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  • Tour TypeHiking
  • DifficultyModerate
  • DurationFull Day tour
  • LanguagesEs, En, Pt,
  • Best TimeAll the year
  • Group Size06 people Maximum

The millenary city of Cusco surprises us once again by presenting a new alternative for travelers who wish to enjoy nature, the landscape in a place at the foot of a snow-capped mountain above 4,200 m.a.s.l.

Itinerary Summary

  • Departure: 4 AM
  • Breakfast: 8 AM
  • Start of the hike: 9:30 AM
  • Arrival at the viewpoint: 11 AM
  • Return: 12 PM
  • Lunch: 3 PM
  • Return to Cusco: 6 PM

Whats Included / Not Included

  • Transportation (round trip).
  • Professional bilingual guide (06 people max)
  • Entrance fees.
  • Snacks.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Specific meals:
  • 01 Breakfast.
  • 01 Lunch.
  • Vegetarian options on request.
  • Horses.
  • Tips.
  • Drinks.
  • Travel Insurance(obligatory)


Lake Humantay is located in the province of Anta, an area of Cusco that has been presenting other interesting places in recent months.

In this unique place in the district of Mollepata (Anta), the snowy Humantay creates a surrealistic scenario thanks to the thaw, the only access is on foot (this corresponds to the Salkantay trekking) and in which you can practice incredible activities (in its surroundings).

This jewel is protected by the Salkantay and Humantay mountains, at 4,300 m.a.s.l. The Humantay lagoon is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range, in the south of Peru.

As part of the route to the Salkantay mountains, you can access it on foot or by mountain bike, as well as take part in some other camping activities.

With a mystical air, the lagoon is visited by shamans and tourists from all over the world to leave offerings to the Pachamama, a deity that represents mother earth in the Inca culture.

Through the placement of stones, an offering is made to the Pachamama thanking her for having successfully arrived at the lagoon, as well as asking her to accompany us on our journey.

Lake Humantay Salkantay is a place that impacts with its immensity, footprints and colors in the landscape, which makes it one of the unmissable tourist destinations in the bowels of Peru.

Full Itinerary

Our expedition begins at 5:00 a.m., with the pick up of our passengers from their respective hotels. The journey by car takes two hours to reach the small town of Mollepata, breakfast. Then, the next stop is SORAYPAMPA (40 minutes by car), base camp of the very famous SALKANTAY EXPEDITION. It is at this point where we start the hike to the majestic HUMANTAY LAKE. Hiking time varies according to the physical condition of our clients: it can take up to two hours of ascent. On the way we will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the famous Andes mountain range, as well as the snow-capped peaks of SALKANTAY and HUMANTAY. Upon arrival at the lagoon, we will have enough time for our clients to take all the pictures they want; then, our guide provide all the information related to this lagoon and the surrounding mountains (history, culture, religion, folklore and mysticism). Lunch in Mollepata and then back to Cusco.

Meals included:Breakfast | Lunch.

What to Bring? - Packing List

We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the full day of the tour.

  • Small backpack from 30 to 40 liters.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Pants and thermal pole (first layer).
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Waterproof clothing.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Original passport.
  • Personal medicines.
  • The most friendly and positive attitude possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Humantay Lake important?

Humantay is one of the almost obligatory visits if you go through the Salkantay mountain. The lake acts as a storage reservoir for the dry season.

Where is Humantay Lake?

The Humantay LakeHumantay is one of the almost obligatory visits if you go through the Salkantay mountain. The lake acts as a storage reservoir for the dry season. is located in Cusco, on the route from Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. It is 3 hours drive from the city of Cusco.

Which trek is harder to Humantay Lake or Rainbow Mountain?

Humantay is shorter than Rainbow Mountain, but this is a steep hike, while Rainbow Mountain is a longer hike.

Price from $99 / person
We highly recommend to contact us via email before making the deposit (to comfirm availability).