Huayna Potosí

The most climbing mountain in Bolivia

The normal route does not offer technical difficulty

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Tour Summary

Huayna Potosi is Bolivia՚s most popular mountain and offers something for both beginner and experienced mountaineers. The normal route poses no technical challenges and is doable by anyone with moderate fitness and good acclimatization. The French route presents an additional challenge for more experience climbers.

Our 3 day program is designed for those without previous mountaineering experience or who need a refresher of their technical skills. This also helps with acclimatisation and maximises the chances of reaching the summit.


Given its popularity, Huayna Potosi’s normal route remains open year-round, even in the snowy season.

We can shorten the itinerary to 2 or even 1 day, depending on fitness, experience, and acclimatisation levels.

Day 1

We leave La Paz and drive Laguna Zongo (4730m) where we unpack in the refuge which serves as our basecamp. After lunch we head to the base of the nearby glacier (45 mins hike) to practice basic ice climbing technique (use of crampons, ice axe, etc.). 

Day 2

Today we hike to our high camp: the Mountaineer’s House (5130m). This should take 2-3 hours after which we rest and have an early night in preparation for tomorrow.

Day 3

We set off at 1AM and almost immediately meet the glacier. There is now a slow and steady 5-6 hour climb to the summit (6088m), from where we have wonderful views of Lake Titicaca, the Altiplano, and the rest of the Cordillera Real. We return to high camp by the same route, pack up our things, and carry on down to base camp where a car will be waiting to take us back to La Paz 

Bilingual Mountain guide (Spanish- English)

Private transport

Food during the expedition.

Logistics transport equipment (porters)

Lodging in base camp and high camp shelter

Cooking utensils

National park tickets

Mountain Equipment/ Helmet,Ice axe,Harness,Gaiters,Ropes,Mountaineering boots.

Please take with you:

Rucksack (35Lts)

Big Rucksack or duffel bag (To be carried by porters or mules)

All season´s sleeping bag

Trekking boots

Waterproof gloves

Winter Underwear

Water proof pants and jacket


Sunglasses with UV filter

Bottle of water (NALGENE)

Tour details:

Altittude: 6,088 m/ 19,974 ft

Days: 3 days, 2 nights

Season: Almost all year

Activities: Mountainering

Location: Cordillera Real

Difficulty: Grade II/A.D.-

Guide: English Speaking

Experience: Basic/Medium

Cost: From  $ 350