Mountains known as Payachatas meaning “The Twins”.


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Tour Summary

Parinacota is an almost perfectly-cone-shaped volcano in Sajama National park, near the Chilean border. Together with Pomerape it forms the Payachatas (The Twins). It is not a technical climb but, given its high altitude, requires good acclimatisation.


Parinacota’s crater is 240m deep and over 700m long, making it larger that of Cotopaxi in Ecuador.

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

We start early and take a 4WD to Parinacota’s high camp (5100m), where we set off on foot, initially on mixed terrain (volcanic rock and sand) and then on snow and 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 to the nearby hot springs for a well-deserved rest and soak.

Day 3

After breakfast we head to the nearby geysers for short walk and then drive back to La Paz.

Bilingual Mountain guide (Spanish- English)

Private transport (4wd)

Food during the expedition.

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

Shelter lodging/ nationa Park Sajama

National park tickets

Please take with you:

Rucksack (35Lts)

All season´s sleeping bag

Trekking boots

Waterproof gloves

Winter underwear

Water proof pants and jackets


Sunglasses with UV filter

Tour details:

Altittude: 6,348 m/20,820feets

Days: 3 days, 2 nights

Season: May to October

Activities: Mountaineering

° Difficulty:                                         Grade I / F, 40°

Location: Western Cordillera/ Sajama national park

Guide: English Speaking


Cost: From $ 480