Huayna Potosí

Huayna Potosí

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Huayna Potosí



Day 1. La Paz– Base Camp

Departure at 9:00 am from La Paz towards El Alto. While in the highway you can enjoy unique views of this growing capital city, its surroundings, and some of the highest peaks in Bolivia such as the Illimani, Mururata, Huayna Potosí , and many other peaks reaching over 16,400 ft. (5,000 m). The trip continues through the unpaved road to the Zongo Valley, one of the closest cloud forest or ´yungas´ from La Paz. This road passes puna grasslands and alluvial valleys with characteristic flora and fauna. There will be short stops, one of them to view the Milluni Lagoon, and a nearby abandoned tin mine. By 12:00 hr you will arrive to the Low Base Camp located at 15,416 ft. (4,700 m). Lunch. After we will practice with all equipment in the glacial with our guide, Dinner and overnight in the Refugio (L, D)

Day 2.Base Camp – High Camp

We will take many pictures for the wonderful base camp and the glacial, lunch. Later you will climb to the High Camp until 17,220 ft. (5,250 m). This slow climb can be done in 3 hrs. This part of the tour will be useful to condition you for the next day. Warm light dinner and early sleep in a Refugio (B, L, D)

Day 3. High Camp – Huayna Potosí Summt – La Paz

Breakfast at 1:00 am, Slow ascension in the dark starts at 2:00 am, this ascention is early to avoid the later intense snow reflection. You will start walking with flashlights. The ascension will be Grade 2 (or represent a 45 degree slope climbing) and will last approximately 6 hrs. Arrival to the summit is expected by 8:00 am. Sunrises at the Huayna Potosí are astonishing. In clear days you will enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of this beautiful part of the Eastern Andes. The open landscape shows the distant Sajama Volcano; the highest peak in Bolivia, the steaming cloud forest or yungas and La Paz and El Alto cities. Later descent from the summit to the 1st camp will last around 5 hrs. Lunch, Departure to La Paz by car (B, L)


  • Transport Round Trip,
  • Climbing tent quality or hut (depending of the availability),
  • Personal technical equipment (crampons, ice axes, harness, ),
  • Spanish speaking guide.


  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Personal equipment and mountaineering clothing,
  • Personal Medical Kit,
  • Entrance fees.


  • Thermal underwear
  • Extra fleece jacket
  • 3 pairs of stockings (2 thick and 1 thin)
  • Chocolates
  • 50 lt backpack 2 liters of bottled water
  • Personal medication
  • Thin gloves with lining
  • Wool cap Sunglasses / sunscreen
  • Toilet paper

Huayna Potosí

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