1 Full Day

The LAKE HUMANTAY DAY HIKE is a lovely trail to a spectacular turquoise lake at the base of the glacial peak, Humantay Mountain.

Normally seen on the Salkantay Trek 5 Day/4 Night or as an extra side hike on the Ancascocha Trek 5 Day/4 Night, this lake is accessible as a day hike if you don’t have the time or inclination to do a multi-day trek. Surrounded by glacial peaks, this route treks to Humantay Mountain. The one day hike is approximately 10km/6.2miles round trip and goes from 3900m/12,795 ft to 4200m/13,780ft.

It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike, spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting. Minimum passengers necessary for trek departure: 2 people (small groups, 1 person or private/custom treks possible with extra fee). Maximum trekkers per group: 10 people (special, private party groups can exceed maximum).





The Nitty Gritty Trek Details


Off the beaten path, pristine wilderness, Lake Humantay, glacial peaks, Humantay Mountain, turquoise lake, Day Hike!


Glacial, snow-capped peaks, high pass, rocky terrain


2 day acclimatization recommended


1 Day Hike


10 km/6.2 miles


3300m/10,827ft to 4200m/13,780ft

Adventure Rating

Moderate hike, high altitude

Solitude Rating

Becoming more popular

When to Go

Best from March to November


Daily departures with 2 or more people

Prices USD

6-10 trekkers: $150pp,  3-5 trekkers: $200pp, 2 trekkers: $275pp


Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available.


We will pick you up early (around 4am) via private transport from your Cusco hotel and drive 2 hours to the village of Mollepata, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. After eating breakfast here and stretching our legs, we continue driving about 30 minutes to Soraypampa (3900m/12,795ft). From here we begin our 2 hour hike uphill to the stunning Humantay Lake located at 4200m/13,780ft. You will have beautiful views of Humantay Mountain and Lake Humantay. Enjoy the vista, have some snacks, and relax or take photos before we begin our 1 hour hike back to Soraypampa. You can even take a dip in the lake if you want to brave the freezing cold water! Back at Soraypampa we will enjoy a hot buffet lunch with beautiful panoramic views of the snowy peaks. When lunch is finished we will take our private transport back (about 2.5 hours) to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Approximate departure time: 4:00 AM
  • Approximate arrival time in Cusco is between 4:30 – 5:00 PM
  • Walking distance: 10 km/6.2 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hours up; 1 hour down (total: 3 hours)
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, hot buffet lunch


  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning or our departure point (you choice) Plaza Regocijo
  • Private transport to starting point of the trek
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Box breakfast, 1 Liter of water, snacks, and hot buffet lunch at the end of the hike
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and stools
  • Toilet tent with toilet and toilet paper
  • Entrance to the trail
  • Private Transport back to your hotel in Cusco
  • Flights/Hotel
  • Dinner
  • Walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy
A minimum of 2 trekkers required for this trek. Maximum of 10 trekkers in a group. Price for 6-10 trekkers: 150 USD per person. Price for 3-5 trekkers: 200 USD per person. Price for 2 trekkers:  275 USD per person. Private treks, single trekker, custom treks, large groups, and packages welcome! Please email us to customize.
March to November is best but you can hike this trail year round. This trek is rated as a moderate (intermediate) hike considering the high altitudes and length of walking. It is recommended that you acclimatize in Cusco for at least 2-3 days before trekking
On the trail you should carry a day pack with your camera, water bottle or bladder, snacks, cold weather clothing and rain gear or poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season – May to October) and anything you will need on the trail.
What to bring: for your day hike: The weather varies a lot in Peru, having 28 climates and 84 of the worlds 104 ecosystems. Cusco is set high up (3,380 mts, 11,089 ft) near the Andean Mountain Range and the dry season (winter) is from April/May to October/November with the wettest part of the year (summer) being January through March. Temperatures don’t vary too much between these seasons but the amount of precipitation does. If the sun is out it can be quite warm, but in the shade it gets cool fast. Temperatures change quickly and you will need layers as you hike during the day. Everything you need for the day should be kept in your daypack that you carry. It is recommended not to hike in cotton or jeans in the event of rain as cotton takes a very long time to dry. It is also recommended to bring true hiking boots or trail running shoes as regular running shoes do not get very good traction especially when it has rained

  • Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Hiking pants and shirts/fleece/sweater/shell (layers)
  • Hand warmers if you wish
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks (or you can buy a traditional Peruvian hat and scarf – they are beautiful!)
  • Daypack and rain cover
  • Rain gear – rain jacket and rain pants (optional for the pants), or can buy an inexpensive poncho before the trek in Cusco
  • Cash for tipping the cook, guide, buying items along the trail, for in town, emergencies, etc. Note: Cash should be in perfect condition (ripped, damaged soles are NOT accepted anywhere in Peru)
  • Extra snacks if you wish (beyond snacks provided by us)
    • E.g. if you have a favorite protein bar (as Cusco does not have anything like this)
  • First aid kit, including blister protection (though your guide will have one, you may wish to carry one of your own)
  • Personal medication and toiletries you might want
  • Camera, extra memory cards/film, batteries
  • Water bottle or water bladder
  • Passport (must be valid 6 months past your travel dates for most countries)
  • Copies of passport (keep copies separate, give to travel friends to keep, etc)
  • Power adapter/converter
  • Travel lock(s) approved by TSA (or they cut them off – US only)
  • Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information
  • Any medications you currently are taking or need/may need (see suggestions below)

What to bring: medications – medications are optional and depend on your specific needs

  • Antibiotic for travelers diarrhea or UTI
  • Antibiotic for a severe bacterial infection
  • Medication for upset stomach/indigestion
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Anti-nausea medication for motion sickness/altitude sickness if needed
  • Cold/flu medication
  • General pain killer/fever reducer
  • Vaccinations – recommend bringing all boosters up to date (MMR, tetanus, etc)

View latest travel advisories and recommended vaccinations and medications for the regions you plan to visit. For Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu there are generally no vaccinations required. If you are going to the jungle or any other higher risk area you may need: yellow fever vaccine, medicine for malaria, typhoid vaccine, etc. Click here for updated info: NOTE: Please visit your doctor several weeks before your trip to discuss any health restrictions you may have, medications he/she might recommend for you personally, and to seek more information about any vaccinations or medications recommended for Peru (or any of your other destinations). Additionally: speak with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter and/or prescription medications alone or combined.

Helping Local Children or Andean People (Optional) Along certain treks we may encounter some local children and Andean people.  If you wish to lend a helping hand you may bring some clothes, toys, books and school equipment (used or new), toiletries and other essentials, and new/sealed medication for a variety of ailments.  You will be rewarded with their gratitude and beautiful smiles. Please do not give candy or sweets as they do not have access to dental/medical care and tooth decay can lead to serious illness. For those who wish to help but take a trek that does not pass local people or villages you can leave your donated items with a Killa Expeditions representative and we will distribute them to one of the local communities that we support.  There are a variety of other ways in which to lend a helping hand to local communities (charity events, building schools, and much more). If interested please get in touch!

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