TerrAutentica, Agencia de Turismo Receptivo en Tupiza, Bolivia


Climbing – Illampu

Price USD1900 8 days
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Climbing – Illampu

USD1900 per person

Illampu, 6360 m high, is a haunted summit, as its normal way of ascent is the most difficult of Bolivia. It is a very beautiful mountain tour, however, it is reserved only for experienced mountaineers. The whole route is technical, for very committed people. The edge that leads to the summit is very difficult and exposed. Bolivia is a popular destination for climbers and offers a variety of climbing. The spirit of adventure is important. Come and enjoy!

8 days
  • Destination
  • Departure
    La Paz
  • Included
    Mineral water
    Spanish-speaking driver/guide
  • Not Included
    Sleeping bag
    Toilet paper
    Transport in vehicle 4x4
    Travel insurance
La Paz - Sorata (2700m)
We leave La Paz around 08h00 for Sorata, a small village at the bottom of a green valley by the foot of the imposing Illampu (6368m/20.892ft). If the weather permits we can clearly see the snow clad summit from the main square in Sorata.
Sorata - Lacatiya (3900m)
After breakfast we meet our team of mule drivers just outside Sorata. Our trek starts with a long ascend to Estancia de Lacatiya which will be our first camp. The Illampu is practically overhanging us with its 6368m / 20.892ft all day.
Lacatiya - Paso Illampu - Estancia Utjaña Pampa (3900m)
We start early by hiking to the Illampu mountain pass at 4750m / 15.584ft from where we can see the north peak of the Illampu (6370m / 20.899ft) and the Schulze Peak (5950m / 19.521ft). We then walk down the northeast slope of the Illampu until the Estancia Utjaña Pampa. In this area you can find plenty of small gold mines that are still exploited.
Estancia Utjaña Pampa - Aguas Calientes (4200m)
In the morning we start by following the river Janq´u Uma (White Waters). We then ascend to the base camp of the Illampu, called “Aguas Calientes” (Warm Waters).
Aguas Calientes - Campo Alto (5500m)
From Aguas Calientes we climb to the High Camp at 5500m / 18.045ft. It takes approximately 5 hours and we set up camp here for the night.
Campo Alto - Ascensión Illampu (6368m) - Aguas Calientes
Day of the ascent of the Illampu, achieved in almost 8 hrs., including a wall of rock and ice. The descent to Campo Alto then takes about 5 hours.
Aguas Calientes - Laguna Glaciar (5038m) - Laguna Chilata (4200m)
While our mules are walking slowly down to our evening camp we set forth on a trail leading to the Laguna Glaciar. This lake, surrounded by the giants Illampu and Ancohuma, and where the glaciers fall into its waters, offers us a beautiful view on the Lake Titicaca and the valley of Sorata. We then walk down to the Laguna Chilata, to our camp.
Laguna Chilata - Sorata - La Paz
We walk down to Sorata in the morning and in the afternoon the car takes us back to La Paz (3-4hrs). End of our services


  • Private transportation to and from the climb
  • Qualified Mountain Guide, Spanish speaking
  • Meals including drinks at camp meals
  • Animals and porters as indicated
  • Camping equipment - tent, mattress, cooking equipment
  • 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.