Our excellent trekking guide, Andres, not only led us across 5,000+ metre passes and through valleys offering a great variety of landscape, but shared his pride in his Aymara culture and Bolivia´s beauty. Our evenings were spent in the cooking tent with Felix and Andres talking about mountains, cultures and life as we live it.
This amazing trek culminated with the ascent of Huayna Potosi, our first mountain over 6,000m!
But before we get to that, here are some impressions of the vistas and life in the mountains of the Andes oriental.
|Getting the gear ready for the trek.|
FLTR: Jose (driver), Felix (cook),
Andres (guide) and Inga (trekker).
Waiting for donkeys and donkey drivers.
|Camp on Day 1. Yup, there´s absolutely nobody around. |
Just llamas and their herders. And Lago Titicaca, el mar
de Bolivia, on the horizon. A daily view on this trek.
|Andres, Jan and Inga having a fine time with our first pass|
over 5,000 metres! (Photo by the multi-talented Felix)
|Andres, Jan and Inga above one of |
the most gorgeously coloured
lagunas. We camped just below it.
|Our camp on Day 3. Still just us and |
our team :)
|Felix prepared all of our food. Every|
day he tracked us down for lunch
along the trail.
|Breakfast nook with a view. Morning of day 4.|
|Day 4 camp site. Jan taking a break|
before moving in.This was the last
day for our first two arrieros, who also
take care of the camp each day.
|Camp day 5. Here we started to have|
rustic services like a bathroom,
maintained by the community in
that valley. Also, first time another
group was camping with us.
|Day 7 - packing up camp. Victoria |
(middle), Felix´s wife was our arriero
for 3 days. Their daughter (front) joined
them for a night.
|Inga forever trying to take pictures |
of birds. Near Lago Esperanza - also
an abandoned mining community.
|Camp day 9. The end of our trek |
and the beginning of the preparations
for climbing Huayna Potosi.