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6-day guided ascent in Illampu, Bolivian Andes

Looking for a challenging ascent in the Andes? This 6-day program in Illampu, Bolivia, led by IFMGA certified mountain guide Eduardo is perfect for you.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration6 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Challenge yourself on a demading ascent.

  • Reach the summit of one of the highest mountains in Bolivia.

  • Spend 6 wonderful days in the Cordillera Real, in the Bolivian Andes.

Description

Illampu is a mountain in western Bolivia that belongs to the Cordillera Real in the Andes. At 6,485 meters above sea level, it is one of the highest peaks in the country.

This summit is considered to be the hardest ascent in Bolivia. However, on this program, we will take an easier and less visited route to get to the top. If you are an experienced mountaineer, this beautiful mountain is ideal to challenge yourself and set mountaineering goals.

At the beginning of the trip, we’ll meet in Bolivia’s capital city, La Paz. At the bottom of the page, you can find a detailed description of each day’s activities.

The final section of the ascent will be hard and challenging. Therefore, please keep in mind that this climb is for advanced mountaineers with background experience and an excellent fitness level

So, does this ascent sound exciting? Then send the request to book your place and we’ll start making all the arrangements so you can have the best of times on this adventure.

Additionally, you can visit my mountaineering program to Sajamathe highest summit in Bolivia.

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Meeting point

La Paz


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Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz - Ancoma

On our first day, we’ll drive from La Paz to the Sorata Valley where we’ll enjoy lunch. Then, we’ll continue to Ancoma (4,200 meters) and set up our camp.

Day 2: Ancoma - Aguas Calientes

In the morning, we’ll begin a 3-hour trek to Aguas Calientes (4,850 meters), our next camping area. While hiking, we’ll contemplate the beauty of the Illampu massif.

Day 3: High Camp

On day 3, we’ll enjoy hiking for 5 hours until we reach the high camp, at 5,200 meters above sea level.

Day 4: Summit day

Finally, after breakfast, we’ll begin a 6-hour trek to the summit of Illampu. After enjoying the views from the top, we’ll return on the same route.

Day 5: Return to Aguas Calientes

Day 6: Return to Ancoma and drive back to La Paz


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Bolivia.

I made my first ascent at an early age. I have been guiding professionally for over 20 years, passed safety and rescue courses in the sister Republic of Peru with Swiss trainers, and my training culminated with the French school of the ENSA (National School of Sky & Mountaineering) International certification UIAGM opt / IFMGA.

I conquered the Summit of Bolivar, Humboldt and others in Venezuela, the peaks of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo in Ecuador, Alpamayo and Huascaran in Peru, and also reached the summit of Aconcagua (6954 m) twice the same day from Base Camp ( Plaza de Mulas) in Argentina.

My knowledge of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia is very extensive, so much so that I helped the Military Geographical Institute produce their map of the Cordillera Real (the only official map of the area). I am an active member of the Bolivian Andean Club.
I was also hired by the President of Bolivia (then) - Jorge Quiroga - to climb Huayna Potosi and many delegations of embassies.

Nowadays I work together with a group of local guides, also AGMTB and IFMGA. So if I can't guide myself the trip you request, a colleague of mine will guide to an unforgettable time in the Bolivian mountains!


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