Nevado Ausungate 6,384m /  20,945ft is Peru’s fifth highest mountain, but perhaps it’s most sacred. Most of the high peaks of Peru’s Andes are in the North of the country around Huaraz. Ausungate rises out of the grasslands as one large freestanding massif. Valerie and I trekked a complete circle around the mountain. We saw thousands of alpacas and only a few dozen humans. We soaked in and knocked ice off of our frosty tent. The scenery was spectacular. Half of the time we navigated the non-existent path by following old horse dung.

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