Pukarahu (Huaylas)

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For the mountain in the Lucma, Llumpa and Yanama districts, Ancash Region, Peru, see Pukarahu (Lucma).
For the mountain in the Recuay Province, Ancash Region, Peru, see Pukarahu (Recuay).
Santa Cruz
Aguja III (on the left), Qaras I (center-left), Pukarahu (in the background, center, the highest peak) and Qaras II (in the background, center, exactly in front of Pukarahu, hiding most of it) as seen from the southeast
Elevation 6,259 m (20,535 ft)[1]
Pukarahu is located in Peru
Location Ancash, Peru
Range Cordillera Blanca
Coordinates 8°53′39″S 77°42′30″W / 8.89429°S 77.7083°W / -8.89429; -77.7083Coordinates: 8°53′39″S 77°42′30″W / 8.89429°S 77.7083°W / -8.89429; -77.7083
First ascent 20 July 1948 by Frédéric Marmillod and Ali Szepessy-Schaurek

Pukarahu (Quechua puka red,[2] rahu snow, ice, mountain with snow,[3] "snow covered red mountain", hispanicized spelling Pucaraju), Caruayun, Santa Cruz or Pico de Huaylas (Spanish for "peak of Huaylas") is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru. It has a height of 6,259 metres (20,535 ft). Pukarahu is situated in the Ancash Region, Huaylas Province, Santa Cruz District.[4]

The foothills of Pukarahu (on the left), Tullparahu and Waskaran (in the center) as seen from the Cordillera Negra

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  1. ^ John F, Ricker, Yuraq Janka, Cordilleras Blanca y Rosko, 2nd ed. 1981
  2. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe, Iskay simipi yuyay k'ancha, Quechua – Castellano, Castellano – Quechua: puka - adj. Rojo, -ja. De color parecida a la sangre.
  3. ^ babylon.com
  4. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Huaylas Province (Ancash Region) showing "Nevado Pucaraju"