Salt Flats and Volcanoes of Bolivia

Exploring, hiking and climbing on the wild Bolivian altiplano




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Holiday Overview


  • Discover Lake Titicaca and the Isla del Sol
  • The amazing salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni
  • Geysers, hot springs, flamingoes and volcanoes
  • Optional ascents of Tunupa (5190m) and Acotango (6000m)
This breathtaking Bolivian adventure explores the unique and bizarre landscapes of western Bolivia, from Lake Titicaca all the way to the the vast white salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni; one of the highest and driest environments on earth, what's more, we can bag a 6000m peak along the way. We'll spend a couple of days on and around Latin America's greatest and most famous lake, Titicaca, before flying south to Sucre and the silver-mining town of Potosi. After an excellent acclimatisation hike in the Cordillera Kari Kari, we travel on to Uyuni, with its atmospheric ‘train graveyard'. Crossing the edge of the salt flats to reach the foot of Volcan Tunupa, we then have a full day hike to ascend to the crater of this unusual multi-coloured mountain. Continuing our journey to the Sajama National Park, we see rustic churches, giant cacti, grazing vicunas, flocks of flamingoes and many other unusual Andean birds on a number of remote lagoons. Then, from Sajama Village, we make an early start and set out to make the ascent of the non-technical, snow-capped peak of Acotango (6052m); a obtainable objective for experienced trekkers with no previous climbing experience. Finally, before returning to La Paz, we have a scenic hike to the Kasiri Lagunas, with the chance to swim in a fantastic natural hot pool. What better way to unwind at the end of our action packed 2 week holiday.
Is this holiday for you?
This is principally a journey of exploration of Salar de Uyuni and the Sajama National Park; we'll enjoy some fantastic trekking along the way, including the optional ascent of a 6000m peak. After some time spent acclimatising to the high altitudes in La Paz and on Lake Titicaca, we travel south to the amazing Salar  de Uyuni and the town of Potosi. An acclimatisation hike in the Cordillera Kari Kari sets us up for our journey across the salt flats, ahead of our long full day trek on Volcan Tunupa. Some of these days will be quite demanding not least because of the altitudes (over 4000 metres) involved. By far the most challenging day will be the optional ascent of Acotango (6052m). Although this climb is non-technical this will be a reasonably long day (typically 9 - 11 hours). The climb on Acotango begins with a straightforward trail on scree, then patches of hard snow with penitentes (small ice pinnacles). You should expect to be on hard snow for well over 50% of the climb and therefore it will be necessary to use rigid boots and also crampons on the summit. Though you will ideally have walked in crampons before, you do not have to have previous winter walking experience - provided you are a very experience trekker. Please note that though Acotango is not too technically difficult the high altitide does make it physically demanding. As well as the tour leader, there will be at least 1 local climbing guide with the group on the ascent of Acotango. Because of the vastness of the landscape there will inevitably be some longish days of driving during the holiday. The trip gets its relatively high grade on account of the generally high elevation and because of the 2 tough trekking days on Tunupa and Acotango, however both of these walks are optional.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in La Paz. Transfers from La Paz Airport are provided.
  • Drive to Copocabana (3850m) on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Around Lake Titicaca. Walk the spine of the Isla del Sol. Return to La Paz.
  • Fly to Sucre (2700m) and overnight in Potosi.
  • Acclimatisation hike in the Cordillera Kari Kari
  • Potosi silver mine visit and on to Uyuni (3750m).
  • Cross the salt flat, explore Incahuasi Island and the Coquesa salt lagoons.
  • Climb Tunupa (5190m). Descend to camp. Drive to Tahua.
  • Drive to Sabaya. Visit the crater of Ulo and the dunes of Challa Kollu en route.
  • To the Sajama National Park (4250m).
  • Ascent of Acotango (6000m).
  • Hike to Kasiri Lagoon (4800m) and return drive to La Paz.
  • Free day to explore La Paz.
  • Departure day. Transfers to La Paz Airport are provided.
Sun 19 Jun - Sat 02 Jul Code BSP /01/16/ Adult$2,900 Status 2 more to guarantee Book now
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  • Salt Flats and Volcanoes of Bolivia
  • The departure reference for this tour is BSP /01/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 19 Jun and departs on Sat 02 Jul
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $610 - Single accommodation throughout, with the exception of the basic hostal at Tunapa.
Sun 14 Aug - Sat 27 Aug Code BSP /02/16/ Adult$2,900 Status Available Book now
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  • Salt Flats and Volcanoes of Bolivia
  • The departure reference for this tour is BSP /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 14 Aug and departs on Sat 27 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $610 - Single accommodation throughout, with the exception of the basic hostal at Tunapa.
Sun 11 Sep - Sat 24 Sep Code BSP /03/16/ Adult$2,900 Status Available Book now
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  • Salt Flats and Volcanoes of Bolivia
  • The departure reference for this tour is BSP /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 11 Sep and departs on Sat 24 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $610 - Single accommodation throughout, with the exception of the basic hostal at Tunapa.
Sun 09 Oct - Sat 22 Oct Code BSP /04/16/ Adult$2,900 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Salt Flats and Volcanoes of Bolivia
  • The departure reference for this tour is BSP /04/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 09 Oct and departs on Sat 22 Oct
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $610 - Single accommodation throughout, with the exception of the basic hostal at Tunapa.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in La Paz. Transfers from La Paz Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in La Paz. Transfers from the airport to the group hotel are provided. La Paz's El Alto Airport is the highest international airport in the world, at an altitude of 4058 metres and it's a relief to be able to descend into the great bowl of the city to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services (for those arriving on early morning flights) begin with breakfast at the hotel and a briefing from the local guide. Most people will then want to sleep until lunch time and take it easy for the rest of the day. La Paz is a remarkable city, with its steep, narrow streets radiating upwards from the main thoroughfare of the Prado. There are lots of plazas and markets and a number of museums and grand cathedrals. La Paz is located in a temperate green valley at around 3650 metres and has a long summer season from April to October during which period it is normal to walk the streets in a t-shirt.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Drive to Copocabana (3850m) on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    In the morning, we will drive to Copacabana (3850m) on the shores of Lake Titicaca, stopping off en route to visit the museum of Paulino Esteban, the Bolivian Indian who built Thor Heyerdal's reed boat Ra II (which successfully crossed the Atlantic). Here, we can see how such boats are still made using the totora reed, endemic to the Andes. Copocabana is a beautiful town and a popular resort and pilgrimage area, with lots to see and several nearby hills, which offer commanding views over the lake and towards the Cordillera Real. Meeting our motor boat at midday, we have a 1-hour journey across to Pilkokaina, at the extreme southern end of Sun Island (Isla del Sol). Arriving on the island, we have lunch at a typical restaurant with great views and visit the Inca temple of Pilkokaina and then walk to our overnight accommodation at an ecolodge. After checking in we walk (1hr) to the nearby village of Yumani and then climb the highest point of the island (4080m) to watch the colourful sunset over the lake. We return to the ecolodge for dinner and overnight. Drive Time: 4hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Around Lake Titicaca. Walk the spine of the Isla del Sol. Return to La Paz.

