Lake Humantay – Humantay Lake Peru Tour

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Embark on a memorable journey with the Cusco Open Tour. Join us on the Full Day Humantay Lake Trek. This spectacular adventure showcases the pristine beauty of Lake Humantay, Peru.

Nestled in the Peruvian Andes, this mesmerizing turquoise lake is a feast for the eyes. It is also a testament to nature’s splendor. As one of the leading tour operators in the region, we’re committed to excellence. We’re here to ensure your visit to Humantay Lake is nothing short of extraordinary.

Our day trip from Cusco starts early in the morning, setting off before the sun graces the sky. Leaving Cusco behind, we traverse through stunning landscapes, each bend bringing us closer to the fabled Humantay Lake. This day hike is a journey through nature. It’s also a step back in time, as we tread paths walked upon for centuries.

High Altitude, Higher Spirits: Conquering Humantay Lake

The Humantay Lake hike offers an awe-inspiring experience, but preparing for the challenge is important. At a breathtaking altitude of over 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level, the high altitude can be demanding. But fear not, as our expert knowledge and tips equip you to acclimatize and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Our trained guides ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trek.

As we approach Humantay Lake from Cusco, the trail intensifies, but the reward upon reaching the top is unparalleled. The serene waters of the lake set a stunning scene against the backdrop of majestic mountains. It’s so surreal, it feels like stepping into a postcard. It’s moments like these that make the Humantay Lake trek a must-do for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

While on this tour to Humantay Lake, we recommend bringing along some essentials. Buy snacks and water before we embark, as these will be invaluable during the hike. Also, don’t forget to wear comfortable hiking shoes and dress in layers. The weather can change rapidly at high altitudes.

After hiking to Humantay Lake, we’ll spend time soaking in its tranquility. Then, we will begin our descent to the parking lot.

Though the Humantay Lake Trek is a standalone adventure, it’s worth noting a shared aspect. It shares a part of the trail with the famous Salkantay Trek. This trail eventually leads to the iconic Machu Picchu.

Connect with Nature: Beyond the Trek

For those who have marveled at the wonders of Machu Picchu or the vibrancy of Rainbow Mountain, there’s something new. The Humantay Lake Trek offers a different yet equally mesmerizing experience.

It’s not just a day hike. It’s a journey into the heart of the Peruvian Andes. It offers a chance to connect with nature and create memories that last a lifetime.

Join the Cusco Open Tour for a memorable tour to Humantay Lake. We promise to guide you every step of the way. We aim to fill your adventure with awe-inspiring moments and personal triumphs. Let’s embrace the challenge and beauty of the Humantay Lake Trek together!

Explore the alluring beauty of Cusco on our exclusive Open Bus Tour.

Price Includes

  • Transport from your hotel in Cusco and back
  • Entrance fee
  • Professional Bi-lingual Guide (Spanish and English)
  • First aid kid
  • Meal (breakfast and lunch)

Price Excludes

  • Dinner
Itinerary

Full DayLake Humantay Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Lake Humantay, a spectacular destination in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. This full-day Humantay Lake Trek is more than just a hike; it’s an adventure. It promises breathtaking scenery and a rewarding challenge. Additionally, it offers a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of Peru.

Your day begins early as we set out from Cusco, driving through picturesque landscapes towards Soraypampa. This scenic drive covers approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) and takes about 3 hours. As we approach our starting point, the magnificent Salkantay Mountain comes into view. Standing at 6,271 meters (20,574 feet), it greets us with its awe-inspiring presence.

Upon arrival at Soraypampa, sitting at 3,900 meters (12,795 feet), we start our ascent towards Lake Humantay. The trail winds through a stunning Andean landscape. It offers panoramic views that are nothing short of mesmerizing. The hike to Lake Humantay spans about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) one way.

Ascending to the Jewel of the Andes: Humantay Lake

During this trek, we will gain approximately 300 meters (984 feet) in elevation. While the trek is moderately challenging, the beauty that unfolds with each step makes every effort worthwhile.

As we climb, keep your camera ready, as the path offers numerous photo opportunities. The changing colors of the Andean flora and the distant snow-capped peaks create a picturesque backdrop for your adventure. After about 1.5 to 2 hours of hiking, we reach our destination: the stunning Lake Humantay.

Nestled at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,780 feet), Humantay Lake is a sight to behold. Its turquoise waters, set against the backdrop of Humantay Glacier, create a surreal and tranquil atmosphere. Here, we’ll take our time to soak in the beauty, capture photos, and perhaps even dip our toes into the glacial waters.

After enjoying the serene surroundings of Humantay Lake, we start our descent back to Soraypampa. The downhill hike offers a different perspective of the landscape, and the journey back is often quicker, taking about 1 to 1.5 hours.

Back at Soraypampa, we’ll enjoy a well-deserved lunch, reflecting on the day’s adventure. After lunch, we board our transport for the return journey to Cusco, arriving in the late afternoon or early evening, marking the end of an incredible day exploring one of Peru’s natural wonders, Lake Humantay.

This full-day trek to Lake Humantay is a journey that challenges and rewards in equal measure. With its stunning landscapes, cultural insights, and the sheer beauty of Humantay Lake, this trek is an experience that you’ll cherish long after your return.

Statistics: 

  • Distance Covered: Approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) round trip.
  • Highest Altitude: Peaks at around 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level.
  • Lowest Altitude: Starts at about 3,900 meters (12,795 feet) above sea level.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to challenging, ideal for passionate hikers.
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FAQ's

1What is the distance covered during the Lake Humantay Tour?

The Lake Humantay Tour covers approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) round trip.

2What is the highest altitude reached on this trek?

The highest altitude reached during the trek is around 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level.

3How difficult is the trek to Lake Humantay?

The trek is considered moderate to challenging, making it ideal for passionate hikers. The elevation gain of approximately 300 meters (984 feet) adds to the challenge.

4What should I bring for the tour?

We recommend bringing comfortable hiking shoes, warm clothing, a hat, sunscreen, a camera, plenty of water, and snacks. It’s also advisable to bring altitude sickness medication if necessary.

5Is lunch provided during the trek?

Yes, a well-deserved lunch is provided back at Soraypampa after descending from Lake Humantay.

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Thomas Keller

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My trek to Lake Humantay was an unforgettable experience filled with stunning landscapes and a sense of adventure. We started early from Cusco, driving through beautiful Andean scenery to reach Soraypampa. The hike itself, though moderately challenging, was incredibly rewarding. The ascent offered breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the vibrant flora of the Andes. Reaching the turquoise waters of Humantay Lake, with the glacier in the background, was a moment of pure awe.

We spent ample time at the lake, capturing photos and simply soaking in the serene beauty. The descent was quicker and provided different perspectives of the landscape. Upon returning to Soraypampa, we enjoyed a delicious lunch and reflected on our journey. The return drive to Cusco allowed for further bonding with fellow trekkers. This trek is a must for anyone looking to experience the natural wonders and cultural richness of Peru.

September 18, 2022