Bolivia Climber

Bolivia, Climbing, 20 days - from $2,630 (land only)

Climbing

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in La Paz. KE Land Only services begin with a transfer to the group hotel. La Paz is very high and so we take things very easy for the first few days. In the late afternoon we will have a briefing from our guide. Overnight at the group hotel.

Day 2: We drive for approximately 4 hours to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. From here, we take a boat to the Isla del Sol and walk for around 1 hour to reach a lodge where we stay overnight. After checking in, we visit the Indian village of Yumani and walk up to the highest point of the island (4070m) to watch the sunset.

Day 3: Today's acclimatisation exercise takes us across the spine of the island to its extreme northern end where we visit the Labyrinth of Chincana. We then return by boat to Copacabana and check in at a hotel.

Day 4: After an early morning visit to the fish market, we make the 1-hour ascent to Via Crucis for spectacular views over the lake. In the afternoon we drive (20 minutes) to visit the floating reed islands of the Urus people. We spend a second night at our Copacabana hotel.

Day 5: We have a 4 hour drive crossing the rolling plains of the altiplano, with tremendous views of the Cordillera Real. In the last hour we enter the Jichukota Valley and follow an abandoned miners road beneath Cerro Katatani to reach our campsite near Kotia Lake, at an elevation of 4420 metres.

Day 6: Today, we trek across a pass (4720m) to Mina Ventilla, then hike into a tributary valley to a camp beside scenic Ajwani Lake (4610m). 6 hours of walking.

Day 7: We trek to a high ridge-line and the viewpoint at Milluni Peak (5000m). Then contour around above Sistena Lake to the Janchallani Pass and drop down to camp at Jurikhota Lake (4720m. 6 to 7 hours walking.

Day 8: We trek via the Apacheta Pass (5150m) to Lake Chiarkhota, the 'black lake', at 4682 metres. At the lake, we rendezvous with our mountain guides and climbing equipment. 7 hours of walking.

Day 9: The morning is spent honing our snow skills on the nearby glaciers. The afternoon is free for resting and final preparation before the ascent of Pequeno Alpamayo.

Day 10: Today we climb Pequeno Alpamayo (5379m) by its west-south-west ridge. This is the normal route on the mountain and the ascent will take around 6 hours, with 3 hours or so for the return to basecamp.

Day 11: We descend to Tuni village where our vehicles are waiting. We then drive (3 hours) to Zongo Pass (4750m), the basecamp area for our next objective, Huayna Potosi. Overnight in a mountain refuge.

Day 12: We climb for 2 hours, across a boulder field up to the edge of the glacier at a place called 'Campo Rocas' (5170m) where we set up our high camp.

Day 13: An early start for the 5 to 6 hour climb to the summit of Huayna Potosi (6088m). The slopes are less steep than on Pequeno Alpamayo and the overall technical grade is slightly easier, but it is a big day. From the top the views over the Cordillera Real are breathtaking. It will take us around 5 hours to descend to Zongo Pass from where we drive back to La Paz and our hotel.

Day 14: A free day in La Paz to recharge the batteries. This day may be used as a contingency day in the event of delay to the itinerary so far. Overnight in the group hotel.

Day 15: Drive (3 hours) to the roadhead at Pinaya (3750m) and then trek for 2 hours to the basecamp for Illimani at Puento Roto (4450m).

Day 16: We make a 5 hour climb on a rocky ridge to the high camp at 'Nido de Condores' (5450m). At night it is possible to look down on the lights of La Paz.

Day 17: Anothe dawn start for the ascent of Pico Sur on Illimani (6438m). The route is technically graded at Alpine AD+ and it should take us around 7 hours to reach the mountain's high point. We descend all the way to basecamp at Puente Roto.

Day 18: We make a leisurely start today and have an easy walk back down to Pinaya. From here we drive back to La Paz and check into our hotel for a welcome shower. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or further independent exploration of the city. Overnight in the group hotel.

Day 19: A free day in La Paz. This is a contingency day which may be used to extend the time for the ascent of Illimani in case of bad weather or other delay. If not used it is a further opportunity to enjoy the charms of Latin America's highest city. Overnight in the group hotel.

Day 20: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single transfer to La Paz Airport is provided.

Altitude

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.

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