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Ashley Croughan reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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Most difficult hike I've completed! Very friendly people, beautiful hike- I got altitude sickness on the way back down. Coca leaves don't help.

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Mikey Bonifacio reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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Steep Hike with switchbacks, but definitely worth the view at the end. Could be very busy with the day trip crowds, so if you are there during early morning of anytime afternoon to evening you'll have the place practically to yourself. There is a store at the village if you'd like to stock up on snacks and food before making your way to the lake.

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What a hike and what a view....hard but so beautiful. We went there super early and it was nice before all other people get there.

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Alex Bougher reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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Super steep, but only really difficult if you’re not acclimated to the altitude. Gorgeous lagoon at the top, one of my all time favourite treks. We were really lucky, went up late December and only met 4 other people at the top. It rained on our way down and got insanely muddy.

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Zachary Gulka reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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Highly recommend this trek. Pretty short, but the incline is quite steep and challenging, which makes things fun! As an advanced trekker, I didn’t struggle too much, but most people opted out and took the mules up. Which was sad to see. Over populated for sure. It was a bit muddy, and I’d recommend trekking poles for the way down. The view at the top is breathtaking and insanely worth it. One of my favorite day treks by far.

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“Hard” is an appropriate rating but worth every minute of the experience! There are several tour operators that organize refugios and porter bags along this route, but I was able to book refugios along the trail online with a bit of research while carrying my own backpack (kept light at 10-12 kilos by not having to carry a tent or sleeping bag). For this segment I stayed in Humantay Sky Lodge (Booking) in Soraypampa prior to commencing the hike and Salkantay Hostels (Expedia) in Challway to finish. The online price for Soraypampa was far overpriced: I would recommend showing up and negotiating a good local price rather than reserving online. Challway also has plenty of options for on-the-spot accommodations but I was happy with the rate, the room I was given and the peace of mind knowing I had a place waiting when I arrived. The uphill portion: tour operators suggest it takes 3 hours to reach the Pass but if you’re carrying a pack I’d recommend planning on 4 hrs. The way down is substantially longer but less strenuous. Starting at 7:30a with a 30 min lunch and many pictures stops along the way, I reached Challway at 4pm. Most of the tours left between 5:30 and 6:30 with a longer break for lunch, also reaching Challway around 4pm. Mixed feelings about using porters: if you come prepared with a light pack definitely recommend to carry your own bag; I had to change clothes 4 times given the conditions: from fog to sun to snow to rain... if my bag was on a mule it could have been miserable to deal with all the temperature changes. Although I packed my own lunch, it would have been very possible to stop in Huairaspampa to get fed (where the tours stopped for food around 11:30a - 12:30p). If backpacking with a full pack, it’s definitely possible to stay in several spots along the way: there were several small homes that make their yard available for camping and probably offer meals we well. This “Segment 2” portion of the route is known to be the most strenuous of the Salkantay trek. Many people have problems with the altitude, but also the downside slope poses challenges with mud and loose rocks. All in all, the downward slope is mostly gradual; and likewise the upward portion is never gets too steep. Note: My phone died so I was only able to record the first 7km on AllTrails

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Steve Woolsey reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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Arrived late in the afternoon, headed up the hill at 3pm and arrived back to refugios and camping areas around 5:30 or 6p for dinner. Locals recommend 1.5hr up and 1 hr down...not too far off reality (took us just over 1hr 15min up with 10 kilo pack). I would have liked to arrive an hour earlier just to enjoy the view for that much longer, but benefit of being last up the trail was a more private viewing of the lake, glacier and surrounding peaks as the majority of the tour groups had already come and gone in the morning. Not a long hike but the elevation can cause some shortness of breath. Back at the bottom, we had reserved a room at Humantay Sky Lodge but it would’ve been easy to find a place to sleep last minute in early October. Got lucky dodging the rain as it rolled out just as we started up the trail and sun was shining for us the whole trek! Great time :-)

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Great hike. Views of the lake are awesome. Trail is good and not too steep. Keep to the south side of the valley to avoid the bus tours.

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Jimena Esperanza reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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This trek was amazing! It was a short hike from the base camp to the lagoon but incredible sights along the way. Dont be fool though, it says its a little over 2 miles but it takes well worth an hour one way. A man with horses and mules meets you at certain points offering the exhausted an option to ride instead of walk. Our group consisted of 10 hikers, one had done the Swiss Alps and said this trek was way more difficult. There was 2 more Americans in our group and they took about double the time to hike up to the lake then the rest of us. (almost 2 hours instead of 1 and they seemed to be in good shape) I dont really think its so much the shape youre in, but more how well you adapt to the lack of Oxygen. When my Fiance and I arrived to the lake, we continued past the group and went up acouple hundred ft, well my Fiance went up probably another 1000 ft, and the tour guide begged us to take medicine so we didnt faint, but we refused and we were fine. Never felt more alive! People usually sky dive at 15,000 ft and there we were hiking up mountains. On our way back down, a man in his 20s fainted and couldnt get back up, the altitude had gotten to him. They sent a mule for him and laid him on it for the ride down. He felt sick the rest of the day. I had never seen anything like it. But over all it was one of my favorite parts of Peru! and PS make sure you learn spanish before you go, I was translating for everyone while i was there! most people were European and the tour guides english was very very limited. have fun!

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Very steep hike up to a small alpine lake. The views of the surrounding mountains are beautiful and if you climb above the lake on the far side, you can see the lake with a more aqua blue color.

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Beautiful view and well worth it. The altitude will definitely get to you, but as long as you are acclimated you will be fine. I did rainbow mountain the day before, and I was fine to do this the day after. Just make sure you bring water. They have donkey's and horses if you need to get up, but you really don't as long as you're acclimated to the altitude! Def do it!

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great trail conditions

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Rebekah Chamberlin reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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It's pretty much a straight up hike. We opted for taking the horses up and was so glad we did. The views up there are spectacular but I'm a person who doesn't like to climb lots of elevation just for a view. I was also 12 weeks pregnant and it would be easy to over due it on this hike. I wouldn't recommend hiking if pregnant unless your super in shape.

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Amazing trek!! I was never bored. Alway something new to see and learn.

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Jodi Richardson reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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Steep uphill that is challenging coupled with the altitude, but it doesn’t last forever and the gorgeous view of the lake is absolutely worth it!!!

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Véronic Vachon reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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La méteo était parfaite. L’ascension a été difficile car l’altitude est quand meme a environ 3800 m au depart. Il y avait environ 150 personnes autour du lac. La cue sur les montagnes enneigées wow! Tout simplement sublime.

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Kristan Blais reviewed Soraypampa Trek to Humantay Lake
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Great little hike - very busy place. So many people everyday. There were at least 500 people at the lake when we got there. It’s a decent climb up, especially if you aren’t used to the altitude, but a great way to see how your body will react to altitude before doing the Inka Trail or Salkantay Trek. Probably good to do before rainbow mountain too - that one can be rough on some people.

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