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Multicoloured Landscapes from Palomani Pass

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The 5,200 m high Palomani Pass is a relatively short hard slog all the way from the shore of Laguna Ausanagte below. Two grannies only in sandels were way ahead of me each carring wares on their head and one of them a baby sling with a baby llama in it.

The much lower Apachata Pass could be seen below on the right and the valley below it is of Permian formation and is marked by a multitude of colours.

A great blanket of cloud heralded another snow storm soon.

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A: On the Way to Pampacancha from Paso Palomani

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It is a leisurely stroll to the small hamlet at Pampacancha down the valley from Palomani Pass. The w...

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B: Camp Site At Ausangate

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C: View of Laguna Ausangate after Apachata Pass

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D: The Glory of the Southwestern Face of Ausangate in its entirety

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E: Three Laguna View of Ausangate

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F: The Incredibly Reflective Lagunas by the Massive Glacier of Ausangate

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G: First Glimpse of the Southwestern Face of Massif Ausangate

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H: The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake

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I: Gathering Storm Enroute to Qampa Pampa

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J: Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake

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