Again a frozen wake-up… I guess we need to choose between a rainy or frozen wake-up.. What is best ? Let’s be positive. At least the sun is there… I think that rain and bad weather are finally gone.
7.30am and already starting to walk up toward the tapush pass at 4,800m
Today will be « again » a tough day. Indeed, we have to pass to go through. Both of them are standing at 4,800m. First, from our camp Tapush pass, then going down to 4,400m and finally going up again to Yauche pass… before going back down to the camp.
On the map below, the journey is on light brown (looking more like yellow)
How was the day ?
Like every morning, Tito (our arriero) loads its donkeys and Chico, the horse. Below a video of the loading… so you can see how it looks like.
Breakfast then we put down the camp (we help as much as we can)
From there, we start walking toward the first pass. Walking in the valley toward the mountain, we start to go up on the left side and after two good hours we reach the pass.
Quite a nice view.
The left side
View on the way up looking back to where we come from
The right side with El Diablo mudo
Behind us the valley we left, where we are some small lakes, facing us where we are going next and on our right one of the Huayhuash summit named El Diablo Mudo (the mute evil). Below it, there is a copper mine that dye the river water.
The copper water
Below this, we arrive at the base camp of El Diablo Mudo. It is used by the people climbing up this mountain. And I can tell you that it is not so clean… A lot of rubbish left over by the groups… Not all the trekking companies in Huaraz are green.
Base camp of the Diablo Mudo quite dirty
Rubbish at the Diablo Mundo base camp
We keep going down in the valley… Once there, what do we do ? We go back up, yeah…. We are at 4,400m, the pass is at 4,800m and the mirador at 5,000m. So 600m to climb…
This way, really?
The way up was kind of tough.. Look at the picture and tell me what you think… Under the sun (we always find way to complain about something) but the view is, as usual, breathtaking…
Going up toward the 2nd pass of Yauche at 4,800m
On the way up
Bird on the way up
What we just climb up
Finally arrived at the pass, not the mirador yet
I am walking ahead of the group and thought the mirador was just on the left of the pass (like during day 6). So I climbed it. Again, the lack of oxygene makes it hard on the legs… But I made it and can admire the view. Although when the group reach the pass, everyone is making signs to me to go down.. Ah, I am not at the mirador.
Part of the view (where we come from)
The other side of the view
So I go down…
I reach Caro and Eyner (our guide) to go to the right mirador.. The view is even better….
Us from the mirador, a few meters from the pass
From there we can see a few things :
– Cooper mines , those of Mitsui exploited by a Japanese
– the pass we went through during Day 2
Quite an astonishing view, but the weather is changing quite quickly and I think we are going to get something…
We start to go down following the crest
We start to descend following the crest reaching the valley where is our camp. We are at 5,000m and go down to 4,600m where we are having our lunch (it’s 2pm…)
We overlook the jahuacocha lake where we will camp for our last night
From there, we have 500m of straight and steepy descent that we do in half and hour to reach our camp… The camp, which is our last camp is on the shore of the Jahuacocha lake… The descent was quick but wet as we got hit by a hail Storm…(short but efficient…)
At the camp, we celebrate our last night with beer and chips.. (the first since we arrive at Huaraz). Eyren, our shy Young guide is with us. He is doing this job (mountain guide) during 6 months each year to finance his study of environment engineering…
Different life on this side of the world. Tomorrow, when he will go back to Huaraz, he will have only one day before getting back to Huayhuash to guide a new group.
Our first and last beer with caroline, Myriam, Matt, Eyner our guide
The weather changed again and we have now our first sunset in 8 days…
See you tomorrow,