Huascaran National Park

Huascaran National Park is located in the north-central part the Andean Sierras in the Department of Ancash. The park protects the Cordillera Blanca, considered to be the highest and most extensive tropical mountain range in the world. Covering over 340 thousand hectares with altitudes from 2400 to 6768 m.a.s.l, it is known worldwide as “The Huascaran Biosphere Reserve” and as “A Natural Heritage Site for Humanity”.

In the highest altitudes of the Cordillera the temperatures range from 0 C to 7 C with higher temperatures and warmer weather at lower altitudes. The Huascaran Nacional Park, within the Majestic Cordillera Blanca, has more than 30 glaciated peaks over 6000 m.a.s.l. with the tallest being Huascaran, sitting at 6,768 meters. This mountain range offers real challenges for mountaineering and is quickly becoming an important destination to practice adventure sports.

Lovers of Adventure Tourism can climb the most beautiful mountains in Peru, go hiking, practice high mountain skiing, snowboarding, camping, paragliding, hang-gliding, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking etc.

The park is known as an important bird watching area with over 210 species of birds. It supports an emphasis on bird conservation, and has been recognized by Bird Life. Additionally, you have the opportunity to see flora and fauna, and more than 10 species of mammals which have adapted to live in the challenging and harsh conditions typical of the park.

PARK ENTRANCE
For all types of tourism; Conventional or Adventure, “SERNANP’, the Government Service for the Protection of Natural Areas, charges an entry fee in order to help maintain this important National Park.

ENTRANCE FEES
Conventional Tourism.
Adults S/ 10.00 Soles for 1 day
Children (until 16 years of age) S/ 3.00 soles
Adventure Tourism.
Climbing and Hiking for up to 1-21 days S/65.00 soles
*Look below for places to purchase your entrance tickets
Hours for the park are from 7 am until 3:30pm. All visitors have to register at the different control areas located in various park entrances and provide them with a credible document to show your identity; passport, DNI, Carnet de Extranjaria.

WHAT EVERY TOURIST SHOULD KNOW: RECOMMENDATIONS
• In adventure tourism, activities in the park can be arranged through authorized tour operators and agencies. The activities need to have a guide and experienced personal; in addition, you may need to have written official authorization from the National Park Office.
• To purchase the tickets you must declare that you know the risks of the activity you chose to be involved in.

SECURITY PRECAUTIONS IN THE PARK
Mountaineering can be a high risk activity and knowing the area you are in can help to avoid accidents. Possible dangers while in the mountains can be: loose and falling rocks and boulders, glaciers, avalanches, cornices, seracs, and crevasses. Rapid weather changes, thunder and lightning, high winds, snow and sudden increases in water levels in rivers are all types of unpredictable weather conditions that could occur.
Recommendations:
• To help avoid or minimize altitude sickness, gradually gain altitude and rest for the first day, eat lightly and stay very well hydrated.
• Be physically healthy and prepared.
• Ice and rock climbing requires that you or an agency use an official certified guide: BE AWARE OF UNCERTIFIED GUIDES
• Know about where you are going; routes, degree of difficulty and risks
• Always have a headlamp, matches and subzero sleeping bag.

RESPECT NATURE AND CULTURE
• Respect wildlife and archeological sites. Only take photographs for your memories.
• Observe wildlife from a distance and do not disturb.
• Only use established trails and camp in designated campgrounds.
• Use biodegradable soaps and wash your dishes 60meters from the river.
• Open fires are NOT permitted for any reason.
• Collect all your garbage, not bury and remove it out of the park area .
• Respect other people in the park.
• Follow the Park Guards recommen-dations and respect the local culture.

WHERE TO PURCHASE ENTRANCE TICKETS
Huascaran National Park Office –SERNAMP
Jr. Federico Sal y Rosas 555 Huaraz, Ancash (043) 422068
Open:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 to 18:00 hours, Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 to 11:00 hours.
For more information contact:
pnhuascaran@sernanp.gob.pe
Call the Office: 043-422086
“You are an important part in helping to conserve Huascaran National Park, A Natural Heritage Site for Humanity”.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
• Security and Rescue Section: Main Office of Huascaran National Park (24 hours)
Cell Phone: 944627646
Office: (043) 422086
• Departamento de Salvamento de Alta Montaña de la Policía Nacional del Perú
Cell Phone: 966831514
• Casa de Guias de Montana
Office: (043 ) 427545 or 421811

Plan ahead and prepare
• Know the regulations and specia Concerns for the area you’ll visit.
• Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.
• Repackage food to minimize waste.

Travel and camp on durable surfaces
• In popular areas concentrate use on existing campsites and trails.
• In pristine areas disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.

Dispose of waste properly
• Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
• Deposit human waste in ‘cat holes’ dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water.
• Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

Leave what you find
• Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, archaeological or historic structures and artifacts (especially rock paintings).
• Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
• Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.

Minimize campfire impacts
• Use a lightweight stove for cooking. Do not burn wood, paper or plastic.
• Respect wildlife. Observe animals from a distance. Do not follow, feed or approach them. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times, when mating, nesting or raising young.

Be considerate of other visitors
• Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous.
• Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

The Cordillera Blanca has conquered the hearts of many and some have had the good luck to rest on their summits, often filled with almost absolute happiness. This is a tribute to the first conquerors and to those who lost their lives on the peaks trying “to climb to the sky on foot.”

Huascarán North (6655m):
Annie Peck – U.S.A., R. Taugwalder, G. Zumtaugwald – Switzerland, 1908.
Angeles, Morales Arnao, Yanac, Del Arroyo, Acosta, Cornejo, Villanueva – Peru, 1954.

Huascarán South. (6768m):
P. Borchers, W. Bernard, E. Hein, E. Schneider – Germany, 1932
Pedro, Apolonio y Guido Yanac, Felipe y Fortunato Mautino, Macario Angeles – Peru 1953.

Huandoy North (6395m):
E. Hein, E. Schneider – Germany, 1932.

Chopicalqui (6354m):
P. Borchers, H. Hoerlin, E. Hein, E. Schneider – Germany, 1932.

Artesonraju (6025m):
E. Hein, E. Schneider – Germany, 1932.

Copa North (6173m):
Hans Kinzl (Austria), P. Borchers, E. Hein – Germany, 1932.

Vallunaraju (5686m):
Maria y A. De Szepessy – Switzerland, 1949

Churup (5495m):
H. Yoshikawa, M. Inokuchi – Japan, 1962.

Cayesh (5721m):
D. Rayan, L. Stewart, L. Crawford – New Zealand, 1960.