3 Days / 2 Nights
The mountain Huayna Potosí (6088 m) forms a part of the Andean mountain range (Cordillera Real). It is considered by the inhabitants of the city of El Alto (4000 – 4100 m) as their protector and guardian being the most representative mountain of this city.
Huayna Potosi (6088 m) is one of the most accessible mountains over 6000 meters of elevation since year after year it is climbed by hundreds of tourists because you don’t need experience but a good physical condition is indispensable for this activity.
The tour starts at 09:00. Then we head off to the base camp (4700 m) 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the city of La Paz and around 11:30 we have lunch. After lunch the hike to the glaciar Viejo (old glacier) begins which takes 1 hour and a half. There we practice climbing on the ice using all the equipment we have. After 1 hour of practicing we return to the base camp around 16:00. At 18:00 we have dinner and rest in a refuge.
This day starts at 08:00 with breakfast. The free time after breakfast can be used, for example, for a walk. Around 11:30 we have lunch. After 1 hour we climb to the High Camp at 5200 meters. We arrive there after 3 hours and stay in a refuge. Dinner will be at 17:00 and around 18:00 we rest and sleep until midnight.
This day starts very early at midnight with breakfast. We start the ascent to the summit of Huayna Potosi at 01:00. Starting at the High Camp we climb the glacier, the path has a slope of 35 – 40 degrees on average and the ascent takes 4 to 7 hours on average. The tourist is attached to the guide with a rope; the first part is relatively easy until 5500 meters, from this point we climb a wall of 50 meters of length whose inclination is 55 – 60 degrees on average. Once on 5800 meters you get to a plateau and keep walking on an edge which will take you to the summit.
Around 06:30 we arrive at the summit (6088 m) where we can admire all the beauty of the Cordillera Real of the Andes. After 15 minutes we return to the High Camp in 2 hours, pick up the equipment and after we descend to the base camp in 1.5 hours, from where we return to La Paz arriving at 14:00 hours.
The tour includes: Shared tourist transportation, complete board on the tour, insulation mat, simple refuges and a Spanish guide for each 2 tourists.
The tour does not include: Sleeping bag, headlamp, entrance fee, 2 liters of water (first day) and personal porter.
Price per person: 159 USD (shared tour).
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