Cordillera Blanca, Huascaran National Park

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The Cordillera Blanca is a mountain range in the Ancash Region of Peru. It extends between 8°08' and 9°58'S and 77°00' and 77°52'W. It contains 722 individual glaciers. Part of the larger Andes range, it includes 33 major peaks over 5500m high in an area 21km wide and about 200km long.OverviewThe highest mountain in Peru, Huáscarán (6,768 m), is located here. Huáscarán National Park, established in 1975, encompasses almost the entire range of the Cordillera Blanca.The 5,947 m (19,511 ft) Alpamayo mountain was declared "World's Most Beautiful Mountain" by an international survey led by former climber Toni Hiebeler in May 1966 in Munich.Snow melt from the Cordillera Blanca has provided Peru with its year-round water supplies, while 80% of Peru's power comes from hydroelectricity. The area of permanent ice pack shrank by about a third between the 1970s and 2006.PeaksThere are sixteen 6,000 m peaks in the Cordillera Blanca with a 400 m topographic prominence, and a further seventeen peaks over 5,500 m. Huascaran Sur, the highest peak, has two commonly quoted heights - 6,746 m from the Peruvian IGM map, and 6,768 m from the OEAV survey map.A selection of some of the highest peaks of the Cordillera Blanca is listed below.The main groups of peaks from north to south are: Champara Millwaqucha, Pilanku Pukarahu (Huaylas Province), Allpamayu, Kitarahu, Pukahirka, Pukarahu (Lucma District), Rinrihirka, Tayapampa, Tawllirahu, Tuqtupampa Huandoy, Artesonraju, Chakrarahu, Qaras, Pirámide, Pisqu, Yanaphaqcha Huascarán, Chopicalqui Yanarahu (Asunción Province) Qupa, Chiqllarahu, Chukllarahu, Paqtsarahu, Paqtsaruri, Ulta, Wallqan Perlilla, Qaqapampa, Qupap, Tarush Kancha, Tarush Wachanan Antap'iti, Kayish, Churup, Hatun Kunka, Map'arahu, Pallqarahu, Pukaqaqa Punta, Pukaranra, Ranrapallqa, Rima Rima, Rurichinchay, Tullparahu, Tuqllarahu, Urus, Uqshapallqa, Wallunarahu, Wamanripa Wantsan, Kashan, Puka Matarahu, Ruriq, Shaqsha, Urwashrahu, Wamashrahu Yanamaray, Pukarahu (Recuay Province) P'unqu, Qishqi Parya (Raria) Qiwllarahu, Challwa, Tuku, Santun, Qiwlla Hirka, Wishka Hirka
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  • All the people tells about Peru is Machu Pitchu. Definetly it is MUST place but for me was better Huaraz with its Cordilieras. Calm place, enought space, not crazy turist guides. I liked it and really...  more »
  • The Cordillera Blanca offers a stunning scenery and a well established trail system for outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to explore the region independently.  more »
  • We visited several points of the Huascaran National Park, including the lagoon 69 and the Puyas of Raymondi. For each one you need a whole day if you stay in Huaraz or close to a point
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