This full day hike takes you to one of Peru’s most stunning lakes, which sits in the shadows of the mystical Salkantay and Hunantay Mountains. With blue water like you have never seen before- once you have hiked the 7km route you will be taken aback by the stillness and beauty of the lake and its surroundings. It truly is the best place to catch your breathe at this 4,200m peak.
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You will be collected from your accommodation around 3am and travel for around 2.5 hours to the breakfast spot, in the village of Mollepata. This village is located in the valley of the Apurimac River. These green surroundings will begin to open your eyes and lungs as we begin to climb higher into the mountains. A short journey following breakfast to Soraypamapa is where we will begin our trek.
You will walk along the ‘Camino Real’ with very picturesque views. Continuing until we reach a small village we will ascend around 1,300 feet in only 2 miles. This usually takes around and 1.5 hours. Once you have conquered the final (and steep) hill you will be able to gaze upon the turquoise lake, encircled by an imposing glacier and sharp peeks.
For the majority of this hike, the Salkantay Peak will be looming over you. The energy from this mountain is something quite unique and special. Standing at over 20,600ft this snowy mountain is one of the most sacred and celebrated in Peru. Next to it is the Humantay Peak that sits lower at 19,420ft. Local/native people and Shamans regularly give offerings at the lake for these mountains. For them, this is in order to receive blessings from the mountains and Mother Earth.
Upon arriving to the lake, you have time to relax and take photos. In the warmers months even the brave can swim in its crystal clear water. Your guide will give some history and show you how some basic rituals are performed.
When you are ready to hike back to Soraypampa, we will do this at a better pace, we will reach the lunch spot at the end. You will enjoy a hearty meal while gazing at the surrounding glaziers.
You will then be transported back to Cusco for around 5pm.
- Breakfast and lunch in a local restaurant.
- Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco.
- Experienced expert guide (fluent English/ Spanish speaking).
- Fees to access private land.
- First aid kit & Oxygen.
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WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
- Money in Soles.
- Water/ Snacks.
- Sun Cream, hat and sunglasses.
- Poncho or jacket incase of rain.
- Good shoes for walking (trainers or hiking shoes).
- Toilet Paper.
DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU
- Original Passports.
- Immigration card.
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).