Hello All! We have just returned from out first major trek on the mountain Ausangate. Hiking around Ausangate and the surrounding mountains has been a truly unforgetable experience as we treked to altitudes higher than I ever dreamed of going and saw sights far more beautiful than any other I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Although the nights were cold it was a small price to pay in order to witness a sky covered in beautiful bright stars. Never in my life have I seen so many stars filling the dark night, it was especially a shock coming from New York City where there is an average of three visible stars each night. Each day was exhausting but always ended with a delicious dinner and an intense game of cards, usually ending with me losing. We have all become so much closer because of this experience and I cannot wait to experience the rest of these two weeks and this beautiful country with this awesome group!