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Andinism in Peru

Andinism in Peru – Okidoki Travel

Mountaineering finds in the Peruvian Andes an incomparable trekking scenario. Therefore, Peru is a true magnet for lovers of mountaineering in South America. There are plenty of reasons: a unique concentration of mountains (therefore, without crowds of climbers); mild weather during much of the year; and relatively easy access to environments that are nevertheless totally isolated from the urban bustle. A unique combination that makes Peru trekking one of the most attractive travel destinations for mountaineers around the world.

Although the smallest of the summits of the snowy Huascarán, the largest tropical mountain in the world, was climbed for the first time in distant 1908 by the North American Annie Peck and her two Swiss trekking guides, mountaineering activity reaches our country in a definitively at the beginning of the 1930s, when the first expeditions of European pioneers began the great adventure of traveling through the Andean mountain ranges in search of new challenges and challenges in mountaineering in Peru.

Trekking and andinism in Peru Ever since the famous Austrian expedition Borchers, Schneider and Kinzl managed to crown the southern summit of Huascarán (6,768masl), the highest in Peru, in 1932, the Peruvian summits have been the scene of successive ascents in the mountains, each one more spectacular than the previous mountain.

Andinism in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru:

The Cordillera Blanca, considered the Peruvian capital of andinism, is located on the eastern side of the Santa River valley, in the Callejón de Huaylas. It has the greatest abundance of snow-capped peaks and the highest and most beautiful in the country. Among its most famous peaks are: andinism in Huascarán (6,768masl); Huandoy treks, with three summits, all over 6,000masl; trekking Chopicalqui (6,354masl); Chacraraju trekking (6,112masl); Alpamayo trekking (5,947masl) and Copa trekking (6,118masl).

Among the advantages offered by this mountain range are the climate (ideal for climbing between May and October) and the marked accessibility of its mountains, which allows you to complete the ascent of several peaks in a short time. In addition, the cities and towns located at the foot of the mountain range provide a wide and complete range of services which includes professional guides, porters, rescue services and climbing equipment on the trip. In the city of Huaraz, capital of Ancash, there are abundant hotels, restaurants and a dozen stable travel agencies that organize climbing expeditions. Although there is a small airport that organizes charter flights, access to Huaraz is by land after traveling 210 km from Lima to Pativilca, on the Panamericana Sur, and 200 more in ascent to the mountains (5-6 hours in total travel).

Other towns located at the foot of the mountain range, such as Carhuaz, a liaison center with the towns of Callejón de Conchucos; Yungay, starting point to the scenic Llanganuco lagoons, in the Huascarán National Park; and Caraz, a site of flowers and a pleasant climate, offer a complete range of travel services that includes guides, porters, rescue groups, and climbing equipment for the trip.

Andinism and Mountaineering in the Cordillera Huayhuash:

“The most splendid of the Peruvian mountain ranges in andinism” – It is the nickname with which climbers refer to this place of mountains. The first summit of this chain, the snow-capped Siulá Grande, was reached by an Austrian expedition in 1936. Its highest andinism summit, Yerupajá, was climbed for the first time in 1950 by an expedition from Harvard University. Huayhuash has a dozen large peaks of marked difficulty due to the frequency of snow and ice avalanches. Among its best-known peaks are: Yerupajá (6,634masl); Yerupajá Chico (6121masl); Jirishanca (6,094masl); Siula Grande (6,344masl); Rondoy (5 879masl); Ninashanca (5,807masl) and Rasac (6,017masl).

The approach to these peaks is generally made from the town of Chiquián (360 km northeast of Lima), an ideal place to stock up on food. In the nearby towns of Llamac, Pocpa and Pacllon it is possible to book trips with the services of guides and porters. Expeditions can also be organized from the nearby city of Huaraz.

