A great trek up to Lake Chirrup

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Ancash,
Thursday, January 17, 2013

We spent three days in the busy mountain town of Huaraz.  We had come to the area to trek up to Lake Chirrup, which we dedicated our second day to doing.  On the other days the weather was overcast but thankfully we had fairly clear skies on the day we decided to trek and the sun was out for most of the day.  Other than the trek we spent time in the main town, chatting to the other travellers in the hostel, and preparing for our next adventure in to the Huascaran National Park.

We walked down to the main square for the 7am collectivo, which is a van, which essentially works like a bus, with a designated route, but it will only leave the main departure point when it has enough passengers.  There were already a couple of people in the van and thankfully we didn't have to wait for more than 20 minutes before they deemed there were enough fares.  Along the way to the start of the trek, I began talking to a local lady, who was originally Argentinian.  She now worked in a small, rural school and taught the local children.  As we got off the bus, we all walked together for the first half an hour and she told us about the local community and her home town in Argentina. 

Thankfully she pointed us in the direction of the trail, as we had been walking with her and not along the intended path.  We walked through the farmland and saw stone walled fields, where brightly clothed, indigenous locals were watching their sheep grazing or checking their crops.  We slowly made our way up to the ridge that connected to the main path to the lake, and stopped for lots of photos on the way.  The morning clouds were lifting and revealing snow covered mountains, and it seemed like a perfect place to stop for a snack.  After refuelling we continued along the main path towards the lake.  The majority of the path was a well trodden dirt path, which snaked its way to the top of the valley.  At one point we came to a waterfall, which we had to climb up the side of, with the aid of steel cables.  It was easy enough but gave Kory and I a small taste of rock-climbing, which we are both missing at the moment. 

Finally, after about three hours of walking we arrived at the lake.  It was a fairly small, alpine lake, with a huge, snow capped mountain jutting out of one side of it.  It was a beautiful place for us to enjoy the remainder of our picnic and there wasn't another person in sight.  As it is the off season here, we didn't see another trekker over the whole day.  It was the perfect time to enjoy a refreshingly cold swim, at 4450m above sea level. 

As we headed back down again, we went into a lodge to chat to a guy who organises volunteer work, and I left my details with him, in the hope that he may send me some information about the maternity services in the rural, mountain area.  The trek was beautiful and I was really pleased that we had gone into the mountains to explore them on foot, rather than always on the bikes. 
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Karen on

ALL gorgeous pictures! good job

gemandkory on

Thanks. I just added a couple of extra pics and put up another day. The last few days have been some of the best so far! I hope I can describe how good they were in the next couple of blogs.

Gramma on

such beautiful scenery!!!I'm sure you's enjoyed every moment.

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