My previous Peru post ended somewhat abruptly at the evening of the 3rd day, mostly because my computer crashed. So we resume our trek on the morning of the 4th day. We woke to clear skies and cold temperatures, and began hiking early enough to enjoy the still air.
|Lake Carhuacocha enjoying the morning calm.|
|Me, trailing along after the guys. Photo by Dave Dempsey|
|Lakes Quesillococha, Siula, and Gangrajanca nestled below Nev. Yerupaja and Yerupaja Chico (Siula Grande is out of sight to the left). The icefall was into the farthest, barely-visible lake.|
|Huayhuash camp. Ours was the one in the background, barely visible as red and yellow specks beyond the stone corrals.|
|Looking over Huayhuash to the Nevadas Jurau.|
|Steam rises from the pool in the early morning chill.|
|Approaching Punta Cuyoc (at 4950 meters--16,330'--the highest pass on our main route).|
|Atop Punta Cuyoc, looking at Sarapo, Siula Grande, etc.|
|The whole range from above the pass.|
|Self-portrait at my high point--which I thought would be it, but in fact was topped the next day.|
|Keeping a close eye on the two-legged visitors.|
|Not as huggable as they look!|
Most places the cacti were just fuzz-balls, but in this spot below Nev. Cuyoc, they were in bloom.
And our sixth camp, not far below 15,000' in a meadow at the base of Nev. Cuyoc. Rainstorms apparently over, we got some beautiful light as the sun went down, but no spectacular sunset clouds.
|Camp 6, just under 15,000' at the base of Nev. Cuyoc.|
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2014