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Hike Through Janca Pampa to Pomabamba

Descent through fabulous valley

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Hike Through Janca Pampa to Pomabamba
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Alpamayo BC Trek 7: The last stage of the trek leads through the picturesque valley of Janca pampa with stunning „back“ views of glaciated ridge of Pucajirca. Picturesque sceneries are completed here by the herds of horses and boxes strewn around the surrounding mountain slopes.
 

Janca pampa

After the descent from the pass Janacon through the side valley of Yanajanca opens a view of the picturesque, several hundred meters wide valley of Janca pampa, modeled long ago by glacier.

 

Janca pampa
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Horses at Jancapampa

A little wetland valley bottom is perfect feast for local horses. Individual settlements are built a little higher and the fields stretch along mountain slopes even higher. Although it seems at first glance that it is best to walk at the bottom, it is not the ideal way – you would need to bypass various wetlands and small side streams all the time.

 

Horses at Jancapampa
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Way above the valley

The right trail to Pomabamba leads long time along the contour roughly fifty altitude meters above the valley on its northern side. But be careful – if you walk the entire circuit around Alpamayo, you have to get through the waterlogged meadow to the other side of the valley and in Pishgopampa turn back up to the mountains in the direction of Tupatupa pass.
 

Way above the valley
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Life in the valley Jancapampa

From the contour path is a nice view over the scattered farm houses. Occasionally you may feel as if time has stopped here. The valley is very picturesque and contrasts to the rough mountain views that you saw the previous days.

 

Life in the valley Jancapampa
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End of the valley Jancapampa

Just look back and you're back in the harsh beauty of Cordillera Blanca. The valley is closed by more than 1,200 meters high wall and over it mighty glacier of massif Pucajirca.

 

End of the valley Jancapampa
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Village Jancapampa

To the village Jancapampa leads a gravel road, so civilization arrived also up here.

Village Jancapampa
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View on Pucajirca

From Janca pampa is also spectacular view of the peaks and glacier Pucajirca.

 

View on Pucajirca
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Rock towers of Pucajirca

This amazing view of the rock towers of Pucajirca belong among the most beautiful mountain views on the entire trek – unexpectedly at its end.

 

Rock towers of Pucajirca
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Traditional way of life

You can see here all the time women in traditional costumes. Generally, life goes by here slowly. People are mainly worried about animals and fields.

 

Traditional way of life
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Panorama of Pucajirca

With increasing distance is the view of the massif of Pucajirca more and more panoramatic.

 

Panorama of Pucajirca
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Area behind the moraine

The gravel road overcomes small ridge, behind which opens a completely new view – because the path above the valley led all the time below the top of really old glacial moraine, which obstructed the view of the other side.

 

Area behind the moraine
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The path high above the river

The canyon of the river gets increasingly deeper and the road traverses the slopes of the mountains for a long time. From the outlook point into the main valley you realize that Pomabamba is still far away and it lies in the valley of the main river bearing the same name. So there is no other choice but to grit your teeth and finish this last stage.

The path high above the river
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