Pomerape and the saddle below, as seen from south (Parinacota slopes)
|Elevation||6,282 m (20,610 ft) |
|Prominence||950 metres (3,120 ft)|
|Isolation||4 kilometres (2.5 mi)|
|Age of rock||Pleistocene|
|Last eruption||290 AD ± 300 years|
|Easiest route||snow/ice climb|
Pomerape is a stratovolcano lying on the border of northern Chile and Bolivia (Oruro Department, Sajama Province, Curahuara de Carangas Municipality). It is part of the Payachata complex of volcanoes, together with Parinacota Volcano to the south. It is of Pleistocene age.
Climbing the volcano is alpine grade AD, sometimes on 50+ degree snow/rubble slope. A camp can be established at 5,300 metres (17,390 ft) at the saddle between Parinacota and Pomerape. Depending on the season, the main difficulty can be penitentes (tall ice-blade needles), which make the ascent physically difficult or impossible.
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