Humantay Lagoon Full Day Trek

  • Guided tour of the Huamantay Lagoon
  • Trekking
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Oxygen
  • Round trip transportation

From: $ 40.00

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The Humantay Lagoon is a beautiful glacial lake located in the Peruvian Andes, near the town of Soraypampa and the famous Salkantay trekking route. The lake is fed by melting snow and ice from the Humantay mountain, which is part of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

The turquoise waters of Humantay Lake are surrounded by snow-capped peaks, rocky cliffs and lush vegetation, creating a dazzling and tranquil setting for visitors. The lake is also considered sacred by the local Quechua people, who have long revered it as a site of spiritual importance. Get ready to immerse yourself in Andean culture and experience an exciting adventure in Cusco that you will remember forever!

The HUMANTAY LAGOON TREK offers the following activities:

Humantay Lagoon Trek

Popular trekking activity in Peru that offers breathtaking views of the Humantay Lagoon. During the hike, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the Andean landscapes, such as waterfalls, valleys and snow-capped mountains. Once arriving at the Humantay Lagoon, tourists can appreciate the beauty of its crystal clear waters and take pictures.



  • The tour to the Humantay Lagoon begins at 4:30 am with the pick up from your hotel, we head to the town of Mollepata (2 hours approx).
  • In the district of Molletapa we will make a stop to enjoy a nutritious breakfast, we will have some free time to use the restrooms, make purchases of hydrating drinks and snacks. Then we will advance to Soraypampa, which is the starting point for the hike to the Humantay Lagoon.
  • Arrival to Soraypampa at 09:00 hrs approx, we will have a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay.
  • At the starting point of the hike we will have a brief description of our hike and recommendations from our guide. The hike has a duration of 1 hour and a half approx. Once finished the ascent we will arrive at the magical lagoon, impressive for its turquoise color located at the foot of the snowy Humantay, it is there where we will have a detailed explanation of the place and of course free time for photographs.
  • It is known according to local tradition that the Apu Humantay is the youngest son of the Apu Salkantay. And both are in charge of rationalizing and distributing the water that descends from its eternal snows to the many populations that live on its slopes. For this reason, the local population venerates this lagoon as a deity that represents the Pachamama.
  • In the surroundings you will observe innumerable apachetas (stones superimposed one on top of the other that are placed in sacred sites) that have been placed as offerings of gratitude to the Pachamama (Mother Earth).
  • At 12:00 hrs we will return to Soraypampa and board the bus to the town of Mollepata, to enjoy a delicious local lunch.
  • At 14:30 hrs we will start the return to Cusco (2:30 hrs. Trip), we will leave you near the main square, so you can take a walk or have dinner in the center of the city..


This tour includes

  • Tourist Transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Tourist Ticket
  • Local lunch

This tour does NOT include

  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Recommendations for the tour

  • Warm clothing
  • Small backpack with personal belongings
  • Walking stick
  • Camera
  • Cash for shopping
  • Mineral water
  • Sun block and sun hat
  • Valid Identity Card


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Humantay Lagoon Full Day Trek


Private for 2 to 6 people

Tour summary
  • At 04:10 approx. pick up at your hotel.
  • Travel for two hours to the district of Mollepata.
  • Directions and presentation of our guide
  • Bufett breakfast in the village of Mollepata.
  • Transportation to Soraypampa, the starting point of our hike.
  • Walk for 1 hour and 30 minutes approx.
  • Visit of the Humantay Lagoon
  • Bufett Lunch in Mollepata
  • Return from Mollepata to Cusco
  • Lunch in Mollepata.
  • Return from Mollepata to Cusco.
  • End of the service.
What’s Included:
  • Tourist Transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Tourist Ticket
  • Local lunch

Important note:

Student price is $35.00, children ages 3-11 pay $30.00 and infants are free.


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Frequently Asked Questions from Travelers

What do the apachetas mean?

