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Chukusqarahu, Pamparahu, Qarwaqataq or Qarwat'akaq
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Elevation 6,188 m (20,302 ft)
Listing List of mountains in the Andes
Qupa is located in Peru
Range Cordillera Blanca
Coordinates 9°16′S 77°31′W / 9.267°S 77.517°W / -9.267; -77.517Coordinates: 9°16′S 77°31′W / 9.267°S 77.517°W / -9.267; -77.517
First ascent 1932[1]

Qupa (Quechua for the mineral turquoise and the turquoise color,[2] hispanicized Copa) is a mountain in the Andes of Peru whose summit reaches about 6,188 metres (20,302 ft) above sea level. It is situated in the Ancash Region, Asunción Province, Chacas District, and in the Carhuaz Province, Marcará District, south-east of the mountain Wallqan.[3]

The lake Alliqucha lies south-east of Qupa. South-west of the mountain there is a lake named Llikllaqucha.[3] The river Llikllamayu originates near the lake. It is a right tributary of the Santa River.

Alternative names[edit]

Qupa is also named Chukusqarahu[4] (Chukushqarahu in the local Quechua variant, Quechua chukuy to make someone put a headdress on / crouch, bend down, -sqa a suffix, rahu snow, ice, mountain with snow,[2][5][6] "headdressed mountain with snow" or "crouched mountain with snow", hispanicized Chucushcaraju), Pamparahu[7] (Quechua pampa a large plain,[2] "plain mountain with snow", hispanicized Pamparaju), Qarwaqataq or Qarwat'akaq[8][9][10] (Quechua qarwa leaf worm, larva of a beetle / pale / yellowish / golden, qataq someone who covers someone or something with a blanket, t'aqaq sower,[2][5] hispanicized Carhuacatac, Carhuacátac, Carhuatacac).


  1. ^ Taken from Mountaineering in the Andes by Jill Neate RGS-IBG Expedition Advisory Centre, 2nd edition, May 1994
  2. ^ a b c d Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  3. ^ a b escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Asunción Province (Ancash Region)
  4. ^ "Nevado Copa". mincetur. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Diccionario Quechua - Español - Quechua, Academía Mayor de la Lengua Quechua, Gobierno Regional Cusco, Cusco 2005 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  6. ^ babylon.com
  7. ^ John F. Ricker, Yuraq Janka: A Guide to the Peruvian Andes
  8. ^ proyectos.inei.gob.pe, Cordillera principales nevados con 6000 o más metros de altura (lists "Carhuacatac" instead of "Copa" among the highest mountains of the Cordillera Blanca)
  9. ^ "andenorte". members.fortunecity.es. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ Goberno provincial de Huaraz, Reajuste del plan de desarrrollo concertado. Provincia de Huaraz 2009-2021 (lists "Carhuatacac" instead of "Copa" among the highest mountains of the Cordillera Blanca)