Laguna 69 – Acclimating Hike #2

Laguna 69 – Acclimating Hike Numero Dos – 15,100 ft Journal Entry | 10-9-18 Today was magical. It was an early start this morning at 5:00am waiting outside our hostel to be picked up by the tour agency. We got last pick of seats, so we sat in the back. It was a roller coaster the [...]

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Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 7 – Huatiaq to Incahuain

Day 7 - Huatiaq to Incahuain Unzipping the tent, we were surprised to see clear, blue skies! We shook the frost off the rain fly and started climbing our first pass of the day. We hiked out of the morning shadows and into the sun. The heat warmed us quickly.   The 15,715ft pass approaching [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 6 – Cutatambo to Huatiaq

Day 5 Cutatambo to Huatiaq Today was a totally different day. The trail took us on a brisk walk all the way down to 11,000ft - oxygen! The trail traveled away from the high peaks and followed a raging river steep down into a narrow valley. The water was crystal clear with multicolored river rocks [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 5 – Viconga to Cutatambo

Day 5 - Viconga to Cutatambo 6am peek outside our tent - clouds with breaks of blue. We were hopeful! We walked from the hot springs back up to the valley we came to reattach to the main trail. We had two big passes to conquer today. The first one at 16,500 ft and the [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 4 – Huayhuash Camp to Viconga

Day 4 Huayhuash Camp to VicongaWe woke up to more rain but felt stronger and better acclimated after a good nights rest. It was a shorter day - only 4.5 hours of total hiking. The trail was a little more gradual today but still reached a 15,500ft pass. No views of the mountains, just lots of [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 3 – Carhuacocha to Huayhuash Camp

Day 3 Carhuacocha to Huayhuash Camp In the morning, Jake and I both felt fatigued and groggy. A man approached our tent early as we were packing up to collect our 2nd protection fee of the trek. He hike 2 miles from his village to meet us here. He was surprised we didn't have burros [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit – Day 2 – Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha

Day 2 - Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha We slept 11 hours last night. 11 hours! In the morning, we were greeted by a sheep herder who lived nearby. We made small talk as best we could and he proceeded to ask for 20 soles to pay for the campsite. We knew there was no a fee [...]