    Today we will walk the spine of the Isla del Sol to its northern extremity where we visit the Labyrinth of Chincana and its Incan sacrifice table. Finally we descend to the bay of Challapampa where we will meet our boat. A short boat ride of around an hour takes us to the Inca garden where we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Finally, we head back to Copacabana. Back on the mainland, we will have some time to look round the market and the famous church in Copacabana, before driving back to La Paz.

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    • Time 4 hrs walking

  • Fly to Sucre (2700m) and overnight in Potosi.

    This morning we return to the airport to take the short flight southwards to the city of Sucre (2700m). Here, we will start out with a visit to the Recoleta viewpoint, for a fantastic panorama across the city. We will also go to the Museum Azur, where we can see some of Bolivia's colourful textiles, created by the Jalqa and Tarabuco cultures. Then, we will walk down into the main square (Plaza 25 Mayo) and find a restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we will meet our vehicles and set off on a 4-hour drive on a good tarmac road through picturesque farmland to the city of Potosi. There will be time en route for a quick stop to take photos of the red hills of Betanzos before we arrive in to Potosi in the early evening. Drive Time: 4hrs.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Acclimatisation hike in the Cordillera Kari Kari

    To set us up for our travel across the Salar de Uyuni, it is important that we are well acclimatised. So, today after breakfast, we make the short drive into the Cordillera Kari Kari which lies just west of the city. On the way, we can look across to Cerro Potosi, the peak that rises above the city and which was once reputed to be 'made of silver'. Certainly, during Spanish Colonial times, the mountain was a major source of Silver, which was transported back to Spain. Arriving at the roadhead in the Kari Kari, we hike into an area of high valleys and 5000m granite peaks. Our walk takes us through picturesque valleys with alpine lakes, flower-filled meadows and grazing llamas. Returning to Potosi in the mid afternoon, we have time for some sightseeing in the old part of the city, including a visit to the Archaeological Museum and an Indian market. We spend a second night in Potosi. Drive Time: 2hrs.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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    • Time 6hrs walking

  • Potosi silver mine visit and on to Uyuni (3750m).

