“I couldn’t do that!” — a common response to images of imposing mountain ranges from the treks we’ve done (like the Huayhuash trek pictured here). The implication is that serious mountaineering chops, youth — or both — are somehow the secret..
Not so. Outside of some preparation, the real secret in most cases is perseverance. One foot in front of the other, slow and steady up and over each mountain pass day after day. In fact, one guy in our group was 74-years-old and had both knees replaced just a couple years prior to the walk. He inspired us as he ascended each and every pass. Not only was his perseverance notable, his gratitude was also. The childlike wonder he expressed in response to all that he encountered along the trail was infectious. .
For us, the best antidote or answer to dispel the myths and doubts regarding what we can and cannot carry ourselves to do: the everyday people we encounter on our travels..
While the 10-day Huayhuash trek is physically challenging and takes you to some high altitudes (5,050 m/16,570 feet at the highest point), there’s nothing technical about it. Our Huayhuash Trekking Guide (link in bio) explains it all..
Pictured here: Siula Pass (4,800 m/15,750 feet) in the Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru.
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