Machu Picchu Lodge Trek Team #2: Day Hike to Lake Humantay!

Today our team took an acclimitization day hike to Lake Humantay(4,221m), fed by the glaciers of Humantay peak (5,917m.) This is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen in the alpine, with many shades of blues and greens, reflecting the snow capped peak above.

We we had a visit with a Q’ero mystical priest above the lake who performed a traditional ceremony for us. The  Q’ero are a Quechua-speaking community who live in one of the most remote places high up in the Pervian Andes where they farm potatoes and herd llamas. Some call them ‘the last of the Inca’ as they fled into the mountains during the Spanish conquest and continued living with the Inca traditions and ways of life and religion.

Everyone is doing great and spending the rest of the day enjoying this beautiful lodge in this spectacular valley; hot tubbing, getting massage, resting and preparing for our big day tomorrow, climbing over Salkantay Pass (15,200/4,638m)!

-Anna Zajicek

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Guide Trip Report: Denali Traverse

    by Sam Hennessey Climbing in the Alaska Range in late spring sometimes feels like stepping into another world. The endless daylight, and the sheer contrast of Denali towering over the rest of the state gives it an atmosphere like no other. For the last decade, Michael Gardner and I have stared down from the upper […]

  • Epic Climbs That Might Not Be on Your Radar

    ‘Twas the night before Rainier dates were released, when all through the land Many a climber was stirring, contemplating high altitude plans so grand Their crampons were placed in the gear bin with care In hopes to use them on Rainier in weather so fair My timer was set for the exact release time To […]

  • Dear Alpine Ascents: Backcountry Quilts

    Hey Alpine, I’m headed out to Washington in mid-September for a 6-day course (stoked) and I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about backcountry quilts.  Apparently all the cool-kid alpinists are using them.  Can I bring one on my course? Sincerely, Steve House in Training  Hi Steve House in Training, Thanks for reaching out […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2021 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International