TerrAutentica, Agencia de Turismo Receptivo en Tupiza, Bolivia


Climbing – Illimani

Price USD590 4 days
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Climbing – Illimani

USD590 per person

Illimani is the highest and southernmost peak in the Cordillera Real and dominates views from the capital city of La Paz. Hans Ertl, writing in Mountain World (1953), described Illimani as “one of the most beautiful and impressive groups of peaks in South America”. It is not so much a mountain as a massif – the glaciations measures 8 Km / 5 m from one end to the other. It is a technical summit, for the more adventurous fans of mountain climbing.

4 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 - First campsite
We leave La Paz in the morning to start our journey to Pinaya, which will take around 3 to 4 hours. From there we will load up the mules and walk to Puente Roto. This will take a further 2 to 3 hours and there we will set up camp for the night and have a wonderful view over La Paz and El Alto at night. (4500 meters - 14763 feet).
Walking to the second campsite
After breakfast we leave Puente Roto and start our trek up to the high camp of Nido de Cóndores (Condors Nest). The terrain will be scree and rock. This will take around 6 to 8 hours and when we arrive we will set up camp for the night. For this section we will have porters to help carry the equipment (5500 meters - 18044 feet).
Climbing to the summit
We awake early around midnight to start our ascent to the summit. It will be very cold at this time and we will try to warm ourselves with coca tea before putting on the crampons and roping up. The ascent is heavily crevassed, a mixture of ice and snowy ridges and has a number of 50 degree sections, so combined with the altitude this can make it tough. Also, due to the face the sun rises on the other side of the mountain it will be cold for the whole climb. Normal ascent time is around 6 to 9 hours. After reaching the peak and resting to enjoy the spectacular views for a while we start our descent back to the high camp where we will meet with the porters before descending back to Puente Roto to stay for the night.
Back to La Paz
On this final day we have a short walk back down to Pinaua to meet up with our vehicle for the return drive to La Paz, arriving in the city around midday.


  • 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
  • English-speaking guide, extra cost 400 USD for the group
  • 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.