Over the past week, I’ve been off the grid so to speak, in the high Andes of Bolivia. My blog has been quiet while I spent four days sleeping at 15,400 feet at the foot of Condoriri Mountain (5648 m) in the Cordillera Real Range of Bolivia.
It was quite an adventure to say the least. One that I will never forget and one that I am still recovering from. My dad and I managed to climb two mountains in two days, the first at 16,899 feet (5152 m) and the second at a whopping 17,698 feet (5396 m). I still am in awe at the beauty of it all.
In honor of today’s photo challenge here are some photos of where I was. Many more will be coming soon as I play catch up and sort through all my colorful photos from Bolivia. Here is a sneak peak of a few unedited ones that capture the imagination of such a remote, spectacular place.
It was an amazing trip! Hard yet surprising what the body can do and overcome!
I have many great stories to share and loads of fantastic colorful pictures from Bolivia. I have some catching up to do and can hardly wait!
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone but not forgotten. To view more entries click here.
Amazing photos Nicole and so wonderful your Dad is well enough to do this with you!
Thanks Sue! Yes I’m feeling quite fortunate. It was quite the trip.
Wonderful, scenic shots.
Nicole, this is an astonishing and stunning collection of images. Thank you so much for sharing your exhilarating and magical journey. Peace and blessings to you. Michele
Thanks so much Michele! I took a lot of photos and can hardly wait to get editing them. So much color in Bolivia!
Amazing pictures! At first glance I thought they were of Ladakh in India but had to read your article to know it is Bolivia!!
Thanks! I would love to go to Ladakh! Have you been? What do you recommend there? I love to hike but haven’t hiked to India. Just visited Delhi
Yes I have been to Ladakh it is beautiful! You must visit Ladakh! You visited Delhi and didn’t go hiking? You should do that next time you are here, if not to Ladakh then other parts of Himalayas!!
I visited Delhi on my way to Nepal where we did the Annapurna trek! So I have hiked in the Himalayas but not in Ladakh! How do you get there? Fly???
Wowza! These photos are stunning. Did you take anything to help you get more oxygen? Or did you chew coca leaves? I’d say that this had to be the highlight of your dad’s recovery! Anxiously awaiting your beautiful posts and photos of Bolivia.
Thanks Debbie! No, I’m actually amazed how well I do at altitude. I was a little nervous since I’d been this high before in Nepal but it was ten days hiking slowly up that I got to 18,000 feet. Here I was that high in only three days but I was fine. Just slow walking. I did have a hard time sleeping though. I did drink coca tea too! Yes my dad is so amazing. He truly inspires me! More coming soon once I get caught up!!! Hope you are well!
Great adventure, Nicole! Love these photos of you and your dad hiking together.
Thanks Amy! It was a very special trip!
Marvelous photos, and I’m sure the story to match. Looks like you’re walking on scattered roof shingles…treacherous?
Thanks! Yes it was hiking up all these slippery pieces of broken off shale. When we went down, we simply dug our heels in and skied it! There was no other way!
How! How extraordinary!
Wow, what an adventure! Gorgeous views – well done!
Thank you! 🙂
Triumphant–that’s what I think describes your dad and you. Congratulations…Mostly, you were able to experience such staggering magnificence with your father.
Thanks Sally! It sure meant a lot after what we went through last year. Very special indeed! I feel quite blessed. 🙂
What a joy that time together must have been! I loved sharing just this little bit with you. Of all the marvelous photos, the last is my favorite.
Thanks so much Janet! Yes it was quite an adventure! It is nice to be back in my warm bed though. A few of the nights were a mere 15 degrees in that tent!!! It was freezing trying to sleep! 🙂
Spectacular Nicole! Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures and your wonderful adventure with your dad.
So glad you enjoyed Andrew! It truly is a magical place and I’m so glad my dad and I got to do this trip together! 🙂
Looks like a great trip! Of course I loved seeing the scenery and hearing about the mountains you hiked, but my favorite part was the tent! I love staying in tents so much and have not done so for almost a year – I miss it! I look forward to future posts about the trip.
Thanks! The tent was actually a bit brutal because it was so incredibly cold at night!!! I think the low was around 15 degrees F and I had all my clothes on and all my coats on over my sleeping bag. Worst was when I had to pee! BUt yes there is something magical about being at the foot of a 20,000 foot mountain with hardly anyone around! 🙂 More coming soon!
Oh yeah, the peeing is not fun! And you’re usually trying to stay extra hydrated so it’s always a problem! Cold temperatures and high altitude definitely add some obstacles to good sleep, but I still love organizing and snuggling into my tent for at least a few days a year (8 days in a row is about my max!).
What an experience – thanks for shring these!
Wonderful to see him looking so well, Nicole! I’m feeling out of breathe from my armchair 🙂
Thanks Jo! Yes I was out of breath on these hikes! 🙂 A special trip indeed!
Jaw dropping images, Nicole 🙂
I am sure, you will never forget this place, even if you wish 🙂
It’s so hard to pick one image over the other, but 11th one with the top view of the climbers at the edge of the ridge and the lake below surrounded by mountains is my favorite.
I can’t really take my eyes off it 🙂
Thanks so much Sreejith! It is certainly a beautiful place! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the photos! More coming soon!
I can wait 🙂
I am sure, the pressure is on you.
You have already set very high expectations with the introductory post 🙂
Fantastic views, Nicole. Congratulations to you and your dad on climbing to the tops of those mountains in two days. I’m in awe. 🙂 Did the altitude and lack of oxygen not bother you at all?
Thanks Sylvia! I was amazed that I did fine with the altitude. I just had a rough time sleeping is all and when you walk up you have to take slow steps and big belly breaths. 🙂
Was your dad also fine with the altitude? He is so amazing.
Yes he is good with altitude and has done lots of climbing/hiking before. He is indeed amazing! 🙂
Thank you so much!
Congratulations to you and your Dad. Climbing on such an altitude is so difficult! It is hard to imagine if you have not done it itself.
Thanks! Yes it was a very special trip especially since he had recently recovered from cancer.
Spectacular vistas all round Nicole! Happy to see you making memories with your dad again 🙂
Thanks Madhu! Me too!!!
spectacular scenery, great shots 🙂
i enjoyed this last week and am back now with internet fast enough to leave a comment! ah, bolivia! i’ve not visited, but friends have written and stated, ‘you’re going to love bolivia.’
it’s great seeing photos of you and your father on yet another wonderful journey…
Yeah! You have to go to Bolivia Lisa! You would LOVE it. It has such a strong indigenous culture. Check out La Paz and you’d love the colors. It would inspire your art!
I loved Bolivia!! I felt it was like the heart of South America, culturally speaking. Have a great trip!
Thanks! I enjoyed it a lot too. Would love to see more of Bolivia. It is so different from Chile and Argentina. I’ve been to Peru too but liked Bolivia more. 🙂
You are amazing and I am thrilled to see that your father was able to come along with you for this adventure! 🙂
Oh thanks LuAnn! It was such a special trip!!! You know how much this meant to me!
I am so thrilled for both you and your father. 🙂
Thanks me too! hope we can continue many more trips. Every three months is a scan which is nerve wracking but it beats the alternative!
Terry has to contend with regular blood tests as well. But you are right, it is much better than the alternative. 🙂