Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake
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Panoramic photo by Arroz Marisco EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 07:06, 06/07/2012 - Views loading...

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Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake

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I was alresdy soaked to the skin having caught in one of the heaviest snow storm on the way down the 4859m high Arapa Pass,  the freezing night that greeted me by the camp site at Laguna Pumacocha was not helping either. I didn't manage much sleep and rose up early to catch the sunrise by the shore.

The sun rising up behind the massif Ausanagte soon cast a golden hue on the tower of Nevado Sorimani to the left.

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A: The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake

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B: First Glimpse of the Southwestern Face of Massif Ausangate

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C: Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

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D: Storm over Pumacocha Lake

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E: Snow Storm on the Way to Puma Cocha

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F: The Incredibly Reflective Lagunas by the Massive Glacier of Ausangate

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G: Three Laguna View of Ausangate

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H: Brewing Storm over Yanacocha

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I: The Glory of the Southwestern Face of Ausangate in its entirety

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J: View of Laguna Ausangate after Apachata Pass

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