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

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It took about an hour and a half or so  to hike from the small settlement of Upis to the first hurdle of the Ausangate Trek - the 4,850m high Arapa Pass. It was a glorious day to start off with but a big blanket of cloud soon rolled in from the north to smother the sun out in less than an hour's time.

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A: View of Ausangate en route to Arapa Pass

door Arroz Marisco, 720 hier vandaan

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

B: Gully Behind Western Face of Ausangate

door Arroz Marisco, 1.1 hier vandaan

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

Gully Behind Western Face of Ausangate

C: The Very Rugged Landscape of Ausangate

door Arroz Marisco, 1.8 hier vandaan

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

D: First Glimpse of Nevado Sorimana

door Arroz Marisco, 2.1 hier vandaan

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

First Glimpse of Nevado Sorimana

E: Brewing Storm over Yanacocha

door Arroz Marisco, 2.3 hier vandaan

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

Brewing Storm over Yanacocha

F: On the Way to Arapa Pass

door Arroz Marisco, 2.6 hier vandaan

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

On the Way to Arapa Pass

G: Snow Storm on the Way to Puma Cocha

door Arroz Marisco, 2.9 hier vandaan

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

H: Rio Upis of Ausangate

door Arroz Marisco, 3.3 hier vandaan

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

Rio Upis of Ausangate

I: Storm over Pumacocha Lake

door Arroz Marisco, 3.3 hier vandaan

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

J: Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

door Arroz Marisco, 3.7 hier vandaan

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

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