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South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca October 20th 2013

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Starting the descent from Ishinca (5530m)
Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca
Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca September 18th 2013

Hello again, I know, twice in one day, you must be thinking "Wow, I have done something right today to be this lucky!" Nope, actully I have had 13 hours in Lima in between last night's night bus and tonight's night bus, and basically nowhere to go. Like a vagrant. Or a tramp. But the good kind of tramp, like the Charlie Chaplin one. Anyways... So I left off being ushered onto a bus by Liz's mom, only to discover how awesome Peuvian buses are. A very welcome discovery, as was about to spent 8 hours on said bus heading to Huaraz. I already discussed how they are Laz-Y Boys, but did I talk about the food? Great! How about the BINGO game??? Bingo? You ask, yes, BINGO. After lunch we all were handed out BINGO ... read more
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Love the meat market!
Breakfast?

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 27th 2013

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Massive deforestation left the Cordillera Blanca denuded before the range (above 4000m) was put in conservation through the Huascaran National Park in 1975. Only some patches of the Queñua trees thrive in remote valleys and give the wanderer a feeling
Leaving the Andean village of Yanama through farming lands towards the Quebrada Huaripampa. The acutal glaciated peaks are hidden in thick clouds, unusual for the time of the year.
Coming down from Alto de Pucaraju pass (4650m) with the east face of Taulliraju (5830m) touching cloud. Can you spot Katrijn?

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 20th 2013

The big day we had been acclimatising for had finally come, lake 69. I woke with terrible muscle pains in my legs due to trekking to the ice falls the day before and knew it couldn't be a good start, I hobbled to breakfast to meet with Sophie and Bruce who were also tired from the day before. We set off by 10am in a taxi to the start of our trek. The first part of the hike was pleasantly flat, with picturesque views of cow laden valleys and fresh streams stemming from high cascades. The end of the valley seemed to come to a dead end as we approached, we were soon to realise that it in fact went straight up, to the source of the high cascades. The first half of the mountain path ... read more
Lake 69!!
Danel and his lunch
The first lake

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 19th 2013

High in the Cordillera Blanca behind llanganuco lodge, towers the great Huandoy mountain, the second highest in peru at 6,395 metres. The gianormous snow capped mountain constantly drops large amounts of snow from its high glaciers onto the Rajururi gorge below, a popular spot for locals to hike up with their donkeys to harvest the ice. The 5 hour return hike starts behind the lodge Past the bright blue lake and ruins of keushu. Although less popular than the llanganuco lakes, it was a beautiful hike. As we started to climb through the Rajuri gorge we were met with pretty streams and dense bush, losing the path a few times we finally made it to an opening where the trail stopped. The terrain soon became rocky and steep, with large car sized bolders that i can ... read more
Views of the melting glacier
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South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 7th 2013

We have entered the last two weeks on our trip and we could think of no better way to end it than going into the second highest mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca range. The town we were heading for was called Huaraz, by no means a beautiful place, but it is within a stones throw to all the major trails and mountains. It had taken us almost two full days to get here from Cuzco, with a stop off in Lima for half a day, before we finally arrived into Huaraz. We hadn't made any plans of what to do in the area, only read up on what is there and what there is to do. After the 8 hour ride in from Lima we dedicated the arrival day to figuring out what ... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca August 9th 2012

There are enough lagoons, glaciers, peaks and valleys to keep us in the Cordillera Blanca for far, far longer than we have. Choosing which trails to walk is not an easy task, but choose we must. Hot off the Santa Cruz trek, we first opt for a day walk to Laguna 69, a glacial lake located at the foot of Pisco, one of the Cordillera's most climbed mountains and part of the same larger massif we circled in the Santa Cruz trek. Much of the trail is in the shadow of Huascarán, and despite being a relatively easy six-hour-or-so walk, the trip to the lagoon is one of the most gorgeous day-walks we've undertaken so far on the trip. It's sublime: frozen waterfalls, soaring mountains, water so painfully blue it wouldn't look out of place in ... read more
Beautiful Quilcayhuanca valley
Day one, walking up the Quilcayhuanca valley
Quebrada Quilcayhuanca

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca August 8th 2012

Much as the ancient archaeological wonders of Peru's northern coast - as well as its delicious cuisine - have captivated us, it's time to move on. Firstly, the coast is getting a tad depressing: mile after mile on the Panamericana rubbish-tip...I mean highway...from which there is little of natural beauty to see other than as many miles of rather featureless coastline devoid of colour or vegetation. The weather doesn't help either - it's the middle of winter on Peru's coast, and it's day after day after day of extremely low, dirty-white cloud which the sun can only very occasionally pierce. Secondly, and far more importantly, a little further south is one of the places we have come to Peru for in the first place: the mighty Cordillera Blanca. Part of South America's Andean spine, the Cordillera ... read more
Approaching the Cordillera via the amazing Cañón del Pato
Approaching the Cordillera via the amazing Cañón del Pato
Approaching the Cordillera via the amazing Cañón del Pato

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca August 8th 2012

Some weeks ago, we found ourselves at the 5,897 metre summit of Cotopaxi after a gruelling seven-hour climb over snow and nice. Back at the base camp, exhausted, we agreed that we probably wouldn't be repeating the experience.... Well... The Cordillera Blanca is stuffed full of peaks over 5,500 metres - while many are highly technical climbs requiring ice-climbing experience, a generous handful of others are relatively straightforward ascents. Walking among the soaring peaks of the Cordillera on the Santa Cruz trek, I'd pretty much made up my mind that I wanted to get to the top of at least one of them. Alex, the memories of Cotopaxi still vivid, didn't share my enthusiasm - but was only too happy to stay in Huaraz and enjoy its excellent selection of cafés and restaurants! Fortunately I found ... read more
Quebrada Llanca, on the approach to the base camp
Glaciated Llanca valley
Having a rest on the steep climb to base camp

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca July 26th 2012

“No, I need to take the ice axe, what if we come across a Yeti!?” says James to Marco (our trusty Peruvian guide) after Marco has indicated that he doesn’t need the ice axe for the 5 minute walk around the back of the glacier to install our ice climbing top rope. Marco shrugs and starts walking, probably thinking to himself that this is another strange gringo with strange habits…James bounds after him like an excited kid – or rather like a rock climber who is ecstatic about fulfilling his dream of climbing an ice wall, and in the flipping Andes! James wants it noted that glaciers are classic yeti habitat and didn’t want to be unarmed on his first trip onto a glacier. And so, there we were, back up at 4500m , deep within ... read more
J on the steeper section
Us and our guide Marco
Laguna and Glacier




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