The apachetas are a type of stone mound found in different parts of the Andes. These structures are used as places of offering and veneration to the Pachamama or Mother Earth.

The apachetas are usually built by travelers and pilgrims who pass through the Andean roads, who deposit stones in them as an offering to the earth and the protective spirits of the road. It is also believed that these structures have a guiding function for travelers, as they indicate the direction and height of the road.

In some regions, such as Cusco, the apachetas may also have a religious significance, as they are associated with the worship of the ancient Inca gods.

What is the altitude of Cusco?

The city of Cusco is located at an altitude of approximately 3,400 meters above sea level. Cusco is known for being one of the highest cities in the world and its altitude can affect people who are not used to high altitudes. Therefore, it is important for visitors to take measures to prevent altitude sickness, such as getting enough rest, drinking plenty of water and avoiding strenuous physical activity when arriving in the city.

What is the temperature of the Humantay Lagoon?

Laguna Humantay is located at an altitude of about 4,200 meters above sea level. Due to its location, the temperature of Laguna Humantay can be quite cold throughout the year.

In general, during the day, temperatures can range from 9 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on the season and time of day. At night and early in the morning, temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees Celsius, which can make the weather quite cold and windy.

It is important to keep in mind that temperatures can change quickly in the Laguna Humantay region, so it is important to be prepared for any weather. It is recommended to bring warm clothing, waterproof jackets and appropriate footwear for walking on rocky terrain.

How difficult is the laguna humantay trek?

The level of physical fitness required to trek to Laguna Humantay is moderate to high. The trek consists of a round-trip hike of about 12 kilometers, with an ascent of about 400 meters in elevation over steep, rocky terrain.

Although no previous hiking experience is required, it is recommended that hikers have a certain level of fitness and are accustomed to walking in steep, rocky terrain. In addition, since the lagoon is at an altitude of around 4,200 meters above sea level, hikers should also be prepared to hike in a lower oxygen environment.

It is important to take the time to properly acclimatize to the altitude before trekking.

Is it necessary to acclimatize before visiting Cusco due to the altitude?

It is advisable to acclimatize before visiting Cusco due to the high altitude of the city. Cusco is located at an altitude of approximately 3,400 meters above sea level, which can cause soroche or altitude sickness in some people. Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath.

To avoid altitude sickness, it is recommended to take a day or two to acclimatize before engaging in intense physical activities, such as walking or hiking. During this time, it is advisable to rest, stay hydrated, avoid consuming alcohol and heavy food, and drink coca tea, which is a natural remedy to alleviate the symptoms of soroche.

What is the climate like in Cusco?

The climate in Cusco is cool and dry for much of the year, with daytime temperatures ranging between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. However, due to the altitude, Cusco has a wide temperature variation between day and night, with nighttime temperatures that can drop below 5 degrees Celsius.

The climate in Cusco is divided into two main seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season extends from May to October and is considered the best time to visit Cusco due to its sunny and dry climate. The rainy season extends from November to April and is more humid and rainy, especially during the months of January and February.

What is the best time of the year to visit Humantay Lagoon?

The best time to visit the Humantay Lagoon is during the dry season in Cusco, which runs from May through September. During this period, the weather is more stable and there is less chance of rain or snowfall, which makes it safer and more pleasant to hike. In addition, during the dry season, visibility is better and the panoramic views of the lagoon and surrounding snow-capped mountains can be better appreciated.

However, it is important to keep in mind that, due to the high altitude of the area, temperatures can be cold, even during the dry season. It is advisable to bring warm clothing and extra layers to adapt to temperature changes throughout the day.

How long does it take to get to Humantay Lagoon from Cusco?

Most treks leave early in the morning from Cusco and it takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the starting point of the hike, Soraypampa, in the Mollepata region.

From Soraypampa, you walk along a trail of approximately 7 kilometers, which usually takes between 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the Humantay Lagoon. Therefore, in total, you can expect the hike to Laguna Humantay from Cusco to take about 10 to 12 hours.









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