Mountaineering

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Bolivia offers mountaineers a very wide selection of summits, ranging from beginner-friendly to highly technical. Our guides have decades of experience in these mountains and can ensure a safe, well-organised expedition, whatever your experience and/or ambitions.

Bolivian mountains are all high altitude and acclimatisation needs to be taken seriously. Our multi-summit itineraries are designed such that the difficulty of each climb surpasses the last, giving your body time to acclimatise before the biggest efforts.

The itineraries listed below are some of our most popular, but we are more than happy to create custom trips to suit your needs ands level of experience!.

SAJAMA AREA: Acotango – Parinacota – Sajama

Climbing & Trekking    10 Days

Sajama National Park is a high-altitude dessert dotted with a range of stunning volcanoes, including Sajama itself, the tallest peak in Bolivia. The mountaineering here requires good acclimatisation but is not technical: this area is perfect for new mountaineers wanting to push their limits and feel like they’re standing on top of the world!

Day 1

We drive from La Paz across the flat desert-like Altiplano, stopping en route to explore ruins and tombs from the Chipayas culture. We leave our luggage in Sajama town and go for a short acclimatisation walk before dinner and bed.

Day 2

After breakfast, we drive to nearby geysers where we prepare for a 5-hour hike to stunning high-altitude lagoons near the Bolivian-Chilean border. As we return to our accommodation we’ll see the sun setting on the arid landscape.

Day 3

Today we climb Acotango (6052m). We start early, and take a 4WD to an amazing 5,500m! From here, the summit is 3 to 4 hours on foot. Depending on snow conditions, we might need to use crampons, but never snow axes. Having summited we return to the car and to our hostel.

Day 4

Today we take a 4WD to Parinacota’s high camp (5100m), where we set up camp and prepare for the big day tomorrow.

Day 5

We start our summit attempt early, initially on mixed terrain (volcanic rock and sand) and then on snow ice. We will need crampons and the route reaches a maximum of 45° inclination. It will take 6-7 hours to reach the Parinacota’s summit (6348m), which rewards us with amazing views of the surrounding national park as well as the volcanic crater at our feet! We return to the car by the same track and drive back to Sajama town.

Day 6

Today is a rest day. We will visit the nearby hot springs to relax our tired muscles and prepare for the main challenge: Sajama itself!

Day 7

After breakfast we drive to the Wincurata valley (4450m) where we load our equipment onto donkeys start our 3 to 4 hour hike towards Sajama base camp (4800m).

Day 8

Today we transfer our equipment from donkeys to local porters and hike for 4-5 hours to Sajama high camp (5700m).

Day 9

We start our summit attempt at 1am, initially over mixed rock and ice (up to 50°) until an altitude of 6000m, at which point the route flattens somewhat and we start crossing Sajama’s glacier until we reach the summit (6549m), the highest point in Bolivia! We return to the high camp for a short rest and then continue down to the basecamp where we spend the night.

Day 10

We hike back to our car in the Wincurata valley and return to La Paz, stopping on the way by the hot springs for a well-deserved soak!

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

Sunscreen

Sunglasses with UV filter

Bottle of water (NALGENE)

Tour details:

Altittude:Max 6549m./21,846ft

Days:10 days, 9 nights

Season:May to October

Activities:Mountaineering/hiking

Difficulty:A.D. - D

Location:Western Cordillera/ Volcanic area

Type:Private Tour

Guide:English Speaking

Experience:Basic/Medium

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Chachacomani – Chearoco

Climbing & Trekking  7 Days

This itinerary takes in two of Bolivia’s least-frequented mountains. We are almost guaranteed to have these two 6000m+ giants to ourselves!

Day 1

We leave La Paz early and drive past Copacabana to the small community of Alto Cruz Pampa (4280m) where we load our equipment onto donkeys, before hiking to Chachacomani base camp (4650m).

Day 2

Today we hike to Chachacomani high camp (5200m) which lies at the base of the mountain’s glacier. The terrain is too difficult for donkeys and local porters will help us with our equipment.

Day 3

We leave very early and cross the glacier plateau, tracing a route around Pico Centinela (5400m) and finally reaching the summit of Chachacomani (6070m). We return to high camp, pack our things, and continue down to basecamp where we spend the night.

