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Expedition to Pequeño Alpamayo and Huayna Potosí

Join Luciano, EPGAMT certified mountain guide, in this expedition of the beautiful mountains in Bolivia, including Pequeño Alpamayo and Huayna Potosí.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration12 days
Offer periodJul, Aug
Type of tripNot specified

Description

This 13-day expedition will take us to some of the most important mountains in Bolivia. We will go to Pequeño Alpamayo (5973 m) and Huayna Potosí (6088 m), among others.

Pequeño Alpamayo, named after the Peruvian Alpamayo, is a beautiful peak. In fact, we can already see it from the base camp in the Condoriri-Tuni valley. It has a sharp edge that takes you to the summit. Besides, it goes down thousands of meters straight into the Yungas (the amazonic jungle in Bolivia). This contrast differentiates it with most of the peaks in the region, which have less altitude difference with the ‘altiplano’ (Andean plateau).

Huayna Potosí, meaning ‘Young Mountain’ in aymara, is just 25 km away from La Paz. It is a classical peak for mountaineers who want to reach a 6000 m summit through a short and easy route. Also for experienced climbers who prefer beautiful and more technical routes through the west and north-west faces.

Please contact me if this unforgettable expedition in Bolivia sounds interesting. We can start planning the trip for you!

I can also guide you in the ascent of other peaks in the Andes. For example, we can climb Cerro Incahuasi or Mount Pissis.

Details

Accommodation

In hotel, refuge and camping.

More info

Please note that all meals are included only during the expedition part, plus the welcome and farewell dinner in La Paz. Included: Rescue equipment, First Aids equipment, Satellite phone, VHF handys, General logistics and informative and technical advice. Ask for a full list of equipment required for the expedition. Level: from a technical point of view, the expedition has a medium level of difficulty, but demands a high physical effort.

Meeting point

In La Paz


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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to La Paz, Bolivia. Transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Acclimatization

Free day to explore the city and acclimatize (La Paz is at 3650 m). Equipment checking.

Day 3: Acclimatization

Acclimatization day in La Paz. Technical explanation in the afternoon.

Day 4: Kotha Lake

Early breakfast and transfer to Tuni (Condoriri) to start the trekking to Kotha Lake, where we’ll camp and spend the night.

Day 5: Cerro Austria

Ascent to Cerro Austria (5300 m) and back to the camp.

Day 6: Trekking Mirador

Ascent to Trekking Mirador (5200 m) and back to camp.

Day 7: Cerro Tarija

Ascent to Cerro Tarija (5200 m) and Pequeño Alpamayo (5330 m).

Day 8: Tuni

Early breakfast, trekking to Tuni, and transfer back to the hotel in La Paz. Free afternoon.

Day 9: La Paz

Resting day in La Paz.

Day 10: Refugio Alto

Early breakfast and transfer to Zongo. Trekking to Refugio Alto (5200 m), where we’ll spend the night.

Day 11: Summit day

Summit day in Huayna Potosí. During the ascent we enjoy a unique sunrise! Descent to the refuge, trekking back to Zongo, and transfer to La Paz. Night at hotel.

Day 12: La Paz

Free day in La Paz, and farewell dinner!

Day 13: Return

Transfer to El Alto airport.


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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