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Humantay Lake Trek – 1 Day

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  • Large Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)Start Time: 03:00
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  • Private Group Service WITH Additional Inclusions(Group Size: Upon Request)Start Time: 03:00
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  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Difficulty: 4/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure, Off The Beaten Path

1 Day Humantay Lake Trek (Off The Beaten Path)

Trek to Humantay Lake in 1 day, an impressive lake without so many tourists (if you go with us), since we leave Cusco early in the morning to beat the crowds, this is because Humantay today receives more than 500 people per day. It is one of the most visited places in Cusco due to its extraordinary beautiful view. The walk itself is a bit difficult, not on your body, but you can feel the shortness of breath; however, once you see this beautiful lake and the views of the glacier, you will not regret it at all. Please make sure you have spent at least 2 days in Cusco before doing this trek.

The Humantay Lake is located at the bottom of a mountain with the same name at more than 4,250 m.a.s.l. Situated in the Mollepata district, province of Anta in the Cusco region, from 2017, tourism has increased to visit it because access to the place is much easier.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (3:00am – 3:30am).

Humantay Lake Trek – 1 Day highlights:

  • Enjoy the stunning views of the snow peaks of Salkantay and Humantay on a day trip from Cusco.
  • Visit the turquoise Colored Humantay Lake under lovely snow-capped mountains.
  • Hiking on the Salkantay trail, the second most popular trek in Cusco.
  • Spectacular scenery with flora & wildlife.
  • Avoid the massive crowds with our exclusive itinerary on a private or semi-private experience.
  • Enjoy a personal and flexible private guided day trip to Humantay Lake conducted by a friendly and Knowledgeable Tour Guide.
  • This is not the standard Group Tour, unlike the standard tours,  we don’t follow the crowds, and while we include the must-see highlights in this tour; we make every effort to avoid most of the crowds.



A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.

Tour Briefing

A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.


It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.

Pick Up of Guests

If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.

Strikes and Demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.

Group Tours

Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.

It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.

Travel Insurance

We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:

  • Adventure trips and any specific activity you will be undertaking on your journey (such as a high-altitude trek);
  • Recovery of your non-refundable booking deposit in the event of trip cancellation due to illness or accidental injury;
  • National or international emergency evacuation;
  • Patriation of remains in the event of death;
  • Other medical expenses related to injury, illness or death.

While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.


To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.


Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.

Lost Objects

Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.


Ethical, Sustainable, Eco-friendly

Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.


We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.


When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.


Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!

Leave No Trace

As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!


All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.


Cusco - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Cusco.

To make this tour like “Off The Beaten Path,” we will need to pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco; we drive to the south of Cusco by a standard track for 2 hours until Mollepata, this is the place where we will have an early breakfast in one of the local restaurants (included). After breakfast, we continue driving by a bumpy road to Soraypampa (1 hour). We start hiking from Soraypampa (3,900 m.a.s.l.) to the Humantay Lake,  one of the many hidden gems of Peru’s highland region. There are two options: hike up or ride a horse (Optional). We usually hike up since we will be early at the starting point; it takes 1.5 hours trekking to reach the lake and 30 min on a horse.

The hike is challenging, but when you reach the top and see the stunning colors of the lake sitting under the glacier of Humantay, you forget every fight you went through to get there. You will have a lot of time to get nice shots! And enjoy the lake without the crowds, our tour guide will show you some great spots to take photos. After about an hour, we will head down to Soraypampa (1 hour), the hike down is considerably easier than going up, but it is essential to bring good hiking shoes as the ground is not stable at several parts of the trek. Once we get to the car, we drive to Mollepata to have lunch (Included); on the way, we will have fantastic views of the valley and mountain.

Afterward, we drive back to the city of Cusco for 2 more hours and finish this unforgettable day trip with the drop-off at the main gate of your hotel.

Arrival time is around 3:00 pm.

Maximum Altitude: 4,250 m.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch.
Distance of walking: 09 Km.
Highlights: Stunning views of the Humantay lake, Salkantay Mountain.


Price Includes for Humantay Lake Trek:

  • Pre trek briefing (briefing at Hotel / Office).
  • Pick up / Drop off Hotel Cusco.
  • Round trip transportation.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second tour guide for groups of over 12 people.
  • Local food service (1 breakfast, 1 lunch, snacks) prepared by a restaurant.
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • First aid kit & Oxygen tank.

