1 Day Humantay Lake Tour - Orange Nation Peru

1 Day Humantay Lake Tour

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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 on 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 for a fantastic day to the stunning Humantay Lake! Your guide will pick you up at 04:30 am from your hotel. We will have a 3 hour journey by van to Soraypampa located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River, where our breakfast will be served to get fueled up for this hike.

We will begin ascending along a beautiful trail called the Camino Real. On this trail we will gain altitude, continuing further we will come across a section of steep path. After reaching the last hill, we will gaze on the turquoise lake down below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and stunning glaciers views. You will find the mountain nestled between two of the most sacred Apus mountain peaks of Cusco region, the imposing Salkantay Mountain (6, 271m/ 20, 574ft) and equally impressive Humantay Mountain (5, 473M/17, 956ft). This lake is not just esthetically pleasing, its also spiritually charged where pilgrims make their way to the Salcantay Mountain and Humantay Lake to perform rituals to Pachamama by placing stones in a heap.

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. After being mesmerized by this stunning lake, we then descent back to Soraypampa, where our lunch will be served, with a breathtaking view of the panoramic landscape of Salkantay.

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

  • The earlier you leave Cusco, the better it gets, as you will arrive at the lake before anyone else.
  • Humantay lake is actually the third most visited place after Machu Picchu and Rainbow mountain.
  • Swimming is not allowed on the lake.
  • We recommend you to visit on a sunny day when the colors are the most vivid.
  • There are horses and mules to rent from the locals for s./ 80 one way. We recommend asking your guide to negotiate the price for you.
  • Do not forget that health and safety always go 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 nowadays 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.

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

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

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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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