day tour that embodies adventure, challenge, and natural beauty, think of the Lake Humantay tour. Embark, experience, and etch memories forever.

Departure Time

04:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Round-trip transportation: From Cusco to the starting point of the trek and back.
  • Professional guide: Fluent in both English and Spanish, experienced in the Lake Humantay trek.
  • Meals: Often a breakfast and lunch at local restaurants.
  • Entrance fees: To access the Lake Humantay area.
  • First aid kit and oxygen: For safety and altitude-related concerns.
  • Trekking poles: Helpful for many when navigating the trek's terrain.
  • Briefing session: A pre-tour meet-up in Cusco to discuss the itinerary and answer any queries.
  • Group equipment: This might include tents or tarps for shade during rest stops.
  • Permits: Necessary permissions for trekking in the region.

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance: It's always advisable to have one, especially for high-altitude activities.
  • Additional snacks and beverages: Apart from the meals provided.
  • Tips: For the guide, driver, or any other staff.
  • Accommodation in Cusco: Before and after the tour.

Recommended To Carry

  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots with good grip. The terrains can be uneven.
  • Light layers of clothing. The weather can change, so it's wise to dress in layers that can be added or removed as needed.
  • Warm jacket or sweater. Even if the day starts warm, it can get chilly, especially in higher altitudes.
  • Sun protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat or cap.
  • Water bottle. It's essential to stay hydrated, especially when being active.
  • Personal snacks or energy bars. While some tours might provide snacks, it's always good to have your own, just in case.
  • Personal medications and a basic first aid kit.
  • Cash. For purchasing souvenirs, snacks, or any additional costs that might arise.
  • Camera or smartphone. The sites are picturesque, so you'll likely want to take photos.
  • Personal identification and a copy of your passport.
  • A small backpack or daypack to carry these items.

Full day tour to Humantay Lake from Cusco

Your journey to Lake Humantay starts from Cusco. The city wakes up early, and so will you. By 4:30 AM, your transportation departs from Cusco. 

The drive towards the starting point of the trek is scenic. It takes about 2 hours. By 6:30 AM, you’ll stop at a local restaurant. Here, you’ll have a nutritious breakfast. It prepares you for the day ahead.

At 8 AM, you’ll reach Soraypampa. This is the trek’s starting point. It sits at an altitude of 3,900 meters (12,795 feet). The trek to Humantay Lake Peru begins here. The trail is clear. 

As you hike, majestic peaks surround you. The walk is invigorating and challenging. It takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the lake. You’ll be reaching an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) here. The sight of the lake is breathtaking.

You’ll spend around 1 to 1.5 hours at the lake. This time lets you absorb the serenity of Lake Humantay. You can take photos. 

You can also simply enjoy the tranquility. By noon, you’ll start your descent back to Soraypampa. The return is quicker. It often takes just over an hour.

By 2 PM, you’ll be back at Soraypampa. From here, your transport will take you to the restaurant. It’s time for a well-deserved lunch. By 4 PM, you’ll embark on your return journey to Cusco. You should be back in the city by 6 PM.

Lake Humantay Trek Statistics:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) round trip.
  • Highest altitude: 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) at Lake Humantay.
  • Lowest altitude: 3,900 meters (12,795 feet) at Soraypampa.
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate to challenging.

In conclusion, the trek to Lake Humantay offers a fulfilling day out from Cusco. It combines adventure with unparalleled scenic beauty. 


How long is the Humantay Lake trek from Cusco?

The trek itself is roughly 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) round trip, but the entire day tour, including transportation to and from Cusco, spans around 14 hours.

Is Humantay Lake trek difficult?

The trek is considered moderate to challenging, mainly due to the high altitude and steep inclines.

Can I experience altitude sickness on Lake Humantay trek?

Yes, as the lake is located at 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level. It’s recommended to acclimatize in Cusco for a couple of days before the trek.

Are meals provided during the tour?

Yes, our tour does include breakfast and lunch. It’s always advisable to bring some additional snacks and water.

Can I rent a horse if I find the trek challenging?

Yes you can, we offer horse rentals for an additional cost. It’s best to advise your guide before starting the trek.

Is it possible to swim in Humantay Lake?

Swimming is not recommended. The water is frigid, and the lake is considered sacred by the local community.

What should I wear for the trek?

Dress in layers to adjust to the varying temperatures and wear good hiking shoes. Waterproof clothing can also be beneficial during the rainy season.

How far is Humantay Lake from Cusco?

The drive from Cusco to the starting point of the trek (Soraypampa) takes about 2 hours.

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Family Traveller

An unforgettable experience! The Humantay Lake Tour with Explore Peru Guide was impeccably organized, offering stunning views and expert insights. A must-do when in Cusco!

September 21, 2023

Rebecca Morisson

Family Traveller

Absolutely mesmerizing! The Humantay Lake Tour with Explore Peru Guide was a highlight of our trip. Expert guidance, breathtaking views, and a truly unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!

September 12, 2023