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Licancabur and Sajama Climb, plus Uyuni Salt Flats

Join an amazing 2-week program in Bolivia and climb Sajama, the country's highest mountain, Licancabur, and discover the amazing Uyuni Salt flats too!

Group

Andes

14 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep, Jun

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Climb Sajama, the highest mountain in Bolivia.
  • Climb Licancabur volcano, famous for its beautiful lagoon.
  • Discover the world-famous Uyuni Salt Flats.

Description

The beautiful Uyuni Salt flats, majestic Licancabur volcano, and stunning Sajama await you on this 2-day mountaineering adventure in Bolivia that will take you to the country's most amazing spots.

The adventure begins with a visit to the Salt Flats located in Uyuni, you will spend several days in the area exploring this unique landscape. Additionally, you will visit nearby lagoons, the Siloli desert, and the "Morning Sun" geyser field. You will even spend the night in a salt hostel and catch a sunrise over the amazing flats!

The rest of the tour will involve climbing some truly stunning peaks. To warm up, Uturuncu at 6008m will serve as acclimatization to the high altitudes. More strenuous and technical mountaineering will be involved when we climb Licancabur 5920 m., and finally, Sajama, which at 6542 m. is the highest mountain in Bolivia!

You can find a detailed day-by-day itinerary below. Keep in mind that you will need an exceptional fitness level, and to be ready for some intense high-altitude climbing. You will be guided by certified, local guides and have group porters and mules to help carry equipment along the way.

Don't miss out on this amazing and unique Uyuni Salt flats and high mountain experience! Contact me today and we will start planning your adventure!

Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2350 Each

Group of 2

USD 2350 Each

Group of 3

USD 2350 Each

Group of 4

USD 2350 Each

Group of 5

USD 2350 Each

Group of 6

USD 2350 Each

Group of 7

USD 2350 Each

Group of 8

USD 2350 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Drinks

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at La Paz

Pick up at El Alto airport in La Paz. Transfer to the hotel for overnight accommodation.

Group briefing before dinner.

HOTEL Included

MEALS: not included.

Day 2: Free day in La Paz- Downtown walking tour

Free day in the morning to discover one of the highest cities in the world.

In the evening, we will take the bus to Uyuni.

HOTEL Included

MEALS: not included.

Day 3: Uyuni Town 3600 m - Quetena Grande 4200 m.

Arrival and breakfast in Uyuni town. The group will leave at 10:30 am from Uyuni and make the first stop at the train cemetery, where several abandoned old locomotives lie on the white ground, creating a very peculiar landscape. Afterward, we will leave for the Lipez Region.

Lodge, lunch, and dinner INCLUDED – Breakfast NOT INCLUDED

Day 4: Quetena Grande 4200 - Uturuncu Volcano 6008 m - Quetena Grande

We will get up early to climb the 6008m high Uturuncu volcano.

We can get quite close to its peak by 4WD, so there will be just about 600 meters of altitude left for our climb to the top. No climbing experience is needed, but the altitude will be intense. From the top, we can overlook and enjoy fascinating views of the South Lipez region.

Back in the car, we have to drive back to Quetena.

Lodge, Breakfast-lunch, and dinner INCLUDED

Day 5: Quetena Grande - Dali Desert – Cabaña

We will start very early for the “Sol de la Mañana” geyser field since their activity is higher during the first hours of the day and only then will you be able to see the many active geysers, fumaroles, and even a small crater with volcanic lava.

The trip continues to the hot springs where we can swim in a pool of natural thermal water. After the swim, we will go to the Salvador Dalí Desert and visit the Green and White Lagoons. The incredible views, with the Licancabur volcano in the background, make the perfect setting to explore the area. We will stop in La Cabaña to prepare for our climb to Licancabur.

Lodge, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner INCLUDED

Day 6: Cabaña 4300 - Climb to Volcano Licancabur 5960 m- Cabaña

At 2:00 am, before dawn, and after breakfast, we will begin our ascent to the crater's border, located at 5,900 meters high. It will take us between 6 and 10 hours. We will have the opportunity to see the sunrise, which will give us the best images of the day for sure. Also, we will be surprised up there when we see a beautiful half-hectare lagoon inside the crater, considered the world's fifth-highest lagoon. Our descent lasts 3 to 4 hours to the camp, to pick up our things and then take the vehicle to return to La Cabaña.

Lodge, Breakfast-lunch, and dinner INCLUDED

Day 7: Cabaña - Geyssers 5000 m -Laguna Colorada- Arbol de Piedra - Atulcha 3700 m

In the morning, we will go to the Siloli Desert. Here, we will observe the “Stone Tree,” a volcanic rock that, as you can imagine, is in the shape of a tree. Next, we will visit the Chiarcota, Honda, Hedionda, and Cañapa Lagoons, followed by the Chiguana Salt Flat and the town of San Juan del Rosario. We will stay overnight at the Hostal de Sal San Juan del Rosario or similar at Atulcha.

Lodge, Breakfast-lunch, and dinner INCLUDED

Day 8: Atulcha - Incahuasi - Salar de Uyuni 3600 m- Colchani - Uyuni Town 3600 m

We will begin our last day of the tour very early in the morning with a view of the sunrise in the Uyuni Salt Flats. After this, we will go to the Incahuasi Island, a limestone formation located in the middle of the salt flat where we will be able to explore and get another perspective of the area. We will then continue on to the Salt Museum and the town of Colchani, outside of the salt flat. From there, we will go to Uyuni, passing by the train cemetery, where we will make a short stop to take pictures. In Uyuni, we will say goodbye to our driver/guide who accompanied us during the previous days, and then we will have some free time to eat lunch and tour part of the city.

