2012 Peru Caving Expedition Visits the World’s Highest Caves

October 10, 2012 / Peru, South America
Inside Sima Pumacocha

Photo by Martin Holroyd/Peru Caving

An international expedition to visit the world’s highest caves is underway in the Andes mountains of Peru.

The team, made up of cavers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, departed on their six week long adventure in late September.

Split into two parts, the first three weeks of the expedition will be spent in the Cajamarca area in northern Peru, where in 2010 a sinking river was located. Meanwhile, the final three weeks will take the group to the area around the Puyo valley to continue explorations of caves started during earlier expeditions.

To check in with the progress and follow along the remainder of the trip, which continues until the beginning of November, visit the expedition journal at peru.commscentral.net.

Update: The expedition rewrote the list of the world’s highest caves.

[via Andy McKenzie]

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  1. October 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    How high, Andy? The caves at Nam Co (North of Lhasa), Chagong Chimu (Big Cave, above Nilong village, West of Lhasa) and Perochi (on the approach to Rongbuk) are all above 4500m. They are all pretty boring though, nowhere near as interesting as yours!

    • Caving News
      October 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      While all the caves located in the Andes Mountains over 4000 metres above sea level, Qaqa Mach’ay is the highest at 4930 metres above sea level.

      See http://members.shaw.ca/pumacocha/pumapages/caves.htm.

    • November 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Hi Dick
      http://peru.commscentral.net
      check out the website it will be further updated in the coming weeks. The highest we surveyed was 4862 making it number 2 on the worlds highest surveyed list. Most were between 4600m and 4700m….

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