Mountainering

Touching the Andean sky

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The Andes mountain range is the second highest in the world, after the Himalayas. At 6,768 meters above sea level, Huascarán, located in the cordillera Blanca mountain range, is the highest tropical mountain in the world, and sits alongside dozens of snow-capped mountains over 5,000 meters tall.

With its high, medium and low difficulty peaks, the Peruvian Andes is a perfect destination for both beginners and experienced climbers.

In 1975, Huascarán National Park was created, with a size of 340,000 hectares, 180 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide, with the aim of preserving the area’s natural resources, archaeological sites, geological formations and beautiful landscapes, promoting scientific research and establishing sustainable tourism. The area was awarded UNESCO Biosphere status in 1977, and included on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1985.

The Peruvian Andes present an unrivalled setting for mountaineering. As a result, Peru is a real magnet for fans of mountaineering in the Americas. There are plenty of reasons: lots of mountains in a small area (so not too many climbers); a benign climate for most of the year and relatively easy access, despite being totally isolated from the urban hustle-and-bustle. A unique combination.

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Cordillera Blanca

The Cordillera Blanca is the highest tropical mountain range in the world and the Peruvian capital of mountaineering. The Huascarán National Park (PNH) has 663 glaciers, including the Huascarán (6,768 metres), the Huandoy (6,395 metres) and the Alpamayo (5,947 metres) glaciers.

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Cordillera Huayhuash

The trail (180 km) begins and ends in Chiquián. Over 12 days, the trail travels along the north side of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, passing onto its eastern slopes and ending on the west side.

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Cordillera Volcanica

A range of peaks and volcanoes that stretches for over 50 km around Arequipa city.

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Nevado Ampay

Nevado Ampay (5,235 masl) can be accessed from Abancay city .

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Cordillera Vilcabamba

Located between the Urubamba and Apurímac Rivers, the mountain range stretches over 100 km.

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Cordillera Vilcanota

Located between the Vilcanota, Paucartambo and Madre de Dios Rivers, the range includes mountains like Ausangate (6,384 metres), Mariposa, Cayangate, Wakay Willca (or Verónica) Chicón and Pitusiray, which is over 5,500 masl.

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