- Three alpine climbs in the high Cordillera Real of Bolivia
- Climb Pequeno Alpamayo, Huayna Potosi and Illimani
- Superb trekking in the Cordillera Real
- Acclimatisation in La Paz and beside Lake Titicaca
- The altiplano of Bolivia, probably the wildest part of the Andes!
Viewed from the Bolivian capital of La Paz, the imposing peak of Illimani (6438m) dominates the south-east skyline. Marking both the high point and southern extremity of the 120 kilometre-long Cordillera Real, this challenging peak provides a fitting finale to our exciting Bolivia Climber expedition. We acclimatise in La Paz and beside Lake Titicaca, with visits to Inca and pre-Inca ruins and to the Island of the Sun, before trekking in for 4 days to our first objective, the shapely Pequeno Alpamayo (5370m). This peak provides a techincally interesting snow climb via its long west-south-west ridge. Transferring to the basecamp for Huayna Potosi (6094m), we make a 2-day ascent of this popular mountain and then return to La Paz for a day's rest, before setting out to tackle Illimani. Suitable for those with winter climbing experience, this is a superb mountaineering holiday to a mountain range that is famous for reliable weather conditions and for perfect snow conditions.
Is this holiday for you?
On this climbing holiday in Bolivia you will encounter a great variety of trekking conditions from easy trails to zig zag paths over scree slopes, boulder fields, and glaciers. During the 3-day approach to the first objective peak, we cross high passes which may be snow covered and at this early stage of the trip, this will be moderately challenging even for experienced hillwalkers. During the climbs, the group will usually be moving as a roped party on glaciated terrain and easy angled snow slopes using crampons. The group will also encounter short sections of steeper slopes which may be snow or ice. It should be noted that trekking and climbing at high altitudes makes extra demands on the body. The ascent of each of the peaks will offer a real mountaineering challenge but the technical difficulty is not high. In terms of conventional alpine grading, Huayna Potosi is PD. Pequeno Alpamayo is AD-, and Illimani is AD-. Overall, this is an extremely challenging trip and fully merits its high grade.