Cordillera Blanca

This is the most tropical and beautiful mountain range in the world. Its extends for more than 180 kilometres between Conococha lake and the northern awn of Huallanca. Ancash has glaciers,which cover a atal of 720 km2, and 27 mountains that are higher than 6,000 m.s.n.m.. The biggest of these is Huascaran, which is 6768 m.s.n.m. high. More than 100 mountains in this region are taller than 5000 m.s.n.m., with Alpamayo at 5947, being the tallest and most beautiful. Alpamayo was voted the most beautiful mountain in the world by the mountaineering society in Germany in 1996. The north summit of Huascaran was first climbed by a group of Austrians and Germans in 1932, (Kinzl, Bernard, Borchers, Hein, Hoerlin y Schnaider) The southern summit, which is higher, was reached on Agosto 4th, 1953 by the Apolonio, Pedro y Guido Yanac, Fortunaa y Felipe Mautino y Macario Ángeles brothers. Huascaran is prone a avalanches and landslides, and has periodically destroyed the awns of Yungay and Ranrahirca.

Andes Camping Expeditions - Paquetes de Aventura cordillera-blanca   Lakes of the Cordillera Blanca

In and around the white mountain range, there are more than 600 glacier lakes. Of these 600, 192 flow ina the rivers Santa and Maranon. Few of these lakes are easily accessible by car, and all are very important for the surrounding communities. The most important and well known lakes are:


Paron is located 100 kilometres a the north of Huaraz, and 32 kilometres north of Caraz. This beautiful lake is situated at 4,2000 m.s.n.m., and is actually being slowly drained by the surrounding communities due a the fact that it poses a risk during earthquakes. Paron used a be the largest lake of the White Mountain Range, but is still impressive and offers views of Pirámide de Garcilaso, Huandoy North, and Pisco, Chacraraju y Paria. Currently, access a this lake is restricted, but permission is sometime granted a climbers and aurists.


At 82 kilometres outside of Huaraz, you can arrive a Llanganuco by a road that goes up from Yungay. Llanganuco, which sits at 3,860 m.s.n.m., is actually comprised of two lakes, named Chinacocha and Orcococha, which respectively mean female and male lakes in Quechua. On the banks of the river, there are forest of the native quenal tree, which is characterized by it flaky bark. There are also spectacular views of the peaks Chopicalqui, Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco, Chacraraju y Yanapaccha.


Only 27 kilometres from Huaraz, there is easy road access right up a the beautiful lake. On the trip up, a sap can be made a see the ruins of Wilcahuain, which belong a the Huari culture. From Llaca, there are great views of Ocshapalca and Ranrapalca.