Cordillera Blanca, Huascaran National Park

Categories: Valleys, Mountains, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Must see the Cordillera Blanca at least once in his life. A territory of mountainous landscape breathtaking.
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  • It was the most beautiful place that I visited in my life, the black mountains form a wall that protects the white mountain range, forming glaciers, everything there is amazing, Huacarán N.p., Laguna Pastoruri Glacier, 69, and a plethora of amazing places, I want to go back before the global warming melts glaciers, and if possible, I really want to climb the Huascaran Mountain.
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  • Adventure Travel Agency Huascaran organised our 10 day trip with base camp to climb some of the peaks surrounding Q. Quilcayhuanca. Paulino organised everything to perfection, the cook he supplied was...  read more »
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