Interesting Facts About Alpamayo

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Do you know any interesting facts about Alpamayo? At 19,511 feet | 5947 meters, Alpamayo is one of the most remote mountains in the Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian Andes. Alpamayo’s nearly perfect symmetrical pyramid shape and fluted faces make it one of the most popular mountains in the range.

Alpamayo | Photo Credit: <a href="https://www.freeimages.com/photo/alpamayo-1472144">Brad Mering</a> Via <a href=https://www.freeimages.com/photo/alpamayo-1472144">FreeImages.com</a>
Alpamayo | Photo Credit: Brad Mering Via FreeImages.com

Located in Husacaran National Park, near Ancash, Peru, Alpamayo is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. If you ever get a chance to trek, climb, or attempt to ski Alpamayo, take advantage of the opportunity. This is a mountain unlike any other.

Alpamayo Quick Facts:

  • Elevation: 19,511 feet | 5947 meters
  • Prominence: 1466 feet | 447 meters
  • Isolation: 1.15 miles | 1.85 kilometers
  • Lat/Long: 8.87878°S 77.65352°W
  • Range: Cordillera Blanca, Peruvian Andes
  • First Ascent: June 20, 1957 – Günter Hauser, Berhard Huhn and Horst Wiedmann via North Ridge
  • Weather Forecast: Alpamayo

Let’s look at some interesting facts about Alpamayo:

  • Alpamayo is the 23rd highest peak in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru.
  • Alpamayo is located within the boundaries of Huascaran National Park – a 340,00 hectare park establish on July 1, 1975.
  • In July 1966, a photo of Alpamayo taken by Leigh Ortenburger was selected by German Magazine “Alpinismus” as “The Most Beautiful Mountain In The World.”
  • The name Alpamayo may mean “Earth River.” This is a combination of the Quechua words “Allpa” meaning Earth and “Mayu” meaning river. Some sources translate this as “Muddy River.” Alpamayo is also called Shuyturajo which may comes from the Ancash Quechua word “shuytu” meaning slim and long and the Quechua word “rahu” meaning snow, ice, mountain with snow.
  • The approach to Alpamayo takes several days. Despite the fact that it is so remote, the SW face is one of the most popular climbing routes in the range.
  • Alpamayo’s fluted faces and pyramidal shape features numerous routes to the summit. The most popular route is the Ferrari Route followed by the French Direct. The Ferrari Route is on the SW face and was 1st climbed in 1983.
  • Alpamayo was first climbed on June 20, 1957 by Günter Hauser, Berhard Huhn and Horst Wiedmann via the North Ridge. George and Claude Kogan claimed a 1st ascent in 1951, but it was determined that they did not make the actual summit.
  • Alpamayo sees about a 50% success rate for climbers.
  • It’s unclear whether anyone has skied Alpamayo from the summit, but Benoit Chamoux, Eric Favret, and André Genand skied the northwest face of Alpamayo from roughly 200 feet below the summit (AmericanAlpineClub.org).

By Frank R 1981 (Own work) [<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>], <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAlpamayo_12.jpg">via Wikimedia Commons</a>
Alpamayo | By Frank R 1981 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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