We took a day off in Carhuaz to prepare ourselves for the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. Its beauty is legendary, famous among trekkers worldwide. We’ve had a view of its white peaks for a few days, towering above the other mountains.
We set out today to ride a six-day loop. We’ll ride east over Punta Olimpica in the Huascaran National Park (the highest road in the Cordillera Blanca) and then return via the Lagunas de Llanganuco. Here’s a map of our loop (Cait, thanks for the route map!).
We left our front panniers and a bunch of stuff at the hotel because we’re returning to Carhuaz and will be climbing over our highest pass yet, over 16000 feet. It’s remarkable the difference the reduction in weight makes. The past couple of weeks have been some of our most challenging riding. We’re already rethinking our pannier setup if we plan to stay in the mountains.