Humantay Lake tour
Calling all nature lovers for this Humantay Lake tour! Don’t have a lot of time in Cusco but still want to visit Humantay/Salkantay landscape? Not a problem! We have designed this full-day tour jammed-packed with views of beautiful snow-peaked mountains, lush green valleys, and of course the sacred Incan Humantay Lake. Best of all, we arrive before the crowds do so we have the place all to ourselves! Just a heads up: Bring swimsuits if you’re ready to do a glacial dip! Book your adventure!
- Duration12 Hrs
- Type TripTrekking, Active
- Group SizePrivate or 6 Max
- LanguagesEng, Esp, Fr,
- SeasonMay to November
We'll be one of the first groups to arrive
Reliable tour operator, certified guides, and drivers. Guaranteed Quality!
Local buffet lunch
Personalized assistance before, during, and after the trip
Explore the hidden spots to take that epic photos.
Day 1: Cusco/Beautiful Hike to Humantay Lake
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Starts at: Cusco
Ends in: Cusco
Total Hiking: 5km/3miles – 2.5hr hiking (roundtrip)
Altitude: 3,920m – 4,200m (13,779ft)
Views of the Salkantay and Humantay snow mountains
Base camp with domes
360 degrees vistas of the Valleys
Day 1 Cusco/Beautiful Hike to Humantay Lake
At 4:30 am your VSA mountain guide and our driver will pick up you from your hotel. The first stop of the day will be at Mollepata to have breakfast to fuel up on energy.
After a light breakfast, we’ll continue our drive up to Soraypampa at 3920m.a.s.l. Here you will have the opportunity to get to know the Sky Camp which is located in front of the majestic snowy Salkantay and Humantay.
Next a brief rest we will prepare ourselves to start the trek upwards until we reach the highest point of the trail, on our way crossing wonderful landscapes surrounded by a complex of mountains. You will surely be impressed with the panoramic view of seeing the turquoise lake at 4200 meters asl (13779ft) close to an astounding glacier. Get ready to take tons of photos!
(You can rent horses with 70 Soles in cash one way).
We return to Cusco around 3:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meals Included: Box Breakfast and local buffet Lunch
Private Van / Mini Van (2019 - 2022)
Emergency Oxygen Tank / Kit First Aid / Car Heating.
Extra Equipment (Trekking Poles)
Pillows / Blankets
Tickets & Entrances
Horses Rent (70 Soles cash one way)
Guides Available (French, German, Japanese & more options with additional cost)
Not suitable for
People with heart problems
People in wheelchairs
What to Bring
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat & Buff Mask, Lipstick
Trek shoes, Windbreaker Jacket, Beanie
Where is Humantay located?
Humantay is a mountain that can be found in the Cusco region of Peru, about an hour's drive from the city of Cusco.
Is there an entrance fee for getting access to Humantay?
Not currently - however, it is recommended that visitors donate funds to local communities working towards conservation efforts in this area as part of their visit here.
What is the best times of year to visit Humantay Lake?
The best time of year to visit Humantay Lake is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. However, because of its high altitude, Humantay Lake can be visited all year round. May and June are particularly recommended as the lake is at its fullest then and temperatures are milder.
How long does it take to reach the summit of Humantay?
On average, it takes around 4-5 hours to reach the summit, depending on your level of fitness and experience.
s there any special equipment or clothing needed for the journey?
It's recommended that visitors bring basic hiking essentials such as comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water in addition to warm layers for protection against potential cold temperatures near the summit.
What kind of wildlife can be found around Humantay Lake?
Humantay Lake is a very unique environment, with a wide variety of wildlife to be found in and around its waters. Bird lovers can spot Andean geese, giant coots, Andean gulls, and waterfowl. Avians such as the common parakeet and the brown-bellied swallow can also be seen flying about. In addition, there are plenty of mammals living around Humantay Lake such as llamas and vicuñas, as well as mountain cats, foxes and deer.
What can visitors experience when visiting Humantay Lake?
Visitors can experience stunning views of the surrounding mountains, which range from the white peaks of Mt Salkantay and Humantay to the turquoise waters of Humantay Lake itself. Visitors also have plenty of opportunity for adventure activities such as kayaking, bird-watching, horseback riding, trekking, and mountaineering.
What type of clothing is recommended when visiting Humantay Lake?
When visiting Humantay Lake, it's important to dress in layers as the temperatures can change drastically throughout the day. Lightweight clothes such as shorts, t-shirts and breathable fabrics are recommended for the warmer times of day. For cooler weather, swaps pants, a warm jacket, and a hat should be considered. Don't forget to pack good quality waterproof boots or shoes if you plan on venturing out on any of the trails or lakeside.
How is the food and dining scene in Humantay Lake?
The food and dining scene in Humantay Lake is quite unique. Visitors can find traditional Andean dishes such as ceviche, quinoa-filled empanadas, and sopa de mani (peanut soup). There are also a few restaurants that serve international cuisine like Chinese food, burgers, and pasta.
Are there any special events that take place in Humantay Lake?
When it comes to special events, tourists can enjoy a variety of local festivities at the lake including music concerts, hikes by the moonlight, and sports tournaments. Visitors can also experience the famous "Inti Raymi" festival which honors the ancient Inca sun god Inti.
Customize this tour
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What happens if my reservation cannot be confirmed?
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Is it necessary to reconfirm my reservation before the trip?
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