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Climb the Pequeño Alpamayo (5,470m) & Illimani (6,462m) in Bolivia, 14-day Itinerary

Come and enjoy an amazing 14-day climbing expedition in the Andes of Bolivia that will take you to the summits of Pequeno Alpamayo and Illimani with EPGAMT certified guide Luciano.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration14 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Enjoy a 14-day climbing expedition in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia.

  • Reach the summits of 2 amazing peaks: Pequeno Alpamayo and Illimani.

  • Spend a couple of days exploring the city of La Paz.

Description

For 14 days, I would like to guide you on an unforgettable climbing adventure in the Cordillera Real mountain range in the Andes of Bolivia. During this expedition you will get to scale the Pequeno Alpamayo (5,470m) and Illimani (6,462m).

Located southeast of Lake Titicaca, the Cordillera Real in Bolivia is 125 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide. It is a gorgeous collection of massive peaks, along with a number of breathtaking glaciers, multi-colored lagoons and plenty of local towns and villages that you can visit and enjoy.

Our journey will begin in La Paz, which you will get to explore. After that, we will make our way to the mountains.

The Pequeno Alpamayo received its name because of how similar it looks to the Alpamayo Peak in Peru. Absolutely gorgeous, the peak possesses a summit that once reached will provide you with spellbinding views.

The other peak we will be climbing on this trip, Illimani, is located quite close to La Paz. It is the second highest peak in Bolivia, after Sajama, and the highest peak in the Cordillera Real. A huge massif that is more than 4 kilometers in length, Illimani has four peaks, all of which exceed 6,000 meters. And, when you reach the top during this trip, you will get to gaze far into the incredible surrounding landscape.

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

If you would like to climb 2 impressive mountains in Bolivia, this is the trip for you. To join me on this adventure, please send a request.

I also offer a 12-day climbing expedition that will take you to the summits of Pequeno Alpamayo and Kunturiri.

Details

Accommodation

Various hotels, camping spots and shelters.

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: City of LA PAZ - Free Day

Day 3: La Paz - Las Animas Valley - Palca Canyon - La Paz

Day 4: La Paz - Tuni - Kotha Lake

Day 5: BC - Austria Hill 5,350m

Day 6: Base Camp - Cerro Mirador

Day 7: BC - Little Alpamayo

Day 8: Base Camp - La Paz Hotel

Day 9: Free Day in La Paz

Day 10: La Paz - Pinaya - Broken Bridge

Day 11: Broken Bridge - Condor Nest 5.470m

Day 12: Condor's Nest - Illimani Summit 6439m - Broken Bridge 4470m

Day 13: Extra day

Day 14: Broken Bridge - Pinaya 3,880m - La Paz 3,600m

Day 15: 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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