Relation of the highest mountains in Peru:

There are a total of 25 highest mountains in Peru for your excursions, trips, adventures, hiking, climbing, etc. Our relationship of mountains – andinism are the following:

  • Mountain – masl – Department
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  1. Huascarán – 6 768 – Ancash
  2. Huascarán Norte – 6 655 – Ancash
  3. Yerupajá – 6 634 – Lima
  4. Coropuna – 6 425 – Arequipa
  5. Huandoy Center – 6 395 – Ancash
  6. Chopicalqui – 6 354 – Ancash
  7. Siulá Grande – 6 344 – Ancash
  8. Ausangate – 6 333 – Cusco
  9. Ampato – 6 288 – Arequipa
  10. Salkantay – 6 271 – Cusco
  11. Sarapo – 6 127 – Ancash
  12. Hualcan – 6 122 – Ancash
  13. Chacraraju – 6 112 – Ancash
  14. Jirishanca – 6 094 – Ancash
  15. Chachani – 6 075 – Arequipa
  16. Pucahirca – 6 046 – Ancash
  17. Hualca Hualca – 6 025 – Arequipa
  18. Rasac – 6 017 – Ancash
  19. Sabancaya – 5 976 – Arequipa
  20. Butcher – 5 960 – Ancash
  21. Alpamayo – 5 947 – Ancash
  22. Rondoy – 5 879 – Ancash
  23. Misti – 5 825 – Arequipa
  24. Huagurunchu – 5 785 – Pasco
  25. Pariacaca – 5 750 – Junín / Pasco

Andinism in the Summits of Arequipa:

Arequipa is synonymous with volcanoes and snow-capped peaks, blue skies and endless pampas. Known as the White City (because of the volcanic ashlar used in its construction), it is nestled in the western foothills of the mountain range and is the starting point for a series of ascents of varying degrees of difficulty, all marked by a rare combination of landscapes beautiful, easy access and a cultural component of enormous value. The summits of its volcanoes were chosen by the ancient Peruvians to perform human sacrifices in honor of their gods, like that of “Juanita”, a mummy belonging to a young Inca maiden recently found in an incredible state of preservation at the summit of the snowy Ampato.

The Misti volcano (5,825 masl) is the emblematic mountain of Arequipa. Its ascent implies, more than a climb, a two-day walk through loose and steep terrain. The most popular ascent route starts in the city and continues towards Tambo Inca and the Nido de Aguilas base camp, to crown the summit on the second day. The Chachani (6,075 masl), for its part, the second volcano that dominates the city, can be attacked by taking a spectacular paved road that ascends towards the Pampa de muleteers.

The Colca Valley (4 hours from Arequipa) also has several peaks of great beauty and popularity among mountaineers (andinism): the Ampato (6,288 masl) and Sabancaya (5,976 masl) volcanoes and the snow-capped Hualca Hualca (6 025 masl) are some of the most important. Finally, the Cotahuasi valley has the snow-capped Coropuna (6,425 masl) as its highest peak. beauty, which offers an impressive panorama of the region in andinism. It is accessed from the Pallarcocha lagoon, just over two days by land from Arequipa. For information on access to these and other mountains, there are adventure tourism companies based in Arequipa that provide travel logistics and coordination facilities with professional guides and local porters for andinism.

Andinism through the Vilcanota Mountain Range:

The trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located 60 km north of Cusco, includes a succession of picturesque towns and abundant Inka archaeological sites, neatly worked agricultural fields where “giant corn” grows and, in addition, an exceptional climate. Among its attractions, its mountains stand out, ideal for trekking and andinism. Snow-capped mountains such as Chicón, Wakay Willca –also known as Pumasillo or Verónica–, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Terijway and Sunchubamba, all above 5,000 meters above sea level, are some of the main peaks of the Vilcanota Mountain Range in Peru.

In the towns of the sacred valley (Yucay, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo) there are abundant hotels and restaurants for travelers, as well as portering facilities and local guides for walks. Most of the tourist companies that organize climbing expeditions are located in Cusco.

Andinism through the Central Sierra of Peru:

Walks through the central sierra, especially the western slope, with some very high and beautiful snow-capped peaks that stand out above their respective mountain ranges. This is the case of the majestic Rajuntay (5,247 masl) and Pariacaca (5,750 masl) in the Sierra de Lima, and the Huagurunchu (5,785 masl), a colossus that dominates the mining town of Cerro de Pasco, in Pasco.

All of them offer relatively easy walking access, with roads that allow an approach without much difficulty in travel. The problem is, however, the lack of infrastructure, as well as the absence of experienced guides and porters in the trekking area of Peru. The climate in this region is similar to that of the rest of the Andes, with a rainy season from November to May and a dry season between June and September, the ideal time for ascents.

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