Updated: 07/01/2011 12:47 | By MSN Travel contributors
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Most beautiful mountain

Alpamayo's graceful peak bathed in sunlight (© Grant Dixon/Lonely Planet)
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  • Alpamayo's graceful peak bathed in sunlight (© Grant Dixon/Lonely Planet)
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A 1966 survey and a 1996 global poll asked climbers to name their pick of the prettiest mountain peaks of all. Top of both lists was the snow-capped mountain Alpamayo, a graceful pyramidal peak located in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca range. Other contenders for the title included the Matterhorn in the Alps and Ama Dablam in the Himalayas.

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