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Huascarán(wäskärän`), extinct volcano, 22,205 ft (6,768 m) high, W central Peru, near Huaráz. The highest mountain in Peru and one of the highest in the Andes, Huascarán and other nearby peaks form an impressive snowcapped rampart. Avalanches in 1962 and 1970 swept down its slopes and buried villages below.
a peak in the Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian Andes. Elevation, 6,768 m (the highest point in the country). Mount Huascarán is composed of diorites and andesites. Its slopes are arid high-mountain steppes, with considerable glaciation above 5,200 m. The area is known for mountaineering.