    Potosi is a rich silver mining area and there have been mines here since the 16th century. We will drive out to visit a working mine and have a short trip underground to get some idea of what conditions must have been like for the miners in Spanish colonial times. Returning to Potosi, we will have some free time to check out of the hotel and eat lunch before returning to the vehicles and departing on the drive, again on tarmac, to Uyuni (3750m). Overnight in a hotel in this small town, perched on the edge of the immense salt flat of the Salar de Uyuni. Drive Time: 5hrs.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals b

  • Cross the salt flat, explore Incahuasi Island and the Coquesa salt lagoons.

    After breakfast we visit the atmospheric train cemetery, just outside of Uyuni. From here it is just a 20min drive to reach Colchani and the start of the salt flat proper. From here, we continue in our 4WD vehicles for around 1 hour across the trackless Salar de Uyuni to the 'island' of Incahuasi, which juts out abruptly above the surface of the salt flat. Formed from piles of volcanic rocks and with huge cacti growing from the fertile soil, these islands (there are several of them dotted across the Salar de Uyuni) are an extraordinary sight. Driving on for another hour we reach the banks of the salt flat to stop at Chantani museum, where we can learn all about the natural and cultural history of the region. Finally we arrive at the village of Coquesa (3690m) where we will stay for the night in a basic alpine style hostel. After a tea break we will head to explore the banks of the salt flat and the salt lagoons of Coquesa, which are home to various species of bird; including flocks of striking pink flamingos. Drive Time: 1hr.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Climb Tunupa (5190m). Descend to camp. Drive to Tahua.

    An early start today, as we have a long day ahead of us. We begin today by driving up to around 4050m to the base of the jagged edged volcano, Tunupa. With it's huge crater and multi-coloured volcanic rocks of red, grey and yellow, the volcano proves to be quite an amazing sight at sunrise. We begin the ascent by traversing across the hillside, which soon gives way to a zig-zag trail leading up the crater rim. Finally we climb up to Mirador Colorado or Red Viewpoint (5190m). It will take us 5 hours to reach this point, where the views extend across the impressive crater. From here, it is a 3 hour descent back down to the vehicles, but we may want to first visit a nearby cave, home to a family of 1000 year old mummies. We return to Coquesa village for a late lunch and to pick up our bags before we set off on the short drive to the small hamlet of Tahua, where we overnight at a small hotel. We sit down to a pleasant dinner (with good wine) to celebrate our unforgettable trekking on Tunupa. It is just a short drive to the small hamlet of Tahua, where we overnight at a small hotel. We sit down to a pleasant dinner (with good wine) to celebrate our 2 days of unforgettable trekking on Tunupa.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs trekking

  • Drive to Sabaya. Visit the crater of Ulo and the dunes of Challa Kollu en route.

    Today, we will head north towards the Sajama National Park. Heading north, we cross the sand desert that lies between the Salar de Uyuni and the smaller salt flat of the Salar de Coipasa. We stop off to stretch our legs wherever possible, including a walk to a viewpoint over the giant crater of Ulo. Formed by the fall of a meteor, this huge hole is now full of giant cacti and splintered space rock. We'll also spend some time exploring the tiny village of Challa Kollu, which is surrounded by impressive sand dunes. We will take a picnic lunch here amongst the dunes, using the coral rocks for chairs and tables! Our final destination today is Sabaya, where we overnight. Drive Time: 4hrs.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 4hrs walking

  • To the Sajama National Park (4250m).

    We now start to leave behind the arid salt plains and volcanic wilderness of the 'salars'. Setting off on the drive northwards, we pass through areas of sand dunes and salty flats, with many grazing llamas and alpacas. We also see lots of abandoned, pre-Hispanic (1000 year-old) graves, evidence of an early civilisation, complete with ancient walls and shards of pottery. A highlight of today's 5-hour journey, is our stop at a salty 'laguna' within sight of Sajama (6542m), Bolivia's highest peak. Here, we can see many species of birds, including Andean coots and flamingoes, before hopping back into our vehicles for the final 30-minute drive to the village of Sajama, where we check in at our hostal accommodation. From here, too, we have good views of the perfect volcanic cone Sajama and of our objective for tomorrow, the snow-capped Acotango (6052m). The village's picturesque, white-painted church tower makes a great bit of 'foreground interest' for our photos of these mountains. Drive Time: 5-6hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

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  • Ascent of Acotango (6000m).

