Day 11 of G Adventures Inca Heartland Tour
Day 2 of the Lares Trek
28.02.2018 05:30 S 13°09.8488′ W 72°04.7082′ 3893 masl, 13 °C max, wind 10 kmh S
At 5:00 am Popeye wakes us up with hot koka tea. It is cold outside. The tent is wet. We get up and get a very simple breakfast (toast with marmelade), anis tea with koka leaves. We start to walk up early at 7:00, after breakfast and after Rudi introduced the crew (chefs, porters, horseman, …) and after we did a group foto.
First is to hike up to Sicllaccasa mountain pass at 4.750 masl about 12.2 kms and then down 2.2 km to QuencaPata for lunch, then another 2.6 km to the next campsite near a stream at 4.114 masl at suttoq pacchaq campsite.
At 28.02.2018 07:00 am we start at S 13°11.5121′ W 72°05.6098′ at 4.748 masl.
On the way up we meet more kids, llamas, baby alpacas.
It is quite hard, the reduced oxygen level is feelable, we do more breaks. But we are getting higher and higher.
The mules easily overtake us:
We arrive at a lagoon, where Rudi explains us ropemaking and we rest and eat a little bit.
Finally, at 11:50 we reach the top.
28.02.2018 11:50 S 13°11.5121′ and W 72°05.6098 on 4748 masl.
The heavy guys are fighting for oxygen. It is raining.
The whole hike up was plastic poncho on, plastic poncho off, … . We start our descent again in the rain.
It is rocky, rainy, muddy, slippery. We go down for lunch.lunchplace is in a valley with holes in the ground where you see a suburban river.
28.02.2018 13:08 S 13°12.2963′ W 72°05.7640 on 4317 masl.
There is a lunch tent, a kitchen tent and a toilet tent. It is better to use inka toilet behind a rock or hill. We wait with hot koka tea more than one hour for valerie and lunch. Good luck there is playing cards. Valerie arrives with the mules and the luggage. Popeye carries her backbag. She is fine.
After lunch we continue our descent.
Finally we arrive to out last camping place: kuyoc. There is a non working toilet, nothing else. We find the switch for the toilet switch. Toilet 24h ticket is 1 sole.
28.02.2018 16:00 S 13°14.0993′ W 72°06.5704′ 3.803 masl.
We wait for the mulis with the kitchen tent at bad weather, but with an amazing view. We play shithead inbetween arrival and dinner.
The camp place is amazing.
After dinner we play shithead again. This time we were smarter and put our sleeping stuff out before we go for dinner.
The tent is cleaner this time. I am glad to have rent the airmatress. The standard cover is a jike. The rented sleeping bag is warm, cleaned but very used. The zip to get in and out is everytime a hard fight. The sleeping bag in Torres del Paine were not so small, too.
The rented air matress:
The standard “mattress”:
Beneath the tent and between tent bottom and matress they put always the plastic covers they use as transport covers for the mulis. Very noisy plastic if you sleep on it.
The night is warmer. We hear the waterfall. It rains some hours.
The blue plastic covers they use for transport:
The duffel bag which is carried by the mulis (we didnot have to put sleeping bags or airmatress in, they were carried extra).
Rented sleeping bags:
The tent: everything must be inside. There is lots of free running dogs around and they like f.i. hiking shoes: