Bolivia Climber

Bolivia, Climbing, 20 days - from $2,900 (land only)


The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs. Once on trek, your mountaineering equipment including your plastic boots will be carried separately in a group equipment bag and will not form part of this weight limit.

You must bring the following items:

Hiking boots

Mountaineering boots - see below

Ice axe (a short walking axe is best) *

Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)*

Mountaineering or climbing harness*

Screwgate karabiners x 2

Snapgate karabiner x 1

Belay device to use for abseiling/rappelling

Climbing helmet*

Sling (120cm)

Prussik loops X 2 (5m of 6mm cord makes 2)

Snow gaiters


Trekking trousers / pants

Windproof and waterproof overtrousers


Long johns (thermal underwear)

Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

T-shirts or similar

Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater

Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood

Warm jacket (down)


Warm hat and balaclava

Eyewear - Sunglasses

Thermal gloves or mittens

Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens

Daypack minimum 40 litres

Headtorch with spare batteries

Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Water bottles 1 Litre (1 quart) x2

5 season sleeping bag*

Thermarest/Camping mat*

Washbag and toiletries

Antibacterial handwash

Travel Towel

Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

Basic First Aid Kit including: painkillers, altitude (Diamox), plasters, blister treatment, diarrhoea treatment and rehydration salts.

The following items are optional:

Trainers or similar for camp use

Spare laces

Fleece trousers


Sleeping bag liner

Thermarest* - recommended (a foam camping mat is provided)

Trekking poles


Travel clothes


Pee bottle

Camera, film, batteries


*Available for hire through KE Adventure Travel

Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note hire / rental equipment is normally issued in La Paz. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items. (note that on trek your mountaineering equipment and plastic boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags).


Mountaineering boots required for this trip

Alpine mountaineering boots are not suitable for high altitude conditions. Plastic boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT) and also the new generation of synthetic double boots (eg. La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light), are the best to keep your feet warm at altitude where you can encounter temperatures below minus 25ºC.  Also, you can sleep in the removable inner boots to ensure warm toes in the morning! These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently. This combination of  double boots and step-in crampons is by far the most sensible option when considering a climb at altitude. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.

>> Click here to view the PHD Gear Advisor for Bolivia Climber

Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)

Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.

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