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Humantay Lake Tour


Humantay Lake Tour. Andean legend, about the history of the Humantay lake , these are 2 brothers named Salkantay and Ausangate. According to this legend, both brothers decided to enter unknown lands to get food and thus end the famine of their people. Ausangate, the Inca warrior, traveled to the south, where he found food and sent to Cusco, while Salkantay went to the north where he had a better destiny, he found food that he sent to Cusco and at the same time found the love of a beautiful young woman, who called wakaywillca. However, this romance did not have a happy ending since the two brothers had to return to the city of Cusco. To help his people with the problem that plagued him, and by disobeying this order by his father, the sun both became Snowy.

The sadness and crying of the Apu Salkantay gave rise to the beautiful Humantay Lagoon with turquoise waters, surrounded by beautiful mountains and snow-capped mountains.The Humantay Lagoon, is a famous natural wonder of crystal clear and turquoise waters and a true mirror of water in the Andes, here you can connect with nature and enjoy beautiful landscapes typical of the Andean zone, where also the flora and fauna that the surrounded are very varied.


Location: it is located in the province of Anta, district of Mollepata, hamlet of Soraypampa, approximately 120 kilometers away, passing through the towns of Limatambo and Mollepata until arriving at the hamlet of ‘Soraypampa’. Located at a height of 3,800 meters above sea level, here we can enjoy the impressive view of the Andes, where the magical Salkantay and Humantay mountains.


The climate in Soraypampa, the department of Cusco, due to its location in the Andes, has only 2 seasons: 6 months of sun and 6 months of cold, this greatly influences the climate of the Humantay lagoon. It varies between 10ºC. (50ºF). at 0ºC. (32ºF). Because its waters are from the melting of the snow, the temperature can be even lower.


Recommendations for the humantay lake Tour:

Travel with a certified agency. If you want to have a safe trip without setbacks, hiring a travel agency is very essential, since this trip takes many hours and to a little-visited place and very far from the city of Cusco, but if you want to do it on your own , you will be able to find public mobility to the town of Mollepata and from this place, you will need to hire another mobility to soraypampa, complicated but if possible.


Humantay lake Tour: We will pick you up from your hotel at 04.10.a.m and continue by bus to Molle pata. In this place you will be able to have breakfast in a local restaurant and then we will continue for an hour and a half by an affirmed cart to the Soraypampa camp (3,800.m.s.n.m) in this place we will be able to appreciate the immensity of 2 very important mountains for the Andean people.

The Apu salkantay (6,200.m.s.n.m) and humantay (5,700.m.s.n.m) we will start the hike for 2 hours uphill until we reach the Humantay lagoon (4,300.m.s.n.m) which is located at the foot of the mountain of the same name, where we will have enough time To be able to explore the area, take photographs, a small ceremony of respect for Pachamama and the mountain. We will return along the same path to the Soraypampa camp where we will have lunch and then board the return transport to the city of Cusco. Approximate arrival 6.00 p.m

Enjoy this Humantay lake Tour by Pacha Expeditions.


  • Pick up from the hotel
  • Round trip tourist transportation: Cusco – Soraypampa – Cusco
  • Professional guide service.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Entrance to the protected area
  • Walking poles
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Vegetarian / special diet options available


  • Personal expenses
  • Tips


  • Original document / passport.
  • Walking shoes
  • Comfortable pants
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho for safety
  • Thick coat
  • Hat and gloves.
  • sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 70 recommended)
  • Hygiene articles,
  • Camera