Pucaraju (Ticapampa)

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This article is about the mountain in the Ticapampa District, Recuay Province, Ancash Region, Peru. For other uses, see Pukarahu.
Tunsho, Pucarajo
Laguna Querococha.jpg
Lake Querococha and Mount Pucaraju (center-left)
Highest point
Elevation 5,346 m (17,539 ft)
Coordinates 9°40′30″S 77°18′35″W / 9.67500°S 77.30972°W / -9.67500; -77.30972Coordinates: 9°40′30″S 77°18′35″W / 9.67500°S 77.30972°W / -9.67500; -77.30972
Pucaraju is located in Peru
Location Ancash, Peru
Parent range Cordillera Blanca
First ascent 1-1967 via S.face: N.W. ridge-1973.[1]

Pucaraju[1][2] (possibly from Quechua puka red,[3] rahu snow, ice, mountain with snow,[4] "red snow-covered mountain") is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru, about 5,346 metres (17,539 ft) high[1] or 5,322 metres (17,461 ft) high[2] depending on the source. It is situated in the Ancash Region, Recuay Province, Ticapampa District.[5] Pucaraju lies west of Yanamarey and northeast of Lake Querococha.[2]

The IGN-Peru map, cites the main peak as Tunsho, while applying the name Pucarajo to the southern slopes.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Jill Neate, Mountaineering in the Andes, RGS-IBG Expedition Advisory Centre, 2nd edition, May 1994: "Yanamarey Group: Pucaraju 5346m: 1-1967 via S.face: N.W. ridge-1973."
  2. ^ a b c Alpenvereinskarte 0/3b. Cordillera Blanca Süd (Peru). 1:100 000. Oesterreichischer Alpenverein. 2005. ISBN 3-937530-05-3. 
  3. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  4. ^ babylon.com
  5. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Yungas Province (Ancash Region) showing the location of Pucarahu (unnamed) northeast of the mountain labelled "Cerro Pucaraju" and northeast of the lake Qiruqucha
  6. ^ Peru 1:100 000, Recuay (20-i). IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Perú).