A great trek up to Lake Chirrup
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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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
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
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.