Cordillera Blanca from Paso Pucaraju
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Cordillera Blanca from Paso Pucaraju

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A well-formed rocky path zig-zags its way up the steep slope of black Mt Pucaraju to this mountain pass at 4,640 m a.s.l. with a commanding view of the surrounding glaciated peaks of cordillera Blanca.

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A: Descending Alto Paso Pucaraju

by Arroz Marisco, 170 meters away

The descent is first via a rocky path before it peters out into the green slope half-way down the eas...

Descending Alto Paso Pucaraju

B: The Grazing Field below Mt Pucaraju

by Arroz Marisco, 380 meters away

The plain below rolls out gently as a green grazing field on the other side of Mt. Pucaraju. There is...

The Grazing Field below Mt Pucaraju

C: Sunrise over Mt Pucaraju

by Arroz Marisco, 900 meters away

The night passed uneventfully at the campsite in quebrada Tuctubamba by the foot of Mt Taulliraju.The...

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

by Arroz Marisco, 3.2 km away

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

by Arroz Marisco, 3.2 km away

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

F: The Long Descent towards Laguna Huecrococha

by Arroz Marisco, 3.3 km away

Not a single soul in sight I strolled leisurely down the valley amidst lush vegetations and soon foun...

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G: Laguna Huecrococha

by Arroz Marisco, 3.3 km away

Laguna Huecrococha at 3,950m a.s.l is a large lake by Andean standard here. Relatively secluded with ...

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H: Nevada Taulliraju

by Arroz Marisco, 3.8 km away

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

Nevada Taulliraju

I: The Western Face of Taulliraju

by Arroz Marisco, 4.2 km away

Having bagged one pass too early on during the day, my legs were yearning for another challenge as th...

The Western Face of Taulliraju

J: Sun Setting over Mt Taulliraju

by Arroz Marisco, 5.0 km away

My legs felt like jelly by the time I reached this ridge but the night was fast approaching and still...

Sun Setting over Mt Taulliraju

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