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Ancohuma (6,420m) & Nevado Illampu (6,368m), 20-day Expedition in Bolivia

Join EPGAMT certified guide Luciano for a 20 day expedition in Bolivia that will take you to the summits of Ancohuma and the Nevado Illampu.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration20 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Enjoy a 20 expedition through the most beautiful parts of Bolivia.

  • Visit Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, the Island of the Sun and more.

  • Climb to the top of 2 great peaks: Ancohuma and Illampu.

Description

During this 20 day expedition, I would like to guide you through the most beautiful natural areas of Bolivia. I would like to take you to the famous, high altitude Lake Titicaca. I would like to take you through the Cordillera Real. And, I would also like to take you to the summits of two amazing mountains: Ancohuma (6,420m) and Illampu (6,368m).

Our trip will begin in the beautiful city of La Paz, which you will get to explore over a few days.  After that, we will make our way to Lake Titicaca. From there, you will get to visit Copacabana along with the Island of the Sun. After that, we will head to the mountains. You will get to enjoy incredible views of the glacier massifs, along with a number of spell binding lagoons where the water consists of multiple, stunning colors. There are also a number of additional highlights you’ll get to enjoy during this nearly 3 week adventure.

Finally, you will also get to scale both Ancohuma and Illampu. Both of these peaks, while less famous than other mountains in the area, are incredible. Furthermore, due to their lower popularity, there are far less crowds of people trying to climb them. Thus providing you with a tranquil experience, surrounded by some of the most amazing beauty you’ll ever see.

Participants on this trip should be in good physical condition. You should also have prior mountaineering experience.

To scale 2 peaks, visit Lake Titicaca, explore the Cordillera Real and visit a number of lovely towns and villages, you can rest assured this will be a trip you will never forget. To enjoy it for yourself, please send a request. I look forward to guiding you.

I also offer an 18-day expedition where you can explore the Altiplano, as well as climb to the summit of Lincancabur.

Details

Accommodation

Various hotels, refuges and camping spots during the trip.

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.

Meeting point

La Paz


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Itinerary

Day 1: LA PAZ - Welcome

Day 2: The 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 - Aguas Calientes

Day 19: Aguas Calientes - Lakatya - Sorata - La Paz

Day 20: Extra Day

Day 21: 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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