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Alpamayo, Huascaran National Park

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Alpamayo, Allpamayu or Shuyturahu is one of the most conspicuous peaks in the Cordillera Blanca of the Peruvian Andes. It is named after the river Allpamayu which originates northwest of it.It is a steep, almost perfect pyramid of ice, one of a number of peaks that compose the Pukarahu massif, the northernmost massif of the Cordillera Blanca. Although smaller than many of its neighboring peaks, it is distinguished by its unusual formation and overwhelming beauty. It actually has two sharp summits, North and South, separated by a narrow corniced ridge.On July 1966, on the German magazine "Alpinismus", a photo made by American photographer Leigh Ortenburger, came together with an article resulting from an international survey among climbers, photographers, etc., making the choice for Alpamayo as "The Most Beautiful Mountain in the World".Climbing history and routesMost popular routes start from the village of Caraz, on the north of the Cordillera Blanca. A French-Belgian expedition including George and Claude Kogan claimed to have made the first ascent in 1951. After studying the photos in George Kogan's book The Ascent of Alpamayo, the German team of G. Hauser, F. Knauss, B. Huhn & H. Wiedmann came to the conclusion that the 1951 team did not reach the actual summit, thereby making their ascent via the north ridge in 1957 the first.The most common climbing route, known as the Ferrari route, is situated on the southwest face of the mountain. It was opened in 1975 by a group of Italian alpinists led by Casimiro Ferrari. It is considered a difficult climb, demanding good crampon and ice-climbing technique. There are incomparable views of steep ice faces, penitentes, gigantic white walls and ridges like those of Huandoy Norte, Artesonraju and Huascaran Norte, similar to the finest of the Himalayan scenery. There are also at least six other alternative climbing routes, the second most popular being the Vasque-French route.
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  • Alpamayo is a famous mountain in the central Andes, in the Caraz area, as part of the Cordillera Blanca. It's dubbed to be the most beautiful mountain in the world,as result of a survey that took plac...  more »
  • Anyone looking for a Trek off the beaten tourist path, is right here. This tour can be done quite completely on your own. Hiking map you should get by the Austrian Alpine Association. It is recommended the Board completely in Huaraz to buy. On the road, you can buy but ever fresh eggs, vegetables or even noodles and Coke. People in remote mountain villages are always very friendly and happy to see tourists and if they can help. On this tour, you pass countless passes and one should be top fit and already accustomed to the altitude.
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  • To really enjoy the Alpamayo, make the Santa Cruz trail, which is an incredible experience. This snowy can be seen in both the 2nd and 3rd day of trekking. The Alpamayo is a mountain that can be hidden by clouds, so it is worth being always attentive to the movements of clouds.
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