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9-day Illampu guided climb, in Bolivia

Jenaro, a certified IFMGA guide, will take you to the summit of Illampu in 9 days. Join him in the most famous, and impressive, 6000 m peaks in Bolivia!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration9 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Type of tripNot specified


Illampu guided climb is a way to climb perhaps the most majestic mountain in Bolivia!

This 9-day Illampu guided climb will take you to the most desired mountain of Bolivia. Climbers worldwide consider the Nevado Illampu a celebrity. It rises on the north of the Cordillera Real. Close to the small and quiet town of Sorata. Despite being “only” 6368 m, it looks like a himalayan mountain seen from its southern neighbour Ancohuma.

The southwest ridge is the easiest route to the summit. although it’s still rated Fairly Difficult. Some of its snow slopes are up to 65 degrees steep, it has long and steep ice headwalls and a 400 vertical meters ridge. But I have been climbing around this mountains since I was 15 years old. So I know my way around to take you to the summit safely.

This 9-day Illampu guided climb will start in La Paz. I’ll pick you up and we’ll drive to Sorata (2700 m), where we’ll have lunch. After a short break we’ll continue up in the vehicle to the small town of Ancohuma (4040 m). This will leave us in high ground to start walking the next day.

While the first hiking day will go up to 4600 m, we’ll take the day after to acclimatize. Then I’ll take you to the Higher Camps I (5500 m) and II (5600 m) on the following two days. And to the summit (6368 m) on the fifth day of the expedition.

So let me take you to this majestic giant of the Andes, I’ll make sure you climb safely while I tell you about its great history! And if you don’t have so much time to spare, you can check on some shorter trips like 6-day Cabeza de Cóndor or 3-day Chacapampa.


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An experienced cook will join us in the expedition. He'll cook three meals a day with a Vegetarian or non vegetarian option.

Meeting point

La Paz.



Day 1: Drive to Ancohuma

Drive from La Paz to Sorata (2700 m). Lunch. Drive in 4X4 WD to Ancohuma (4040 m).

Day 2: Ascent to Aguas Calientes Base Camp

Ascent to Aguas Calientes Base Camp (4600 m).

Day 3: Acclimatization Day

Acclimatization Day at Aguas Calientes Base Camp (4600 m).

Day 4: Ascent to Camp I

Trekking day to Base Camp I (5500 m).

Day 5: Ascent to Camp II

Trekking day to Base Camp II (5600 m).

Day 6: Summit Day

Hike to the Summit (6368 m). Trek down to Base Camp II (5600 m).

Day 7: Descent to Aguas Calientes Base Camp

Descent to Aguas Calientes Base Camp (4600 m).

Day 8: Descent to Ancohuma

Descent to Ancohuma with animal help.

Day 9: Departure

Drive back to La Paz.

About the guide

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I work together with several IFMGA/UIAGM colleagues. So if I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues equally certified will guide you.

I began to climb the mountain when I was 15 years old. I was born in Pinaya (3.800 m.a.s.l.), a region located not far away from the top of the base camp of the majestic snow-covered Illimani (6.462 m.a.s.l.). I dedicated most part of my life to climb different ice and Rock Mountains through the Cordillera Real, Cordillera Occidental, and Cordillera de Apolobamba.

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