|Alpamayo from our camp site.|
|Jan at this huge laguna, used for |
hydroelectric generation on Day 2.
Fed by glaciers of the Santa
Alpamayo is probably the central peak on that trek because some German alpinists declared it the "most beautiful mountain in the world" due to its perfect pyramid shape. Peruvians are happy to repeat the claim any chance they get, of course! Also, you can see it on about 4 of the 10 days from various sides.
|Floating mountain top (Taulliraju) - |
Day 7 as we complete the eastern
circumnavigation and are heading
back toward the beginning.
|View from Janca Pampa |
camp site (the only one outside
of the national park) of
majestic Taulliraju. Day 6
|Inga in front of first views|
of glacier feeding a huge
water fall and gorgeous laguna. Day 2
|Taulliraju and our camp at 4,500m |
on day 8. This is not the main
face. That came the next day
after we crossed the
Punta Union pass.
|Day 10. The hike out follows the |
Santa Cruz trail in reverse, ie
downhill :) The valley gets very
narrow until the two sides are just
a few metres apart.
The trek we did is almost a complete circuit; we just missed the portion on the front of the Cordillera between Hualcayan and Cashapampa. We were above 4,000m every day, with camps between 3,600m and 4,600m. Passes ranged from a high of 4,850 m to a low of 4,400m. We started the trek in Hualcayan at 3,100m and finished in Cashapampa at 2,900m.