The bodies of two missing U.S. climbers were found on Palcaraju, a mountain that rises more than 6,200 meters (20,327 feet) in Peru's northern Ancash region, police said.

Ben Horne and Gil Weiss, who had been missing for 17 days, were found on Saturday.

The bodies of Horne and Weiss were taken to the city of Huaraz, a police spokesman told Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP.

Mountain guides hired by the climbers' families found a tarp, gas stove and other gear on Friday.

The two Americans launched their assault on the summit of Palcaraju on July 11.

Horne had limited experience climbing in the Peruvian Andes, while Weiss had been in the region several times, police said.

Horne and Weiss were supposed to return to the United States on July 26, the U.S. Embassy in Lima said, adding that relatives reported them missing when they failed to arrive home and hired a search team.

Palcaraju is one of the most dangerous mountains in Peru because of frequent avalanches, police mountain rescue unit spokesman Maj. Marco Carrera told the La Republica newspaper. EFE