The Huascaran National Park is a Natural Heritage to Humanity, due to the exceptional beauty of the Cordillera Blanca, the intense turquoise lagoons formed by glaciers, and the large variety of Andean flora and fauna.
The park boasts the highest tropical peaks in the world, including HuascarÃ¡n, the tallest in Peru standing 6,768 meters (22,205 feet) above sea level. The area is a paradise for fans of mountain sports and lovers of nature tourism.
In 1985 it was placed on the World Heritage list.
The Huascarán National Park (PNH) located in Áncash department, is the highest tropical mountain range in the world, stretching over 340,000 hectares (840,159 acres). It is also one of the areas with the greatest biological and cultural diversity in Peru. The Park was created in 1975 and declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977. In 1985, it was included on the UNESCO Natural Heritage of Humanity list.
The park holds close to 660 glaciers and 300 lagoons formed by glaciers. It also boasts exceptional hydrological potential thanks to snowy peaks that feed the the Santa, Marañón and Pativilca river basin. The park is home of the highest mountain in Peru: Huascarán, at 6,768 meters (22,205 feet) above sea level, and Alpamayo, which stands at 5,947 meters (19,511 feet) above sea level. There are also other snow-capped peaks measuring between 5,000 - 6,768 meters (16,404 - 22,205 feet) above sea level attracting mountain climbers from all over the world who come in search of their summits and trekking paths. The park boasts close to 25 walking trails and 125 climbing paths, with different levels of difficulty.
The unspoiled natural landscape is dramatic and the ecosystems in the park are thriving. Visiting and exploring PNH is a journey through the history of Peru that offers visitors the opportunity to experience powerful landscapes.
Some of the most-visited and easily accessible attractions within the park are the Llanganuco Lagoons (Chinancocha and Orconcocha), located at the foot of Huascarán. Their turquoise colorr and Queñua woods create a unique setting. Tourists can also visit the Querococha, Parón and Purhuay lagoons, among others.
Activities: Boat rides, rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, camping, visiting archaeological sites, as well as bird, flora and fauna watching. The park boasts close to 25 trekking circuits and 102 climbing routes..
Climate: The temperature vary between -2 °C and 15 °C (28 and 59 °F), with the coldest temperatures occurring in the highest parts of the mountain range. It's sunny during the day and the rainy season occurs from December to March. The best season for visiting the park is between May and October.
Access by Airway: From Lima to Huaraz. Flights take 55 minutes. Huaraz is 20 km from the airport.
Access by Land: From Lima to Huaraz. There are several bus lines that cover the 8 hour journey. The park offers different access roads from Huaraz, depending on which area visitors wish to reach.
Important: Tourists are advised to purchase adventure tourism services in the park through authorized operators only. Hiring a specialized guide and helpers for each activity is mandatory. List of authorised companies: here.
More information on entrance costs, here.