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The sun has finally risen after a long cold and sleepless night at this 5,200m high mountain hut right at the snow line of the massive glacier that leads to the summit of Huayna Potosí.
The 6,088m high Huayna Potosí is attempted all year round by climbers from all over the world to pocket the honour of having climbed a relatively easy 6,000er. My attempt was thwarted by a nasty bout of diarrhoea that sent me spending almost the entire night in that hut with a green roof that perches precariously just outside.
The 5,395m high Chacaltaya in the distance on the opposite side of the valley was once covered with a glacial top that had all but melted without a trace by 2009. In fact the Andes stretching all the way from the Equator down to Patagonia provides ample proof for the devastating effects of global warming.