On the Ridge below Punta Yauche
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On the Ridge below Punta Yauche

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This is on the ridge a good half an hour's walk from Punta Yauche, the 4850m high mountain pass near the end of the popular 10 day classical Huayhuash Circuit.

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A: Punta Yauche

by Arroz Marisco, 580 meters away

The two mountain passes of Tapush and Yauche, both roughly at about 4800m a.s.l. are normally tackled...

Punta Yauche

B: Punta Tapush

by Arroz Marisco, 3.1 km away

Punta Tapush at 4800m is a relatively easy pass to do in comparison as the climb is mostly very gentl...

Punta Tapush

C: Sunset at Laguna Jahuacocha

by Arroz Marisco, 3.8 km away

It would had been an easy hike had we taken the beaten path after Punta Yauche at 4800m, instead our ...

Sunset at Laguna Jahuacocha

D: Rio Huayllpa enroute to Punta Tapush

by Arroz Marisco, 9.9 km away

Just before the village of Huayllpa, the trail turns north to follow upstream the river of the same n...

Rio Huayllpa enroute to Punta Tapush

E: Leaving Laguna Carhuacocha

by Arroz Marisco, 11.8 km away

About 30 to 40 minutes or so the trail leaves the turquoise Laguna Carhuacocha behind to run alonside...

Leaving Laguna Carhuacocha

F: 2nd Lake Of Quesillococha

by Arroz Marisco, 12.2 km away

The trail to the pass skirts around the edges of three succesive lagunas of Quesillococha, of which t...

2nd Lake Of Quesillococha

G: By the Shore of Laguna Siula

by Arroz Marisco, 12.5 km away

On the way to the 4830m high Siula Punta (Quesillococha Pass) one passes a series of three consecutiv...

By the Shore of Laguna Siula

H: Arriving at Laguna Carhuacocha

by Arroz Marisco, 12.7 km away

After the 4630m high Carhuac Pass, the trail follows a narrow gully that opens into the spectacular L...

Arriving at Laguna Carhuacocha

I: Twin Lakes of Laguna Quesillacocha, Huayhuash, Peru

by Arroz Marisco, 13.0 km away

The Huayhuash Circuit is one of the most beautiful trek in the world, made famous by the film "Touchi...

Twin Lakes of Laguna Quesillacocha, Huayhuash, Peru

J: Quesillococha Lake, Another View

by Arroz Marisco, 13.3 km away

This is just another take on the twin lakes of Quesillococha - at a slightly higher level and beyond ...

Quesillococha Lake, Another View

This panorama was taken in Peru, South America

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