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Climbing – Huayna Potosi

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Price USD190 3 days
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Climbing – Huayna Potosi

USD190 per person

Bolivia is a popular destination for climbers, which offers a variety of climbs to suit every skill level and budget. With over 1000 summits above 5000 meters it is considered by many climbers to be one of the best mountain climbing destinations in the world. In addition to its other attractions and fascinating culture, climbing in Bolivia is often considerably cheaper than other popular mountaineering destinations. The Huayna Potosi summit is 6 088 m high.

3 days
  • Destination
  • Departure
    La Paz
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Breakfast
    Dinner
    Lunch
    Mineral water
    Spanish-speaking driver/guide
  • Not Included
    Sleeping bag
    Snack
    Toilet paper
    Transport in vehicle 4x4
    Travel insurance
1
Climbing school and acclimation
Set off from La Paz around 9.00 am, you will head off towards the mountain range but first with a stop off at the equipment store to try on boots, jackets and trousers etc. that you will need on the climb. Arrive after 2 hours or so, driving to the refuge where we have some lunch before heading off for some practice / training on the lower glacier. You will learn how to fall correctly with an ice axe, climb / walk using crampons and general mountain safety. Guides are Spanish-speaking only so it is advisable to have some Spanish notions to get the best from this but they can instruct you in these techniques visually to some degree.
2
High Camp
9:00: Breakfast, morning break. 12:00: Lunch and departure from the base camp of Huayna Potosi. The first part is a walk over rock and the second part is a mixture of rock and snow depending on time, up to the High Camp where is the second shelter, 5.300 high. It takes 3 to 4 hours to get there. Dinner and overnight stay.
3
Climbing to the summit
We wake up at midnight. We put on all special equipment, we have breakfast and at 01:00am. we start walking or climbing with direction to the summit. During the ascent we have breaks to eat chocolates and drink water in order to get energy and make the summit. We will be at the summit between 06:00am. and 07:00am. We can't be too on the summit because there are risks of avalanche and cracks after the sunrise. Going down from the summit is only 2 ½ Hours to High Camp, where we rest like 1 hour and we have a hot soup. We then hike for an hour to the Base Camp. Back to La Paz between 13:00 and 14:00.

Included:

  • Private transportation to and from the climb
  • Qualified Mountain Guide, Spanish speaking
  • Meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks
  • Equipment - Climbing Boots, Crampons, Ice Axe, Mountain jacket and Trousers, harness, ropes, gloves etc.

Not included:

  • Travel Insurance - recommended
  • Any camp or national park fee
  • Sleeping bag extra cost 20 USD
  • Chocolate or high calorie sweets /snack
  • Sunglasses, Sun cream and Lip balm - essential
  • Water (2-liter bottle required - refills available)
  • Backpack 50 to 60 litres for carrying personal equipment
  • Warm gloves for wearing inside Mountain  Gloves, Warm Hat, Head torch
  • Thermal under trousers, fleece jacket and thermal upper body wear, fleece hat, personal gloves for inside mountain gloves.