1 Day Humantay Lake Tour - Orange Nation Peru

1 Day Humantay Lake Tour

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From $70


This full-day trek will take you to the 100% glacial fed lake of Humantay, nestled below Humantay Mountain with the famous Salkantay Mountain towering behind it. Hike to one of Peru’s most magical lakes and be surrounded by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay Peaks. Enjoy a hot breakfast upon arrival at the trailhead, snacks along the way, a gourmet lunch prepared by our chef, private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and a fluent English-speaking guide. Humantay Lake Tour hikes to one of Peru’s most magical lakes while gazing at unbelievable turquoise water. The views are breathtaking!


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Service Level: Exclusive modern vehicles with private driver. Breakfast and lunch cooked by a private chef.
Physical Rating: Short hike, but mostly on a steep incline. Important to properly acclimate. There are horses for rental if the steep hike is not for you.
Travel Style: Hiking, trekking, horseback riding
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.



Rise and shine, it’s a fantastic day to visit the stunning Humantay Lake! Your guide will pick you up at 04:30am from your hotel. We will have a 3 hour journey by van to Soraypampa, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Here, breakfast will be served to ensure you are fueled up for this hike.

We will begin ascending along a beautiful trail called the Camino Real. On this trail we will gradually gain altitude, before passing through a small village. Once we reach the village, the real work begins.

Here, the uphill begins. This section of the route is tough, but unavoidable. We climb for roughly an hour before reaching a slightly flatter section of path. It’s not long now until we are facing the final push for the summit.

Once we reach that summit, all the hard work is forgotten. The beautiful turquoise lake that stretches out in front of you, cradled between the Salkantay and Humantay mountains and glaciers, is an awe-inspiring sight to behold. You might see Apachetas on the lakeshore- small piles of rocks that are left as offerings to the gods.

We make our way to the lakeshore, where we relax, admire the landscape, have a snack and if time permits hike around the adjoining hill for a better view of the lake.

After you have had your fill of the stunning lake views, we descend back to Soraypampa. Here, lunch is served, surrounded by breathtaking views in all directions of the panoramic landscape of Salkantay.

After lunch, we drive back to Cusco arriving back at your hotel at approximately 6:30 pm.

  • The earlier you leave Cusco, the better the trip. This is because you will arrive at the lake before anyone else.
  • Humantay lake is actually the third most visited place in Cusco after Machu Picchu and Rainbow mountain.
  • Swimming is not allowed in the lake.
  • We recommend you to visit on a sunny day when the colors are the most vivid. The color of the lake can be different depending on the season, the weather, etc. It varies from blue to green.
  • There are horses and mules to rent from the locals for s./ 80 one way. We recommend asking your guide to negotiate the price on your behalf.
  • Do not forget that health and safety always comes first. If you start to feel dizzy, nauseous, get a headache or feel tired during the trek, do not continue and get back to a lower altitude as soon as possible.
  • Soraypampa camp houses several campgrounds, with popular geodesic dome tents offering tourist views of the starry sky all night long.
  • The terrain can get quite rough with a few loose stones. It’s recommended to wear a pair of hiking shoes with good ankle support.


We just require a minimum of 2 people to start a group for the Humantay Lake Tour.

2 people  $ 117 USD per person
3 people $ 99 USD per person
4 people $ 87 USD per person
5 people $ 77 USD per person
6 people or more $ 70 USD per person



  • Hot breakfast & lunch prepared by our chef
  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Fluent English & Spanish speaking expert trekking guide
  • Fees to access private land
  • First aid kit & oxygen for emergencies
  • Small group experience (maximum 12 guests)


  • Water: please bring at least 1L per person
  • Tips for guide, driver and cook
  • Horses or  mules to rent  (s./ 80 to s./ 120 from the local community)
  • Hotels before and after the trek
  • Flights
  • Walking Poles: $10 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)

***We run our trips daily with a 2 person minimum. We take only small groups & private trips, to enhance the experience by giving you the full attention of our guides and staff.


  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and hiking pants
  • Layers of clothes for variable temperatures
  • Camera
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Rain poncho.
  • Drinking water
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc
  • Walking sticks if needed (rent from ORANGE NATION)
  • Snacks like energy bars, dried fruit or chocolate bars
  • Toilet paper
1 Day Humantay Lake Tour
From USD $70

Why travel with Orange Nation Peru?

We have become the leaders in small group adventure travel over the past three decades by consistently listening to our travelers and delivering what they desire: adaptable itineraries, the freedom to explore, smaller group sizes, safety and peace of mind, and knowledgeable local guides who provide unique insights into the destination that would be missed through any other means of travel.

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EXPERT GUIDES : Our expedition staff are experienced, enthusiastic and among the best in the industry - they are our secret to success

SMALL GROUPS: Travelling with us will always feel like going with friends and not with a group of strangers in an organized tour.

OUR EXPERIENCE: With fifteen years’ experience and over 25 Packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition.

ENVIRONMENTAL: Education and conservation are our passion. We aim to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas.

Travelers' Choice Awards 2023
Excellent based on 360 reviews

Letty C

Excellent worker

Jun. 2023

Joaquín excellent 👍 Very Caballero helped me with my 🎒 offered me oxygen does very well His work ⁇ in singing to Subme to the 🐎 And what a beautiful mountain it cost me to Climb but with the Joaquín's help I did!

Mariana D

A great adventure!

May. 2023

We made 4D / 3N of the Inka Trail. The experience was challenging, but it was worth it. Chef Fortunato's meals and explanations of Jony and David's places were very complete. Tmb the patience to make sure we all get there on time.


Fast and friendly service

Dec. 2022

We did not get to specify the service due to the political situation in the country, however the company quickly and carefully proceeded with the return. Very good service and when the situation calms down we will resume service with them.

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