The Very Rugged Landscape of Ausangate
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The Very Rugged Landscape of Ausangate

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A short side trip to this small bluff above the gully allows me an opportunity to have a commanding view of the highly rugged landscape further and beyond the confines of the valley.

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A: First Glimpse of Nevado Sorimana

di Arroz Marisco, 680 metri di distanza

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

First Glimpse of Nevado Sorimana

B: Gully Behind Western Face of Ausangate

di Arroz Marisco, 840 metri 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

C: Brewing Storm over Yanacocha

di Arroz Marisco, 1.1 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

D: Snow Storm on the Way to Puma Cocha

di Arroz Marisco, 1.8 km di distanza

The 4850m high Arapa Pass was like a breeze to me but I was soon caught in a snow storm that soon eng...

Snow Storm on the Way to Puma Cocha

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

di Arroz Marisco, 1.8 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

F: View of Ausangate en route to Arapa Pass

di Arroz Marisco, 2.2 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

G: Storm over Pumacocha Lake

di Arroz Marisco, 2.2 km di distanza

The first snow storm had just subsided by the time I set foot on the shore of Pumacocha and the lands...

Storm over Pumacocha Lake

H: Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

di Arroz Marisco, 2.9 km di distanza

With the snow storm subsiding the twin lakes of Pumacocha and the lagunas and tarns at the foot of Ne...

Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

I: The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake

di Arroz Marisco, 3.6 km di distanza

Nestled at the foot of the southwestern face of massif Ausangate, Pumacocha Lake, also known as the J...

The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake

J: Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake

di Arroz Marisco, 3.7 km di distanza

I was alresdy soaked to the skin having caught in one of the heaviest snow storm on the way down the ...

Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake

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