The ice-clad Alpamayo Peak (19,511ft / 5947m) is part of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in the Peruvian Andes. It’s a steep mountain, famous for its almost perfect pyramidal structure and beautiful top cone. Remotely located, the ascent should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers with proper climbing equipment. Literally translated from Quechua, Alpamayo means ‘Earth River’. In 1966, it came first in a survey amongst climbers and photographers, winning the title of ‘most beautiful mountain in the world’.
Did You Know
Alpamayo is more remote than many of the other peaks in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, with the hike to base camp alone taking between 2-3 days.
The first successful ascent of Alpamayo was made on 20th June 1957 by a German expedition, which included climbers Gunter Hauser, Berhard Huhn and Horst Wiedmann.
Less than half of those who arrive at base camp actually make it to the summit.
Recent years have seen several accidents and deaths on the mountain. For instance, in 2003, an ice avalanche claimed 8 lives.
Whilst smaller than many of its neighbouring peaks, Alpamayo features an unmistakable pyramidal structure that entices climbers from all over the world.
Unfortunately, a by-product of Alpamayo being unofficially named the most beautiful mountain in the world has been an increasing number of climbers flocking to the area. This can sometimes turn what could be a pleasant 5-hour climb into a nightmare 15-hour session.