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3 x 6,000m peaks in Bolivia: Ancohuma, Nevado Illampu & Pico Schulze, 22-day Itinerary

Enjoy a 22 day climbing adventure with EPGAMT certified guide Luciano that will take you to the summits of 3, 6,000 meter plus peaks in Bolivia, including Ancohuma.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration22 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Enjoy a 22-day expedition through Bolivia.

  • Visit a number of beautiful high altitude lagoons and more.

  • Climb to the top of 3 amazing peaks, including Ancohuma and the Pico Schultze.

Description

During this 22-day adventure, I would like to guide you to the summits of 3 incredible peaks in Bolivia. Those peaks include Ancohuma (6,420m), Nevado Illampu (6,368m) and the Pico Schultze (6,050m).

Beginning in La Paz, we will venture to Copacabana, Lake Titicaca and a number of gorgeous, high altitude, multicolored lagoons. After that, on the eleventh day, we will reach the first peak on this climbing expedition: Ancohuma. Filled with a number of sensational glaciers, we will climb this amazing peak along the normal route, from the Glacier Lagoon (5,038m). We will start ascending the next peak, the Nevado Illampu, on the sixteenth day. And finally, on the nineteenth day, we will climb the Pico Schultze.

Each one of the peaks we will be climbing on this trip are unique. They offer their own challenges and their own set of extravagant viewpoints. But, I can assure you that the experience of climbing each one will leave you more than satisfied. And, at the end of each day of this trip, you will get to spend your nights in comfortable hotels, refuges and camping spots.

Participants on this trip should have prior mountaineering experience. You should also be in good physical condition, as this trip is very physically strenuous, particularly during the ascents.

If you would like to admire high altitude lagoons, visit one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes in the world and climb two incredible peaks, you’ll love this trip. To join me, please send a request. I look forward to guiding you.

I also offer a 3 week trip through the Bolivian Cordillera Real that includes the summits of Chachacomani and Chearoco.

Meeting point

La Paz

Accommodation

Various hotels, refuges and camping spots.

More info

Participants should bring the following items: 1 pair of comfortable trekking boots 4 pairs of outer socks (thick wool or polypropylene) 3 pairs of indoor socks (fine silk or polypropylene) 2 pairs of cotton socks (for approach to base camp) Sandals to cross the rivers Leggings 2 synthetic thin pants (polypropylene or nylon) 1 polar pants (recommended long zippers) 1 Waterproof pants, such as Gore-Tex, with recommended side closures 1 comfortable trekking pants Shorts (optional) Upper part of the body 2 shirts Thermal Base Layer (polypropylene or capilene) 1 polar jersey (polaretec 100 or 200, or similar) 1 fleece jacket or similar 1 coat jacket for -30 ° C / -22 ° F (below recommended) 1 Windbreaker jacket with hood (as Gore-Tex) 3 Cotton T-shirts or T-shirts 2 Neck protection made of synthetic material (Buff or similar) 1 hat or sun hat 1 Cap (wool or fleece) 1 balaclava gaterneck 1 pair of glasses with factor 4 protection (with UV filter and nose and side protection) 1 Ski goggles 2 pairs of thermal indoor gloves (polypropylene or capilene) 1 pair of insulated gloves large fingers type ski that enter the interiors below 1 pair of insulating gloves (wool, down or Polarguard) 1 more pair of gloves (like Gore-Tex, only if your mittens are not made of windproof material) 1 pair of warm coats very warm Person Team 1 Comfortable expedition backpack (70 liters / 4,250 cubic centimeters minimum) 1 backpack of 35 or 45 liters (for the approach to the base camp) 1 large extra strong canvas duffel bag (to be transported by mules to the base camp, at least 6,000 cubic centimeters. Large enough to fit all your equipment) 1 Sleeping bag for -30 ° C / -22 ° F (below or Polarguard) 1 inflatable mat (Thermarest or similar) 1 Mat (only if you bring a Thermarest, to avoid a burst) Climbing apparatus 1 pair of plastic boots. NOTE: Cimbing or double plastic boots are the best option for high altitude. In Aconcagua there are very cold temperatures (-30 ° C / -22 ° F). Koflach Arctic expedition, Vega Scarpa or Asolo AFS 8000 are good examples of plastic boots. There are excellent alternatives to a plastic boot, in which the outer boot is made of modern synthetic materials. Ask us about these new models such as La Sportiva Nuptse, the 2000 Basque ice or the Salomon Pro thermal. We must be sure that the boots are prepared for very low temperatures. 1 pair of crampons (12 points, not rigid recommended) 1 Pair of trekking poles (adjustable preferred) 1 climbing helmet 2 technical ice axes 1 backpack of 45 l is enough. Safety equipment and collective equipment provided High -rise tents, tents for trekking, high-rise kitchens, kitchen equipment. Mountain equipment: ropes, ice pins. 1 head lamp, with spare batteries and bulb Lip blocker and sunscreen (not less than 50 sun protection factor) Personal crockery (plate, cup, fork and spoon) 2 bottles of water (32 ml / 1 liter Nalgene recommended. Insulator Water bottle is required) 1 One-liter or half-liter stainless steel thermos (useful for high altitude camps and Summit Day) 2 hand warmers (summit day) 2 foot warmers (summit day) 1 Hydration system (such as CamelBak, for trekking approach to the base camp only, because at the height they freeze) OPTIONAL Personal care items (small towel and soap, baby wipes recommended) Optional items 2 hand warmers (summit day) Books, IPod, games or anything that helps distract 1 Camera, memory cards and spare batteries Earplugs (for windy nights) Pee bottle with wide mouth (32 ml / 1 liter Nalgene recommended. Very useful in height fields). Swimsuit (for the hotel pool) Swiss type knife. Your favorite energy bars money storage belt. Contact lenses and replacement accessories.