    Today, we will climb this impressive 6000mpeak, making an early start (0400hrs) for the hour and half drive on an exciting mine access road that takes us up as high as 5300m. From here, we follow an ill-defined trail across the mountain's lower slopes, with some loose scree and rocky sections. Above 5600m, we reach the snow-line and follow a broad crest with views of the summit ahead. It takes around 5 hours to reach the summit, where we have great views of nearby peaks including Sajama and Parinacota. We return via the same route to our vehicles and drive back to spend a second night in Sajama. After a little time to freshen up at the hotel we will head out to the hot springs of Junchusuma for a relaxing and well deserved soak! Drive Time: 3hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 9 - 10 hrs trekking

  • Hike to Kasiri Lagoon (4800m) and return drive to La Paz.

    After breakfast, we leave the village of Sajama and make the short drive (30 min.)to the Kasiri Valley. Here we'll enjoy a hike to the Kasiri Lagoon (4800m), with the likelihood of meeting lots of vicunas on the way. On the way back we will stop at the geysers of Sajama for a chance to take photos. We will be back in Sajama in time for lunch. In the early afternoon we continue our drive back to La Paz, breaking our journey with stops at the impressive canyons of "Ciudad de Piedra" and the church of Curawara de Carangas, known as the 'Sistine Chapel of the Andes'. Arriving in La Paz, we check in at the group hotel. Drive Time: 5 - 6hrs.

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    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Free day to explore La Paz.

    Today we are free to enjoy our last full day in Bolivia. You enjoy a relaxed morning packing for your journey home before, heading out to buy souvenirs, or you may want to head to the southern side of the city to the Moon Valley to explore amongst myriad of erosion-carved pinnacles.

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  • Departure day. Transfers to La Paz Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to La Paz airport are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local tour leader
  • 1 or more local climbing guide to assist with the Acotango ascent
  • La Paz Airport transfers (on group arrival and departure dates)
  • All transport involved in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Internal flight from La Paz to Sucre
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Travel insurance
  • Bolivian airport departure tax (if applicable)
  • La Paz Airport transfers other than on group arrival and departure days
  • Some meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Tips for staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The cuisine of Bolivia is a mix of spanish cuisine and traditional Aymara fare, reliant on indigenous ingredients like corn, potatos and beans.  We can expect a diverse and tasty experience. For most of this holiday we take our meals in hotel restaurants and other eateries. In La Paz, Sucre, Potosi and Uyuni, where there is a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine, you will pay directly for these meals. In other towns and villages, we will usually enjoy a tasty, set 3-course meal provided by the hotel or lodge where we are staying. Traditional, hearty meals, with a soup starter and a meat or vegetarian main course can be expected. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam. On some days we will enjoy a packed lunch, usually consisting of fruit, salad, bread, cheeses, cold meats and plenty to drink.

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 6 dinners are included in the trip price. Where there is a wide range of dining options available it makes sense to leave this choice to you and we have not included meals other than breakfasts while in La Paz, Sucre, Potosi and Uyuni. All other meals are included. Clients will be expected to pay for their own meals (other than breakfast) whilst in these cities. For none included meals you can typically expect to pay US$15 to US$25 per meal including wine.
All clients arriving in La Paz on day 1 of the itinerary will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. This applies whether KE has booked your international flights or you have made your own arrangements. Clients booking a Land Only Package MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if La Paz Airport transfers are not required. Airport transfers are also provided to all clients departing La Paz on the final day of the Land Only itinerary. Independent La Paz Airport transfers can be arranged to meet clients arriving prior to Day 1 or departing later than the final day at an additional cost. Please contact the KE office if you wish to arrange an independent transfer. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your confirmation of booking.
During this trip the group will spend 3 nights at a comfortable hotel in La Paz, 1 night at an ecolodge on the Isla del Sol, 2 nights at a guesthouse (hostal) in Potosi, 1 night at a guesthouse (Hostal) in Uyuni, 1 night in a hotel in Tahua, 1 night in a simple hostal in Sabaya, 2 nights at a simple hostal in Sajama Village and 1 night in a simple hostal in Tomarapi. With the exception of the basic hostal in Coquesa, all accommodation has en-suite toilet facilities. On the nights we stay in hostals in Coquesa, Sabaya and Sajama, you may find your sleeping bag useful to augment the bedding provided. Most accommodation is based on twin sharing, with the exception of the basic hostal in Coquesa where it is possible that you may be asked to share a triple room, and if you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with other single clients of the same sex. Subject to availabilty It is possible to arrange single rooms for most of the hotel/guesthouse/hostal nights. Additional hotel nights in La Paz are also available.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

