Laguna Humatay or Lake Humantay is a high altitude turquoise lake nestled in the Peruvian Andes at 4,200 meters (13779 feet) above sea level. Humantay Lake Tour is a popular day trip from Cusco, just as the Rainbow Mountain.
The turquoise lake is a popular stop in the iconic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Humantay Lagoon is sacred to the Andean community. Infact, locals have been worshipping the lake since Inca civilization.
Even today, they practice a traditional ritual called Apacheta while visiting Humantay Lake. It is a process of piling stones, each on top of the other as a gesture to thank the Pachamama or Mother Earth. They also use coca leaves which is sacred too.
Lake Humantay is truly a hidden gem. It is a glacier lake. It flows on the foothills of the Snow Capped mountain of Humantay. Melting glaciers from the mountain feed the lake, after which it gets its name.
Laguna Humantay can only be reached by hiking for 1.5 hours from Soraypampa. It is mostly an uphill hike. If you are not willing to hike, you can rent a horse from the local community.
Please note, this is a high altitude trek. We highly recommend you to spend 3-4 days in the City of Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. We operate this full day tour both in small group and as a private tour.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco between 0430 and 0500 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to the town of Mollepata. Here we will be stopping for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will be driving you further to Soraypampa. It nestles at 3900 metres above sea level and is the starting point of the hike.
It is roughly a 1.5 hours hike up the hill to Humantay Lake. You will be hiking through the snowy mountains of Vilcabamba mountain range. You will also get to see different highland Andean villages and farmlands. Here you will have the opportunity to click photos with the Andean camelids – Alpacas and Llamas.
Our local expert will be giving you a guided tour of the lake. We will be introducing you to the Andean mythology.
You will have plenty of time to indulge in the serenity and click photos. Once you have had your fill of this beauty, we will start hiking back to Soraypampa.
At Soraypampa, our driver will be meeting us and will be driving to Mollepata for lunch. After lunch, we will be driving back to Cusco and will be reaching by 0600 PM.
Humantay Lake’s trail head – Soraypampa is some 120 kilometres (74.5 miles) away from Cusco and can be reached in three and a half hours by road. The hike from Soraypampa to Humantay Lake takes about an hour and a half.
The easiest, cheapest and the most practical way to get to Laguna Humantay is by joining an organised tour from Cusco. This is because, the trailhead (Soraypampa) is quite off the road and there are only a handful of vehicles that goes there. Even if they do, they often charge quite a lot.
Moreover, Humantay Lake is at 4200 metres above sea level and it is always worth having an experienced guide with you just in case if you feel sick at high altitude.
Humantay lake is at 129 kilometres (74.5 miles) to the north east of Cusco at 4200 metres (13779.5 feet) above sea level. The turquoise water is fed by the melting glaciers of Humantay Mountain. Lake Humantay is a popular stop in Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
A short answer is “Yes, It is totally worth visiting Humantay Lake on a full day tour from Cusco”. This is a hidden gem and nestles high up in the Peruvian Andes. On a full day trek, you will also have the opportunity to meet locals and see highland Andean farmlands and the life there.
A very nice and positive trip to Laguna Humantay. It was very well arranged and everything was just as it was mentioned in the itinerary with no unpleasant surprises. They are true professionals and there was absolutely ZERO stress. Totally worth it!
Although a bit of a hike up, this place is well worth the visit with impressive and scenic landscapes and absolutely wonderful energy. The guide was very nice and motivative at all the times, the food they provided was delicious and nutritious too.