This is it. Not the end of the trek, but certainly the high point.
The snap above was taken at the top of Hatun Paso. Breathtaking, literally, and at 4,600 metres about as far up as we’ll be going.
Above us, and unfortunately out of shot, is the magical peak of Pumahuanca, which towers an additional 1,000 metres into the air.
In a few minutes, we’ll be heading back down, passing Aurora and Yuraq lakes, then turning into Quena forest where we’ll stop for another enormous Peruvian-style lunch.
Hard work this trekking.
Below is a snap of the whole team celebrating our triumphal assent. And below that, a link to a video of a few of them arriving, breathless but happy, at the top.