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Mount Illampu 9-day climbing expedition

Climb to the magnificent Mount Illampu with Bernardo, local IFMGA certified guide in this 9-day adventure. The Cordillera Real offers outstanding views!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration9 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelExtremely Fit
Type of tripNot specified


The Mount Illampu, also known as Mount Sorata is a beautiful mountain of the Bolivian Andes, which together with the Ancohuma form a single massif.

This group of mountains in the Cordillera Real has several important peaks. However, I have no doubts that the main summit is the Illampu, at 6369 meters of height. We will reach the top of that mountain by its normal route, which is technically difficult. This route also has some ice slopes up to 65 degrees. We’ll reach the summit by a high camp located on the north side of the massif.

Mountaineers from all around the world consider it as the most difficult over-6000-meter-high mountain to climb in Bolivia. So, if you want to join me on this adventure you must be an intermediate-advanced climber. An excellent fitness level is also mandatory.

Find at the end of this trip the complete day by day itinerary. And if you are looking for an easier climb in the Cordillera Real, please take a look at my 5-day climbing trip in the Condoriri Massif. A perfect option for beginners!

Did you find this program tempting? Then please contact me for more information, I will be waiting for your message!


Meeting point

La Paz



Day 1: La Paz - Sorata - Ancohuma village

Departure from La Paz by an exclusive vehicle to Sorata (2700 m). After having lunch, we will drive from Sorata going up until we are in Chu-Chu (4600 m). Finally, to the Ancohuma village (4040 m), where we’ll spend the night.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes Base Camp

Ascent to the “Aguas Calientes” base camp, at 4600 meters, after walking for 4 hours with the help of porters. Overnight camping.

Day 3: Rest day

Rest day at the base camp or we can also carry the equipment to high camp and back. Overnight camping.

Day 4: High Camp

Ascent to the 5600-meter camp, above a broken glacial. We’ll set up camp there for the night.

Day 5: Mt. Illampu's summit (6368 m)

Ascent to Mt. Illampu’s summit. The ascent through the normal route will take 8-9 hours of hard climbing. Then we will return down to the high camp. The round trip takes about 14 hours! Overnight camping.


Day 6: Aguas Calientes Base Camp

Descent to the base camp “Aguas Calientes”. Afternoon resting and relaxing in the camping site. Overnight stay there.

Day 7: Ancohuma - Sorata

Descent with the assistance of mules to the village of Ancohuma. Back to Sorata by 4×4 vehicles (2:30-hour drive). Overnight hotel.

Day 8: La Paz

Back to La Paz, drive about 4 hours and accommodation at your hotel.

Day 9: Extra day

Extra day in case of bad weather or any other unexpected event.

About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Bolivia

My name is Bernardo Guarachi, I am from Bolivia.

I was trained as a mountain guide in germany in the DAV and am also guide UIAGM.

With many years of experience as mountaineer, I was the the first Bolivian to summit the Everest. Another achievements I have are the Makalu, Makinley, Cho Oyu, Aconcagua and many other mountains in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina.

Contact me so I can guide to some of the beautiful peaks of the Bolivian Andes!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3112 each

Group of 2

USD 1556 each

Group of 3

USD 1556 each

Group of 4

USD 1472 each

Group of 5

USD 1472 each

Group of 6

USD 1402 each

Group of 7

USD 1402 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

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

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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