On the day of the Acotango climb, you will be woken well before dawn for an early breakfast, ahead of our drive to 5150 metres on the mountain. We will rope up if necessary, once we reach the snow-line, and move together on a rope with our guide or guides. We aim to get to the top by early afternoon and, given clear weather, there should be plenty of time to enjoy the summit and record the moment with lots of photographs.

The group will be accompanied throughout by an experienced, English-speaking local leader. There will also be one or more support vehicles and drivers. On the ascent or Acotango, 1 or more local climbing guides will be brought in to give assistance.

We estimate that US$350 will be sufficient to cover your personal spending including the above mentioned non-included meals. This amount should also cover tips for your guide, drivers and other local staff. You should allow approximately US$60 in total for these tips. N.B Lots of small denomination local currency is useful here. (Please note that tipping is not compulsory but it is the normal practice. Your trek leader will advise on how much and when to give these tips). It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Bolivianos) before you travel. Credit and debit cards can be used to obtain cash at ATMs in La Paz . If you are bringing your travel money with you, we recommend that you do this in the form of cash US dollars, as you will be changing the majority of your money on the day of your arrival. Note that travellers cheques can sometimes be difficult to exchange and normally have a poorer rate than cash. Credit cards can also be used to purchase some goods and at some restaurants in La Paz.

Tipping is normal in Bolivia. However, you must remember that it is voluntary and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 3 bolivianos (30p) per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 3 bolivianos per bag carried is normal. Any drivers, specialist guides or tour conductors (i.e. on sightseeing tours) normally are tipped around 15 bolivianos per day. Please note that drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around $60 to a group tipping pool.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that set by your international carrier but we do ask you to limit your luggage to one bag plus a small day pack.  It is possible to leave travel clothes or other items not required on your travels around the south of Bolivia at the group hotel in La Paz.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

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.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Crampon compatible boots - see below

  • Crampons*

  • Trekking poles (invaluable on Acotango)

  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*

  • 2 screwgate karibiners*

  • Climbing sling (120cm)*

  • Gaiters

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

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

  • T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket with hood

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermal gloves or mittens

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Daypack minimum 30 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

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

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

  • Sleeping bag* (comfort rating -15°C) (to supplement bedding in basic hostals)

  • 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:

  • Climbing helmet (provided locally)

  • Trainers  or similar for camp use

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Swimwear

  • Travel clothes

  • Insect repellant – (DEET)

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack all sharp objects in hold baggage)


There is no camping on this holiday, however on 3 of the other nights, when staying in hostals in Coquesa, Sabaya and Sajama, you may find a 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.

  • 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.

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For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Bolivia

UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. You do require a return or onwards ticket.

USA passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $135 and is easily obtained on arrival. Payment must be in cash.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA and you must have a Machine Readable Passport to apply for an ESTA

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Bolivia is the Boliviano.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking for up to 8 or 9 hours on two of the days. You should also have some previous experience of walking on snow slopes of 40 degrees or more, using crampons. Regular hillwalking is the best way to get fit for any trekking holiday, but you could also adopt a weekly exercise regime. Running and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Bolivia’s dry and sunny winter season lasts from the end of April to October, and during this period the weather can be expected to be excellent for trekking and climbing. The days are relatively warm, up to a maximum of 20°C, although it can feel warmer than this in the strong sunlight. Night-time temperatures will drop to around freezing point above 3500 metres, whilst above 4500 metres the temperature can vary from 20 degrees centigrade to minus 20 degrees centigrade during a 24 hour period.

Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper.

Bolivia - Lonely Planet.

Bolivia – A Climbing Guide. Yossi Brain.

Bolivia - a Travel Survival Kit. Lightbody.

Eight Feet in the Andes. Dervla Murphy.

South American Handbook.

The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.

Latin America Spanish phrasebook - Lonely Planet.

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