The shimmering turquoise waters of Laguna Humantay Peru is one of the most intriguing attractions that travellers visit to on a full day trip from Cusco Peru. After Machu Picchu, Humantay Lake Tour is the second most popular activity, just as Rainbow Mountain Tour.
Humatay Lake is a high altitude turquoise lake snuggled amidst Salkantay and Humantay peaks, high up in the Peruvian Andes. It nestles at 4200 metres above sea level (13780 feet). A true “hiden gem”, the glacier lake is formed by the melting snow of Humantay Mountain.
Laguna Humantay is a popular stop while hiking the renowned Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. It is a sacred entity in the Andean mythology. Often Andean Priests (Shamans) visit the lake to express their gratitude to Apus (Mountain Peaks) and Pachamama (Mother Earth).
They do this in a form of Apacheta. They pile stones each on top of the other after seeking the permission using three Coca Leaves (K’intu).
It takes 1.5 – 2 hours depending on your peace to reach the lake from Soraypampa which marks as the starting point of the trek. The hike takes you through some remote highland villages tucked amidst the snow capped peaks
On this full day Humantay Lake Tour with a local tour guide, you will get an insight into the local traditions and customs. You will also get to see the Andean camleids, Alpacas and Llamas in their natural habitat.
Its best to visit Humantay Lake during the dry season, between March and November when the skies are clear.
To enhance your Humantay Lake trek experience, we have included breakfast and lunch in the package.
Depending on the time of the day the colour of water changes from emerald green to turquoise.
We recommend that you spend a few days in Cusco before doing the Humantay Lake hike. This is to acclimatise to the altitude to avoid altitude sickness.
We operate tour to Humantay Lake From Cusco both in private and as small group tour.
Your full day Laguna Humantay Peru tour begins with a 0430 AM transfer from your hotel in Cusco. In our private transport, we will embark on a three hours drive from Cusco to Mollepata. This is a serene Andean village at 2803 metrers above sea level (9196 ft.).
We will have a brief stop in Mollepata. You can use the restroom and buy some snacks and last minute things you may need during your hike.
All set, we will drive to Soraypampa (3850m/12631ft). This is the starting point of the Humantay Lake Tour. Our local expert will be sharing some tips on hiking in the Andes. You will have some time to prepare for the trek and wear sunscreen as the sun rays a super strong here.
Our Laguna Humantay Peru trek begins with a gradual uphill hike. You will be hiking through different remote Andean villages and farmlands. You will also get a closer look at Alpacas and Llamas in their natural habitat.
We will have several stops along our way up for you to contemplate the view. You will know as we get closer to the lake. It gets quite challenging to hike as the air gets thinner which results in less oxygen in the air.
You must carry enough water as your need to keep your body hydrated to cope up with the altitude here.
Once we reach the summit, you will get an awe inspiring sight of the turquoise lake flowing below the snow capped Humantay Mountain. Our guide will introduce you to different Andean customs and traditions.
You will have plenty of time to soak in the views.
Once you have had your fill of this pristine sights, we will start our hike back to Soraypampa. Here, we will meet our driver for our journey back to Cusco. Along our way, we will have a brief stop in Mollepata for lunch.
After lunch, we will be continuing our drive back to Cusco city. We will be reaching by 06:00 PM.
The hike up to the lake was tough but the views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers made the effort worth it. Once we arrived at the lake, we were able to take in the stunning turquoise waters and appreciate the beauty of nature.