Humantay Lake Tour, 1 day hiking

Humantay lake tour: Couple of years ago, only locals knew about this lagoon, then by 2014th, only few tourist had the nice experience to see it, then; just couple of years ago became popular and now it is a site that is visited by about 500 people a day. The lagoon is located over 4200 meters above sea level, right below of snow coated mountain “6,900 m”.

The lake Humantay means = (HUMA= Head, MANTAY = Mother, TAY = Sacred Meaning), then the name of the lagoon means “The head Matriarch”, this is a glacier lake, formed by the ice melting water, that comes from the Mountain, with its beautiful blue green color, the snow on the mountain above, and the plants growing, gives a magic sensation to people who goes to see it.

As average, to see this mountain, there is needed an early departure, the you will drive through anta province, get a lover elevation by Limatambo, up to 2000 m, then take a narrow asphalted road to Mollepata town “2810 m, 9219ft”, above sea level, a place with perfect weather along the year, then continue by a dusty road for 1 hour, and reach soraypampa.

From Soraypampa, the walk leads by a flat part for several minutes, then after crossing a white water river, you start with uphill walk, the uphill hike takes about 2.5 hours, then the train becomes steeper, and finally you will turn up a moraine, and see the it, everyone is surprised when seeing this humantay lake.

Our group will stay here for about 30 minutes, then you can have time for pictures, group and individuals, then after photos, and enjoying the magnificent lagoon view, you will start descending to the transports park, our driver will drive back and get the lowest part of the trip, and stop in a proper place (Mollepata, or Rio Blanco), for lunch.

From this place, we will return all the way to Cusco arriving by 18:00 hrs, where our Humantay lake private tour ends, by by taking you back to your hotel.

Our exclusive humantay lake tour itinerary, allows you to plan your dinner in the city, or relax for another activity of the nest morning, by the way, we’ll take care of you.

We have daily departures, in Private tours, available along the year, where you can enjoy a nice hiking activity, for which we advice to have a previous adjust to the high altitude.

This trip is leaded by our expert local guides, who will be with you at each step of the trip.

See as well the itinerary of our rainbow mountain tour, which is another natural wonder near by the ausangate mountain in Cusco region, or if you want are in reach of multiday tours, then you may want to check our choquequirao trek programs.

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Trip Map

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Departure from the city: 05:00 hrs, arrival to Soraypampa 8:30, at the lake at 11:00 hrs. lunch at 14:00 hrs, then drive back to the city, and arrive at about 16:00 hrs.


  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Private Transport to the hike starting point.
  • Circuit fee.
  • 1rst AID Kit, included emergency Oxygen bottle.
  • English speaking professional guide.


  • Meals.
  • Tipping for the crew (Customary).


Additional travel information

PLACES TO VISIT Humantay Lake.


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