The Rolling Plains of Ausangate
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The Rolling Plains of Ausangate

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A glorious morning as I set off on the Ausangate trek the balzing sun seemed to  have set the rolling plains below the masive Ausangate (6,384m) and Callanagte (6,110m) alight. The indigenous people in this mountainous area largely eke out a living from llamas and you could see a large herd of them just below in the distance. 

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A: Sunrise over Plain of Upis

di Arroz Marisco, 2.2 km di distanza

The house on the left where I had spent the night before belongs to my guide, Alejendro Gonsalo (alej...

Sunrise over Plain of Upis

B: Rio Upis of Ausangate

di Arroz Marisco, 2.4 km di distanza

Rio Upis follows a northwestern course from here and with a open hot bath nearby camping along the ba...

Rio Upis of Ausangate

C: On the Way to Arapa Pass

di Arroz Marisco, 3.2 km di distanza

Just another view of the massif Ausangate on the way to Arapa Pass. 

On the Way to Arapa Pass

D: View of Ausangate en route to Arapa Pass

di Arroz Marisco, 4.8 km di distanza

At 6,384m high Ausangate is the highest mountain in the Cusco region. I was contemplating with the id...

View of Ausangate en route to Arapa Pass

E: View of Callangate on the way to Pacchanta

di Arroz Marisco, 5.4 km di distanza

Just before the small settlement in Pacchanta, I took another shot of the mounatins before they were ...

View of Callangate on the way to Pacchanta

F: Gully Behind Western Face of Ausangate

di Arroz Marisco, 5.5 km di distanza

Immediately after Arapa Pass the trail becomes very sandy and skirts around the western edge of Ausan...

Gully Behind Western Face of Ausangate

G: First Hurdle of the Ausangate Trek - the 4,850m High Arapa Pass

di Arroz Marisco, 5.5 km di distanza

It took about an hour and a half or so  to hike from the small settlement of Upis to the first hurdle...

First Hurdle of the Ausangate Trek  - the 4,850m High Arapa Pass

H: The Very Rugged Landscape of Ausangate

di Arroz Marisco, 6.1 km di distanza

A short side trip to this small bluff above the gully allows me an opportunity to have a commanding v...

The Very Rugged Landscape of Ausangate

I: First Glimpse of Nevado Sorimana

di Arroz Marisco, 6.7 km di distanza

Skirting along the sandy slope of the western face of Ausangate after Paso Arapa, one finally reaches...

First Glimpse of Nevado Sorimana

J: Brewing Storm over Yanacocha

di Arroz Marisco, 7.1 km di distanza

As one descends from Arapa Pass the first real lake that one skirts past is the dark coloured Yanacoc...

Brewing Storm over Yanacocha

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