Humantay Lake Trek

Humantay Lake Trek
  • Type: Day Hikes
  • Duration: Full Days
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Season: March to December
  • Departure: Daily
  • Group Size: 1 people

If you are looking for wonderful and natural landscapes, Humantay Lake Trek is a good option, with an imposing mountain and a turquoise lake makes this full day tour a unique experience.

Humantay Lake (4 200 meters / 13 779 feet) is located in the district of Mollepata, province of Anta, department of Cusco, it is called Humantay because it is located on the slopes of the Humantay mountain (5 473 meters / 17 956 feet).

Snowy Humantay belongs to the Vilcabamba mountain chain whose largest snowfall is Salkantay (6 271 meters / 20,574 feet) and which we can also see on Humantay Lake hike.

The origin of Humantay Lake is tectonic and glacier due to the defrosting of the Humantay Mountain and accumulation of water in a small geographical hole, Yanacocha Lake Peru has the same origin, geologists indicate that the Humantay Lake is geologically young, it was originally small but global warming it is making year after year grow a little more.

Cusco day hikes are becoming very popular and attractive to tourists like hiking from Moray to Maras. A good option to visit is Humantay Lake Peru, with natural attractions such as snowfall, lagoons and Andean landscapes.

Humantay Lake Tour Information:

  • Location: Northwest of the city of Cusco.
  • Duration of the Humantay Lake: Full Day Hike.
  • Hiking distance: Approximately 4 kilometers.
  • Season: All year, preferably from March to November.
  • Maximum height: 4,200 meters (13,779 feet).
  • Level of hiking: Medium.

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Humantay Lake Full Day

Our staff will pick up you from your hotel in Cusco, then we will board the tourist transportation that will take us through Cusco - Abancay route, on the route we will pass through the towns of Izcuchaca, Ancahuasi and Limatambo, after 2 hours and 30 minutes we will take a deviation to Mollepata Town (2 803 masl / 9 196 feet) where we will stop for 10 minutes.

From Mollepata we will continue our trip until Soraypampa (3 910 masl / 12 828 feet), here we will start to walk to Humantay Lake, we can see Salkantay Mountain in front us.

Soraypampa is a place where there are a lot of camps because Humantay is on the route of the Salkantay trek 5 days to Machu Picchu, but we will visit only part of Salkantay trek in Cusco.

It is located at 4200 meters / 13 779 feet and Soraypampa at 3 910 meters / 12 828 feet, for this reason we will have to climb to Humantay, if you feel bad for the height issue there are also horses that can be rented for additional cost, the climb time of Humantay lake hike on average is 2 hours 15 minutes and return 1 hour 45 minutes.

When we reach Humantay Lake we will have an explanation and free time for the photos, then we will return to Soraypampa and then to Mollepata where we will have our lunch.

After lunch we will board our tourist transport and return to Cusco, we will be arriving between 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm, our transport will leave you close to the main square of Cusco.


  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Professional guide.
  • Tourist transport.
  • Food (1 breakfast, 1 lunch).
  • First aid kit.

Not included:

  • Entrance to Humantay Lake Trek.
  • Tips.
  • Extras not mentioned.

We recommend bringing:

  • Backpack.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Poncho for rain.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Sunblock, sunglasses and hat.
  • Canteen.
  • Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc.).
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Additional national currency (soles).
  • Original passport.