The Llanganuco valley is flanked by a host of great mountains. Many are over the magic 6000m mark, but there are also a number of 5000-ers. Of these, Pisco Oeste and Yanapaccha are the most popular.
I had already climbed Pisco Oeste, so this time I was back for Yanapaccha. We arrived at the trailhead very late, around 4 in the afternoon. Fortunately, it's only a short approach. An hour and a half later I reached the lake where we would spend the next two nights. Shortly after I had pitched our tent, Eric joined me.
In fact, if you're in good shape and start just before sunrise on summit day, you can make it back to the trailhead and only have to sleep there once. But we started a bit on the late side, and Eric wasn't very well acclimatized, so we decided to enjoy the scenery and the lake a bit longer.