Travel Photo Contest – Alexandre Buisse
This was shot on the Punta Union pass, which at 4850m is the highest point in the hugely popular Santa Cruz trek in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. The mountain in the background is Nevado Taulliraju, first ascended by the legendary French mountaineer (of Annapurna and Makalu fame) Lionel Terray. I like this photo because it expresses perfectly what the trek is all about: it is in a magical and very impressive mountain environment, you get to interact with locals in the villages passed along the way, but it is also quite comfortable since all your luggage is carried for you by donkeys, horses or even llamas, and when you arrive at the end of a hard day of walking, camp is already set up and delicious food on the way. Maybe less adventurous, but certainly more pleasant!