Price Excludes for Humantay Lake Trek:

  • Entrance fee to Humantay Lake (10 Soles).
  • Extra expenses.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us US$ 10 for the entire trip).
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Humantay Lake Trek:

  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanie.
  • Camera, films, and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (chocolates, raw fruits).
  • Your own first aid kit with special medications you could use.
  • Enough money for snacks, tips, and gifts.
  • Enthusiastic and adventurous spirit to enjoy your walk.

Would you like Humantay Lake Trek in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Humantay Lake Trek – 1 Day private service, includes additional items such as:

Additional Inclusions:

  • Master Chef
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables.
  • An extra horse for any emergency.
  • Ticket to Humantay Lake.
  • 01 pair of walking sticks per person.
  • Private transportation is just for you.
  • Professional guide to Humantay Lake to explore the time you want and of course, we increase the salary for our team.


Our prices for the Humantay Lake Trek – 1 Day are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.

Large Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)
Adult: USD 110
Student: Not available
Child: USD 100
Infant: Free

Small Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)
Adult: USD 140
Student: Not available
Child: USD 130
Infant: Free

Private Group Service WITH Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: Upon Request)
Adult: USD 270
Student: Not available
Child: USD 260
Infant: Free

Private Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: Upon Request)
Adult: USD 160
Student: Not available
Child: USD 150
Infant: Free

Solo Traveller WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: SOLO)
Adult: USD 300
Student: Not available
Child: Not available
Infant: Not available

Solo Traveller WITH Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: SOLO)
Adult: USD 490
Student: Not available
Child: Not available
Infant: Not available

Our Fees:

  • Adult (12+ Years): Over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Younger than 25 years old with valid Student Card.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years):  Between 3 years old and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Younger than 2 years old. (The infant can only ride on the adult’s lap. If you want them to ride in a seat, add them as a child).

*Remember that age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.



We want your vacation to Peru to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. This section contains answers to any inquiries regarding going with Huaynas Expeditions. Please read the following information; it will assist you if you have any queries regarding our services.

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When do we Pay the balance?

You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the tour with us, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.

Can I change departure date after the Confirmation of the tour?

Yes, it is possible. But you should let us know 7 days in advance.

Do I need to bring my original passport?

It is not mandatory to bring your Passport.

How far in advance should I book the tour?

At least 7 days in advance.

Is there student discount for this tour?

Unfortunately, there is no student discount.


Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.

Is Huaynas Expeditions sustainable?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.

What is the Tour Guide like?

Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.

How many days do I need to be acclimated before starting the trek?

You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.

What if I suffer from altitude sickness?

Our tour guide is professional; he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank; we always provide an oxygen tank for this tour.

Where is Humantay Lake?

The Humantay lake is near the Salkantay mountain in the province of Anta and a 3 hours drive from the city of Cusco.

How long is the hike to Humantay Lake?

To reach the Humantay lake, you will walk from the Soraypampa for 1.5 hours.

Is there a horse rental?

If you have trouble walking on this trek, we recommend renting a horse (there are horses at the starting point). However, horses will only take you to the uphill section, not downhills, since there is a risk of falling off the horse.

How high is Humantay lake?

This beautiful lake is located over 4.250 m.a.s.l.

Are we going to beat the crowds?

Yes, that’s why we leave Cusco early in the morning.

Are there toilet facilities in Humantay?


When making plans for a long-awaited dream journey, choosing the right travel agency or tour operator is the most crucial option you will make. Initially, some businesses might appear more affordable. But if you dig a bit further, you’ll discover why booking with Huaynas Expeditions ensures that your trip will be as remarkable as it can be.


All our Tours & Treks are provided only by Huaynas Expeditions staff and professional guides. That means Huaynas Expeditions will never pass you on to another company or 3rd Party.


Our staff comprises tourism industry veterans eager to share their expertise and serve the passenger. They are prepared to show you the best of Cusco and Peru with their extensive knowledge.


We are a travel agency committed to providing the best tourism services and are eager to help you explore the numerous natural and archaeological treasures found in every region of the nation.


Find excursions and activities that astonish you, then reserve them. You’ll be overjoyed when the tour is over and eager to tell your friends about your fantastic trip to Peru. Choose us for your ideal vacation.

6 Reviews
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Tea The Wanderer

Family Traveller

Beautiful lake, so worth the climb!

July 28, 2019

Silvia Märkli García

Solo Traveller

Beautiful place! The way up is not easy but it was totally worth it!

April 17, 2019

All at Once

Family Traveller

Beautiful lake.water is crystal clear.trekking is difficult

November 13, 2018

Kairo Henrique

Solo Traveller


September 2, 2018

Wandy HS

Couple Traveller

Such a beautiful lake!

August 31, 2018
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