Laguna Humantay Lake: A Trek Towards the Sacred Lagoon

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1-Day Tour to Humantay Lake

The Peruvian Andes are heaven on earth and contains many mesmerizingly beautiful tourist spots like the beautiful Humantay Lake. Humantay lagoon is surrounded by Andean snowcapped mountains and it takes a little chunk of arduous hiking. Laguna Humantay is situated behind Humantay Mountain which requires a little bit of hiking. Peruvian geographical region is blessed with many beautiful spots one must visit if in Peru. If you are looking for a 1-Day guided tour to this emerald lake then feel free to join us, it will be a great touring experience.

humantay lake

Humantay Lake – The Cusco’s Emerald Glass

Humantay Lake is perhaps the most beautiful lagoon in Peru. Many visitors consider this lake sacred as per their belief. Beside foreign tourists, many local religious tourists also visit Laguna Humantay. Humantay lake sits at an elevation of 13,775 feet from sea level. It’s better for tourists to consider acclimatization important before visiting the lake.

Humantay Lake is fed by the crystal clear water of Humantay glaciers and is colored as green due to algae on the lake bed. The  Lake is more than 20 meters deep. Laguna Humantay looks like emerald glass in the mountains of Vilkampapa as it appears as still crystal clear water giving a clear reflection of snowcapped mountains in the background so it won’t be wrong at all to call Humantay Lake as Cusco’s Emerald Glass.

cusco's emerald glass

Humantay Lake Distance from Cusco

The total distance from Cusco to Humantay Lake is 123 kilometers. It includes different types of terrain including comfortable paved road, dirt road and foot hike. It takes around 3 bus or a coaster drive from Cusco to Mollepata town. From Mollepata to Soraypampa there is a dirt road which has a distance of 22 kilometers. From Soraypampa we will have hiking of 2.5-3 kilometers depending upon the steepness of track we choose.

Humantay Lagoon

Itinerary:

Laguna Humantay is a pristine gem under the shades of Vilkambaba mountain range in the southern region of Peru. Our hiking will take around 60-80 minutes depending upon the pace and fitness of tourists and will end up at high altitude Andean Mountain region where we will discover the pristine emerald jewel of nature. We shall leave Cusco in the early morning to avoid the traffic and to have maximum time to spend at the mesmerizing tourist site.

  • Mollepata town.
  • Soraypampa.
  • Laguna Humantay.

Blue Clear water

Humantay Lake hike description

We have drafted an exciting and rousing tour course covering 3 destinations and ends with Lake Humantay. We pick our tourists from hotels on comfortable coasters early in the morning. After a 3-hour journey, our destination will be the cultural town namely Mollepata which will be the starting point of our trek towards Humantay Mountain. Mollepata town is sitting at 9515 feet above sea level. The average weather of the lake is 4-12 degree Celsius. We will have our breakfast at the Mollepata town and proceed towards the trail leading to the majestic Humantay Lake. During our trek, the first checkpoint will be the Soraypampa checkpoint. Soraypampa is located at 12630 feet above sea level.

Throughout the trek, the tourists will witness breathtaking scenic views of surrounding mountains including the snowcapped mountains with bright sunlight. We will proceed with the pace easily bearable by our tourists to avoid any discomfort for our trekkers. Overall it is a moderate track will varying difficulty levels. We will hike back to Soraypampa after spending a few hours at the majestic lake and then we will head back to Cusco.

Peru Mountain Lake

Our Trip includes the following

  • Our Humantay Lake tour package contains:
  • A comfortable Transport
  • Fluent English and Spanish speaking guides.
  • Personalized uncrowded small groups.
  • Logistical support

Be prepare for 2500-3000 meters hike that takes a good fitness. The duration depends on individual endurance but it takes around 60-90 minutes. Tourists must have good footwear that allows comfort to the ankles during the hike as the terrain is so rough. We recommend good sunscreen protection to stay safe from harsh sun. Keep enough water to stay hydrated.

During rainy season or wet season, the tourists are suppose to keep raincoats with them. Our team will try their level best to facilitate our guest tourists to enhance their tour experience.

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