Day 4

Today we hike to Chearoco base camp (4600m), again leaving our equipment with local porters.

Day 5

After breakfast we hike across mixed rock and moraine for 4-5 hours until we reach Chearoco high camp (5200m). We have an early dinner and go to bed in preparation for the big day tomorrow.

Day 6

We start early and climb the glacier (45°-50° inclination) until we reach the summit of Chearoco (6127m), before returning to high camp where we spend the night.

Day 7

Today we return to base camp where we have a short break before continuing to our car which takes us back to La Paz.

Bilingual Mountain guide (Spanish- English)

Private transport

Mountain Equipment/ Helmet,Ice axe,Harness,Gaiters,Ropes,Mountaineering boot

Camping tent (NORTH FACE OR SIMILAR)

THERMAREST PLUS ROLL MAT

Dinning tent at base camp

Cooking utensils

Food during the expedition.

Logistics transport equipment (donkeys / mules/porters)

National Park tickets

Souvenir.

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

Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Sunglasses with UV filter

Bottle of water (NALGENE)

Tour details:

Altittude:6127m./20,100 ft

Days:7 days, 6 nights

Season:May to September

Activities:Mountaineering

Difficulty:A.D.- D+

Location:Cordillera Real

Type:Private Tour

Guide:English Speaking

Experience:Basic/Medium

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Expedition Cordillera Real : Khotia- Pico Austria-Chiar Kota- Pico Piramide Blanca -Pequeño Alpamayo-Cabeza de Condor-Huayna Potosi

Trek / Climb13 Days

This program is perfect for strong but inexperienced mountaineers looking to improve their skills and conquer the Cordillera Real! We combine acclimatisation hikes with summits attempts, doing both normal and technical routes of the most popular peaks in the Condoriri region. The itinerary culminates with the French Route of Huayna Potosi - scaling the 330m-high Eastern face of Bolivia’s most famous mountain! 

Day 1

We La Paz and drive to Laguna Khotia (4570m) where we will transfer our equipment to the donkeys that will accompany us throughout the trip. We slowly gain altitude until we reach a pass (4820m) from which Lake Titicaca and the Altiplano can be seen stretching to the horizon. We descend to Ajuani (4670m) where we set up camp.

Day 2

After breakfast we start climbing to a mountain pass which affords us our first views of Huayna Potosi and the Condoriri Massif. We descend to Laguna Sistana (4620m) for lunch, and then climb to today’s second pass which reveals more of the Condoriri. Finally, we descend to Laguna Jurikhota (4600m) and set up camp for the night.

Day 3

We hike towards Laguna Glacial (4900m) at the base of the Condoriri Massif, before climbing to Austria Pass (5150m). At this point we can either take a detour via Pico Austria (5300m) or descend directly to our mountaineering basecamp next to Laguna Chiar Khota (4600m).

Day 4

After a hearty breakfast we organise our climbing gear and head to the base of the nearby glacier. We spend the day learning (or reminding ourselves of) essential mountaineering techniques: glacier traverse, knots, and the use of ice axes and crampons.

Day 5

Today’s objective is to improve our acclimatisation and practice the techniques we covered yesterday. We do this by summiting Piramide Blanca (5248m) via the normal route. This mountain provides a perfect opportunity to gain confidence with the new skills we have learnt.

Day 6

We set off very early and start climbing the same glacier as yesterday, but this time we take a different route to reach Pico Tarija (5250m). From here we get a perfect view of today’s summit: Pequeno Alpamayo (5370m). We climb 70m down Tarija and follow the ridge in front of us to reach Pequeno’s summit. This is a long day.

Day 7

This will be an easy day for us, where we rest and regain some energy from all the trekking and climbing we’ve been doing: we can look forward to lots of good food and wine!!

Day 8

Today we summit Cabeza del Condor (5700m), which is more technically challenging than anything we’ve attempted so far. We spend 6-7 hours on mixed moraine/rock before using everything we’ve learnt so far to pass the final narrow rock and ice section to reach the summit.

