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Caraz I and II (on the left), Quitaraju and Alpamayo (visible behind the clouds) and Artesonraju (on the right)
Highest point
Elevation 6,040 m (19,820 ft)
Coordinates 8°53′41″S 77°39′46″W / 8.89472°S 77.66278°W / -8.89472; -77.66278Coordinates: 8°53′41″S 77°39′46″W / 8.89472°S 77.66278°W / -8.89472; -77.66278
Quitaraju is located in Peru
Location Ancash, Peru
Parent range Andes, Cordillera Blanca
First ascent 1936, E. Schneider, A. Awerzger

Quitaraju[1][2][3] or Kitaraju[3] (possibly from Ancash Quechua kita dam,[4] Quechua rahu snow, ice, mountain with snow)[5] is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru, about 6,040 metres (19,816 ft) high. It is situated in the Ancash Region, Huaylas Province, Santa Cruz District.[6] Quitaraju lies north of the Santa Cruz Creek and the lakes named Ichiccocha, Jatuncocha and Quitacocha, between Santa Cruz in the west and Alpamayo in the northeast.


  1. ^ Alpenvereinskarte 0/3a. Cordillera Blanca Nord (Peru). 1:100 000. Oesterreichischer Alpenverein. 2005. ISBN 3-928777-57-2. 
  2. ^ Peru 1:100 000, Corongo (18-h). IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Perú). 
  3. ^ a b Biggar, John (2005). The Andes: A Guide for Climbers. Andes. p. 61. ISBN 9780953608720. 
  4. ^ Leonel Alexander Menacho López, Yachakuqkunapa Shimi Qullqa, Anqash Qhichwa Shimichaw (Ministerio de Educación), Wordbook Ancash Quechua-Spanish
  5. ^ babylon.com rahu - s. snow; ice; mountain with snow
  6. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Huaylas Province (Ancash Region)