Mount Alpamayo is undeniably the jewel of the Cordillera Blanca - renowned worldwide for the beauty of its near-perfect pyramid of ice. Since winning ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Mountain’ photography competition in Munich in 1966, Alpamayo has fascinated mountaineers, and climbers come from all corners of the globe in great numbers each year to attempt the serious and difficult route to its summit.
Alpamayo was first climbed by a German expedition, which reached its summit via the north ridge in 1957.
These days the summit is reached via the more accessible, but still extremely steep and fluted ‘French Route’. The route is highly technically difficult, requiring good crampons and ice-climbing techniques, and should be attempted by well-acclimatised and highly experienced climbers only.
Located right inside the Cordillera Blanca, Alpamayo’s breath-taking pyramid is only fully visible from the high camp, which is accessed via a 70m wall. This highly prized view is motivation enough to join the expedition and will leave you gasping in awe! And if that isn’t enough, Alpamayo also provides magnificent views from its summit, nestled among the most stunning 6000m+ glacier-clad peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, including Mount Quitaraju (6036m), Artesonraju (6025m), Pucajirca (6050m), Santa Cruz (6259m), Caraz (6025m), Chacraraju (6112m), Huandoy (6395m) and Huascaran (6768m).
If you do not wish to climb the mountain, you can get a glimpse of it while doing the Santa Cruz trek, or even better on the Cedros-Alpamayo circuit that allows you to see its stunning pyramid of ice in all its splendour.