1-Day Hike to Humantay Lake

Daily Tour 12 hours
Peru Cusco and Sacred Valley


Humantay Lake Tour. Be part of this beautiful 1-Day Hike Humantay Lake, located on the slopes of the legendary snowcapped and sacred mountain or Apu (in Quechua language) Salcantay, worshiped by the Incas.  You will enjoy the amazing Andean scenery in an exhilarating 1-day trip from Cusco.  This lake is definitively the highlight of the famous Salcantay trek and you will be able to fully enjoy it in this one-day adventure.


If you want to see the citadel of Machu Picchu and its beautiful landscape, then book your trip in advance. Since, the Peruvian government has imposed a daily limit of visits and tickets tend to sell out quickly. Make sure to buy your tickets in time!

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Humantay Lake Tour?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • Guidance is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.



  • Explore and photograph the turquoise beauty of Humantay lake
  • Observe wild local fauna and flora
  • Soak in the fresh alpine air, and the stillness of the mountains
  • Hike through amazing Andean landscapes surrounded by glaciers



Breakfast and Lunch

We strongly recommend a proper acclimatization before starting the trekking.

Your guide will pick you up very early in the morning for a fourth-hour drive aprox. to the village of Soraypampa (12795ft/3900m) located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. From here you will start the hike up to the lake taking numerous breaks to enjoy the scenery of the beautiful landscapes and humid Andean.

After reaching the hill you will gaze down on a turquoise lake, located at 13780ft/4200m and formed by the glacier water melt from the mountain that bears its name, its ravishing turquoise color due to the minerals contained in it, beautifies itself with the brightness of the sun showing you an amazing spectacle of nature difficult to forget.

You will then have a free time to go for a swim (if you are brave enough!) and to enjoy the surroundings dominated by steep peaks, like the Salkantay, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains and the equally impressive Humantay. When you are ready to hike back down, you will descend to Soraypampa to have a well deserved lunch and take the transportation back to the Cusco city

Maximun altitude: 13799 f/4200m
Minimun altitude: 9514f/2900m
Walking Distance aprox: 4.0ml/6.5km
Walking time aprox: 4 hours

Ask our experts travel advisors to complete your trip including the impressive citadel of Machu Picchu, the challenging Inca Trail, a visit to the impressive Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the majestic Colca Canyon, the mysterious Nazca lines or the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas.


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