Ranrapallqa (on the left) and Uqshapallqa (on the right) as seen from the north-east (near the Ishinka glacier)
|Elevation||6,162 m (20,217 ft)|
|Location||Peru, Ancash Region|
|Range||Andes, Cordillera Blanca|
|First ascent||-1939 N.E. ridge: Variant N.E. slopes-1958: N. face, descend N.E. face-1975: S.W. face, descend W. ridge-1979: From N. col-1981: S.W. face (centre)-1985.|
Ranrapallqa (Quechua ranra stony, pallqa bifurcation, division into two parts, hispanicized spelling Ranrapalca) is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru, about 6,162 m (20,217 ft) high. It is situated in the Ancash Region, east of the mountain Uqshapallqa.
The northeast ridge (normal route) is of intermediate difficulty (rated D range according to the International French Adjectival System). It consists in climbing a steep, rocky ridge from the Ranrapallqa-Ischinca col to the summit snowfields and 6,000 m and then traverse south of the knife edge summit. An easier variant of the normal route consists in avoiding the northeast ridge. From the Ranrapallqa-Ischinca col the summit snowfields can be reached climbing the easy snow slopes on the left of the ridge but this route, albeit slightly easier is more exposed to seracs and loose rocks. Many other routes exist, some of them quite difficult (such as the east ridge and south face, both rated TD+).
- Jill Neate, Mountaineering in the Andes, 1994
- www.andix.com Map of the Cordillera Blanca