Chacraraju[5][1][6][7] or Chakraraju[8] (possibly from Quechua chakra little farm; field, land sown with seed, rahu snow, ice, mountain with snow)[9][10][11] is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca range in the Andes of Peru. The mountain has two distinctive peaks: Chacraraju Oeste (west summit; 6,108 metres (20,039 ft)) and Chacraraju Este (east summit; 6,001 metres (19,688 ft)).[8] Chacraraju is located in Huaylas Province, Ancash; south and southeast of Pirámide and east of Lake Parón.[5][12] The peak is accessible from the Pisco base camp at Cebollapampa.[1]

Highest point
Elevation6,108 m (20,039 ft)[1]
Prominence2,855 m (9,367 ft)[2]
Parent peakHuandoy
Coordinates8°59′36″S 77°36′54″W / 8.993261°S 77.614975°W / -8.993261; -77.614975
Chacraraju is located in Peru
Location in Peru
Parent rangeCordillera Blanca, Andes
First ascentChacraraju Oeste: Lionel Terray et al (31 July 1956) - Chacraraju Este: Lionel Terray et al. 5 August 1962[3][4]

Chacraraju is considered the steepest and the most difficult-to-climb six-thousander in the Andes.[13] A French expedition led by Lionel Terray first climbed the mountain on 31 July 1956 (Chakrarahu Oeste) and on 5 August 1962 (Chakrarahu Este) using what have since become the normal routes (northeast face and northeast ridge). Greg Mortimer was badly injured during a later attempt to climb the mountain.[14]

See also



  1. ^ a b c Biggar, John (2020). The Andes: A Guide for Climbers and Skiers. Andes. p. 83. ISBN 9780953608768.
  2. ^ "Chacraraju". Andes Specialists. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  3. ^ "AAJ (American Alpine Journal)". AAJ (American Alpine Journal): 25. 1960.
  4. ^ Hung. "Montañas Peruanas". Montañas Peruanas.
  5. ^ a b Alpenvereinskarte 0/3a. Cordillera Blanca Nord (Peru). 1:100 000. Oesterreichischer Alpenverein. 2005. ISBN 3-928777-57-2.
  6. ^ Peru 1:100 000, Corongo (18-h). IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Perú).
  7. ^ "Nevado Chacraraju". Inventario Turístico del Perú (in Spanish). MINCETUR. Archived from the original on August 12, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Ricker, John (1977). Yuraq Janka: A Guide to the Peruvian Andes. The Mountaineers Books. p. 76. ISBN 9781933056708.
  9. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  10. ^ Diccionario de la lengua española, retrieved on October 21, 2013
  11. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  12. ^ - UGEL map of the Huaylas Province (Ancash Region)
  13. ^ Cathy Biggar; John Biggar (21 May 2001). The Andes: A Trekking Guide. Andes. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-9536087-1-3. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Interview with Greg Mortimer (ABC1 Monday 6:30pm)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2012-01-26.