• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Elevation: 4200 meters above sea level

Humantay Lake – one Day Hike

35 USD Per person

Humantay Lake – One Day Hike

Humantay Lake is a charming and hypnotizing turquoise water body; which is in front of an imposing snow-capped mountain. This fantastic lake has been became in the last years; one of the most Instagrammable place in Peru. In addition, the region where the lake is located is surrounded; through impressive steep peaks and the second highest snowy peak in the region, the imposing Salkantay. The 1-day tour to Lake Humantay offers you beautiful Andean landscapes of the Mollepata and Soraypampa valleys, impressive views of the snowy Humantay and Salkantay (the fifth highest in Peru) and of course a privileged view of the turquoise lake of Humantay.

The Humantay lagoon was considered sacred since Inca times. The Incas used to go to this lagoon to perform initiation and purification rites. This lagoon was considered special due to its great beauty and its purity. It was also and is very important for the inhabitants of the Soraypampa valley because it is the main source of water for agricultural activities. The sacred conception of the Humantay lake still endures, and it is usual to find apachetas, (set of stacked stones), left by the locals and visitors on the shores of the lake as an offering to Pachamama (mother earth) and the snowy Humantay (considered an APU or sacred spirit of the mountain), as a sign of gratitude for having reached the lagoon.


Highlights of our Humantay Lagoon

* We wish to give you the best experience on this Humantay Lake Hike. 
* We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
*Be part of our social and environmental projects.
*Our 1-day Humantay Lake Hike has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
*In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.

Humantay Lake Trip Overview

  • Trek Type: Trekking/hiking, scenic, cultural and informative.
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Season:From March 1st to January 31th

Day 1. Cusco – SorayPampa- Humantay Lake – Cusco

  • Hiking distance: 1,5 miles/2,5 km (3 hours)
  • Highest altitude: 4.200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate 
  • Meals:Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet.
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We pick you up at 5:00 am. from your hotel, to then drive you for three hours to the Humantay lake hike trailhead. Upon our arrival will have an outdoor buffet breakfast. You will enjoy the meals in front of the Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped mountains. Continuing, you hike uphill for two hours and a half; along the path with incredible views of the Soraypampa valley and the colors of the purple-bluish Andean lupins. Also your guide will make small breaks and take advantage to teach you about: the flora, fauna and geology of the region.

Once on the summit your tour leader, will take you to the most outstanding Humantay Lake overlooks. After taking dozens of incredible photos of you and yourd loved ones and learn interesting facts about snowy peaks and the pigmentation of the Humantay lake; you’ll hike downhill for one hour to lunch spot. Once there, our chef will serve us a delicious and varied buffet lunch. Then you’ll be driven for three hours to Cusco, where we arrive around 18:00 pm.

** The Humantay Lake is a highly visited place, in order to avoid the crowds and give you peace and comfort. We hike to its summit, along a path known only to locals.


Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our one day hike

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the humantay lake 

Briefing: you should come to our office at least one day prior to your one day hike to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour.

Transportation: IncaGo Expeditions will be providing all transportation for this one day trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am. and brought to the trailhead and then you will be brought back to Cusco.

Food: Our one day trek includes expert hiking chefs who will will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: We are going to provide you a eco friendly water bottle of 1.5 liter.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a water bottle, walking sticks and snacks. 

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the salkantay trek, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Humantay Lake

  • Tips
  • drinks


We would love to tour the Humantay Lake with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January as the one day trek is always available

Group Price (2020):

  • $40 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: $105 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: $85 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: $70 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: $60 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: $55 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: $50 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $40 per person

Packing list

We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this one day hike


  • Original Passport ,
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the one day trek is entirely dirt soil

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Sunscreen
  • Handsanitizer

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Humantay Lake?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Humantay Lake?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the one day hike or a 4 day trek for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your Humantay Lake.

Reserve for the Humantay Lake?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 50 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the one day hike permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Humantay Lake?

Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your one day trek permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage


Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the short salkantay trek does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.

During the trip, how challenging is the Humantay Lake?

Remember that this one day trek, it is from moderate to difficult because you will ascend from 3900 to 4200 ma.s.l.; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots).

Will I need extra money on the Humantay Lake?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, souvenirs «also remember that along the days of hiking into the humantay lake just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Humantay Lake?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in this one day hike. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Humantay Lake?

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the 2 day trek can become a bit muddy and slipery. Please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Humantay Lake?

For the one day trek we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path. 

Are there any toilets along the Humantay Lake?

Along the one day hike there are 2 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack. 

What should I expect from the weather on the Humantay Lake?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and in the evenings always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for this one day hike, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the Humantay Lake hike. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Humantay Lake and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip in Peru and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.