First View of Nevado Pucaranra
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First View of Nevado Pucaranra

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Nevado Churup (5,498m) just peeks from above my right shoulder here and the beautiful lake of Churup perches somewhere high up there below the peak.

Right in front is the mountain of Pucaranra (6,150m) and a ridge to its right connects to the more rugged Palcaraju (6,274m).

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This panorama was taken in Peru, South America

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