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Itinerary

Day 1: LA PAZ - Welcome

Day 2: City of LA PAZ - Free Day

Day 3: La Paz - Las Animas Valley - Palca Canyon - La Paz

Day 4: La Paz - Copacabana - Yampupata - Isla del Sol - Challa

Day 5: Challa - Cha'llapampa - Sun Island Trek - Yumani - Copacabana

Day 6: Copacabana - Kacha Lagoon - Chojna Quta Lagoon (4720m)

Day 7: Chojna Quta Lagoon - San Fransisco Lagoon (4520m)

Day 8: San Fransisco Lagoon - Lojena (4360 m alt.)

Day 9: Lojena - Mina Susana (4030m) - Campo Venado (4300m alt.)

Day 10: Venado Field - Glacier Lagoon (5038 m)

Day 11: Glacier Lagoon - camp altitude (5460 m)

Day 12: Ascent of Ancohuma (6430 m)

Day 13: Glacier Lagoon - Lacatiya (3900m)

Day 14: Lacatiya

Day 15: Lacatiya - Aguas Calientes (4600m)

Day 16: Aguas Calientes - Camp 1 of Illampu (5200m)

Day 17: Illampu Summit

Day 18: Camp 1 - Rest

Day 19: Summit of Shulze Peak 6.050m

Day 20: Camp 1 - Aguas Calientes

Day 21: Aguas Calientes - Lakatya - Sorata - La Paz

Day 22: Peace - Extra Day

Day 23: LA PAZ - Optional


About the guide

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EPGAMT Mountain Guide from Mendoza, Argentina.

I always enjoyed the mountains, and started with mountaineering activities since a young age, so it was natural for me to become a mountain guide. I’ve been working for more than 15 seasons in Aconcagua, first as porter, then as Mountain Guide assistant, and now as Mountain Guide.

I climbed a lot of peaks all along the Andes mountain range, in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, including Aconcagua (6.962 mt – 27 ascents, through different routes like the North and the Polish glacier-), Co Plata (6.000 mt), Ojos del Salado (6.780 mt), Mount Pissis (6.850 m), C° LLullaillaco (6.723 m), C° Incahuasi (6.450 m), Vn Sajama (6.550 m), Vn Bonete Chico (6 750 m), Co Junción (5000 m), Toclaraju ( 6036m), Pisco (5750m), and the three summits of Tres Cruces 6.780m. I recently did my first expedition in the Himalayas, where I reached the summit of Mt Lhotse (8.516 mt).

I usually enjoy organizing expeditions to wild, off-the-beaten-track destinations, that need a complex logistic that you won’t find easily elsewhere.

I am fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.


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