Ritacuba Blanco

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Ritacuba BlancoRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_0_0
Highest pointRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_1_0
ElevationRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_2_0 5,410 m (17,750 ft)Ritacuba Blanco_cell_0_2_1
ProminenceRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_3_0 3,645 m (11,959 ft) 

Ranked 46thRitacuba Blanco_cell_0_3_1

IsolationRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_4_0 501 km (311 mi) Q2648857?uselang=en#P2659Ritacuba Blanco_cell_0_4_1
ListingRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_5_0 UltraRitacuba Blanco_cell_0_5_1
CoordinatesRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_6_0 Ritacuba Blanco_cell_0_6_1
GeographyRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_7_0
LocationRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_8_0 Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, ColombiaRitacuba Blanco_cell_0_8_1
Parent rangeRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_9_0 Cordillera Oriental, Colombia; AndesRitacuba Blanco_cell_0_9_1
Topo mapRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_10_0 CIGM Sheet 137Ritacuba Blanco_cell_0_10_1
ClimbingRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_11_0
Easiest routeRitacuba Blanco_header_cell_0_12_0 glacial hikeRitacuba Blanco_cell_0_12_1

Ritacuba Blanco is the highest peak of Cordillera Oriental, in the Andes Mountains of Colombia. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_0

It's also named Ritak'uwa, an ancient name from the U'wa indigenous people that live in the lowlands of the National Park Sierra Nevada del Cocuy y Güicán, where the Ritacuba Blanco is located. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_1

The summit is accessible from the west via the town of El Cocuy, the village of Güicán and the hamlet of Las Cabañas. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_2

The hike is fairly easy, but weather is not reliable, and a glacier must be crossed. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_3

Because of global warming, its glacier is melting at very high rates, backing down 25 linear mts per year; same is happening at amazing speeds to all other snow-covered tropical mountains in Colombia. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_4

In 1950, Ritacuba Blanco's glacier extended down to 4,500 metres (14,800 ft) above sea level; in January 2007 its lowest point was at 4,800 metres (15,700 ft) above sea level. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_5

If this melting rate continues, the glacier is expected to disappear before 2025. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_6

Directions to access the mountain Ritacuba Blanco_section_0

You can access Ritacuba Blanco either from the Cocuy or Guican in the Boyaca department. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_7

After departing from either town you have to travel to Kanwara to start the main hike to the base of the mountain. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_8

Climbing Routes Ritacuba Blanco_section_1

North West: It is the normal route which is easy technically. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_9

You will need basic mountaineering knowledge to climb up the mountain. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_10

East: This route is closed. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_11

However this route has great challenges for big wall climbers. Ritacuba Blanco_sentence_12

See also Ritacuba Blanco_section_2

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