Humantay Lake Peru Day Trip – Lake Humantay
Laguna Humantay nestles at 4200 meters above sea level. Lake Humantay is a glacial lake snuggled between the snow capped peaks of Mount Salkantay and Humantay Mountain. The melting snow of Humantay Mountain feeds the lake.
To the Andean people, the lake is Sacred. Even today, the Shamans (Andean priests) hike up to offer their prayers or Apacheta. It is a process of piling stones, each on top of the other. Furthermore, the Shamans seek blessings of the Apus (Sacred peak) using three coca leaves (K’intu).
Lake Humantay is the first stop on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. The only way to visit the lake is by hiking or by renting a horse from the nearby village. We highly recommend you to spend some time in Cusco before the trek to acclimate and avoid altitude sickness.
Why Travel With Us?
All our guides are locals and have an excellent knowledge in the Andean traditions. They are passionate mountaineers. To enhance your Humantay Lake Peru Day Trip experience, we include breakfast and lunch as a part of the package.
The full day trek to Lake Humantay begins with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to the base camp. It is a three and a half hours drive.
Once our way, we will make a brief stop to have breakfast. Once at the base camp in Soraypampa, our guide will be giving you a safety briefing and will share some tips on hiking on this high altitude terrain.
Here you will have the option of renting a horse if you are not keen on hiking. From Soraypampa, it takes about an hour and a half to reach the summit. The route offers enchanting views of the Peruvian highland farms. You will also spot Llamas, Alpacas and Vicunas.
Once at the summit, our local expert will be sharing some insights of this out worldly place. Wondering if you can swim in Lake Humantay? Yes, you can take a dip in this turquoise lake. But beware, the water is freezing cold.
Once you have had your fill, we will be hiking back to Soraypampa. It often takes 45 minutes. Here our driver will be waiting for us.
After the full day hike to this enigmatic place, we will be driving you back to Mollepata. Here we will be having lunch at a local restaurant.
We will drive you back to Cusco city. You will be dropped off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas.
HUMANTAY LAKE PERU DAY TRIP INCLUDES
- Pick up from the hotel in Cusco.
- Roundtrip transport
- Bilingual Professional Guide.
- First aid kit.
HUMANTAY LAKE PERU DAY TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Transfers from / to the Airport
- Food (except what is mentioned)
- Flight Tickets
- Travel Insurance.