Laguna Humantay Lake: A Trek Towards the Sacred Lagoon

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1-Day Trip to Humantay Lake

The Peruvian Andean region is a 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 but all the exerted effort is worth it. 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. For many, it is a religious spot as well as this lake is considered sacred and also known with the name Humantay Laguna. Along with foreign tourists, it is also visited by many religious tourists. Laguna Humantay is situated at 13,775 feet from above sea level so the tourists should have a day stay at Cusco to get acclimatize before visiting this wonder of nature. Humantay Lake is fed by the crystal clear water of Humantay glaciers and is colored as green due to algae on the lake bed. Humantay Lake is more than 20 meters deep. Its water is so clear and it is considered sacred so no one is allowed to enter into the lake. Humantay Lake is situated between the peaks of Salkantay and Humantay in the Vilkampapa mountain range. Humantay laguna 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

Total distance from Cusco to Humantay Lake is 123 kilometers having different types of terrain included proper carpeted and 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 hidden under the shades of Vilkambaba mountain range situated 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 trip course covering 3 destinations and ends with Lake Humantay. Our travelers will be picked from Cusco 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. The tourists will be provided with plenty of time to captures as many images and videos they want to store them in their memory archive.

Peru Mountain Lake

What Is Included in our Trip Package?

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

Travelers are advised to be mentally prepared for 2500-3000 meters Humantay Mountain hiking which takes good fitness and 60-90 minute duration depending upon physical fitness. Tourists must have good footwear that allows comfort to the ankles during the hike as the terrain is so rough. Sunscreen protection is highly recommended to be safe from sunburn and related issues. Keep enough water to get yourself hydrated which will eventually help to not get exhausted. During the wet season, the tourists are recommended to keep raincoats with them. At Cusco Humantay Lake Region the rainy season is observed from November till March. Our team will try their level best to assist and facilitate our guest tourists to enhance their Humantay lake exploration trip experience.

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