View of Ausangate en route to Arapa Pass
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View of Ausangate en route to Arapa Pass

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At 6,384m high Ausangate is the highest mountain in the Cusco region. I was contemplating with the idea of doing the circuit by myself but as map of the area was so hard to come by I finally hired my own guide, Alejendro and thinking back now I am glad that I had made the dcision for the trail is so hard to find when under bad weather with which I had the back luck to be caught in .

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