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Climbing Illimani in 4 days, Cordillera Real

Join a certified mountain guide and enjoy climbing Illimani, the highest mountain of the Cordillera Real, on an unforgettable 4-day adventure. Catch sight of La Paz from up high and appreciate a beautiful sunrise as you take on an exciting mountaineering challenge in Bolivia.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration4 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Beautiful high camp with breathtaking views of the massif.

  • An exciting and challenging sharp summit ridge

  • A mythical ascent to the top of the highest peak on the Cordillera Real.

Description

Climbing Illimani is an exciting mountaineering challenge that experienced mountaineers will love! Join this 4-day program and discover this amazing mountain in the Cordillera Real in Bolivia.

At 6,438 m (21,122 ft), Illimani is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Real and the second highest mountain in Bolivia. It overlooks the city of La Paz and has imposing ridges that offer great views and an even greater challenge. Graded (AD+/IV), this is a technical and exposed climb, and on this program, we will tackle it in four days. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Keep in mind that this is a challenging ascent. Therefore, you will need a good fitness level and technical mountaineering skills and experience. Of course, we will be there to help and guide you!

So, are you ready to climb the Cordillera Real’s highest peak in a pristine Andean setting? Then contact us now and let’s start planning an unforgettable 4-day mountaineering adventure!

Or, if you prefer a longer program, we also offer a 17-day Cordillera Real mountaineering itinerary with acclimatization around the famous Lake Titicaca. Check it out!

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Accommodation

tent

Meeting point

La Paz

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Itinerary

Day 1: LA PAZ - PINAYA - PUENTE ROTO (4470 m a.s.l / 14 665 FT)

Road in a private vehicle to the village of Pinaya (3880 m asl / 12 729 FT) located at the foot of Illimani massif. Climb to reach the base camp of Illimani named Pinaya.

Day 2: PUENTE ROTO – NIDO DEL CONDOR (5470 m a.s.l / 17 946 FT)

We start trekking to reach the high camp of Illimani. The last part is a little bit technical with a steep and rocky stretch.
Camp near the glacier.

Day 3: ASCENT OF ILLIMANI (6439 m a.s.l / 21 125 FT)

AD+/IV – We leave the camp at night. Gradual climb along the snow ridge on fairly steep slopes (45º / 50º). The climb does not present any technical difficulty but is very sustained. Around 6,300 meters above sea level, we arrive on a glacial plateau between the central peak and the southern peak. After a well-deserved break in the sun this time, we turn right to follow the summit ridge, south-east direction. The last climb is steep (55º) before reaching the summit. Return to base camp.

Day 4: PUENTE ROTO - PINAYA - LA PAZ (3600 m a.s.l / 11 800 FT)

Return to Pinaya´s village and road come back to La Paz.


Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Helmet

Goggles

Sunglasses

Avalanche equipment (beacon, probe and shovel)

Crampons

Ice Axe

Harness

Backpack

Water bottle


About the guide

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Thaki Travel was founded in La Paz, Bolivia in 2011 by Anne BIALEK and Jérôme BENASSI, two adventurous friends, passionate about Bolivia and who fell in love with the kindness of the Bolivians.

During your trip in Bolivia, we will be all the time with you, we personally know all our co-workers from the receptionist of a hotel to a mule-driver of the Cordillera Real.

We like to explore and innovate. Every year, we invest in field expeditions to open new routes and build new original itineraries for our clients. We focus on building strong friendships with local communities giving us privileged contacts and access to off the beaten tracks, like the north part of the Cordillera Real where almost no one else goes.

We are very sensitive to responsible tourism. We have carried out several social actions to improve the lives of local communities and we build all our itineraries in a sustainably-driven approach.
We are very serious about altitude.

All our programs are carefully planned to comply with the acclimatization process, we have trained all our guides to Altitude sickness and we have a partnership with a French Institute about training and research in mountain medicine (Ifremmont). We are the only local travel agency that offers to their clients access to a medical platform (any client having health problems related to altitude can contact a specialized doctor 24/7 through our satellite phones)

We use high quality equipment for our treks and mountain expeditions: North Face VE25 tent (for 2 customers), .., IFMGA mountain guide for 2 customers (English speaking), Oxygen, oximeter, hyperbaric box, satellite phone.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1913 each

Group of 2

USD 1336 each

Group of 3

USD 1336 each

Group of 4

USD 1289 each

Group of 5

USD 1289 each

Group of 6

USD 1222 each

Group of 7

USD 1222 each

Group of 8

USD 1196 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Drinks

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

Spot Connect, Satellite Phone, Oxygen Tank, Oximeter, Hyperbaric box. Dinner is included except the last evening in La Paz.


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