On the way back from Colca we went over a 4,800 metre pass which offered a view of Mt Sabancaya (5796m), an active volcano which is frequently throwing out steam and rock. Sabancaya means “tongue of fire” in the local Quechua Indian language. Earlier this year the ash plume reached a height of 8,800m. When I was there a few weeks ago It was too far away to hear anything but it was pretty impressive just to stand and watch the power of nature. Both Cath and myself agreed the early 3AM start had been worth it !!!
This must have been an unforgettabale moment. In comparison with these natural forces nearly humans and nearly all their activities are tiny. Although a bit hazy the photo is a wonderful document!
Greetings from autumnal wet and grey Germany!
What an elegant ash plume! It IS clear that your your early start was rewarded. With those heights you were moving without a lot of oxygen; even at the much lower elevation of Mauna Loa, I suffered from a bit of altitude sickeness.