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Arhuay Glacier.jpg
Pucajirca Oeste (on the left), Rinrijirca (middle-left) and Curuicashajana (on the right) behind the Arhuay Glacier and Arhuaycocha
Highest point
Elevation 6,046 m (19,836 ft)
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
Pucajirca is located in Peru
Location Peru, Ancash Region
Parent range Andes, Cordillera Blanca
First ascent 1961, S. Nakagawa, H. Nakajima, T. Nakamura.

Pucajirca[1][2] or Pucahirca[2] (possibly from Quechua puka red, Ancash Quechua hirka mountain,[3] "red mountain") is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru, about 6,046 m (19,836 ft) high.[1][2] It is located in the Ancash Region, Pomabamba Province, Pomabamba District (Pucajirca Norte) as well as in the Huaylas Province, Yuracmarca District (Pucajirca Central)[4] north of Rinrijirca.[1]

Pucajirca as seen from the summit of Alpamayo

The mountain has three separate and independent summits: Pucajirca Norte (6,046 m), Central (6,014 m) and Oeste (6,039 m).[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Alpenvereinskarte 0/3a. Cordillera Blanca Nord (Peru). 1:100 000. Oesterreichischer Alpenverein. 2005. ISBN 3-928777-57-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Biggar, John (2005). The Andes: A Guide for Climbers. Andes. p. 60. ISBN 9780953608720. 
  3. ^ "Vocabulario comparativo, quechua ecuatoriano - quechua ancashino - castellano - English, Brighton 2006" (PDF). Robert Beér, Armando Muyolemaj, Dr. Hernán S. Aguilarpaj. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - Map of the Huaylas Province