Day 9

We will spend the next few days trekking and will not need our crampons or ice axes. Today we climb only one mountain pass, Jistana (4900m), before descending into the Racacha valley and passing through old mining villages. We finish the day by setting ups camp between Maria Lloko (4450m) and the Western face of Huayna Potosi (6088m).

Day 10

Today we climb up to the mountain pass Huallatani (4850m) before circling around Milluni (5483m) to reach Huayna Potosi’s base camp (4700m) where we can have a shower and sleep indoors in a mountain refuge.

Day 11

After a good breakfast we head to the nearby glacier and learn some more advanced ice climbing/mountaineering techniques in preparation for the day after tomorrow!

Day 12

Today we hike for 2-3 hours to our high camp: the Mountaineer’s House (5130m). We have an early night and get ready for tomorrow.

Day 13

We will start our summit at 2AM. Today will bring together all of the skills and experience of the last week as we attempt Huayna Potosi’s French Route. We follow the standard route to 5500m where we take a detour to Huayna’s Eastern face. We climb this 330m wall (60°-65°) to the mountain’s Southern summit (5960m) before following an exposed ridge to the true Northern summit (6088m). We return to the basecamp by the normal route before driving back to La Paz.

Bilingual Mounatin guide (Spanish- English)

Private transport

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

Camping tent (NORTH FACE OR SIMILAR)

THERMAREST PLUS ROLL MAT

Dinning tent at base camp

Cooking utensils

Food during the expedition.

Logistics transport equipment (donkeys / mules/porters)

National Park tickets

Souvenir.

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

Sunscreen

Sunglasses with UV filter

Bottle of water (NALGENE)

Tour details:

Altittude:6,088m./19,974 ft

Days:13 days, 12 nights

Season:April to november

Activities:Mountaineering & trekking

Difficulty:A.D. - D+

Location:Cordillera Real

Type:Private Tour

Guide:English Speaking

Experience:Basic/Medium

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Mururata - Illimani

Climbing & Trekking        6 Days

This program combines a relatively easy climb (Mururata) with a more technically challenging one (Illimani’s southern summit). We recommend you have some moderate mountaineering experience for this itinerary.

Day 1

We La Paz and drive for 3 hours through valleys and streams before hiking to Mururata’s base camp (4700m).

Day 2

We start early and approach the glacier on rocky ground. Once we hit ice we have a very gentle 5-6 ascent to Mururata’s summit (5871m), navigating large, clearly visible crevasses as we go. At the summit we have incredible views of Illimani as well as the formation of several rivers which flow into the low-altitude Yungas. We return to base camp and continue onwards to a nearby valley (3800m) to spend the night.

Day 3

Today we return to the car and drive to Pinaya (3800m) where we load our equipment onto donkeys. We then hike for 2 hours to reach Puente Roto (4600m), our base camp for Illimani.

Day 4

After breakfast we organize our equipment for and give it to local porters. We then hike up a moraine and rocky ridge 5 hours to reach Nido de Condores (5550m), our high camp at the base of Illimani’s glacier.

Day 5

We start our summit attempt at 1AM, aiming to reach the summit between 7 and 8AM. The route zig-zags up the glacier with inclinations up to 50° before reaching a ridge which takes us to the summit - the highest point in the Cordillera Real (6442m)! We return by the same path, pack up our things at the high camp, and return to base camp. This is a long but rewarding day.

Day 6

We have a large breakfast before packing our equipment and returning to Pinaya where our car will be waiting to drive us back to La Paz.

Bilingual tour guide (Spanish- English)

Private transport

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

Camping tent (NORTH FACE OR SIMILAR)

THERMAREST PLUS ROLL MAT

Dinning tent at base camp

Cooking utensils

Food during the expedition.

Logistics transport equipment (donkeys / mules/porters)

National Park tickets

Souvenir.

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

Sunscreen

Sunglasses with UV filter

Bottle of water (NALGENE)

Tour details:

Altittude:6442m./ 21,122ft

Days:6 days, 5 nights

Season:May to october

Activities:Mountaineerimng

Difficulty:F. - P.D.

Location:Cordillera Real

Type:Private Tour

Guide:English Speaking

Experience:Basic/Medium

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