With washing done and a decision made to do the Huayhuash trek it was time to price compare, we didn’t want to take an organised trek, this would be our last resort as it is rather pricey it turns out; our plan was to rent a donkey and a driver to carry our heavy loads leaving us to enjoy the high altitude passes without an un-cumbersome pack to slow us down. After visiting an untold amount of agencies we were left thoroughly confused regarding getting a some donkeys. Prices seemed to vary massively and we were at a loss as of who to trust. In the end with time against us and heads becoming bogged down with the logistics we opted to take the easier, all be it the more expensive choice, we joined an organised trek, our fate was in the hands of ‘Enjoy Huayhuash’.
The first day went without a hitch, we were picked up from our hostel, something we were worried wouldn’t happen due to our late confirmation on the trip, we met our soon to be trekking compadres, all of who it turned out were Israeli!
Our first day of trekking involved no trekking, we were chaperoned all the way to the first camp where our tents were set up and waiting for us. Well, our tent wasn’t set up, having learnt my lesson in Venezuela we opted to use our own equipment as we knew we could trust it, this did however mean that we would be taking down and setting up our own accommodation each night, the rest of the group would leave this task to the guides, except Stav, an Isralei who shared my love of kit, he had purchased a brand new Hilleberg so would also be joining us in setting up home each night.
Over the course of the next 8 days we climbed no fewer than 9 high passes, the highest being 5100m, and camped in some amazing places with the mountains acting as stunning backdrops to our evenings entertainment.
Although we still wish we could have found a donkey driver for ourselves we had an amazing time on the trek and being part of a group was a nice change of pace from just the two of us. Now its time to get the bikes ready for the Peru divide, a notoriously tough route through the centre of Peru.
Danny and Jessica living the nomadic dream.