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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 has two sharp summits, North and South, separated by a narrow corniced ridge.

Elevation (feet): 19,511
Elevation (meters): 5,947
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Latitude: -8.878203
Longitude: -77.654371
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1951
First successful climber(s): G. Hauser, F. Knauss, B. Huhn, H. Wiedmann (German expedition)
Nearest major airport: Lima, Peru
Convenient Center: Huarez, Peru