Laguna Humantay Cusco – Laguna Humantay Day Trip

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Laguna Humantay Day Trip

Humantay Lake Peru Day Trip is a popular one day trip from Cusco, Peru. Also known as Laguna Humantay Cusco or Lago Humantay locally, this turquoise lake is a natural beauty. The hidden gem nestles at 4,200 meters above the sea level up in the Andes.

The lake is fed by the melting glaciers of Mount Humantay, after which it is named. The mountain is a part of the Andes mountain range. The turquoise lake is the first stop on the renowned Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

The lake or lago Humantay is one of the sacred sites of Incas. Infact, even today some spiritual travellers and shamans (Andean priests) travel there to do offerings to mother earth (Pachamama). This ritual is called “Apacheta”.

Apacheta is a process of piling stones one on other to express the gratitude to Pachamama for  blessing your trek.

Humantay lake hike starts at 3800 metres above sea level. The hike up is through farms and camping sites. You will be able to see many Andean camelids, namely, Llamas and Alpacas and cows grazing. 

Tour to Humantay Lagoon is somewhat challenging and is considered to be a part of a high altitude trek. We highly recommend you to get properly acclimatized in Cusco before you visit Humantay to avoid altitude sickness

If you feel tired or find it hard to reach, it will be a good idea to rent a horse. It roughly costs 30 USD each way. 

Just as the trek to Rainbow Mountains of Cusco, Trek to Humantay Lake from Cusco is also a popular full day tour. It is an unmissable attraction. 

Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?

We are a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. On any treks or hikes with us, the one thing that will stand out is our passion for outdoors. We only employ certified local travel experts as guides. They have extensive knowledge and are passionate about the history of Incas. 

Encuentros Peru Adventure is an outdoor adventure company offering a fun-filled, safe and a memorable experience. 

On all tours, safety is of an utmost importance to us. We operate tours in small groups. This would let our guide be focused and explain things efficiently. Do check out our reviews on Tripadvisor

We offer both group tours and private tours. 

Laguna Humantay Cusco is a typical tourist attraction that you can’t miss on your trip to Peru. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:20 AM

Price Includes

  • Transport
  • Bi-lingual guide
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • First aid kit

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (10 Soles)
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Any Private Expenses

Things to carry

  • Daypack to carry your things.
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Peruvian soles in cash
  • Snacks and Water
  • Sturdy Hiking Shoes
  • 04:00 - 04:35 Pickup to your hotel or hostel
  • 04:40 - 08:40 Cusco to Mollepata
  • 08:40 - 09:30 Breakfast in Mollepata
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Start walking from Soraypampa to Humantay Lagoon
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Trekking back to Soraypampa
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch in Soraypampa
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Back Soraypampa to Cusco
Humantay Lake Peru


We will be picking you from your hotel in Cusco between 04:20 and 04:40 in the morning. After we pick up all travellers, we will start our three hours drive in our private transport to an Andean village called Mollepata. Here, we will be stopping for breakfast. Also here you can buy snacks if needed.


After having breakfast, we will be driving for an hour longer to Sorayapampa. It is the starting point of the trek. The trek starts at 3871 meters and will take you up to 4236 meters. The trek from Soraypampa to Laguna Humantay takes about 1.5 hours.


We are normally among the first group to reach the Lagoon. This would give you enough time to walk around and click some iconic photos. Alternatively, you can also climb up the small peak, next to the lake from where you would get a 360 degree view of the Lake filled with turquoise waters.


After spending some time and getting the most of this emerald lagoon, we will start our gradual descent back to the parking lot in Sorayapampa. It would normally take 45 minutes to an hour. From Sorayapampa, we will be taking the transport back to Mollepata. At Mollepata, we will stop for lunch.


After lunch, we will start our return trip to Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco between 05:00 PM and 06:00 PM. You will be dropped off at Regocijo square, the plaza next to the Plaza De Armas.


How far is Humantay Lake from Cusco?

Humantay Lake is 120 kilometres (74 miles) away from Cusco City. 

Can you swim in Humantay Lake?

Yes, you can swim in Humantay Lake. However, beware that the water is freezing cold here.

11 Reviews
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Andre VargasDous

Solo Traveller

Todo el tour fue de maravilla, para llegar se te hace un poco difícil por la altura pero nada es imposible, llegamos y fue una maravilla ver el lago de cerca con un nevado impresionante sus colores geniales todo una locura, el guiado por parte d Arturo fue excelente siempre brindando apoyo y conocimientos.

March 10, 2020

Armando Cham

Family Traveller

Este lugar te llena de energía, fue toda una experiencia única , es mucho mejor que las fotos, a pesar de la altura el guía Jose nos apoyo a seguir adelante fue perfecto no dejo pasar ningún detalle y al llegar el lugar es hipnotizarte, perfecta.
En general el tour estaba bien organizado desde el recojo hasta llegar a cusco.

March 2, 2020

Brenda Ortiz

Couple Traveller

Este tour lo realizamos en familia para disfrutar y conocer la laguna humantay, la organización y el servicio era excelente, todos disfrutamos y la pasamos increíble gracias a la agencia y al guía, que siempre estuvieron en constante comunicación y resolvieron nuestras inquietudes amablemente.

March 2, 2020


Solo Traveller

Hicimos el tour a la laguna humantay fue una fantástica experiencia, la organización fue perfecta el guía experimentado y profesional siempre atento y alentándonos para seguir con el trekking, siempre comprometido, ademas el camino fue una aventura muy grandiosa, llegar a la cima es toda una hazaña, 100% recomendable la agencia es profesional tuvimos experiencias inolvidables y una fotos super buenas, todo muy padre!!!

February 19, 2020

Melissa R

Couple Traveller

Todo es una super experiencia , fue una gran idea ir a la laguna Humantay es una experiencia para conectarte con la naturaleza y disfrutar de la belleza única que posee. Jose el guia nos explico su historia y nos brindo su ayuda por que la subida es algo difícil pero llegamos hasta la Laguna.
Una experiencia única que todo deberían intentar se sorprenderán con su paisajes.

February 19, 2020
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