The getting there: Like most trips, the getting there is half the fun. However, waking up @ 4 AM to catch a bus is never fun. That said, if the weather is good, then don't snooze for too long as about an hour after you get on the bus and the sun rises, you are going to see some spectacular scenery (check out the pics below), there are gonna be some hairpin routes for the first half of the journey., After breakfast as you drive into the valley, the last strech of the road not only offers equally awesome views but some scary road conditions as well, I would say not that far off from Yungas highway in Bolivia, our driver was very careful and drove with caution.
The hike up: Once you get to the base, it's a 60-90 min hike up. However since the elevation is 42xx meters, it can feel a lot longer than that. The hike is easy, however, it's very soggy at the bottom half of the hike and lots of mud and animal droppings. There are many horse/handlers for hire and take you 4/5th of the way up for about 50-60 soles, might be worth it if the altitude is a problem for you.
The lake: I'll let the pics speak for itself. Not much more can I say here other than enjoy the view because you survive the climb. However please do not go into the lake and swim, you will be yelled by ALL the local guides in the area. Don't be like those infamous hippies getting naked at Machu Picchu which resulted in tons of rules and giving general visitors a bad rep. Other than that, it is a really beautiful lake with glaciers at the top!
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