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Panoramabillede af Arroz Marisco EXPERT MAESTRO Taget 09:15, 06/07/2012 - Views loading...

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The Incredibly Reflective Lagunas by the Massive Glacier of Ausangate

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The enormous glacier covering the backside or southwestern face of Massif Ausangate is beautifully fluted. Two beautiful lakes lying here are some of the prettiest lakes on this trek - one is so highy reflective as to make the light dance while the other is just incredibly turquoise in colour.

I wished I had walked up all the way to the lake in front but the cold night together with poor sleep had taken its toll on me and I just didn't feel energetic enough to go this extra mile.

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A: Three Laguna View of Ausangate

Af Arroz Marisco, 310 meter væk

The 4,850m high Apachata Pass is just moment away from here and in the distance are the three Lagunas...

Three Laguna View of Ausangate

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

Af Arroz Marisco, 600 meter væk

Taken a good few hundred meters from the actual Apachata Pass I managed to squeezed in the entire sou...

The Glory of the Southwestern Face of Ausangate in its entirety

C: View of Laguna Ausangate after Apachata Pass

Af Arroz Marisco, 930 meter væk

The view from the Apachata Pass really has nothing to write home about but on descent from it the vie...

View of Laguna Ausangate after Apachata Pass

D: Camp Site At Ausangate

Af Arroz Marisco, 1.4 km væk

By the foot of the southern face of Ausangae lies a green laguna of the same name. The field nearby i...

Camp Site At Ausangate

E: First Glimpse of the Southwestern Face of Massif Ausangate

Af Arroz Marisco, 1.8 km væk

As the trail lead steadily up towards the 4,850m high Apachata (Ausangate) Pass I was greeted with th...

First Glimpse of the Southwestern Face of Massif Ausangate

F: The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake

Af Arroz Marisco, 1.9 km væk

Nestled at the foot of the southwestern face of massif Ausangate, Pumacocha Lake, also known as the J...

The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake

G: Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake

Af Arroz Marisco, 2.1 km væk

I was alresdy soaked to the skin having caught in one of the heaviest snow storm on the way down the ...

Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake

H: Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

Af Arroz Marisco, 2.9 km væk

With the snow storm subsiding the twin lakes of Pumacocha and the lagunas and tarns at the foot of Ne...

Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

I: Multicoloured Landscapes from Palomani Pass

Af Arroz Marisco, 3.1 km væk

The 5,200 m high Palomani Pass is a relatively short hard slog all the way from the shore of Laguna A...

Multicoloured Landscapes from Palomani Pass

J: Storm over Pumacocha Lake

Af Arroz Marisco, 3.6 km væk

The first snow storm had just subsided by the time I set foot on the shore of Pumacocha and the lands...

Storm over Pumacocha Lake

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