Humantay lake lays at the bottom of the Humantay snowy, three hours away from the city of Cusco. Imagine trekking in front of turquoise waters and white peaks with natural Andean flora and fauna. Don’t miss the chance to explore this hidden wonder and capture all the impressive sceneries. You’ll be amazed by all you can see in 5 km of trekking from Soraypampa to Humantay and Salcantay snowy. Keep reading to know more about the weather, what you should pack and what to expect from the journey.
About the Weather
Most Andean destinations share the same climatological features and, in consequence, flora, fauna, and natural sceneries. The rainy season begins in December and goes on until March. You can check these posts about trekking in Cusco. Most people think the best season is the dry season; however, it depends on the eye of the beholder. You are free to choose the moment you like my suggestion is to choose carefully the tour agency. This will prevent you from any incident, professionals know best when it’s too risky to head to the mountains and when it’s a good time despite the rain.
What to Bring?
This is a small checklist to pack the most important stuff and you don’t miss this amazing trip:
- Small backpack
- Bottles of water
- Changing clothes: an extra t-shirt and water-resistant pants
- Trekking shoes
- Sun protection: hat, sun cream, sunglasses
- Extra batteries for your phone or camera
What do you expect from the journey? This is not a tough one. However, as in any other destination in the Andes, it’s recommended the previous acclimatization in the city before trekking. Tour agencies usually pick you up around 3.00 or 4.00 in the morning. After three hours you will get to Soraypampa to begin the Salkantay trek and the sacred mountain.
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The trek begins at 3800 masl and it’s expected to be cold. After two hours of trekking between the Andean valleys, you will reach the Humantay lake at 4200 masl. If you get lucky, you might find sunny scenery. Wear your swimwear and enter the lake! Make your trip even more memorable. Some of the animals you will see up there are camelids like llamas, alpacas, sheep, and vicuñas.