Coropuna

Photo of Coropuna

Photo by Vic Hanson

Details

Elevation (feet): 21,079
Elevation (meters): 6,425
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Latitude: -15.5203
Longitude: -72.6572
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Volcanic status: Extinct
Year first climbed: 1911
First successful climber(s): H. Bingham's party
Nearest major airport: Arequipa, Peru
Convenient Center: Arequipa, Peru

Description

Coropuna is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Occidental. It is an extinct volcano, with gently rising glaciated slopes. It is thought by many to be the easiest of the high Peruvian mountains, and its approach is equally easy, with a road running past the western base of the mountain. Its broad summit dome is topped by five peaks over 6,000 meters. Coropuna is roughly twenty miles southeast of Solimana, the second highest peak in the Cordillera. Solimana is a more jagged peak, and a more difficult ascent.