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Lake Humantay Day Hike Tour
Lake Humantay Guided Hike
Lake Humantay Hiking Tour
Lake Humantay Day Tour
Lake Humantay Guided Walk
Lake Humantay Walking Tour

Lake Humantay Day Hike

Highlights

  •   Stunning Mountain Views
  •   Breathtaking Alpine Lake
  •   Towering Glaciated Peaks
  •   Turquoise Colored Water
  •   Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks
  •   Pick Up at Your Hotel

Description

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!

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 PM the evening before the hike to finalize details and answer any last minute questions you have. Getting an early start the next morning (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.)

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Private Day Hike Tour
Difficulty:
Solitude:
Cusco, Peru
Nov-Mar
12-14 hours (includes drive time)
4.3mi / 7km
1400 ft gain/loss
$140-235

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Day Hike Rates

Private 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
Private day hike tours are only open to your party. *Prices do not include guide and driver gratuity


Trip Details

What's Included

  • 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

What's Not Included (Required)

  • 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)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide and driver

Food: What To Expect

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.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 PM the evening before the hike to finalize the details and ensure all your questions are answered. Then we will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am the day of the hike.


Safety Considerations

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.


Guides

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.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

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


Weather in Peru

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:

Month Hi Low Precip
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

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