The Valley of Laguna Sactaycocha
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The Valley of Laguna Sactaycocha

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The trail peters out eventually just before the valley where Laguna Sactaycocha lies - quebrada Janajanca. The next mountain pass of Pucahirca (4,500m) is not that notch between the granite spires ahead - it lies way off here to the left about another hour or so of walking from here.

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A: The Grazing Ground below Laguna Sactaycocha

by Arroz Marisco, 1.7 km away

The trail leaves the beautiful valley of Jancapampa behind by turning north through a lush and shady ...

The Grazing Ground below Laguna Sactaycocha

B: Laguna Sactaycocha Enroute to Paso Yanacon

by Arroz Marisco, 2.0 km away

Laguna Sactaycocha began to disappear into the shadow as the valley below, quebrada Janajanca was slo...

Laguna Sactaycocha Enroute to Paso Yanacon

C: Yanacon Pass and Beyond

by Arroz Marisco, 2.0 km away

The final climb on a really sandy and slippery slope nearly sent me hurling back down to the scree be...

Yanacon Pass and Beyond

D: Sunset over Yanacon Pass

by Arroz Marisco, 4.1 km away

With nightfall fast approaching I quickened my pace to get to the village of Huillca.As I looked back...

Sunset over Yanacon Pass

E: The Andean Shangri-La of Jancapampa

by Arroz Marisco, 4.6 km away

The small hamlet nestled below the hanging glaciers of the towering peaks of Pucahirca (5,810m), Rinr...

The Andean Shangri-La of Jancapampa

F: The Lone Family at Huilla

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G: Mesapata Pass at 4,460m

by Arroz Marisco, 7.4 km away

The view from Paso Mesapata (4.460m) is dominated by Mt Pucahirca (6,040m) directlt opposite. Sitting...

Mesapata Pass at 4,460m

H: Twilight over Paso Tupatupa at 4,400m

by Arroz Marisco, 8.0 km away

At long last I made it to the mountain pass of Tupatupa just before darkness had descended to make ne...

Twilight over Paso Tupatupa at 4,400m

I: Sun Setting over Mt Taulliraju

by Arroz Marisco, 8.4 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

J: The Western Face of Taulliraju

by Arroz Marisco, 8.9 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

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