It’s hard to overstate the beauty of Humantay Lake, one of the true hidden gems of the Peruvian highlands. Located at 4,200 meters above sea level (13,779 ft), the lake is nestled between snowcapped mountains and an imposing glacier, and its emerald waters are dazzling in their color. It’s no surprise that the lake was sacred to the Incas, and is still visited by shamans today. It’s also common to leave an offering, known as an apacheta, on the banks of the lake – something that your guide can explain in more detail.
It’s a relatively short but quite challenging trek to reach Humantay Lake, passing through ruggedly beautiful landscapes at high altitude. It’s also only accessible (safely, at least) from below. That, however, is part of the adventure: You’ll only see this spectacular lake when you make it up there!
We began our full-day Humantay Lake hike early in the morning, when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 4 a.m. You’ll then travel by private transport with your guide and driver, first stopping at Mollepata where we’ll have a hearty breakfast to give us the energy for our trek. We’ll then continue on to Soraypampa, at 3,920 m, where the trailhead is found. Here you will have the opportunity to see the Sky Camp with its domed accommodation in front of th...
These poles are designed to help you endure long treks into rugged, remote areas with a heavy pack. If you need a little extra support when walking, an adjustable folding walking stick is ideal. It has an aluminium body with plastic handles and base, it folds away neatly for easy storage when not in use.