We left Huaraz with our trekking guide, Felipe Chauca Torre, and drove downstream along the Rio Santa to the town of Yungay, where we turned east and began our ascent into the mountains.
Roadside view of Huascaran, to the north
Roadside statue detail, and Huascaran sur (south)
Roadside telephoto view of Huascaran sur (22,205′)
After a considerable climb, we entered the park.
Entering the Parque Nacional Huascaran. The trees here were alive with birds, but we didn’t take the time to get a close look at any.
High granite walls form a portal into the valley of the Llanganuco Lakes. These walls serve as pedestals for, to the north, Huandoy, and to the south, Huascaran norte
The first Llanganuco Lake, colored turquoise by glacial run-off
Lupines, at lakeside
Looking back over the lake towards the portal and valley beyond
View of the upper Llanganuco Lake, as we climb towards the parking area at Cebollapampa
From the parking area, we crossed this creek as we descended a short ways to the staging area at Cebollapampa.
Our horse and burro packer readies the loads. The turquoise bags seen here were used to carry boating gear to Peru, and are true antiques, being the original Bill’s Bags manufactured by Northwest River Supplies, of Moscow, Idaho.
CJ gets acquainted with the burros. Our guide, Felipe, is seen behind, in the yellow jacket, talking with our cook, Juan
We’re going to Laguna 69
The start of our hike followed the stream up the initially flat valley of Cebollapampa
Variant of White-winged cinclodes or Red-rumped bush-tyrant??
This flowering cactus looks a lot like our southwestern claret cup
View of the East Summit of Chacraraju (19, 688′)
Polylepis tree bark detail
An air plant or bromeliad
Air plant or bromeliad detail
View of Chacraraju. Laguna 69 lies at the foot of this peak, and the trail to base camp goes over the intervening ridge at the low point.
The pack train
The trail began to climb.
Approaching a glacier on the lower slopes of Yanapaccha (17,913′)
Close under a glacier on Yanapaccha
Chacraraju, the western end
Waterfall on the stream from Laguna 69
Waterfall on stream from Yanapaccha, as we approach a series of switch-backs
Waterfall on stream from Yanapaccha detail
Chacraraju western end, straight ahead, with Pisco in the clouds to the left, and a small lake at the entrance to the base camp area
The base camp meadow is seen at the foot of the cliff
Our base camp site, with the cook tent already up
We set up our individual tents and took a good look around.
The base camp wall
Flowers and grass tussock
Lupine and view to the east, with Yanapaccha to the right.
Vizcacha, in the rocks just to the side of our camp
I watched birds in and around the base camp.
Ash-breasted shrike tyrant
Ash-breasted shrike tyrant
Tit-like Dacnis female
The glacial surroundings and glimpses of the peaks through the clouds were fascinating.
Chacraraju glacier, east end
Chacraraju, east end glacial rubble
Chacraraju glacier, east end avalanche
Chacraraju, East Ridge
Chacraraju, East Summit (19,688′)
Chacraraju, hanging glacier and ice fall below East Summit
Chacraraju, hanging glacier and icefall
Chacraraju, west end
Chacraraju, West Summit (20,039′) left and East Summit (19,688′) right
Looking southwest gave us some views of Yanapaccha.
Yanapaccha subsidiary summit and moon
Yanapaccha glacier and icefall detail
Yanapaccha glacier remnant
The most awesome mountain views were of Huascaran and Chopicalqui, to the west.
Left: Huascaran sur (22,205′). Right: Huascaran norte (21,833′).
The icefall from the col (known as Garganta) that separates the two peaks.
Huascaran norte glacier
Summit of Huascaran sur detail
Summit of Huascaran sur
Summit of Chopicalqui detail (20,846′)
Summit of Chopicalqui
Kathy, Britt and CJ hiked up to the lake, and Kathy took the following photos. I started out with them, but hit a wall within a couple of hundred yards. So I hung out and photographed birds.
Kathy, at Laguna 69 (15, 090′)
Glacier on the south side of Chacraraju, and Laguna 69
Chacraraju and glacier
Laguna 69. Left: Pisco (18,871). Right: Chacraraju.
Thanks to Britt Runyon for the following bird photos taken during our Laguna 69 hike.
Taczanowski’s Ground-Tyrant (?)
Blue-mantled Thornbill hummingbird
We returned to Huaraz and readied for the trip to the river. We left town on Sept. 28. The following posts will be devoted to running the Rio Marañon, starting with: