|location||La Paz Department , Bolivia|
|Mountains||Cordillera Real , Andes|
|First ascent||1928 by the Austrian Alfred Horeschowsky and the German Hans Pfann|
The Illampú is a mountain in Bolivia .
The Illampú (the god of storms) is located in the Andes in Bolivia east of Lake Titicaca and in the north of the Bolivian seat of government La Paz . At 6,368 meters, it is the fourth highest mountain in Bolivia and the third highest of the Cordillera Real . It is the first high northern peak in the Real Norte chain and consists of the double peaks Illampu North and Illampu South, which are connected by a snow and ice ridge. The name Illampú is often used for the entire mountain range, which also includes the Ancohuma . Sometimes the name Nevado de Sorata is used for the mountain range , after the small town of Sorata on the western slopes of Illampú.
The Cordillera Real consists of deep rocks from the Paleozoic Era , into which further plutonites penetrated during the Mesozoic Era up to the Tertiary period . These were exposed by erosion in the Tertiary and Quaternary periods and today form the peaks of Illampú and Illimani .
The Illampú is covered with snow all year round, the snow line is 5,200 m.
According to Indian legend, the two mighty kings Illimani and Illampu killed each other when they were fighting for power over the Kollasuyo region, today's Altiplano . On their deathbed, they pledged their sons to avenge their deaths, and although they did not want the fight, they felt bound by the oath of their fathers and went to war with one another. History repeated itself, and they too inflicted deadly wounds in battle. While they were still on the battlefield, they forgave one another and asked their servants to keep them side by side. Pachamama , the goddess of fertility, assured the young kings that they should not have died because of the enmity of their fathers, and punished the fathers by making their stars fall from the sky and become the two snow-capped mountain peaks, Illampu and Illimani.
- Andes website - Information about Illampu, an snow peak in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia . www.andes.org.uk. Retrieved October 12, 2008.