Nevado Illampu

The most technical mountain in the Cordillera Real

The protective mountain of the north

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Tour Summary

Illampu is rarely climbed and has one of the hardest ascents in the Cordillera Real. It should only be attempted by fit, experienced mountaineers but offers a wild, remote adventure to those up to the challenge.


Illampu is the most important god in Aymara culture.

The first expeditions to Illampu date back to 1902 (Annie Smith Peck) and 1919 (Sir Martin Conway) but were unsuccessful. After many attempts a German/Polish expedition reached the summit on July 27th 1928.

Day 1

We leave La Paz early and drive to Sorata (2700m) from where we hike to our first camp in Ancoma (4200m). 

Day 2

After breakfast we load our equipment onto donkeys and hike for 3-4 hours to our basecamp at Aguas Calientes (4850m). 

Day 3

Today we use porters: the trail is too steep for donkeys. We hike for another 3-4 hours over moraine and rock until we reach the high camp (5600m) where we have dinner and an early night.

Day 4

We start early and immediately meet a 60°, 400m tall wall which takes us to a long crest. We then follow this ridge all the way to Illampu’s summit (6368m). We descend by the same path: this will be slow as the route can be exposed.

Day 5

We head back to Aguas Calientes (4850m).

Day 6

We return to Ancoma (4200m) where our car is waiting to drive us back to La Paz. 

Bilingual Mountain guide (Spanish- English)

Private transport

Food during the expedition.

Logistics transport equipment (donkeys / mules/porters)


Cooking utensils


Dinning tent at base camp

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: 6,368m./20,892 ft

Days: 6 days, 5 nights

Season: May to September

Activities: Mountaineering

Difficulty: Grade III/A.D.+

Location: Cordillera Real

Guide: English Speaking

Experience: Medium/ Pro

Cost: From $ 900