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This article is about the mountain in the provinces of Huaylas and Pomabamba, Ancash Region, Peru. For other uses, see Puka Hirka (disambiguation).
Arhuay Glacier.jpg
Pucajirca Oeste (on the left), Rinrijirca (middle-left) and Curuicashajana (on the right) behind the Arway Glacier and Arwayqucha
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