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Huayna Potosi 4-day mountaineering trip

Climb the Huayna Potosi in the Cordillera Real with Juan, an IFMGA certified mountain guide from Chile. A 2-day ascent + acclimatization if the group needs it.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration3 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Huayna Potosi (6094 m) is a beautiful mountain that we’ll climb in only 2 days through its normal route. In case the team needs an acclimatization day before summiting Huayna Potosi it will be possible to climb the lower peaks. The Charkini (5392 m), Milluni (5503 m) or Italy Peak (5723 m) are some of the options.

The ascent by the normal route is not technically demanding. However there are two sections that are steeper and more exposed. The first cracks are approximately 50 meters long and have around 50 degrees of inclination.

As for the second part, we must reach the summit following an exposed ridge but it does not imply a big physical effort. The final section before the summit involves 130 meters of altitude change on a 45° slope.

The summit of Huayna Potosi offers a great view of the Cordillera Real. From there we can see the Amazon Basins forest, the Titicaca Lake, La Paz and part of the Bolivian Altiplano. You can find the complete day by day itinerary of the ascent at the end of this page.

Huayna Potosi also proposes other ascent routes that my brother Cristobal and I can guide. I strongly recommend them for advanced mountaineers. One of these alternative route is the famous French Route.

So if you want to book your place please fill out the form and get in touch with me. It’ll be my pleasure to guide you in Huayna Potosi.

Meeting point

La Paz




Day 1: Acclimatization day

In case the team needs acclimatization before summiting Huayna Potosi it will be possible to climb the lower peaks. The Charkini (5392 m), Milluni (5503 m) or Italy Peak (5723 m) are some of the options.

Day 2: La Paz - Paso Zongo - "House of Guides" hut

I will pick you up at the hotel around 9 AM. Once we check the climbing equipment in La Paz, we will transfer to Paso Zongo at 4800 m (2 hours trip). There we will have lunch at the “Casa Blanca” hut run by the Altamirano family. In the afternoon, we will walk along the base of the Zongo glacier. Then we will find the “house of guides” which is the newest and the least crowded hut. In total we will gain 480 meters of elevation in 2,5 hours. Once in the mountain hut, we’ll have time to prepare the equipment and talk about the next day. We’ll then have tea and have dinner early.

Day 3: Summit day

We’ll depart at around 2 or 3 in the morning. The whole ascent will take us between 5 to 7 hours. From the summit of Huayna Potosí we will return the same day to La Paz where I will leave you in your hotel by the afternoon.

About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Chile

I was born in 1987, and since I was young I’ve been around the mountains, and for the past 12 years I’ve been practicing all mountain disciplines.

Some highlights of my climbing career: First Chilean to Cerro Torre via Ragni, first Torres del Paine alpine style traverse, and many other first ascents.

I did the IFMGA/UIAGM aspirant course in Bolivia in 2016, and recently got my full IFMGA certification in April 2018. I have also AIARE level 2 training.

Come and discover the mountains of Chile, a wonderful country, where we will have a unique experience together with a professional guide, in a truly unforgettable trip, it will be a pleasure to be able to guide you through some of the mountains of my country in your next vacations, i am sure will be the first of many adventures that we will enjoy together in the mountains of the Andes.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1209 each

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