The Humantay Lake Hike Tour:
I had a different tour guide this time with Flashpacker Connect. His name was Jacob and his brother was our driver!
Today’s tour with Flashpacker Connect was only two of us. I don’t know about you but the smaller, the better. Flashpacker Connect has a usual 8 person maximum on a group tour so don’t fret.
The day started off at 4 am, a far cry from 2:30 am for Rainbow Mountain. It was about a two-hour drive to get to the base of the hike which is also the beginning of the Salkantay Trek.
After the two hour drive, we set up camp. When I say camp, Jacob, our driver, and cook all help to set up a tent with a mini stove, breakfast, and lunch is prepared! Breakfast takes an hour or so to prepare and when you walk into the tent, it’s toasty warm and cozy. Breakfast is western-style and pretty simple. It’s the usual crepes, fruit, and tea, or coffee. You’re set off with a bag of snacks though!
After the hike, you are welcomed back into the fold with a hot lunch. As always, the food again was delicious and plentiful. It may have been too much!
The Humantay Lake Hike:
The altitude kicks your ass. The hike itself doesn’t look very steep but it’s continuously uphill. I’m probably also in bad physical shape but I didn’t feel too bad since our little trio ended up passing two other large groups ahead of us and even after many thirty-second breaks to catch my breath, we were still the very first ones to get to the lake!
I recommend a hiking stick – at least one. Some people use to but I think one makes it more comfortable. The guide will have oxygen with us – just in case it’s needed. Bring plenty of water and take your time. If you can only walk three steps and need to rest, do so. I was the slowest person by far but we somehow were the first group up there!
The air was so dry and thin that I also got a bit of a bloody nose and was really glad I had packed extra tissues for the bathroom but also, just in case, your nose starts to bleed.
Humantay Lake is gorgeous – with shades of green, brown, and blue. However, the effects of climate change are apparent. The lake isn’t as large, not as deep, and the guides have told us that there’s less snow and more warm every year. Global warming – you suck. People suck. We need to really get back on the horse and make sure Planet Earth 3 can come out on DVD.
Don’t build carins and leave them up for others to find. If its for your photo, take the photo, and then put the rocks back down for other people to at least feel like they’re getting to see nature unspoiled.
Do not undress and get into the water. Swimming is forbidden and the tour guides are pretty strict about it. After taking a few photos and enjoying the view, you head back down for lunch.
The descent down Humantay Lake is all downhill. It may sound easier (it is) but if you have bad knees like I do, you’ll be glad for a walking stick. If you’re not careful or don’t have the right trees, you’ll easily find yourself descending much slower than others. Take your time and breathe.
Lunch was prepred and piping hot and ready for us when we made it back to camp. There is fresh juice and water. The dishes probably change but just know there’s plenty of food (hot and cold) for everybody.
After lunch, it’s time to get back in the van. Don’t be like others and immediately pass out! The drive out of the mountain area is beautiful and I was able to capture many scenic photos along the windy roads. After you get back on the highway, then feel free to curl up and pass out for the 2.5-3 hour drive back.
I totally recommend day tours and hikes with Flashpacker Connect. If you want to do the Lake Humantay hike specifically, go with Flashpacker Connect. There does need to be a two person minimum though. I was the first one signed up for awhile and luckily, we had one other person sign up the day before and we were set.