Classic Two Week Mountaineering Trip in Bolivia

Follow Rodrigo, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, on a two-week adventure to some of the classic peaks in Bolivia´s Cordillera Real: Pequeno Alpamayo, Huayana Potosi, and Illimani.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

14 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     
    See the beauty of Bolivia on a two week excursion to some of its most thrilling peaks! Join a mountaineering expedition to Pequeno Alpamayo (17,618 ft), Huayana Potosi (19,974 ft), and Illimani (21,201 ft) for exciting climbs and dramatic views!

    Located in the western part of Bolivia, in the Andes Mountains, Pequeno Alpamayo, Huayana Potosi, and Illimani look out over various features below. From La Paz and Lake Titicaca to the Amazon Basin and the surrounding plateaus, this region is loaded with outstanding panoramas.

    The proximity to the capital city makes it a tempting adventure, and it would be my pleasure to take you to these classic peaks. Pequeno Alpamayo has a glacier that, while not extremely technical, is a great way to get acclimatized to the environment.

    Huayana Potosi offers a little bit of snow climbing as we make our way to its summit. Located in the epic Cordillera Real, it is a true gem and another step in preparing for an ascent of Illimani, the highest peak in the Cordillera Real.

    This mountain, at 21,201 feet, is the tallest in the Cordillera Real, and will give you access to the best views of the surrounding Andes and its valleys.

    Our two week excursion will begin in La Paz, within close proximity to all of our destination peaks. The culture of the city is an added bonus for our time spent getting acclimatized to the environment.

    My vast knowledge of the Andes, this region, and climing in general will ensure we have a fun and safe program together. I would love to show you my favorite trails and locations in such a unique and inspiring land.

    This is a long trip, so you should be in good physical condition to take part in it. You should have a reasonable level of fitness and have the mental fortitude to take on such a sustained program.

    Book this classic Bolivian expedition and get mountaineering experience on three fantastic mountains in the Andes!

    I can also offer you a more technical climb in Bolivia on a 16-day mountaineering expedition! Or we can try a three-day heliskiing trip in the Maipo Valley!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    4200 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     This is the price to join one of our group programs. The price includes the guiding fee, two nights in a hotel in La Paz, transportation during the trip, burros / llamas, porters, camp guardian, cook, meals while in the mountains, group equipment (ropes, ice screws, pickets, etc.), group camping gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.), and the National Park fee. The price does NOT include flights to and from La Paz, any lodging beyond the first two hotel nights in La Paz, any meals when you are not climbing, personal equipment and camping gear, laundry, tips, personal items, and personal snacks and drink(s).
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Arrive in La Paz

      We will meet in La Paz to check our gear, go over the itinerary, and start getting acclimatized to the Andes.

    • Day 2La Paz

      We will take an extra day to acclimatize in La Paz. You can take advantage of this opportunity to see the beautiful culture and history of the city.

    • Day 3Condoriri Valley

      We begin by heading to the Condoriri Valley to rent burros to take us to Base Camp. We will settle in next to a beautiful and scenic lake after a few hours of hiking.

    • Day 4Summit Pequeno Alpamaya

      A moderate hike through the main glacier will take us to a steep ice and snow climb. After we take in our accomplishment, we will head back to Base Camp.

    • Day 5Head for Huayana Potosi

      We will start moving towards our next goal, Huayana Potosi. With the help of porters, we will set up our Base Camp in the foothills.

    • Day 6High Camp

      This day is reserved for moving us to the High Camp.

    • Day 7Summit Huayana Potosi

      Starting early, we will brave the snow climbing and reach the top of Huayana Potosi. Descending down, we aim to make it back to La Paz.

    • Day 8Rest Day

      We will stay in La Paz for a well-deserved rest day.

    • Day 9Head for Illimani

      We will begin our journey to the highest peak of the Cordillera Real. We will meet the llamas and their handler at 15,000 feet.

    • Day 10Carry Day

      We will carry a load to High Camp at 18,000 feet, and then return to Base Camp.

    • Day 11High Camp

      We will move to our High Camp, and enjoy the views that accompany our altitude.

    • Day 12 to 13Summit Illimani

      We will start early and trek across the glacier crevasses of Illimani. A steep face leads us to the summit, with incomparable views of the rest of the Andes.

    • Day 14Return to La Paz

      We will return to La Paz for a celebration dinner, and to reminisce on a wonderful adventure!

     
     

    Next departures

    For private groups contact the guide
     
    Next datesInfo
    25/04/2020 to 09/05/2020
    02/05/2020 to 16/05/2020
    09/05/2020 to 23/05/2020
    16/05/2020 to 30/05/2020
    20/05/2020 to 03/06/2020
    23/05/2020 to 06/06/2020
    06/06/2020 to 20/06/2020
    13/06/2020 to 27/06/2020
    27/06/2020 to 11/07/2020
    04/07/2020 to 18/07/2020
    08/07/2020 to 22/07/2020
    11/07/2020 to 25/07/2020
    18/07/2020 to 01/08/2020
    01/08/2020 to 15/08/2020
     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    We will meet in La Paz.

    Accommodation

    We will stay in a hotel our first two nights in La Paz, and then camp throughout the rest of our trip.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    An Internationally Certified UIAGM / IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rodrigo has been a guide for 30 years. He has led 24 expeditions to Denali and 28 expeditions to Aconcagua — the highest peaks in North and South America, respectively. He has been a member of expeditions to Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in the Himalaya, and his climbs in Patagonia include the North and Central Towers of Paine, Agujas Guillaumet and Poincenot, as well as Cerro Torre attempts. He’s made Patagonian Ice Cap explorations including the first east-west traverse of the northern Ice Cap. He holds first ascents in Antarctica, the Andes and Alaska; speed ascents of Denali, Aconcagua, and Juncal. He’s guided the Ellsworth Mountains and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and has extensive climbing and guiding experience in Yosemite and the Alps, including Frendo Spur and the Grand Jorasses. He’s a former Technical Committee member for the American Mountain Guides Association and a Senior Guide at Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rodrigo speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.

     
     

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    From the start Aventuras Patagonicas was welcoming, which set the trip up on the right foot. The guides, Wes, Lucia and Sebastian were all excellent and worked very hard to get the group of climbers safely up and down the mountain. The food was excellent and well organized. The gear provided on the mountain (tents) were also of good quality. I would climb again with Patagonicas.
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    Kisumu
    Great guides, great equipment, amazed about how good food was. All round a very experienced and top end operator who know what they are doing and will maximise your chances of getting to the summit. Reaching top Aconcagua was one of greatest highlights of my life thank you Aventuras Patagonicas.
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    Pawel
    I did a 20 day climb of Aconcagua with this company. The guides were excellent and made the trip as enjoyable as possible. We had hot meals every evening and morning. Aconcagua is a hard mountain and it takes a great deal of effort to reach the top. The guides at Patagonicas are committed to each client\'s safety on the mountain. I would recommend them over any other company on the mountain.
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