The Sacred Laguna of Minaparayoc
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The Sacred Laguna of Minaparayoc

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On the way to the village of Pacchanta one could not but be gobsmacked by the sight of three beautiful lakes lying at the foot of the giant Callangate (6,110m)  - the twin lakes of azure Comacocha near the back and the crystal clear laguna of Minaparayoc right beneath the trail - the latter is considered sacred and is often visited by shamans during holy festivities.

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A: Rain Coming My Way Enroute to Pacchanta

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There are two more lakes further down along the way to Pacchanta. I did this side trip to take a bett...

Rain Coming My  Way Enroute to Pacchanta

B: The Mountain Amphitheater of Ausangate

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I thought I would take this one last chance to see whether I could have a better view of the surround...

The Mountain Amphitheater of Ausangate

C: First Glimpse of Laguna Comaococha

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Despite the cloudy weather the twin lakes of Comacocha (or Qomacocha) still shone with a dazzling tur...

First Glimpse of Laguna Comaococha

D: First Glimpse of Mapacho basin from Qampa Pass

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The rolling plain ahead is part of the upper reach of mapacho basin at the foot of Ausangate.  From t...

First Glimpse of Mapacho basin from Qampa Pass

E: The 5,000m high Qampa Pass

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Qampa Pass at last with the stormy weatherfront just about to pass over the mighty Callangate Massif ...

The 5,000m high Qampa Pass

F: Approaching Qampa Pass ( 5,000m ) on the Ausangate Trek

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The misery of hiking in bad weather against strong gusts and through heavy snow would be over I thoug...

Approaching Qampa Pass ( 5,000m ) on the Ausangate Trek

G: View of Callangate on the way to Pacchanta

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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

H: A Lull before the Storm on the Way to Qampa Pass

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There was a sudden break in the thickening clouds and for a split second the landscape was lit up by ...

A Lull before the Storm on the Way to Qampa Pass

I: Gathering Storm on the Way to Qampa Pass

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The following day saw another storm coming our way and with the terrain all cover with snow our guide...

Gathering Storm on the Way to Qampa Pass

J: On the Way to Arapa Pass

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

On the Way to Arapa Pass

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