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Arriving to La Paz is something unique. Either landing at El Alto airport, or driving by towards the center of La Paz is an experience hard to compare. And it is the perfect way to begin our adventure. However, the city rises at 3.640 m. Thus, everyone feels the effects of the altitude. So we’ll spend the next couple of days acclimatizing, taking tours of the city and around it.
We’ll begin our second day driving to Copacabana, at the shores of Lake Titicaca. A boat will be waiting for us to take us to the Isla del Sol (The Island of the Sun). After hiking across the main village on the island and its Inca ruins, we’ll check in at the Ecolodge for the next 2 nights. First day will be crucial for acclimatization. Then, on the second one we’ll keep exploring the island, and learning about its history and culture.
After our adventure at Lake Titicaca we’ll return to Copacabana, where a 4×4 vehicle will drive us to the trailhead that leads to the Condoriri Base Camp. We’ll load donkeys and begin our ascent, through glacial lakes. Then, we’ll head towards the Chiar Khota Lagoon (4,680 m), where we’ll set our camp on its far side, and at the foothills of Nevado Condoriri.
We will begin our acclimatization and practicing the mountaineering skills we’ll require for the ascent. So, we’ll go over techniques on cramponing, rappelling and self-belay, belaying on snow and ice, and anchors for fixed and running belays. Also, we’ll review ice axe positions and principles of glacier travel. And, we’ll practice crevasses rescue procedures, and route finding. We could also a climb at 5,200 meters, and hike towards Pico Austria. Finally we can return to base camp.
On this day we’ll climb Piramide Blanca. And we’ll cross a glacier on the way to the summit of Little Piramide Blanca, using the route up and back down.
We’ll use the day to rest and review other skills such as the selection and use of ropes, knots and harnesses, as well as design and selection of personal and technical gear.
To stand at the top of Pequeño Alpamayo, we’ll first need to reach the summit of Tarija (5,320m). After crossing an exposed and narrow ridge we’ll reach the top. Then, we’ll rappel a couple of sections down. And we’ll head back to base camp.
First we’ll pack our camp. Then, a vehicle will take us to La Paz, to the Rey Palace Hotel for two nights.
After a nutritious breakfast, we’ll drive to the Zongo Pass. Then, we’ll hike towards the Huayna Potosi High Camp, with the assistance of porters. Finally, we’ll use the afternoon to prepare for the ascent. And we’ll sleep under a dazzling bed of stars at high camp.
We’ll begin our ascent with a magnificent sunrise over the Amazon Basin. Then, we’ll pass by a roped up glacier travel area as well as intermittent sections of moderately steep terrain. We will climb via the North Ridge, and descend via an enchanting trailhead, where we’ll stop for lunch, before returning to La Paz. Finally, we’ll stay at the Rey Palace Hotel for the our last night.
If you are a SINGLE TRAVELER who wishes to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate. If you wish to STAY ALONE, a supplemental fee will be charged for a single room. The single supplement is not available in huts, tents, or in all hotels.
Group Size: 3 minimum, 6 maximum.
We can arrange climbing Illumani, for which we should account for 4 extra 4 days. Familiarity with glacier travel techniques, basic snow and ice climbing skills and very good physical condition, previous experience such Ecuador or Mexico Volcanoes ideal, if you have climbed in the Alps, or in the Cascades, Shasta, Mount Baker or Rainier, then you will be fully equipped.
Twin brothers Damian and Willie Benegas are two of the most respected climbers and mountaineers that Patagonia has produced. They boast an impressive 20 years' experience climbing and guiding expeditions in the Seven Continents, including tailor-made trips and group tours.
Benegas Brothers Expeditions' track record is proven by its outstanding safety and summit rates and the fact that clients keep coming back year after year.
It was their father's love for mountaineering and the outdoors that inspired Damian and WIllie as children to pursue their own adventures. Aconcagua and the mountains in northern Patagonia became their training ground and the place where they established themselves as world-class alpinists.
BBE was founded in 1992 and over the course of 20 seasons has guided clients from all over the world around the 4 corners of the world. The Benegas Brothers offer personalized adventures by prioritizing small groups in which family values and environmentally-friendly policies are of essence.
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