When you land in Bolivia at El Alto – La Paz Airport, the first thing you’ll notice is the stunning silhouette of two mountains against the blue sky. Two prominent mountains may be seen: the Illimani to the southeast and the Huayna Potosi ice pyramid to the northwest.
Climbing in Bolivia on the Huayna Potosí will have you reach an altitude of 6,088 metres (19,973 ft). In Quechua, “Huayna” means “young hill,” hence the name “Cerro Joven” best describes Huayna Potosi. It is only 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) from La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. One of the most sought-after peaks in Bolivia and the central Andes, its popularity stems from the fact that it is both close by and can be reached via the standard route. It’s a fantastic target for mountaineers aiming for a 6,000-meter (19,685-foot) peak. It is suited for all mountaineers althought the route can be demanding, but ever so beautiful.
Departure from the city of La Paz by private transportation to the Zongo platform (4,700 meters/15,419 ft) is approximately 2 hours of travel. After a walk of 2 to 3 hours of ascension to the high rock field at 5,130 meters (16,830 ft). Night at the refuge.
After breakfast, very early in the morning, you continue your ascent towards the summit passing through the Argentine countryside at 5,500 meters (18,044 ft). The ascent to the summit at 6,088 meters (19,973 ft) requires approximately 6 hours to reach and another 4 hours to descend. You will descend to the base camp at the Zongo platform where our transportation awaits for the return to the city of La Paz.
Optional day 1: This option is for inexperienced guests where our guides will give them climbing training in the Old Huayna Potosí Glacier for approximately 3 to 4 hours and then descend to the base camp. Night at the refuge.
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