Peru, South America, world travel

Hiking Cordillera Huayhuash – Part 3: Logistics for Huayhuash

Coming from sea level, we had to take some risks in order to complete this high altitude trek in 2 weeks. We made some good decision and got lucky at times. In this post, I want to share some of our logistics for those...

Peru, South America, world travel

Hiking Cordillera Huayhuash Part 2.5: Day 8

I woke up around 7am. It was eerily quiet outside. I remembered that we found an isolated spot to set up camp the previous day and I realized that I had slept almost 16 hours since. I sat up in my sleeping bag to test out my body and it felt surprisingly good. The loperamide I took before bed had worked.

Peru, South America, world travel

Hiking Cordillera Huayhuash Part 2.4: Day 6 and 7

This day was different from all other days on this trek. Instead of climbing after breaking camp, we started this day by going downhill. We trekked almost 9 miles and lost 3,500 feet in altitude from Cuyoc camp to a small village called Huayllapa.

Peru, South America, world travel

Hiking Huayhuash- Part 2.2: day 2 and 3

I woke up to sunlight shining on our tent. I patted around my pillow for my cell phone to check the time. It was 7 am. I could hear people moving around the campsite: tent zipping and unzipping, sleeping bag rustling...

Peru, South America, world travel

Hiking Cordillera Huayhuash without a Guide – Part 1: A Challenging Trek

Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash (pronounced “why wash”) Circuit is one of the most gorgeous treks in the world. For years I had pictured myself in front of these turquoise glacial melt lakes and jagged snow capped peaks soaring...

Chengdu - Now and Then

Chapter 4: The Final Dash and A Single Wooden Bridge

In the fall of 1995, I entered sixth grade, the final year of elementary school. The atmosphere in our classroom was noticeably different from what it had been in the previous five years. Everyone was feeling the squeeze of the upcoming Middle School Entrance Exam...