Mollepata, Cusco

Humantay Lake tour plus photography, Cusco, Perú

Humantay Lake tour: Hike to one of the most magical lakes in Peru and be surrounded by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped mountains while you are gazing the unbelievable turquoise water!

This is a very popular and easy 1-day trek from Cusco for those who do not have a lot of time for longer treks but still want to have a taste of the beautiful landscapes only this region can offer. Total trekking time is about 3 hours – a short hike accessible to everyone that has got acclimatized a little.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your hotel in the city Center
DURATION: Full Day 5:00 – 17:00
DISTANCE: 7 km (4.4 Miles) Round Trip
ELEVATION: 3,869m (12,690 feet) / 4,200m (13,779 feet)
GOOD FOR:  Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape, and nature lovers.
HIGHLIGHTS Off the beaten path, pristine wilderness, Humantay Lake, glacier peaks, Humantay Mountain, turquoise lake, Day Hike!


 Professional Photography: Relive your amazing experience with professional photography included in the service.

 Small Groups: Receive a personalized service with small groups (2-8 people with one guide – photographer).

Best food:Best restaurant with Peruvian buffet breakfast and lunch in the local village. (vegetarian and vegan options available)

Safety commitment: We include oxygen and first aid kit to avoid any altitude sickness (carbon fiber trekking poles)

 Extra Equipment: We include carbon fiber trekking poles (2 poles per person).

Confortable Transportation: Private and comfortable transport by van with heating and good music.


Due to early pick up time of services, we recommend you to book your hotel in Cusco city center. But in case you are staying in an AirBnB accommodation, we can arrange the pick up from a well known location.


05:00 - 8:30: Pick up - Mollepata - Breakfast

The adventure begins very early with our team picking you up from your hotel at 05:00 hrs and heading to a small village called Mollepata (2,803 m /9,186ft) about 2 -hour-drive. Here we will enjoy a delicious breakfast in order to be ready for the hike.


09:00 - 12:00 : Soraypampa -Trekking to Humantay

After the breakfast we continue one more hour to the local community of Soraypampa (3800m/12,467). After receiving a short briefing and get ready, we will begin our hike up to the Humantay Lake (4,200 m/ 13,780). passing through stunning landscapes and with the possibility, if the sky is clear enough, to see the impressive ”Apus” (”spirits of the mountains”) Salkantay and Humantay. It takes about a 1,5 hours to reach the lake, with a low to moderate difficulty, but it will be more than rewarding once we arrive at this natural beauty. It is also possible to rent a horse in case you don’t feel like hiking all the way up. Once at the lagoon we will have enough time to take pictures, bring an offer to the Apus.


12:00 - 17:00 : Return to Soraypampa - Lunch - Cusco

After some free time and rest, we will begin our descent to Soraypampa for about another 1.5 hours, which is much easier than the way up. In Soraypampa and continue to Mollepata where we will have a well-deserved buffet lunch and after some rest we start making our way back to Cusco arriving at 5 p.m. approximately.

Photography as part of the service.
English speaking guide-photographer.
Hot and buffet breakfast.
Drinks such as teas and coffee.
Hot and peruvian buffet lunch.
Snacks (nuts, chocolate and a fruit)
Bottle water
Bag of coca leaves and sweets.
Carbon fiber trekking poles.
First aid kit & oxygen bottle​
Meals mentioned.
Tips for the guide and driver (Voluntary)
Long sleeve shirt
Trekking footwear
Thermal layers
Waterproof jackets
Waterproof trekking trousers
Wool globes
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Cash for extras


This trip option is in Private Service, and it means that the tour would be arranged only for you.

2-8 people  $120 per person


Daily departures with 2 or more people.

Max. Group Size 16 people with 2 Guides.

Optional Extras:

Horse (one way) $25 USD

Horse (round trip) 35 USD

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
October 20, 2018

The drive to Humantay Lake was long and the roads were narrow(on the side of a mountain). If I were you, I would take a pill because I felt sick all the way until we arrived at our “breakfast place”. We spent some time there and then we went back to the car to go to our final destination.
I wasn’t feeling great and the altitude was tough on me. Again, I think you should take some coca leaves or altitude pills.
The hike was a little hard because it was slippery but it was doable with some breaks here and there.
All in all it was an amazing experience! The view is breathtaking!

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