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Cacanpunta Pass, Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru

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Cacanpunta Pass is one of the two 4700m high mountain passes on the famous Huayhuash Circuit that trekkers usually tackle on their first day of the trek. The trail follows the valley(where there is road access)down below for a short distance before skirting up to rise sharply to this high point. The stream on the other side of the valley is unnaturally crimson in colour - though not very obvious here is I believe the result of unrestricted mining activities of a Japanese firm nearby.

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A: Leaving Cacanpunta Pass

di Arroz Marisco, 430 metri di distanza

This is the unnaturally-looking colour that I refer to earlier of the stream that runs on this side o...

Leaving Cacanpunta Pass

B: Leaving Matacancha, Huayhuash Circuit

di Arroz Marisco, 1.2 km di distanza

The area where I spent the fist night is called Matacancha(4100m)on the Huayhuash Circuit. The trail ...

Leaving Matacancha, Huayhuash Circuit

C: Carhuac Punta Pass, Huayhuash Circuit

di Arroz Marisco, 7.2 km di distanza

This is the 2nd pass on the 1st day of the famous Huayhuash Circuit following the earlier Cacanapunta...

Carhuac Punta  Pass, Huayhuash Circuit

D: Arriving at Laguna Carhuacocha

di Arroz Marisco, 10.6 km di distanza

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

Arriving at Laguna Carhuacocha

E: Sunset at Laguna Jahuacocha

di Arroz Marisco, 10.7 km di distanza

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

Sunset at Laguna Jahuacocha

F: Sunset at Laguna Carhaucocha

di Arroz Marisco, 11.0 km di distanza

This is Laguna carhaucocha, one of the most beautiful lake on the circuit. Across the lakes are some ...

Sunset at Laguna Carhaucocha

G: Leaving Laguna Carhuacocha

di Arroz Marisco, 11.8 km di distanza

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

Leaving Laguna Carhuacocha

H: 2nd Lake Of Quesillococha

di Arroz Marisco, 13.6 km di distanza

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

2nd Lake Of Quesillococha

I: By the Shore of Laguna Siula

di Arroz Marisco, 13.9 km di distanza

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

By the Shore of Laguna Siula

J: Punta Yauche

di Arroz Marisco, 14.2 km di distanza

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

Punta Yauche

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