The Mountain Amphitheater of Ausangate
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The Mountain Amphitheater of Ausangate

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I thought I would take this one last chance to see whether I could have a better view of the surrounding mountains when I took this side trip to an outcrop on the descent to Pacchanta. The weather wasn't promising to start off with but I was pleasantly surprised that the low clouds lifted momentarily as I was up at the top to have all the peaks in this snap clearly. 

From left ro right are the followings respectively :

Pachanta (5,950m)

Jatunhuma (6,093m)

Qampa (5,500m)

Huayruro Punco (5,550m)

Mariposa (5,808m)

Ausangate (6,384m)

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C: Rain Coming My Way Enroute to Pacchanta

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E: The 5,000m high Qampa Pass

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I: Gathering Storm on the Way to Qampa Pass

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