The 180km long and 20km wide Cordillera Blanca, or ‘White Range’ is so called because of its numerous perennially ice-capped peaks and glaciers. It is the world’s highest tropical mountain range and has the greatest number of summits over 6000m outside the Himalayas, including Peru’s highest peak, Mount Huascaran (6768m).
The experience of the Cordillera Blanca is one of dramatic mountain panoramas, with countless breathtaking views of towering glaciered white peaks, including the stunning Mount Alpamayo (5947m), Chopicalqui (6354m) and Huandoy (6395m). Add to these wonders pristine glacial lakes in an astonishing variety of colour and size, and deep green valleys rich with exotic tropical plants, and you have one of the most magnificent parts of South America.
The Cordillera Blanca is one of the world's most accessible mountain range. From Huaraz, the town serving as a base for explorations in the 'White Range', it is possible to organise day trips that will allow you to witness the spectacular scenery, as well as longer trekking or mountaineering expeditions. The Cordillera Blanca undoubtedly offers some of the best trekking opportunities in South America, from short, easy hikes of a day or two, to multi-week adventures requiring a good fitness level, and it is also a climber’s paradise offering endless mountain climbing opportunities, from short, non-technical ascents suitable for first time mountaineers to long, highly challenging climbs meant for experienced and physically fit mountaineers.
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