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Arhuay Glacier.jpg
Pukahirka South (on the left), Qhuruykashahana (Curuicashajana, Curicashajana) (middle-left) and Rinrihirka (on the right) behind the Arway Glacier and Arwayqucha
Elevation 6,046 m (19,836 ft)
Pukahirka is located in Peru
Location Peru, Ancash Region
Range Andes, Cordillera Blanca
Coordinates 8°50′59″S 77°35′43″W / 8.84972°S 77.59528°W / -8.84972; -77.59528Coordinates: 8°50′59″S 77°35′43″W / 8.84972°S 77.59528°W / -8.84972; -77.59528
First ascent 1961, S. Nakagawa, H. Nakajima, T. Nakamura.

Pukahirka (Quechua puka red, Ancash Quechua hirka mountain,[1] "red mountain", hispanicized spellings Pukachirka, Pucahirca, Pucajirca) is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru, about 6,046 m (19,836 ft) high.[2] It is located in the Ancash Region, Pomabamba Province, Pomabamba District (Pukahirka North) as well as in the Huaylas Province, Yuracmarca District (Pukahirka Central)[3] north of the Rinrihirka.

Pukahirka as seen from the summit of Alpamayo

The moutain has three separate and independent summits: Pucahirca Norte (6,046 m), Central (6,014 m) and Sur (6,039 m).

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  1. ^ homepage.ntlworld.com/robert_beer Robert Beér, Armando Muyolemaj, Dr. Hernán S. Aguilarpaj, Vocabulario comparativo, quechua ecuatoriano - quechua ancashino - castellano - English, Brighton 2006
  2. ^ John Biggar, The Andes: A Guide for Climbers, p. 63
  3. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - Map of the Huaylas Province