Lake Humantay Day Hike
- Stunning Mountain Views
- Breathtaking Alpine Lake
- Towering Glaciated Peaks
- Turquoise Colored Water
- Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks
- Pick Up at Your Hotel
This long day tour and hike is a wonderful way to extend your Peruvian adventure. If you're staying in Cusco an extra day or two, this trip is well worth the time and effort! Lake Humantay is an alpine lake surrounded by Andes giants like Mount Salkantay and Mount Humantay. These mountains are towering, sheer, icy peaks that provide a breathtaking backdrop to our destination, the turquoise-colored waters of Lake Humantay!
Getting an early start (4:00 am) we will pick up you from your hotel in Cusco. We will stop for a delicious, Peruvian breakfast in Mollepata to ensure we have plenty of energy for today's hike. After breakfast we'll drive another 1.5 hours to our trailhead. The hike itself starts at Soraypampa (3,800 m / 12,4670 ft) where we ascend into the Andes, surrounded by phenomenal views of towering peaks like Mount Salkantay and Mount Humantay as well as ancient glaciers. Our destination is Lake Humantay (4200 m / 13,779 ft), whose waters are a stunning turquoise color. The towering, glaciated mountains frame the lake for outstanding photographs and an unforgettable rest spot. We'll enjoy dipping our feet in the icy waters before completing our hike by descending back to the trailhead. This is a stunning day in the mountains!
On our way back to Cusco we will again stop in Mollepata, this time for a wonderful lunch at a hand-picked restaurant. Eventually, we will arrive back in Cusco at your hotel, ending our amazing day.
You can also enjoy this tour on horseback for an additional $40.
Please Note: Humantay Lake is included on the Salkantay Trek as part of the larger itinerary.
(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)
12-14 hours (includes drive time)
4.3mi / 7km
1400 ft gain/loss
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Day Hike Rates
- 1 person: $590
- 2 people: $295 per person
- 3 people: $260 per person
- 4-5 people: $215 per person
- 6-9 people: $165 per person
- 10-14 people: $140 per person
- A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
- A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
- Breakfast, lunch and trail snacks
- Roundtrip transportation from Cusco
- Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
- Use of trekking poles
- Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
- Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
- Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
- Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
- Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
- A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
- Knee braces (if needed)
- Gratuity for your guide and driver
Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious, Peruvian breakfast and lunch at hand-picked restaurants enroute and on the way back from the trailhead.
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 3:30 am the day of the hike.
Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.
Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
- 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis
Peru is home to part of the Amazon Rainforest as well as the towering Andes Mountains. Machu Picchu is at an elevation of 7,710 feet (2,350 meters), but most of our treks in the region reach elevations well above 10,000 feet, some reaching nearly 17,000 feet. Because of the significant elevation changes and alpine hiking, the temperatures and weather can also vary widely. At elevations above 10,000 feet you can expect cold temperatures.
The average temperatures and precipitation in the Machu Picchu region are:
|March||70° F||45° F||11 days|
|April||72° F||40° F||8 days|
|May||70° F||36° F||3 days|
|June||70° F||34° F||2 days|
|July||70° F||30° F||2 days|
|August||70° F||34° F||2 days|
|September||72° F||40° F||7 days|
|October||72° F||43° F||8 days|