Bolivia, Climbing, 20 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,375 (land only) - from $2,660 (land only)
For the best chance of success, go with the best guides
The lead guide on our 'Bolivia Climber' is Juan Villarroel, a certified IFMGA guide. Jean has worked with KE in Bolivia for over 15 years and we know we can depend on him to give our clients the best possible chance of success on these summits.
- Three `alpine` climbs in Bolivia`s Cordillera Real
- Climb Pequeno Alpamayo, Huayna Potosi and Illimani (6438m.)
- Acclimatise with a stunning trek in the Cordillera Real
- Sightseeing in La Paz & exploration on the islands 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 the crown of Bolivian climbing, Illimani. Suitable for those with some previous mountaineering experience, this is a superb climbing holiday to the Andes, 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. However, the group will also encounter some reasonably long sections of steep snow, which may have ice cover, as well as some short sections on rock. 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 PD+, and Illimani is PD+/AD-. Overall, this is an extremely challenging trip and fully merits its high grade.