Yerupajá: 6,617 meters (21,709 feet), Cordillera Huayhuash
Yerupajá is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Huayhuash range and the second highest mountain in Peru. According to www.andes.org.uk, it is “one of the hardest high peaks to climb in the Andes” with very few successful ascents since the mid 1980s. The mountain is known locally as El Carnicero (“The Butcher”) thanks to the serrated nature of its knife-like summit ridge.
Climbers typically approach Yerupajá through Huaraz and then via Chiquian or Jahuacocha. American climbers Jim Maxwell and Dave Harrah made the first successful ascent of Yerupajá in 1950.
(photo Donald Macauley, flickr.com)