Chicarhuapunta

Chicarhuapunta

Chicarhuapunta is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.289m (14,071ft) above the sea level, located in the Ancash Region in Peruthe Ancash Region in Peru.

The road to the summit is brutal. It’s called Ruta 104. It’s mostly asphalted, but there are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. Expect more than 300 turns (around 100 hairpin turns). The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.

The road is very narrow and unprotected by guardrails. This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. It’s 102km long and links Moro District (a town at 490masl) and Tocash (at 2.352m).

The road is very steep. A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype.  Starting from Tocash, the ascent is 32.6 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.937meters. The average gradient is 5.94% with some sections up to 12%.

 

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