The Salt Plains and Volcanoes of Bolivia

Bolivia, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from $2,740 (land only)

Trek & Walk

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.

You must bring the following items:

Hiking boots

Crampon compatible boots - see below


Trekking poles (invaluable on Acotango)

Mountaineering or climbing harness*

2 screwgate karibiners*

Climbing sling (120cm / 4ft)*

Climbing helmet (provided locally)



Trekking trousers / pants

Waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants


Long johns (thermal underwear)

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

T-shirts or similar

Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater

Waterproof jacket with hood

Warm jacket (down)


Warm hat and thermal balaclava

Eyewear - Sunglasses

Thermal gloves or mittens

Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens

Daypack minimum 30 litres / 2000 cu in

Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries

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

Water bottles 1 Litre (1 quart) x2

4 season sleeping bag*

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: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

Trainers / sneakers or similar for camp use

Spare laces

Fleece trousers


Sleeping bag liner

Thermarest - (a foam camping mat is provided)


Travel clothes

Insect repellant – (DEET)

Camera, film, batteries

Penknife (remember to pack all sharp objects in hold baggage)


This holiday includes 1 camping night only. On 3 of the other nights, when staying in hostals in Sabaya and Sajama, you may find your sleeping bag useful to augment the bedding provided.

*Available for hire/rental 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 mountaineering boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags).


Mountaineering boots required for this trip

You need to take a pair of warm and reasonably substantial mountain boots that are sufficiently rigid to be securely fitted with crampons. The B2 (semi-rigid) boot rating is appropriate. Ideal boots for this trip are the Salomon SM Lite or the Scarpa Manta.

Crampons: Crampons with front points which work well with your chosen boots. These can be step-in, strap-on or a bit of both like Grivel's New Matic bindings.

Climbing Helmet: Recommended for the ascent of Acotango and provided locally.

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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