Huascaran National Park

Chacraraju mountain in the Huascaran National Park PeruHuascaran National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Huascarán), )was founded in July, 1975; it covers almost all the area of the Cordillera Blanca; it is located in Ancash Region (State), in the Provinces of Bolognesi, Recuay, Huaraz, Carhuaz, Yungay, Huaylas, Pomabamba, Mariscal Luzuriaga, Huari, Corongo and Sihuas.

It has an extension of 340 00 hectares, with elevations from 3500m / 11 483 ft to mountains that overcome 6000m / 19685 ft (Huascaran 6768m / 22 204 ft, the highest peak).

The yearly precipitation and temperature vary according the altitude. In Llanganuco valley at 3860m / 12 664ft, the yearly precipitation is 120mm and the average temperature is 7.5  ºC.

In 1977, the UNESCO established to the Huascaran National Park  as Biosphere Reserve and in 1985 it was declared as  Natural Heritage.