Since I've arrived in Peru on Friday evening, I've been pretty busy. Doug arrived on Friday evening as well and we got together immediately to discuss the planning. On Saturday morning we needed to get up early for an 8 hour bus ride to Huaraz that started at 9am. At our arrival in Huaraz, we were welcomed by the man that arranges all the logistics for the climb, Manuel Bernuy Ponte.
Huaraz is turning out to be a pleasant town in a pleasant climate. It is the Peruvian mountaineering center between the Cordillera Blanca (in the east) and the Cordillera Negra (in the West) and is located at an altitude of 3100 meters.
On Sunday, we left for our first acclimatisation trip to Wilcacocha lake at 3800 meter. The hike was short. Because we went pretty fast, we already arrived at our destination after 1 hour. That gave us two hours to enjoy the view, lunch and the thin air at the shore of this little lake.
Today, we made a similar but longer hike. The goal this time was Churup Lake at 4450 meter. We moved with the same speed today which gave us some time to enjoy our surroundings at the lake.
After two nights sleep at 3100 meters and acclimatisation trips to 3800 and 4450 meters, we are ready for the next step: the ascent of Yanapaccha (5450 meter). This climb is scheduled for the next 3 days. We should reach the summit on Thursday.