Sunset at Laguna Jahuacocha
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Sunset at Laguna Jahuacocha

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It would had been an easy hike had we taken the beaten path after Punta Yauche at 4800m, instead our guide took us on an ad hoc route that climbs even higher to a view point with superb view of the entire cordillera - no complaint at all as the view really made it all worthwhile but the descent afterwards is surely one of the steepest I have ever made - almost between 60° and 70° degree throughout for almost 500 m ziz-zaging non-stop. By the time I reached more level ground I just had enough stamina left to take this last photo of our campsite for tonight - right against the gorgeous backdrop of the twin lakes of laguna Jahuacocha and Solteracocha at sunset - Jirishanca(6121m) and Yerupaja(6634m) were shrouded unfortunately.

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