Aventuras Patagonicas on Bolivia Classic Climbs

Aventuras Patagonicas on Bolivia Classic Climbs

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Bolivia Classic Climbs

Llamas approaching Illimani
Llamas approaching Illimani

Our Mountaineering expedition to Pequeno Alpamayo (17,618 feet), Huayana Potosi (19,974 feet) and Illimani (20,201 feet), will confirm that some of the most dramatic alpine peaks in the Western hemisphere lie in Bolivia. We start our trip in La Paz, Bolivia where we spend a few days to begin our acclimatization process.

We then head to Pequeno Aplamayo in the beautiful Condoriri Valley. Pequeno Alpamayo is a fun non-technical glacier climb and a great place to get well acclimatized for our next objective, Huayana Potosi.

We take a dramatic 4x4 drive accross the majestic Cordillera Real to the foothills of Huayana Potosi. The climbing includes is mostly moderate snow climbing to the top.

After our descent to Base camp, we head for La Paz, and a meal and a bath. Our final goal will be Illimani, the highest peak in Bolivia. We drive southeast toward the Cordillera Real, where we meat llamas to take our gear to Base Camp. The summmit ridge of Illimani offers spectacular views of the Andes.

Itinerary (view full itinerary in one page)

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 01

    Group meets in La Paz, Bolivia's capital city. La Paz is the world's highest capital, over 10,000 ft in elevation, where you begin the process of acclimatizing as soon as you step off the plane. Gear check and an afternoon briefing will be at the hotel. Because acclimatization is crucial to a successful expedition, we highly recommend that you arrive 2 to 3 days earlier in La Paz, prior to the start of the expedition. Attractive day treks and tours can be arranged from La Paz.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 02

    Acclimatization day in La Paz. The main purpose of our second day is to spend another night above 10,000'. This is a great occasion to visit La Paz and its many colonial sites.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 03

    Drive towards the beautiful Condoriri Valley to a small mountain village where we hire burros to carry our gear. A pleasant hike of about 3-4 hrs takes us to our Base Camp located by a beautiful lake surrounded with breathtaking views of the Condoriri massif. Our goal will be to climb Pequeno Alpamayo (17,618' or 5,300 mts) the next day.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 04

    Early Start, we follow the Condoriri Valley with our head lamps to start the gentle ascent up the main Glacier. After sveral hours of moderate hiking we arrive at the base of the steep pyramid of Pequeno Alpamyo. Spectacular snow and ice climbing to the summit. Descend to Base Camp.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 05

    Descend to the trailhead, where we are picked up by a 4X4 and drive to where we will climb Huayna Potosi (19,974'). This is a dramatic drive across the majestic Cordillera Real. We arrive at the foothills of Huayna Potosi and begin our climb to Camp 1 the same day in order to not lose our acclimatization. We may have porters to help us carry community gear only.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 06

    Move to Camp 2, our High Camp.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 07

    Early start toward the spectacular snowy Summit of Huayna Potosi. Moderate snow climbing will take us to the top. Descent to High Camp and possibly all the way to the base depending on our Group. If we do descend all the way, we will drive back to La Paz for a nice hardy meal and a bath, that same day.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 08

    Rest day in La Paz. We will shop for fresh food, clean gear and pack for Illimani, the highest peak in Bolivia, at 21,201 feet.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 09

    Drive southeast towards Illimani. The highest peak in the Cordillera Real, it is a massive mountain with three spectacular summits above 20,000'. At the end of this rugged road we meet the llamas and their llama handler who will take our gear to our Base Camp at 15,000'.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 10

    Carry a load to 18,000', our High Camp, and return to Base Camp.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 11

    Move to High Camp (18,000'). From this camp we will have great views of the cirque of Illimani and across Lake Titicaca.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 12-13

    Summit Day!! Weather permitting. Early start to tackle Illimani's (21,201') steep Southwest Buttress, interesting and careful glacier travel negotiating impressive crevasses. Before reaching the summit ridge we climb a beautiful 40-45 degree face. The gentle summit ridge offers spectacular views of the Andes.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Day 14

    Descent to La Paz. Celebration Dinner.

  • Bolivia Classic Climbs
    Next Day

    Next day fly back home, or continue traveling in South America.

Cost Includes

  • Professional Mountain Guides
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in La Paz
  • all land transportation
  • 4x4
  • burros
  • llamas
  • porters (used in Huayna Potosi and Illimani)
  • camp guardian
  • cook
  • meals while in the mountains
  • all community gear (Base Camp tent, tents, stoves, cooking gear, ropes, ice screws, pickets, medical kit, satellite phone, radios, etc.)
  • National Park fee.

You are responsible for

  • Flights to La Paz
  • any lodging excluding 2 nights in La Paz
  • meals (except while you are climbing)
  • personal equipment
  • passport
  • personal items and services (laundry, drinks, tips, etc.)
  • expenses incurred in the event of a rescue.

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