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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.


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Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Nov 15, 2012 4:57 pm - Voted 10/10


Dude, some stunning images!


rgg - Nov 16, 2012 1:29 am - Hasn't voted

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Thanks Senad. The Cordillera Blanca is a beautiful range to visit, both for the climbing experience and for the scenery.
Cheers, Rob.


markhallam - Nov 16, 2012 11:55 pm - Voted 10/10

The Peak Monster strikes again!

Great pictures and a great looking place! If I could take 4 weeks off to go to the Andes in summer, I think this area would be where I'd go. It is beautiful and some nice climbing too.


rgg - Nov 17, 2012 6:13 am - Hasn't voted

Re: The Peak Monster strikes again!

Good plan, but unless you want to have a go at hard routes, I think that, once you're acclimatized, you'll need only a long week. That's enough to climb Pisco, Yanapaccha and Chopicalqui.

A bit harder, but, if conditions are right, still possible for mere mortals, are some routes on Huandoy. I'd like to try that next time I'm there.

And then there are the very difficult and extreme routes on the north, northeast or east side of Huascaran, or on Chacraraju, to name just a few.

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