Chopicalqui - Southwest Ridge
Located across the Llanganuco Valley to the south of Mount Pisco is the Cordillera Blanca’s third highest mountain, Mount Chopicalqui. It is sometimes dubbed the easiest 6000m-peak, because the southwest ridge route requires no extensive technical ability. The mountain’s proximity to Mount Huascaran - Peru’s highest peak - may make Chopicalqui seem less imposing, especially when seen from Huaraz, but it reaches a height of 6354m. And its location among many of the Cordillera Blanca’s giants - including Huascaran North (6655m) and South (6768m), Huandoy (6395m), and Chacraraju (6108m) – provides climbers with spectacular views both on the way up and from the summit.