at the Cordillera Huayhuash
in the department of Ancash, the Cordillera Huayhuash
is considered by climbers to be the best of Peru's mountain
areas. Huayhuash features a dozen major peaks which
provide difficult climbs due to the frequency of avalanches
of snow and ice. The highest peak in the area is Mount
Yerupajá (6,634 meters); followed by Yerupajá
Chico (6,121 meters); Jirishanca (6,094 meters); Siulá
Grande (6,344 meters); Rondoy (5,879 meters); Ninashanca
(5,807 meters) and Rasac (6,017 meters).
Climate: Heavy rains from December to March and a markedly
dry season from May to October, where sunny days post
temperatures of 25°C and freezing nights.
Access: The mountains are generally reached from the
town of Chiquián (360 km northeast Lima), an
ideal place to stock up on provisions.
Services: Climbers can hire guides and porters in the
nearby town of Llamac, Pocpa and Pacllon. Expeditions
can also be organized from the nearby city of Huaraz.