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Nevado Sajama, Parinacota & Acotango: 16-day Mountaineering expedition from La Paz, Bolivia

Come and join Luciano, an EPGAMT certified guide, for a 16-day mountaineering expedition in the Andes of Bolivia that includes several peaks, including Sajama.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration16 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Enjoy a 16-day mountaineering expedition in Bolivia.

  • Climb to the top of 3 amazing volcanoes, including Sajama.

  • Explore the wonderful city of La Paz.

Description

During this 16-day adventure, I would like to guide you to the tops of 3 impressive peaks. Those peaks include Sajama (6,542m), Parinacota (6,362m) and Actotango (6,052m).

Like people, and snowflakes, each one of the peaks you’ll climbing during this trip are unique. They each possess their own set of views, challenges and surprises. Thus making this adventure as varied as it is exciting.

Our journey will begin in La Paz. From there we will make our way to the Sajama Volcano. Located in the Sajama National Park, near the Chilean Border, the volcano is the highest summit in Bolivia. Known as the Bolivian Roof, the volcano is unbelievably impressive, no matter where you view it. Meanwhile, Parinacota possess a perfect cone. Thus, making it a beautiful peak to admire, and climb. Finally, Acotango, yet another gorgeous volcano, possesses a grand central crater that once seen, you will never forget.

Since we will be climbing 3, 6,000 meter plus peaks in 16 days, it is important that participants on this trip are properly acclimatized. You should also be in good physical condition and have prior mountaineering experience.

I love taking people to the top of Bolivia. I love seeing their faces as they take in the majestic views. To join me and enjoy the same kind of experience, please send a request.

I also offer an 18-day expedition that will take you to the summits of Huayna Potosi, along with Sajama and Parinacota.

Accommodation

Various hotels, camping spots and shelters.

More info

Participants should bring the following items: 1 pair of comfortable trekking boots 4 pairs of outer socks (thick wool or polypropylene) 3 pairs of indoor socks (fine silk or polypropylene) 2 pairs of cotton socks (for approach to base camp) Sandals to cross the rivers Leggings 2 synthetic thin pants (polypropylene or nylon) 1 polar pants (recommended long zippers) 1 Waterproof pants, such as Gore-Tex, with recommended side closures 1 comfortable trekking pants Shorts (optional) Upper part of the body 2 shirts Thermal Base Layer (polypropylene or capilene) 1 polar jersey (polaretec 100 or 200, or similar) 1 fleece jacket or similar 1 coat jacket for -30 ° C / -22 ° F (below recommended) 1 Windbreaker jacket with hood (as Gore-Tex) 3 Cotton T-shirts or T-shirts 2 Neck protection made of synthetic material (Buff or similar) 1 hat or sun hat 1 Cap (wool or fleece) 1 balaclava gaterneck 1 pair of glasses with factor 4 protection (with UV filter and nose and side protection) 1 Ski goggles 2 pairs of thermal indoor gloves (polypropylene or capilene) 1 pair of insulated gloves large fingers type ski that enter the interiors below 1 pair of insulating gloves (wool, down or Polarguard) 1 more pair of gloves (like Gore-Tex, only if your mittens are not made of windproof material) 1 pair of warm coats very warm Person Team 1 Comfortable expedition backpack (70 liters / 4,250 cubic centimeters minimum) 1 backpack of 35 or 45 liters (for the approach to the base camp) 1 large extra strong canvas duffel bag (to be transported by mules to the base camp, at least 6,000 cubic centimeters. Large enough to fit all your equipment) 1 Sleeping bag for -30 ° C / -22 ° F (below or Polarguard) 1 inflatable mat (Thermarest or similar) 1 Mat (only if you bring a Thermarest, to avoid a burst) Climbing apparatus 1 pair of plastic boots. NOTE: Cimbing or double plastic boots are the best option for high altitude. In Aconcagua there are very cold temperatures (-30 ° C / -22 ° F). Koflach Arctic expedition, Vega Scarpa or Asolo AFS 8000 are good examples of plastic boots. There are excellent alternatives to a plastic boot, in which the outer boot is made of modern synthetic materials. Ask us about these new models such as La Sportiva Nuptse, the 2000 Basque ice or the Salomon Pro thermal. We must be sure that the boots are prepared for very low temperatures. 1 pair of crampons (12 points, not rigid recommended) 1 Pair of trekking poles (adjustable preferred) 1 climbing helmet 2 technical ice axes 1 backpack of 45 l is enough. Safety equipment and collective equipment provided High -rise tents, tents for trekking, high-rise kitchens, kitchen equipment. Mountain equipment: ropes, ice pins. 1 head lamp, with spare batteries and bulb Lip blocker and sunscreen (not less than 50 sun protection factor) Personal crockery (plate, cup, fork and spoon) 2 bottles of water (32 ml / 1 liter Nalgene recommended. Insulator Water bottle is required) 1 One-liter or half-liter stainless steel thermos (useful for high altitude camps and Summit Day) 2 hand warmers (summit day) 2 foot warmers (summit day) 1 Hydration system (such as CamelBak, for trekking approach to the base camp only, because at the height they freeze) OPTIONAL Personal care items (small towel and soap, baby wipes recommended) Optional items 2 hand warmers (summit day) Books, IPod, games or anything that helps distract 1 Camera, memory cards and spare batteries Earplugs (for windy nights) Pee bottle with wide mouth (32 ml / 1 liter Nalgene recommended. Very useful in height fields). Swimsuit (for the hotel pool) Swiss type knife. Your favorite energy bars money storage belt. Contact lenses and replacement accessories.

Meeting point

La Paz

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Itinerary

Day 1: LA PAZ - Welcome

Day 2: LA PAZ - Free Day

Day 3: City of La Paz - Las Animas Valley - Palca Canyon - La Paz

Day 4: LA PAZ - PATACAMAYA - SAJAMA 4200m

Day 5: SAJAMA - 4,200M

Day 6: SAJAMA - C1 5100m ACOTANGO

Day 7: C1 5,100m - ACOTANGO 6.052m - SAJAMA 4.200M

Day 8: SAJAMA 4,200M

Day 9: SAJAMA - CB 4370M

Day 10: CB 4,370 M - Field HIGH 5700m - CB

Day 11: CB 4700m - CAMPO ALTO 5700m

Day 12: CAMPO ALTO - CUMBRE SAJAMA 6542m. - HIGH FIELD

Day 13: CAMPO ALTO - CAMPO BASE - SAJAMA

Day 14: EXTRA CLIMATE DAY

Day 15: SAJAMA - PARINCAOTA- SAJAMA

Day 16: LA PAZ - Extra Day

Day 17: LA PAZ - Optional


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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