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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  • We live in Alaska. We've seen a lot of beautiful mountain scenery. However, the Cordillera Blanca is exceptional. In several places, you can see several 6,000 meter peaks at once. Lots of beautiful la...  more »
  • The Cordillera Blanca is a very beautiful region. There are lagoons of incredible colors, mountains of various altitudes and tracks that show us the immensity of the Andes. Are many snowy mountains, glaciers, valleys ... anyway, much beauty in one place. There are many cities that can serve as a base for trips to the mountains and many agencies. I nominate the city Huaraz as base and Scheller Artizon Trek.
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  • A mountain range with numerous peaks over 6,000 meters of altitude, with numerous lakes hidden in valleys and dishes, with numerous waterfalls, and other must-see attractions cannions.
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