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Humantay Lake Trek (1D)


The snowy Salkantay (6271m) is one of the highest mountains in the Cusco region, together with the Ausangate mountain in the Vilcanota mountain range which is located further south and know? Them are the most important and sacred mountains in Cusco. Humantay, is a snow-covered mountain that forms part of the Vilcabamba mountain range and gives rise to the formation of this splendid turquoise colored lagoon that is fed by the glaciers of the mountain and that is a jewel of nature on the route of the Apu Salkantay.


The Humantay lagoon is located in the province of Anta, Cusco area and this is how the thousand-year-old city of Cusco once again surprises us by presenting a new alternative for many travelers who wish to enjoy nature and the unique landscapes at the foot of a snowy surrounded by imposing glaciers, this walk is impressive worth doing as the landscapes are incredible and the bravest even take a bath in the icy waters of the lagoon!! Would you dare? Let´s go Humantay!!


Humantay Lake Trek Full Day:

This day begins picking you up from your hotel between 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., we will board our mobility to travel to the north west of the city of Cusco, to the town of Mollepata. This trip shows the exuberant valley of the Apurímac River. In this small and picturesque town we will have a well-deserved breakfast to fill us with energy, then we will continue our trip to the starting point of the walk the town of Soraypampa which is at an altitude of 3,900 m.a.s.l. After a short break, we will start our journey to Lake Humantay located at an altitude of 4,180 meters above sea level or 13,779 feet, after the ascent of 1 hour 20 minutes we will be able to appreciate the wonderful landscape, after the explanation of our guide and take our photos of memory we will have a time to enjoy the place and return to our camp to have our lunch with beautiful panoramic views of the snowy peaks and later will be transferred to the city of Cusco.

What is included?

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Tourist transport (round trip)
  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • Professional guide English
  • Entrance to Humantay Lagoon
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen balloon

Not included:

  • Services not described in the program.

What should I take to the Humantay lake trek?

  • Water
  • Sunscreen.
  • Camera.
  • Snacks (chocolates, sweets, coca leaf)
  • Jacket for the cold.
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Rain coat (Consult according to the time)
  • Shoes or trekking tennis.

What to see in Laguna Humantay?

If your thing is to enjoy nature and trekking, this place is the ideal!!! Humantay, is a snow-covered mountain that is part of the Andean mountain range and gives rise to the formation of this splendid lagoon that, due to its unique turquoise color, generates the interest of foreign and national visitors. The walk to the place will make you feel a sense of peace and tranquility thanks to its natural beauty that you will run into. With a mystical air, the lagoon is visited by shamans and tourists from all over the world to leave offerings to the Pachamama, deity that represents Mother Earth in the Inca culture. Through the placement of stones (apachetas), an offering is offered to the Pachamama thanking him for having successfully arrived at the lagoon, as well as for asking to apu to accompany them on the journey. According to the inhabitants, the Humantay mountain is the youngest son of the Apu Salkantay, and they would be in charge of rationalizing and distributing the water that comes down from its snows to the populations that live at the foot of these impressive snowcapped mountains.

More Details:

Humantay Altitude and Weather:

The Humantay Lagoon is located on the 4200 meters above sea level.Between the months of December and April the climate in the Humantay lagoon is temperate with precipitation, while between May and November the climate is cold but with a lot of sunshine during the day.



The difficulty of the hike to Humantay Lagoon is average. You have to walk 3.5 km for the time of 2 hours approx. (according to physical condition), if you do not have a good physical condition we recommend renting a horse.


  • It is recommended to visit the lagoon in the morning hours to avoid frightening the return of the ducks to the lagoon.
  • To start the walk it is suggested to wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and a walking stick.
  • If you go alone to Humantay Lagoon, we recommend you hire the services of a travel agency, since it will be cheaper.

Inca Trail Programs

We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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