The Cordillera Huayhuash (Huayhuash Range): The Huayhuash Range is the
second highest tropical mountain chain in the world, after the Cordillera Blanca
(White Range), immediately to the north. Even though it is located 120 kilometers
from the Pacific Ocean, the crest forms part of the Continental Divide of South
America; the waters of the eastern slope flow to the Marañon River, a principal
tributary of the Amazon.
Running from north to south, the main zone that has some twenty summits within
about 25 km, with a secondary mountain change of summits of lower elevation
toward the west that is about 15 km long. Six of the peaks are higher than 6,000
meters. Among the peaks, Yerupajá (6,617 m) stands out - it is the second highest
mountain in Peru (after Huascarán, at 6,768 m.) Also of note is Siula Grande (6,344
m), which achieved fame through the book and subsequent film “Tocando el
Vacio“ (Touching the Void) by mountaineer Joe Simpson.
This area also hosts dozens of glacial lakes of incomparable beauty. The closest
towns are Chiquián (3,400 m) and Cajatambo (3,375 m).
The difficulty: It is moderate.
About the Ishinca Valley: We will hike through a beautiful valley of the Cordillera
Blanca, which includes the best attractions of the central Andes in Peru. We will set
the BC at the end of the valley. From there we will climb in one day to the C1 in the
morraine and on the next day to the topof this incredible frozen pyramid, Tocllaraju, up to 6034m wich shows
us the true extent of the mountains of Peru.