To Serranía de Murillo

This collection of 11 images are the result of two walks high up in the Bolivian Andes.
I arrived on a Wednesday to one of the highest airports in the world at 4061.5 meters over sea level. The air is very thin at that altitude.Three days later on Sunday, two friends invited me to walk to view the great mountain range Serranías de Murillo, you can see it on the third image.We left at 4:00AM and drove to the furthest accesible road, several kilometres below the first image. We climbed in a slow ascent up to 5100 meters over sea level. Remembering what I was told when exercising to push over the pain, I tried that… bad advice at that altitude because of the lack of oxygen: I felt my heart stop for a couple of beats and my lungs seemed to freeze… not a pleasant experience. 
A few weeks later we walked the section at the foot of the mountain range: the marshlands or bofedales.I have very many more images of both of these journeys, I selected this few to share with you.

The sun rising behind the viewer
On the way back
Bofedales or marshlands
A section of Serranía de Murillo and valley
Serkhe Khollu: we walked past the laguna to the right to the edge at the side of the furthest snow mountain
\A stream on the valley below
On the valley…
Almost at the top, the view to the left
Two sacred mountains: Mururata and Illimani
Mururate behind the hills
Illimani as the sun rises …

6 Comments on “To Serranía de Murillo

  1. What a treat for sore eyes, Javier. Your photography is sublime.! Well done on you for functioning so well in this altitude. I once made a hike up to the highest mountain on an island on Titicacasea. It was a big strain on my lungs and I remember well the splitting headache. Your impressions will stay with me.

    • So glad you found this small collection, Dina and that it has brought you back memories of the same region.
      It is worth noting that Klausbernd was the first visitor to my Blog those many years ago!
      And thank you for your comment.

      Javier

  2. Beautiful Javier! The first photograph looks as if some ancient river flowed down the mountain side and the last picture well, just as one may feel to be completely away from civilization up pops a power pole.

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