Bye bye Mendoza, bye bye Argentina. I am leaving South America by hopping from country to country, airport to airport, slowly making my way north – can’t think of ever having had such long and circuitous journey to a destination: Mendoza, Santiago de Chile, Lima, Mexico City, Los Cabos, and eventually Los Angeles on the way back to the East Coast where I’ll fly out to two days later.
Argentina. The bus ride takes about 8 hours and crosses the pass ‘Paco Internacional Los Libertadores’ at 3200 m above sea level.
I made it up to the summit of Kilimanjaro at 5895 m. It’s been an out of the world experience – seeing the sun rise from the highest point of Africa is way out of the ordinary and will have an impact for my ongoing life for sure.
Australia! After I arrived in Sydney I went to the Snowy Mountains, more precisely to Mt Kosciuszko Nationalpark. It’s actually a very popular winter sports area: ski slopes, bob sledding, snowboarding.
I did it again. I climbed another mountain – Mt Kenya, after Kilimanjaro the second highest mountain in Africa. This mountain massive has actually three peaks: Bation and Nelion are the two highest and can only be reached after some serious rock climbing. But Point Lenana is accessible by trekking and a little bit of scrambling.
We made it! On December 23rd at 3.50 PM we arrived the summit of Aconcagua at 6962 m above sea level. It’s not only the highest mountain in South America, but also the highest in the southern hemisphere and the highest outside the Himalayas.
I am still almost lost for words! Only a couple of hours ago I stood on the roof of Africa. Together with two friends from California, three new friends from Chicago and a whole incredible team from Tanzania.
Australia! After I arrived in Sydney I went to the Snowy Mountains, more precisely to Mt Kosciuszko Nationalpark. It’s actually a very popular winter sports area: ski slopes, bob sledding, snowboarding. Yep, I talk about Australia. In this mountain range the snow piles up in winter time … absolutely unbelieveable, but the locals already showed me pictures.