The Salt Plains and Volcanoes of Bolivia
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Huayna Potosi is Bolivias most straightforward and accessible 6000 metre peak. Located about 30km north of La Paz its snowy peak, visible from the city, towers above the skyline. About 1000 climbers make it to the summit every year, and it is said to be an "easy" peak. However, some previous alpine or general winter mountaineering... More
Huayna Potosi is Bolivias most straightforward and accessible 6000 metre peak. Located about 30km north of La Paz its snowy peak, visible from the city, towers above the skyline. About 1000 climbers make it to the summit every year, and it is said to be an "easy" peak. However, some previous alpine or general winter mountaineering experience is needed. The normal ascent route is a fairly straightforward glacier climb, with some crevasses and a steep climb to the summit. From the summit, climbers are rewarded with unobstructed views of the Cordillera Real, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon Basin.
Huayna Potosi Summit (6094m)
The acclimatisation gained during your main holiday means this high mountain summit is achievable within a four day programme. Starting in La Paz you will transfer to the mountain and have a couple of days to trek to high camp for acclimatising and snow skills training before climbing to the summit and then descending and returning to La Paz. A pair of mountaineering boots (double boots), crampons, a climbing harness and an ice axe are required for this ascent. Except for mountaineering boots, all this equipment can be hired in La Paz. This extension starts and ends in La Paz.
Available 'All Year' between
English-speaking mountain guide, 1 nights' hotel accommodation in La Paz on a bed and breakfast basis, Transport to and from the mountain, All camping and cooking equipment (except personal equipment), All food whilst on the mountain, The services of a cook and porters are also included in the extension cost.
What's Not Included
Meals other than breakfast when in La Paz, Personal expenses and tips, Personal climbing equipment
From La Paz we will say goodbye to the group and depart by private transfer to Zongo Pass (2 hours). Here we have acclimatisation and snow-skills practice. Overnight in one of the 2 huts at Zongo. (L,D)
Trek for 2 hours to the high camp at the toe of the glacier on Huayna Potosi. Here we set up camp. We have the rest of the day to relax and our prepare equipment for the following day. We settle in for an early night ahead of our pre-dawn start tomorrow. Altitude 5200 metres. (B,L,D)
A before dawn start for our 6 hour ascent. We should summit at dawn and return to the high camp at around 11am. We then descend to Zongo Pass in a further 5 hours, where we stop for a late lunch. We then transfer back to La Paz and the group hotel. (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer to airport. Services end. (B)