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Hike across the pass Gara Gara

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Petr Liška
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Hike across the pass Gara Gara
Inserted: 06.12.2014
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Alpamayo BC trek 5: The fifth day of the trek awaits you overcoming of Gara Gara pass (4 830 m asl) famous for frequent bad weather. It can snow here also in the highest season. By its overcoming you leave extremely isolated valley of Quebrada Alpamayo and get into the area, from where you can more easily get to civilization. At the end of this walk awaits you even easier ascent into the pass Mesapata (4 460 m asl) and decision whether you set out for another side trip to the lagoons Safuna and Pucacocha or walk the standard route of Alpamayo trek.
 

Sunrise over Alpamayo

It is worth to get up very soon for the crossing of pass Gara Gara, because the weather is mostly stable at this time. The journey begins at the bridge over the creek and then awaits you the ascent of 600 vertical meters into the pass. With increasing altitude opens nicely a panorama of Alpamayo and the surrounding mountains.
 

Sunrise over Alpamayo
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Mountains around Alpamayo

You will say goodbye to the mountains that accompanied you the last two days. The highest is large massif of Nevado Quitaraju (6 036 m asl), dominant is Alpamayo pyramid (5 947 m asl) and between two ridges peeping Nevado Abasraju (5 785 m asl).

 

Mountains around Alpamayo
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Pond in the halfway

The path rises for a long time along the moraine and then along the rocks and in an hour and something you're already halfway to a small lake (4 533 m asl), where, however, where in good weather, is the ideal place for a short break.

 

Pond in the halfway
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High mountain lake

The path rises increasingly more through the rocky terrain up to the second lake (4 700 m asl), from where begins the worst part of the ascent into the pass. There is also a great view on Nevado Santa Cruz in good weather.

 

High mountain lake
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

View from the pass Gara Gara

Finally, you've done the last hundred meters of altitude meandering in screes and you stand in a hostile pass Gara Gara (4 820 m asl). It is only a little over two hours ascending from the camp Jancarurish. Finally you see to the other side of the ridge, where is the countryside surprisingly different – only bland peaks smoothed by ancient glacier. However, you overcome through this pass the main ridge of the mountains and farther away to the northwest the countryside gradually decreases until somewhere in the Amazon lowlands.

 

View from the pass Gara Gara
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In the valley of Mayobamba

In an hour and a half walk to Gara Gara you are already far in the valley of Mayobamba. You will really feel here like in another world. On the horizon (on the right) is visible lackluster pass, it is Gara Gara, where you were a while ago.

 

In the valley of Mayobamba
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Bofedales in the valley of Mayobamba

The path approaches the bottom of the valley at the southern end of large bofedales. Half-wild cows like grazing here.

 

Bofedales in the valley of Mayobamba
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Ascent into Mesapata pass (4 460 m asl)

After you cross the creek at about (4 360 m asl), awaits you only a short ascent to the next pass Mesapata (4 445 m asl). Below you is the wide valley of Maybamba and opposite the peak of Cerro Collota (4 716 m asl).

 

Ascent into Mesapata pass (4 460 m asl)
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Valley of Mayobamba

There is no path on the map leading through the deserted valley of Mayobamba, but it does not seem impassable.

 

Valley of Mayobamba
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View from the pass Mesapata

From the pass Mesapata (4 445 m asl) is a beautiful view of the nearby glacial massif of Pucajirca with its highest peak Pucajirca Norte (6 046 m asl). In addition, from there is also visible the lagoon Safuna, where you can undertake a very nice side trip. An ideal place to camp is on the grassy area at the bottom of the valley of Tayapampa.

View from the pass Mesapata
Author: Jan Miklín © gigaplaces.com

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