Looking for the tallest mountains to climb on your next visit to Bolivia? Here are 5 of the tallest mountains climbers must do when you pay a visit to this magnificent country.
Mountains of Bolivia
Bolivia is crossed by the Andes Mountain Range which holds the 28% of the territory of the country. The Andes Mountains in Bolivia has the highest elevations in South America with some mountains over 6000 meters (19685 ft) and are divided in the west mountain range also known as cordillera real and the east mountain range with valleys between them called el Altiplano boliviano. This area has an altitudinal range of 3000 meters (9842 ft) approximately.
Along El Altiplano the capital city La Paz the highest capital city in the world with an altitude of 3640 meters (11942 ft), also this is the place of two important touristic attractions that the country owns, one of them is the Titicaca lake the highest navigable lake in the world with an altitude of 3810 meters (12500 ft) located in the border between Peru and Bolivia and The Salar de Uyuni; an area composed by salt flats with more than 64 thousand million tons of salt and lithium creating one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Parinacota is the fifth tallest mountain in the country, standing at a height of 20.827 feet or 6.348 mts. The mountain is located on the border of Bolivia and Peru, sitting in the Bolivia’s Oruro Department and the Arica and Parinacota Region of Chile. Parinacota sits in two national parks that are located on the border of this two countries, the Sajama National Park in Bolivia and the Lauca National Park in Chile. The first registered ascent of Parinacota was in 1928 by Bolivian Carlos Terán and Austrian Joseph Prem.
Illampu stands at a height of 20,892 feet or 6.367mts. The mountain is located in La Paz Department. The mountain’s border is in the north the Ancohuma Mountain and east of Lake Titicaca. The Laguna Glaciar is located in the massif between Illampu and Ancohuma, which is the 17th highest lake on Earth. The first ascent of the mountain was done in 1928 by Austrians Erwin Hein and Alfred Horeschowsky and Germans Hans Pfann and Hugo Hörtnagel.
Ancohuma, also known as Janq’u Uma, is the third tallest mountain in Bolivia at 21,085 feet or 6426mts. The mountain is located in La Paz Department and like Illampu its parent range is the Cordillera Real. The mountain can be seen of the Illampu Mountain and east of Lake Titicaca.
Illimani is the second tallest mountain in Bolivia, standing at a height of 21,122 feet or 6,438 mts. The mountain is located near and visible from the city of La Paz, which serves as the seat of the Bolivian government, and the city of El Alto. The first known ascent of the mountain was done in 1898 by Englishman William Martin Conway and Swiss-Italians Antoine Maquignaz and Louis Pellissier.
Sajama, also called Nevado Sajama, is the tallest mountain in Bolivia, standing at a height of 21,463 or 6541mts. The mountain is located in the Oruro Department and its parent range is the Cordillera Occidental. Sajama is also located in the Sajama National Park, along with Illampu Mountain. Sajama has another fact in common with Illampu in that it is also an extinct stratovolcano, although it is unknown when Sajama last erupted. The first ascent of the mountain was done in 1939 by Austrians Josef Prem and Wilfrid Kühm.
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