Lodge, Breakfast lunch INCLUDED.

dinner INCLUDED

Day 9: Uyuni Pueblo - Bus Oruro - Sajama 4220m

We will take the bus to get to Sajama town and spend the night there. We will prepare our logistics to climb the Sajama peak.

HOTEL Included

MEALS: not included.

Day 10: Sajama Town 4220 m - Base Camp 4600 m.

We will sign in to the visitor’s office and pay the national park fee (30bs - subject to change). Sajama mountain is clearly visible as it stands alone on a plain and has a perfect conical shape. The foothills around it are home to the world’s highest forest which is made up of a bush-like tree called Queñua. From the village, we will walk around 3 or 4 hours to the basecamp where we will spend the night (4600 meters - 15091 feet). We will use pack mules to carry the equipment.

Tent, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner INCLUDED.

Day 11: Base Camp 4600 m - High Camp 5500 m

We will trek around 4 to 5 hours to get to the high camp at an altitude of 5500 meters (18044 feet). The terrain is rock and moraine and we will camp on a ridge with great views of the highland plain. Obviously, at this height, it will be cold at night and the openness of Sajama can also mean it can get quite windy. For this section, we will use porters to carry the equipment.

Tent, breakfast, lunch, and dinner INCLUDED.

Day 12: High Camp 5500 m - Sajama summit 6.542 m- High Camp

We will wake up early (around 1 am) and start to climb on the snow line, so we will need our crampons and to be roped up. We will be steadily walking up the ridge until we reach the summit. There are no technical sections to climb, but the altitude will make the going difficult and a steady pace will be best. The ascent will take around 6 to 8 hours to the summit. There, we will rest and take in the views before starting down the same route until we reach the high camp where we will stay the night.

Tent, Breakfast-lunch, and dinner INCLUDED.

Day 13: High Camp 5500 m- Sajama Town- La Paz 3640 m.

We will pack up camp after breakfast and return down the same trail (with the porters carrying the equipment) until we reach low camp and then we will descend to meet our vehicle once again for the return journey to La Paz.

Tent, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner INCLUDED.

Day 14: End of services

Transfer to the airport.

 

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Details

Accommodation

Hotels, lodges and tents. All included.

Meeting point

La Paz, El Alto Airport

About the guide

IFMGA/UIAGM - AGMP Mountain Guide from Perú.

I began my mountain work when I was 18 years old as cook and carrier (porter) and I am now a Mountain Guide UIAGM – AGMP.

1998: I studied French at the Alliance Française in Cusco.
2000: I was accepted at the Don Bosco School for Guides of the Andes through the intermediary of the Italian volunteers of the Operazione Matto Grosso, technical support of the Association of the Mountain Guides of Peru.
2005: I passed my diploma as Mountain Guide UIAGM-AGMP. Climbing in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
2008-2011: Extra training as a Guide in Italy.
Since 2011, I have been Secretary of the of Peruvian Mountain Guides Association.
2013: Guiding in Ecuador, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Illinizas.
2014: Climbing to Utah, Usa.
2015: Exploring trip in Cordillera Central, close to Lima, Perú.

I speak French, Italian and English fluently. For more than 12 years I have been organizing and managing trekking, mountaineering in Peru and expeditions to the Aconcagua since 2007.

Contact me if you are interested in doing a mountain trip to Peru!

Languages

Italian | French | English

Certificates

AGMP | IFMGA

Residence

Marcará, Huaraz


What people are saying about Quique Apolinario Villafán

Irène Aoto

5.00

October, 2019

Quique speaks perfectly English and French. He is very reliable, trustworthy and everything went very smoothly. If I ever have the chance to go back to South America, I will definitely ask him to guide us again.

Philippe Swinnen

5.00

August, 2019

I have contacted Quique for climbing my first 6000m (Ishinca and Tocclaraju). Based on my mountain experience Quique has helped me to prepare the required equipment and reassured me on the difficulty of the summit. In August 2019 I crossed the ocean and met him in Huaraz for a small expedition of 5 days. Quique is both a very professional mountain guide and a nice hiking companion, attentive to his client. He speaks several languages, he makes sure the food is good and well balanced, and for the one who wonders ... yes we reached the top of the Ishinca, and two days later the top of the Tocclaraju. It was not easy, but he made it possible.

Anonymous

5.00

August, 2019

Had a great time, felt safe with certified guide.

Jeffrey Abate

5.00

June, 2019

Our guide, Quique. was top notch. I have used guides all over the world and he stands out in his knowledge, professionalism and kindness. I hope to try and use him in the future. In the mountains, one must adjust to changing conditions and he did so quickly and competently. Besides being one of the nicest people I have ever met, his skills in the mountains cannot be doubted.

Frank A. Nederhand

5.00

April, 2017

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Quique as an exceptional choice in managing a safe, enjoyable and successful mountaineering adventures in the high mountains. Whether it be glacier travel, technical rock or alpine climbing, trekking or cultural and historically significant site visits, Quique always provided excellent guidance and enjoyment were ever we went. I have known Quique for over 10 years and have climbed and trekked with Quique on two continents and three countries. We have climbed 20 mountains over 5000 meters together exceeding 6000 meters several times. Quique has always amazed me at his ability to find new and unique places to explore and visit. If you are considering using Quique for your next adventure you have made an excellent choice.

Frank A. Nederhand

5.00

July, 2016

We trekked / climbed the Alpine version around the Huayhuash and walked with the Condors! We camped at the touching the void expedition's base camp. Beautiful.

Frank A. Nederhand

5.00

April, 2016

I was with Quique and Blass on his initial climb of Sullcon and Paca. It was spectacular, we climbed a new route on a rarely climbed mountain.

Frank A. Nederhand

5.00

August, 2014

Very fun trek with Quique. The food was great. The climb of Artesonraju was amazing and made safe with Quique's skill. Want to do it again!




 

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