The Cordillera de Chonta consists of a series of ice-capped peaks extending in a northerly direction for about 50 km between lat 12°37' and 13°07'S. and long 75°00' and 75°30'W. and is in the western branch of the Andes. The area of its glaciers, estimated from Landsat images, is 42 km². Several separate, small groups of glaciers exist. Drainage is to the west into the Pacific Ocean by Río Cañete and to the east into the Atlantic Ocean by Río Mantaro. The highest peak is Nevado Palomo at 5,305 m asl.