Extending almost 180 kms from north to south and largely included within the Huascarán National Park, the Cordillera Blanca has a total of 663 glaciers (29 of them at 6,000 meters or higher) and includes Huascarán (6,768 meters), the highest peak in the Peruvian Andes, and Alpamayo, considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the world. Its 269 lakes and 41 rivers are an important hydrological resource and provide water to the basins of the Santa, Pativilca and Marañón rivers.
Highest mountains of the Cordillera Blanca
- Huascarán – South Peak – 6,768 m
- Huascarán – North Peak – 6,655 m
- Huandoy – Central Peak – 6,395 m
- Chopicalqui – 6,354 m
- Chacraraju – 6,112 m
- Alpamayo – 5,947 m