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1 Day
Availability : We depart any day with 2 people. Dec-Mar departures are weather-dependant.
Humantay Lake
Difficulty : ★★ Average
Adventure : ★★ A little bit different
Solitude : ★★ Popular
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12

The 1 Day Humantay Lake Tour

Our Humantay Lake Tour is a spectacular day trip from Cusco, perfect for nature lovers interested in a one day trek. Humantay Lake is a stunning glacial lake, with crystalline turquoise waters, surrounded by unbelievable mountain views.

Travel to Soraypampa in our private transport and then take a short hike to the gorgeous Humantay Lake. Stunning views of Salkantay and Humantay mountains complement the journey.

Send us an Enquiry to book your one day trek to Humantay Lake today!

What to Expect on the one day Humantay Lake Tour

  • One day treks from Cusco
  • Beautiful views of Humantay Lake, Salkantay mountain and Humantay mountain
  • Visit Tarawasi archaeological site
  • Add this Humantay Lake day trip to your Salkantay trek!



Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


4-6 people


7-8 people


9-12 people


What is Included?

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your Humantay Lake Tour
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek
  • Entry fees, as required
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Boxed lunch. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast and dinner.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage

You Should Bring

Optional Extras & Upgrades

    We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

    • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 7kg (15lbs) per person
    • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it
    • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Combine with a day trip to Machu Picchu
    • Add this Humantay Lake Tour to your Salkantay Trek


    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.
  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru

Trekkers Wanted

    Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this Humantay Lake Tour itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots, depending on the progress of the group.
  • Remember that no trek in the Andes is easy. You still should be fit and prepared to hike in difficult conditions.

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Day 1Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Cusco

    Our Humantay Lake tour begins at around 5am, picking you up from your hotel in our private transport. We leave behind Peru’s historical capital, Cusco, and make our way towards Soraypampa. After about an hour and a half of driving, we will arrive at Tarawasi (2675m / 8776 ft) for a short but interesting visit.

    Tarawasi is a ceremonial centre that dates to Incan times. One of the most striking features of this archaeological site is the presence of an usnu, a ceremonial structure where ritual offerings would be prepared.

    Tarawasi comes from the words tara and wasi, in Quechua. Tara is a type of local tree, and wasi means “house,” so Tarawasi means “the house of the Tara tree”. Tara produces large bean pods that turn orange when ripe. The seeds inside are used as a natural dye, and also have medicinal purposes.

    Leaving Tarawasi behind, we continue on our way another hour towards Mollepata where we will have breakfast, surrounded by imposing mountains and gorgeous landscapes. From Mollepata we continue one more hour to Soraypampa (3930m / 12,849 ft), where we will begin our day hike to Humantay Lake. Soraypampa has the extra benefit of being a prime location from which we can appreciate the majestic Salkantay mountain (6270m / 20,571 ft), the second highest mountain in Cusco.

    Hiking to Humantay Lake

    Arriving at Soraypampa we’ll do our stretches and get ourselves ready for the short hike to Humantay Lake! Our ascent on the Humantay Lake tour will take about an hour and a half. The first 45 minutes are fairly moderate, but then the trail get steeper during the latter half of this Humantay Lake trek.

    Finally, we arrive at Humantay Lake Peru (4230m / 13,878 ft), with plenty of time to enjoy this natural marvel in all its splendour. Humantay Lake is truly a stunning lake, and this day hike is an easy way to take it in. Enjoy the views in quiet contemplation, or capture that perfect Insta photo. This is a great spot to enjoy your box lunch as well.

    On our Humantay Lake tour, we also have the opportunity to explore the area a bit more, hiking uphill for about 15 minutes to reach another viewpoint for even more spectacular views of Humantay Lake, as well as the stunning Apu Humantay mountain (5480m / 17,979 ft).

    After basking in nature’s beauty on this Humantay Lake day trip, we begin our hike back down to Soraypampa, where our day hike began. Here, our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco, where we will arrive at around 7pm.

    Total Walking Distance – 5km
    Total Walking Time – 3 to 3.5h
    Minimum Altitude – 3930m / 12,849 ft / Maximum Altitude – 4230m / 13,878 ft

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