At 180 km (112 miles) in length, the massive peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range offer a wide variety of opportunities for world class hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and scenic viewing like few other places on Earth. Though the park in which it is located is named after Peru's highest mountain, Nevado Huascaran (6,768 meters/22,205 ft), there are a host of other massive peaks available to ambitious climbers seeking a Himalayan-esque challenge. Among these you'll find Chinchey (6,222 m), Pisco (5,752 m) and the Alpamayo "Ice Pyramid" (5,947 m), which was once voted the most beautiful peak in the world.
If your technical climbing experience makes topping one of these bad boys out of the question, don't fret; there are tons of challenging opportunities to hike along the park's valleys, glacial lakes, rivers, and high passes. The 4 day Santa Cruz trek has become a go-to for this kind of adventure, but guided hikes are available throughout the park and can last as long as 10 days. So if you're not planning any trips to Nepal in the near future, check out our links and consider spending some serious time exploring this jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain range.