viernes, 20 de abril de 2018

Conquering Snow-Capped Mountain Pastoruri

Traveling is not only about getting to know a new place, it is also about accepting new challenges. While Huaraz is my favorite destination for the beautiful scenery (and its food, but that's another subject) it also has something else... its places for trekking or hiking.

Let's start with the first thing, whoever writes this note is not known for having the best physique, but I practise box from time to time and if I am in the mood, run a little bit too. In addition to all of I wrote before, I love to explore and accept challenges, and in this case, it was the Pastoruri.

Pastoruri Glacier, Nevado Pastoruri

Before you face something it's good to know a little bit about your opponent - you noticed my reference to boxing, right? The snow-capped mountain is located in Huaraz, which is part of the department of Ancash and is included in the Cordillera Blanca, which, if you didn't know it, is part of the western mountain range of the Peruvian Andes.


Its name in Quechua means "pampas in the background" or "pasture indoors" and is considered easily accessible. Let's just say it's real training for higher snow-capped mountains.

The tour I chose was very interesting, where you go up from a few in the altitude visiting certain tourist places until you reach the foot of this impressive snow-capped mountain. By the way! The local people of the city told me some tips to face the 5.240 masl.

"Miss, take a lot of coca candy," said the landlady at the market where you can buy scarves, sweaters and more clothes to keep you warm, because in case you didn't know it, it's very cold up there.

When I went to the corner kiosk (Kiosko: this is a very traditional shop in Peru, usually located on corners, where they sell you everything), I bought 2 soles of coca candy, equivalent to 10 of them. And because there's no life without chocolate, a couple of extra bars.

My travel companion and I equipped our backpacks with more clothes in case we couldn't stand the cold, candy, chocolates, rehydrating drinks and the inevitable camera. Without photos there is no evidence of your challenge accomplished.

Pastoruri Glacier, Pastoruri hikking

Before starting the trip it is recommended to drink coca tea. The bus will drop you off at approximately 4000 masl, and then you'll have a long, slightly steep walk to the top of 5200 masl.

They are going to offer you a horse, but they won't tell you that it doesn't reach the top, only halfway, don't accept it. Do you know why? Because you need to acclimatize your body, you won't make any effort, the horse will leave you at an even higher altitude and your body won't know what happened, but ask my European colleagues on the bus.

Starting out because they didn't warm up well (there was a handsome Englishman in SHORT!). They took the fast track, and when they started walking in the second half of the stretch, their stomachs suffered; guess who came back without seeing the entire snow-capped mountain. Yeah, them.

Halfway down the road, where the horse would leave you, you're going to want to give up, among my forgotten photos I must have a pseudo-defeat selfie where I told my adventure partner: "Greta, from here I see the snow, let me down".

Because if you turn around, you'll see what you have been climbing and you marvel at how you have been achieving mini goals to get where you were, you can not throw in the towel now, you did a lot.

hikking Pastoruri, Pastoruri Glacier, Pastoruri Trek


Our guide was a lovely guy, "walk in a zigzag, it's better", I have no idea how he learned it, but it's true, apart from counselor, motivational. Like those things that are difficult to achieve in life, this is how it is to reach the top of a snow-capped mountain. You have the wind, the pressure, the lack of physique and the hunger against you, but the satisfaction of achieving it is worth every internal struggle to give up.

A coke candy for the road, and the chocolate bar as a reward when you get to the top. IT'S WORTH IT.

Now, I know you're going to find less snow than you saw in the Google photos, 'thanks global warming' and be careful not to throw your trash out there, seriously. The descent is relatively easier, but still do it slowly. The best thing is the mental congratulations that you will give yourself during the whole descent, you achieved it, and now you can go planning your next challenge.

The great thing about traveling - at least for me - is getting to know new cultures, and facing challenges that you might not do at home. The amazing thing about Peru is that every little corner has something to tell you and challenge you about.

RandomAna, Peru Travels Blog
May 2018
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