Lake 69, Trekking to 4650m
04.11.2012 - 06.11.2012 14 °C
Checked in to the Guesthouse at Huaraz (back up in the Andes again) this afternoon ready for a few days of non-driving.
Huaraz is dominated by the highest, tropical mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca, and Peru's highest peak, Huascaran (copy and pasted that).
Went out for dinner tonight and managed to find a badly located Thai Restaurant run by an Northern English guy and his Peruvian wife. Food was great, miss my Thai Red Curry, service was shocking though, manners are lost on the Northern English folk apparently. They also ran out of most food and drink as well, they only had 2 beers in the fridge, that just doesn't go around for 6 people, and half the menu items were not available, which started to become quite funny as the night went on as more people came into the restaurant and ordered, they even ran out
of rice and chicken, luckily we got there first. I guess it wasn't to bad as the day before we went to some restaurant and all they had left to order was fish or fish. At the end of the meal the guy said we underpaid the bill and tried to pass off a 10 peso Cuban note as part of the payment, so we ended up paying and extra $10 ish for the meal for the group, I believe the guy was ripping us off but since I had already left the restaurant by then couldn't argue with the dude. We did warn the others who were still eating there though of this guys dubious ways.
Opted to walk up to Lake 69 today, which is a hike from 3700m to 4650m (15km in total), although the higher point is in dispute with what we are told and what my altimeter said on my watch. Started at 6 in the morning with a 3 hour bus ride to get to the National Park and the start point of the hike, we did stop along the way for a look at another lake which was very picturesk. The first section was quite good walking along the valley alongside a creek meandering through grassed fields. Then we hit the first zigzag up the hill which would not have been so bad at normal altitude but you definitely had to fight for every breath to get to the top and was slow going.
After another flat bit and another zig zag up we finally arrived at the lake 3 hours after starting and sat down and enjoyed lunch while watching a the mountains in the background and number of avalanches (no photos of these as I opted not to bring the zoom lens due to weight issues). A number of people didn't make it to the lake and turned back to the bus so I am thinking I may be alright for the Inca Trail since its at a lower altitude.
After lunch we made a very quick walk back to the bus for the 3 hr return trip back to Huaraz and the hostel.
The next day was spent sleeping in and walking around the town enjoying the day off driving and doing any activities. Isn't much of a town to see, lots of dug up roads where they are installing new sewerage systems so the place smelt great in parts, but other then that not much else here to mention.
Off to Lima tomorrow.