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Panoramic photo by Arroz Marisco EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 09:50, 06/07/2012 - Views loading...

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The Glory of the Southwestern Face of Ausangate in its entirety

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Taken a good few hundred meters from the actual Apachata Pass I managed to squeezed in the entire southwestern face of the mighty glacier of Ausangate in this shot.

You could see that the sky was still blue but that changed almost as soon as I reached the bottom of the valley - and it didn't take long.

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A: View of Laguna Ausangate after Apachata Pass

by Arroz Marisco, 330 meters away

The view from the Apachata Pass really has nothing to write home about but on descent from it the vie...

View of Laguna Ausangate after Apachata Pass

B: Three Laguna View of Ausangate

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The 4,850m high Apachata Pass is just moment away from here and in the distance are the three Lagunas...

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

by Arroz Marisco, 600 meters away

The enormous glacier covering the backside or southwestern face of Massif Ausangate is beautifully fl...

The Incredibly Reflective Lagunas by the Massive Glacier of Ausangate

D: Camp Site At Ausangate

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By the foot of the southern face of Ausangae lies a green laguna of the same name. The field nearby i...

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E: First Glimpse of the Southwestern Face of Massif Ausangate

by Arroz Marisco, 2.4 km away

As the trail lead steadily up towards the 4,850m high Apachata (Ausangate) Pass I was greeted with th...

First Glimpse of the Southwestern Face of Massif Ausangate

F: Multicoloured Landscapes from Palomani Pass

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G: The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake

by Arroz Marisco, 2.5 km away

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H: Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake

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I: Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

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J: On the Way to Pampacancha from Paso Palomani

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