International Mountain Day: get to know the 7 highest mountains in Peru

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1. Huascaran
It is the highest in Peru. It is located in the Cordillera Blanca, in the provinces of Yungay and Carhuaz, in the Ancash region. The snow has 3 peaks, the highest is 6,768 meters. Huascarán is the fifth highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere after the Aconcagua, Ojos del Salado, Pissis and Mercedario hills. The massif occupies the north-central part of the Cordillera Blanca and is separated from the rest of the chain by two deep valleys: the Gorge of Llanganuco to the north and the Gorge of Ulta to the south. The first is the most touristic place known throughout the Huascarán National Park to house the lagoons of Llanganuco: Chinancocha and Orconcocha. The mountain is surrounded by numerous peaks above 5,000 meters in the Cordillera Blanca sector, a 140-kilometer long snow-capped mountain range that is included in the 340,000-hectare Huascarán National Park.


2. Yerupajá
This mountain is located in the district of Pacllón, in the province of Bolognesi, Ancash region. It is the second largest mountain in Peru with 6,617 meters, belongs to the Huayhuash Mountain Range, this mountain range is considered the most spectacular of the Peruvian Andes. The Yerupajá, is one of the hardest snow to climb, which is why it has gained worldwide fame for its imposing snow and chilling peaks. It is constantly visited by scientists and scholars, as well as by athletes who are attracted to the fascinating appeal.


3. Coropuna
It is a snow of volcanic origin, has a height of 6.405 meters. It is located in the Cordillera de Ampato, between the provinces of Castilla and Condesuyos, Arequipa region. The first arrival at the top was by the American explorer Hiram Bingham and members of Yale University in 1911 and there were remains of clothing belonging to the Incas. This massive ice-covered stratovolcanic complex has a 12x20 kilometer plateau on top, with six cones seated on it. The true summit is at the northwest end of the plateau, although the southwest summit reaches a similar height or somewhat higher depending on the thickness of the snow cover. Remains of Inca clothing have been found at a height of 6,000 meters, confirming the activity of pre-Columbian inhabitants in the region.


4. Huandoy
This snowy one is in the province of Yungay, in Ancash, to the north of Huascaran, has a height of 6,395 meters. Due to the great proximity to the Huascarán mountain there is a legend that tells that both mountains were actually a princess and a soldier, turned into snow by God Huaylas. The Huandoy has 4 peaks, oriented each to each of the cardinal points, the north is the highest in the group with 6,395 meters above sea level and the only one that does not reach 6,000 meters of altitude (5,900m) , the others are south with 6,160 and west 6,356 meters. It is located just in front of the Huascarán, separated by the great canyon that forms the Llanganuco gorge and at whose feet of these mountains lie the famous lagoons of Shinancocha and Orconcocha (Llanganuco lagoons).


5. Huantsan
At 6,395 meters above sea level, Huantsan Mountain is the fifth highest summit of the White Mountain Range of Peru, next to Huandoy. It is a difficult snow to climb. It has an imposing and dangerous summit for mountaineers. At the beginning it is easy to climb, later on, the climbing is becoming more complex. This mountain is the only elevation in the southern region of the Cordillera Blanca that exceeds 6,000 meters, which makes it seem even larger due to the huge difference in the difference between its closest neighbors such as San Juan (5,843), Tumarinaraju (5,670), Shaqsha (5,703), Cashan (5,716) or El Rurec (5,696).


6. Ausangate (Cusco)
The snow is located about 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Cusco, in the district of Ocongate, province of Quispicanchi. It is part of the Vilcanota Mountain Range, has a height of 6,384 meters and is considered an apu of the surrounding villages. The Vilcanota Mountain Range with its 120 kilometers of steep peaks and glaciers is the second mountain range (both in extension and glaciers) of Peru, after the Cordillera Blanca and is located about 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Cusco, in the Vilcanota knot.


7. Chopicalqui
The mountain Chopicalqui, has a height of 6,345 meters. It is part of the Cordillera Blanca. It is one of the highest peaks of the mountain range and is located in the Yungay province in Ancash. Despite its height, it is considered one of the least complex climbing peaks, so it is very popular among mountaineers. From its top you can see the Huascarán (east side) in all its magnitude, as well as the Huandoy with its four pointed peaks, the Pisco and the great south wall of the Chacraraju, the uniform south wall of the Artesinraju with the Santa Cruz massif behind; looking south, the Copa and Hualcan and the Chinchey massif appear in the distance.