Guidebook

Bolivian Peaks - An Epic Journey Through the Andes

A journey through the high peaks of Bolivia taking in Huayna Potosí, Illimani and Pequeno Alpamayo.

Description

For those searching for a classic Andean mountain journey, look no further. This trip will take you onto 3 beautiful summits and through some of the barren, almost desolate mountain scenery for which Bolivia is famous.

Unusually for a mountaineering expedition, this trip has a bustling city (La Paz, the capital of Bolivia) as its base camp, meaning that between peaks you can retreat to the city for a day or 2, grab a shower, a good meal and a night in a hotel bed, and then head back into the hills.

All 3 peaks are challenging and have exposed sections so you'll need a good all round mountaineering skill set to complete this trip. If your skill and fitness levels are high enough and you get a bit of luck with conditions, you can't fail to enjoy this epic Andean adventure.

Huayna Potosí Summit
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Huayna Potosí Summit

7.8 km
808 m
Low grade Andean mountaineering at its very best
Moderate
Private
Huayna Potosí Approach
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Huayna Potosí Approach

1 - 2 hrs
2.5 km
496 m
9 m
A short but scenic positioning day
Difficult
Private
Pequeno Alpamayo Day 1
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Pequeno Alpamayo Day 1

2 - 3 hrs
10.7 km
583 m
427 m
A peaceful start to the trek through some other-worldly terrain
Difficult
Private
Pequeno Alpamayo Day 2
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Pequeno Alpamayo Day 2

2 - 3 hrs
8.4 km
603 m
525 m
Another day of serene trekking which includes climbing a stunningly situated peak
Difficult
Private
Pequeno Alpamayo Day 3
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Pequeno Alpamayo Day 3

2 - 3 hrs
6.0 km
463 m
491 m
The toughest and most spectacular day yet on the trip
Severe
Private
Pequeno Alpamayo Day 4
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Pequeno Alpamayo Day 4

18.1 km
883 m
The big kahuna! This is a classic mountaineering day in a wild part of the Andes.
Difficult
Private
South Summit of Illimani

South Summit of Illimani

1 day +
19.0 km
2,527 m
2,525 m
Mountaineering to the south summit of Illimani
Difficult
Private