From La Paz: Huayna Potosí 2-Day Climbing Trip
- Admire the views of the Cordillera Real and Lake Titicaca
- Build on your current climbing experience with the help of a guide
- See glaciers up close
- Reach the summit of a 6000-meter peak
Drive for around 1.5 hours from La Paz to Paso Zongo, going up from 3,600 to 4,700 meters. Once at Paso Zongo, have lunch in one of the refuges before starting the 3 to 4-hour trek up to high camp.
Walk up on a well-used path on rock to high camp, which sits on a rock buttress at the base of the glacier, at an altitude of 5150 meters. Get your gear ready for the early start the next morning. You will also have time to rest, eat dinner, and rehydrate.
Turn in for an early night in the refugio.
Day 2: High Camp - Summit - High camp - La Paz
Get up early for a long day of adventure with 9-13 hours of climbing. Wrapped up warm, equipped for climbing, and with your crampons on, you’re ready to go.
Follow a trail on the glacier and conquer two steep sections. You will first encounter one at around 5,600 meters, called the Pala Chica. Here the trail goes through a small ice and snow wall (about 10 meters high).
After this part, keep following the trail on the glacier up to 6,000 meters. From here you will see the summit (6,088 meters).
Experience the thrill of climbing along the last section to the summit on an exposed ridge. At the summit, you will be able to see from Illimani (6,439 meters) in the south to Illampu (6,368 meters) in the north.
After your photoshoot on top, head back down the same way to High Camp. Have a short rest and pack your gear. Then, head back down to base camp to meet your transportation for an approximately 1-hour drive back to La Paz. Get dropped back off at the original meeting point in La Paz.
- Professional mountain guide
- Main meals and drinks at camp
- 1-night accommodation
- First aid kit
- Oxygen bottle (only up to high camp for emergencies, not used for climbing)
- Free T-shirt at the end of the trip
- Free BUFF to keep at the start of the trip
- Sleeping bag (if add-on booked)
- Backpack (if add-on booked)
- Porters for up to 20kg (if add-on booked. Cost is one-way only)
- Personal insurance
- Snacks for the climb
- Thermal underwear
- Thin liner gloves
- Hotel pickup
- Extra services not mentioned in the program
- Pregnant women
- People with mobility impairments
- People with heart problems
Prepare for the activity
Look for the “Climbing South America” flag hanging outside at the Pachamama Gallery. You need to perform a gear check the day before between 3 PM and 5 PM at the office. If for some reason you are not able to come at that time, please arrive 45 minutes before the starting time of the activity. If you have already performed the gear check, arrive 15 minutes before the starting time.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Passport or ID card
- Sleeping bag
• Good physical fitness and some acclimatizing is needed before the climb. 6 to 8 days between 3,000 m and 5,000 m is recommended, e.g. Austria Peak (5,300 m)
• You will have to perform a gear check, this can be the day before or 45 minutes before
• Equipment provided: double mountaineering boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, extra jackets, pants for the cold, thick gloves, balaclava, gaiters, helmet, headlamp if needed (batteries not included), ropes and protection for mountain climbing
• Cetazolamid (Diamox) can be taken before the climb. 125 mg in the morning and 125 mg in the evening is suggested by the local partner
• Guide ratio in the shared group option is approximately 1 guide to every 2 participants, in the private option it is 1 guide to each participant
• It is recommended by the local partner to tip the guide 15-20% at the end of the tour
• A 50-liter backpack and sleeping bag for -10°C are required.