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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 thought as I approached these cairns  - no, it wasn't yet, the last hurdle of the Ausangate Circuit the 5,000m high Qampa Pass is actually still another 100 m 's climb away.

Reluctantly I ploded on.

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A: 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 ...

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B: First Glimpse of Mapacho basin from Qampa Pass

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C: First Glimpse of Laguna Comaococha

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D: 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...

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

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F: The Sacred Laguna of Minaparayoc

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G: 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

H: Rain Coming My Way Enroute to Pacchanta

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I: Gathering Storm Enroute to Qampa Pampa

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The plain below this bluff is seriously boggy and one should tread with care. The clouds had by now a...

Gathering Storm Enroute to Qampa Pampa

J: On the Way to Pampacancha from Paso Palomani

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It is a leisurely stroll to the small hamlet at Pampacancha down the valley from Palomani Pass. The w...

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