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Climb Huayna Potosi (6,088m), 3-day ascent in the Cordillera Real, near La Paz

Follow one of the certified guides of Bolivian Mountaineering and climb the most famous peak of the Cordillera Real. Come to La Paz and reach the summit of Huayna Potosi!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration3 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Discover the Cordillera Real mountain range, in Bolivia.

  • Climb the famous Huayna Potosi with an expert guide.

  • Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Titicaca and its surrounding peaks.

Description

Would you like to climb one of the most popular peaks of Bolivia? Then join one of our local guides for this 3-day trip and reach the summit of Huayna Potosi!

Located just 25km from La Paz, Huayna Potosi is part of the Cordillera Real, a mountain range of the Bolivian Altiplano. First climbed in 1919, its summit offers breathtaking views of Lake Titicaca and its surrounding scenery.

Our 3 day program is designed to get well acclimatized and practice ice climbing skills in order to get safely to the top of Huayna Potosi. We will meet in La Paz and drive to Laguna Zongo. After spending two days exploring the area, we’ll be ready for the final goal!

We will choose the way to the summit according to your mountaineering skills. The normal route involves a glacier climb and a steep last stage before the summit. On the other hand, the French Route is a more challenging and technical route, only suitable for those who are more experienced. However, both options require a good fitness level.

So, if you are up for this exciting 3-day mountaineering trip in Bolivia, please get in touch with us. Let’s go to the Cordillera Real and climb the famous Huayna Potosi!

Do you prefer a longer expedition? Then check out our Nevado Sajama program.

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Accommodation

Mountain huts.

More info

If you are already well acclimatized, we can make this a 2-day ascent.

Meeting point

La Paz, Bolivia.


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Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz - Laguna Zongo

After meeting in La Paz, we will drive to Laguna Zongo (4,730m) and set up in its hut. After lunch we’ll hike 45 minutes to the base of a glacier, where we’ll learn ice climbing basic skills. Dinner and overnight in the hut.

Day 2: Mountaineers House Hut

After breakfast, we will start a 2 to 3-hour hike towards the Mountaineers House hut (5,130m). The rest of the day we will rest.

Day 3: Summit day and return to La Paz

At 1AM, we will wake up for a hefty breakfast. The ascent to the summit of Huayna Potosi will take us between 5 and 6 hours. Descent to Laguna Zongo and transfer back to La Paz.


About the guide

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Bolivian Mountaineering is a company specialized in high altitude mountaineering and expeditions throughout “Cordillera Real”, a long stretch of the Bolivian Andes north of La Paz containing a wide variety of peaks for amateurs as well as experts.

We love mountains and we are experts in mountaineering. “Bolivian Mountaineering” is one of the few agencies in the country where many of its guides are certified by the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association), not surprisingly since many of us have spent a good deal of our lives in the mountains.

We are proud to offer the highest levels of expertise to guarantee your safety and comfort in our expeditions no matter your level of knowledge. Beyond being mountain guides we want to be your friends in the mountains.


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