Posted by: danielfee | November 7, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 11-07-2011

Humantay Lake – Saroypampa, Peru

Before we started off on our four-day trek to Machu Picchu, our first full day of hiking was a 1,200 foot climb to an altitude of 13,845 feet to the Humantay Lake, which is glacial fed. It was good preparation for the next days hike when we had to climb over a 15,253 foot pass. The reason that it was a good warm up, besides the fact we went to almost 14,000 feet, is that every time I thought we were getting close to the lake there was another long uphill climb in front of us. But when we did finally reach the lake, the view was well worth the climb. After spending a couple of hours enjoying the serenity of the lake and mountains, it was time to head back down to the lodge. Funny how the hike down was so much easier and faster.



  1. Great photo! and sounds like such an adventure! I’m curious, was your 4 day trek guided?

    • Yes we had a guide. It was Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP) that provided the guide, chef and accomodations. They picked us up in Cusco and we took a half day bus ride before they dropped us off and we did a few mile hike to the first lodge. The next day we hiked to a glacial lake and back to the same lodge. The following day we started on the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu staying in a new lodge each night. As I mentioned, in addition to the guide a route chef and an assistant went along and prepared all meals. The lodges were very nice. This is what you would call luxuray hiking. It wasn’t inexpensive but it was worth it. I would recommend MPL unless you like camping out after walking all day.

  2. That place looks beautiful.

    • Yes it was. We spent a couple of hours just relaxing and taking in the view before we started our hike back down to the lodge.

  3. Great photo! I also did the 4 day hike and although it was tiring, I really enjoyed it. I found the first few days difficult and the last 2 days a little easier. Sounds like you had a great time.

    • Thanks, it was a great trip. I just got back early November. When did you do your trek? Before we started the 4 day trek we did a half day hike and then the day hike up to the glacial lake and back. The first day of our trek was the most dificult as we went over a 15,253 foot pass. The next two days were much easier, except for the rain on day 2. The last day was also difficult with a 2200 foot climb and then 3000 feet back down. But the day at Machu Picchu was the hardest on the feet and knees. But it was all worth it. I checked out your blog. I see you like adventure vacations. You got love a girl who who loves adventures. Your husband is a lucky guy and it great that you two are doing these trips when you are still young. I can get my wife to do half day hikes, but a multi-day trek was out of the question. But then again we are much older that you. My Peru trip was for my 53rd birthday. She decided that she would take her mom on a cruise to the Panama Canal. They are scheduled to arrive at the canal tomorrow which is why I made it today’s photo of the day.

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