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Humantay Lagoon hike


Humantay lagoon hike is one of the best natural atractions that many people are hikking everyday, its located at 4200m in the base of Humantay glacier, its colors makes unique the lagoon and the views around are just impressive, Salkantay peak or glacier are next to the humantay peak and both are still cover by glacier which makes possible to exist the lagoon.

Humantay Lagoon is a stunning body of water located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, particularly famous for its vibrant turquoise color. Nestled at the base of the Humantay Mountain, the lagoon is part of the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Cusco Region.

  • Location: The Humantay Lagoon is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range, in the Cusco Region of Peru.
  • Duration: Typically a full-day tour, around 8-10 hours.
  • Altitude: The lagoon is situated at an altitude of approximately 4,200 meters (13,779 feet).
  • Group: we take small group of 8 people Max. // Private tour are available , check with our sales team.
  • departure: Everyday , we only need 2 people as minimun.


Recommendations for the hike:

  • Acclimatization: Ensure you have allowed yourself time to acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco before undertaking the hike.
  • Physical Fitness: Although not very long, the trek can be quite strenuous due to the steep incline and high altitude.
  • Clothing: Dress in layers as temperatures can vary, and be prepared for potential rain in wet season.
  • Snacks and Water: Carry some snacks and sufficient water for the trek, you may bring from Cusco or get at trail head.
  • Photography: Don't forget your camera for the stunning views!
  • Responsible Travel: Respect local customs and traditions and ensure to leave no trace behind to preserve the environment.

A visit to the Humantay Lagoon provides a snapshot of the breathtaking beauty of the Peruvian Andes, and although it can be done in a day, the memories from the journey can last a lifetime.

Visiting Humantay Lagoon is not just a feast for the eyes but also provides a glimpse into the rich Andean culture and the stunning, varied landscapes that Peru has to offer. Always ensure to travel respectfully and considerately, cherishing and preserving the beauty of such destinations.

What ou need to take for this tour:

  • Small day pack,.
  • Sun hat . sun screen.
  • Rain gear (from November to April is wet season )
  • Camara.
  • Wáter
  • Snack.
  • Trekking cloth
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sun glasses
  • trekking poles

Why Travel with Qoricancha Expeditions?

  • Expertise and Excellence: Qoricancha Expeditions is renowned for its commitment to excellence in guiding and customer service. With their experienced team, you're in the hands of professionals who will ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Peru. Qoricancha Expeditions provides expert guides who will share their deep knowledge of the region, offering insights into the ancient Inca civilization and local traditions.
  • Small Group Advantage: Smaller tour group sizes allow for a more intimate experience, increased interaction with guides, and the opportunity to form connections with fellow travelers.
  • Memories for a Lifetime: Traveling with Qoricancha Expeditions guarantees not only an unforgettable adventure but also memories that will stay with you forever. It's a journey that promises to leave you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of Peru.


  • Experienced english speaking tour guide
  • Private transporation.
  • breakfast and lunch
  • all entry fees


  • travel insurance - optional but advisable
  • Tips for your guide or driver (optional)


Enjoy our Humantay lagoon day hike

Prepare for an exhilarating full-day adventure! Your guide will pick you up from your hotel promptly at 4 am. From there, we embark on a roughly 2-hour drive to Mollepata, a charming local village where we'll enjoy a hearty breakfast. Following our meal, we'll continue on a 1-hour drive along a dusty road to Soraypampa, situated at an elevation of 3,850 meters. Due to the high altitude, this area can be quite chilly, so be sure to layer up with warm clothing, gloves, and a hat.

From May to October, the weather is typically sunny, so don't forget a good sunhat and sunscreen. Once we're all set and ready, our journey begins with a 2-hour ascent, gradually leading us to the beautiful Humantay Lake. The final stretch of the hike is steeper, but the breathtaking views that await make every step worth it. Humantay Lake is surrounded by towering mountains, adorned with glistening glaciers, most notably the Salkantay glacier, which ranks as the second-highest peak in the Cusco region.

Upon reaching the lake, you'll be captivated by its sheer beauty, and it's the perfect opportunity to soak in the serenity of this natural wonder. The views are simply mesmerizing.

After fully immersing ourselves in the beauty of Humantay Lake, we'll retrace our steps along the same trail, returning to Soraypampa. This hike back takes approximately 1.5 hours. From there, we'll board our transportation for the journey back to Mollepata, where a delicious lunch awaits.

Our return to Cusco involves a 2-hour drive, and you can expect to arrive back in the city around 6 pm. This expedition promises an unforgettable day filled with stunning natural landscapes and awe-inspiring experiences.

  • Acomodation: No include.
  • Ticket. Included
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


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