3 Days Walking tour itinerary for La Paz: Easy Ice Climbing To Summit Huayana Potosi
Summit the Huayna Potosi (6088m) in the northeast of La Paz. One of the easiest 6000m plus mountains to climb in the world and deservedly one of Bolivia’s most popular climbs; after just 4 hours of walking, you will be at the high camp. Huayna Potosi can be climbed by complete beginners and provides amazing views of the Cordillera Real, Lake Titikaka (3810m) and the Altiplano (4000m).
La Paz - Pasa Zongo
La Paz (3600m) – Paso Zongo (4700m)
We drive from La Paz to Paso Zongo (4700m).
Once at Paso Zongo, we drop our gear off in the hut and have some lunch.
After lunch, we walk to the lower glacier.
At the lower glacier, the guides will explain some basic techniques for ice climbing and mountaineering.
We will have the chance to practice these techniques with the guides and our climbing equipment.
Later in the day, we will practices ice climbing techniques on small ice walls with safety ropes in place.
(1 1/2 hours driving, 2 hours walking, (LD) Overnight stay)
Paso Zongo - High Camp
Paso Zongo (4700m) - High camp (5200m)
Today, we have a relatively easy day up to high camp. High camp is on a rock buttress at an altitude of 5200m, at the base of the glacier. The walk up in on a well-used rock path.
Once at high camp, we need to get our gear ready for the next day.
We also have time to rest and rehydrate. It’s an early night, as we have an early start in the morning.
(2 – 3 hours walking, (BLD) Camp)
High Camp - Summit - High Camp - lA Paz
High camp – Summit (6088m) – High camp - La Paz (3600m)
We have an early start as it is a long day; it will also be cold.
We start climbing with our crampons on and the rest of our climbing gear. The climb mostly follows a trail on the glacier. We have 2 steep sections, one at around 5600m, called the Pala Chica. Here the trail goes through a small ice and snow wall.
After this, follow the trail on the glacier up to 6000m.
From here, we can see the summit. The last section to the summit offers great climbing.
We have a short rest and then pack our gear to head back down to base camp where we will meet our transport back to La Paz.
(9 - 13 hours, 1-hour driving, BL)
Professional English speaking mountain guide (2 clients to 1 guide)
Meals as mentioned, including drinks at camp meals (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)
All private transport
Porters to bring gear up and down from high camp
2 night’s hostel (base camp, high camp of Huayna Potosi)
Equipment for the mountain, ropes and protection
Personal equipment eg double boots, crampons, ice axe, etc
Extra services not mentioned in the program
If hoping to climb higher mountains in the area, Huayna Potosi is a good start.
Type of activity: Technical Climbing with ropes, trekking up to high camp (5200m)
Difficulty: 3 – some fitness/ good fitness
Experience required: 1 - 2 – no experience / some experience
Grade of climb: Normal route II/AD- 50°
Number of days: 3 days, 2 nights
Tour starts in La Paz
Tour ends in La Paz
Best time of year: May to September
Season: Dry season: days are mild and nights are cold
Highlights: learning basic ice climbing and mountaineering techniques, views of the Cordillera Real.
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