Climbing world’s largest tropical ice cap in Cusco

Climbing world’s largest tropical ice cap in Cusco
Monday May 20, 2019
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A Peruvian-French Expedition made its way to the largest tropical ice cap of the world, located in Peru. The ice cap covers 44 square kilometres and is called Quelccaya; it can be found in the southwest of the Vilcanota mountain range in the Cusco region. The reason for the expedition to the ice cap is to search for evidence of life in the glacier.

The team consist of the French photojournalist, writer and mountaineer Stephane Vallin who is the leader of the team, Mathias Virili who is also a journalist, and Emanuel Rocha and Dominique Riva
(both mountain guides); last but not least there is also a scientific guide who will join the expedition group. His name is Sandro Arias from the San Antoni Abad University based Cusco.

Last year in December 2018 the group already visited the area for inspection of the access routes they will take. During the next weeks, they are going a second time.

The ice cap is also a well-known place for the research of continental mountain ranges for the studies of the effects of climate change and global warming.

Because of global warming, the Quelccaya ice cap in the Cusco region will be gone within 30 years if we don’t start with reducing the greenhouse emissions. Quelccaya is seen as the main apu of the Regional Conservation Area of Ausangate.

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