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Alpamayo, often called the most beautiful mountain in the world, lies in the Cordillera Blanca, in the Peruvian Andes. Its height is 5947m.(19511 ft.) above sea level. Alpamayo is a steep, perfectly shaped pyramid of ice, one of many fine peaks that comprise the Santa Cruz massif, the northernmost massif of the Cordillera Blanca. Alpamayo is smaller than many of its neighboring peaks, but overcomes this shortcoming by its breathtaking form. It actually has two sharp summits, North and South, separated by a narrow corniced ridge.
Some more facts:
The trek to Alpamayo Base Camp started on June 5, 2001. It took us all day to drive from Huaraz to Cashapampa (2950m.). The next day, we started our trek, and hiked up to Llamacoral(3640m.) in a few hours. Llamacoral is nothing more then a very small farm, a beer stand, and some donkey pastures. But..with an amazing view!
third day of the trek to Alpa BC, we had a late start and (after being
very sick from no doubt some bad food) I stumbled into Alpa BC late in
the afternoon, crashed into my tent (which had already been set up) and
just layed there for some 17 hours. When Doc Tom checked on me in the evening,
I suddenly felt very sick again. Thanks Tom! But I guess his pills helped,
and I felt much better in the morning.
The Ferrari Route, the most popular on the peak, climbs up one of the shallow gullies between flutings on the South-West Face. The Ferrari Route lies in one of the gullies on the left edge of the photo. In normal conditions the climb consists of steep hard snow up, the last bit changes to water ice. About 8 pitches of climbing are necessary from the bergschrund to the summit ridge. Descent is straight down the same route, by rappel.
We reached High Camp in the afternoon
of June 9. On the early morning of June 10, an avalanche came down from
high up Alpamayo. It never became clear where it exactly came from, the
view kept hidden by clouds, but it problably was a serac collapse from
the upper flanks. The avalanche swept away the trail up to the bergschrund
and is still somewhat visible on the left picture. The clouds seemed to
come from an amazon weather system, and as the weather didn't seem to improve,
we descended again on June 11.