Laguna Arhuaycocha of the Andes
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Laguna Arhuaycocha of the Andes

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On a side-trip to the base camp of Alpamayo (5947m), I could not resist the urge to climb up the scree to see this beautiful turquoise Laguna of Arhuaycocha by the foot of Pucahirca (5810m).

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A: The Landslide between Mt Paria and Mt Artesonraju

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As I climbed up the trail edging closer to the crossroad to Alpamayo (5,947m) it became evident that ...

The Landslide between  Mt Paria and Mt Artesonraju

B: Quebrada Santa Crua in Ruins

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The once green valley now lies lifeless filled only with silt. Loosing precious green pasture to roam...

Quebrada Santa Crua in Ruins

C: Quenua Trees Clinging on to life.

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Once past Laguna Jatuncocha I was greeted by what seemed to me a carnage site.Only now at the time of...

Quenua Trees Clinging on to life.

D: Sunrise over Taulliraju

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Talliraju(5830m) is seen basking under the rising sun here. Quebrada Santa Cruz is so named as Nevada...

Sunrise over Taulliraju

E: The Open Plain below Mt Taulliraju

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Shrouded in clouds the magnificent Taulliraju (5,830m) refused to show its face again on my second vi...

The Open Plain below Mt Taulliraju

F: Nevada Taulliraju

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It took nearly the whole afternoon before the cloud would disperse to reveal the impressively jagged ...

Nevada Taulliraju

G: First View of Laguna Jatuncocha

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I camped alongside the much shrinken lake of Ichiccocha amidst fear of an impending storm.The followi...

First View of Laguna Jatuncocha

H: Clouds over Punta Union, the High Mountain Pass of Santa Cruz Trek

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I sighed a relief as I climbed up to this same rock again as I did in 2009 to take another panoramic ...

Clouds over Punta Union, the High Mountain Pass of Santa Cruz Trek

I: Punta Unión, High Pass of the Popular Santa Cruz Trek

Par Arroz Marisco, A 6.3 km

This is one of the most popular trek in the whole of Cordillera Blanca and the highlight without any ...

Punta Unión, High Pass of the Popular Santa Cruz Trek

J: Alpamayo Basking in the Sun

Par Arroz Marisco, A 7.0 km

Finally landing on the flats of Quebrada, I just caught the beautiful Alpamayo glowing  under the set...

Alpamayo Basking in the Sun

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