4 Days Walking tour itinerary for La Paz: Step Up To Summit The Illimani Peak
Climb the highest and the southernmost peak in the Cordillera Real. Visible from most of La Paz, Illimani is an imposing sight and according to the local legend, it is the Queen or Mother of the mountain range.
La Paz - Pinaya - Puente Roto Base Camp
La Paz (3600m) – Pinaya (3900m) – Puente Roto, Base camp (4500m)
We have a winding drive through the Cordillera, passing lots of small villages and some cactus-filled valleys. We will drive through the Palca canyon and stop for a short visit.
After 3 to 4 hours of driving, we will get to the village of Pinaya where we will have a picnic lunch before our walk up to base camp.
Day 1 consists of 3 - 4 hours driving, 2 - 3 hours walking, camping (LD)
puente roto - Nido De Condor High Camp
Puente Roto – Nido del Cóndor, High camp (5400m)
Climbing on scree and rock will take us to the high camp. The porters will carry all the equipment and personal gear. It’s a long climb for the day with over 1000m ascent.
At the top, we can enjoy a birds-eye view of La Paz and El Alto, with the lights at night.
Day two consists of 6 - 8 hours hiking and (BLD) camping
High Camp - Summit - High Camp - Base Camp
High camp – Summit (6439m) – High camp – Basecamp
Early start in the morning for our climb to the summit; it will be cold.
We start by getting roped-up and putting our crampons on.
We will be climbing on icy and snowy ridges, but nothing steeper than 50º.
The last short snowy ridge takes us to the summit.
Time to rest and take photos, before our descent.
Back at high camp, the porters will meet us and take all the equipment and personal gear back to the base camp.
Day three consists of 12 - 15 hours climbing/hiking and (BLD) camping.
Base Camp - Pinaya - La Paz
Return the same way; walk down to Pinaya, where we meet the transport that will take us back to La Paz.
Drop off at the hotel.
Day four consists of 1-2 hrs walking and 3 hours 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
Mules, up to base camp and back down
Porters, up to high camp and back down to base camp
Full camp, includes: tents, kitchen equipment, chairs, tables, dining tent etc
Equipment for the climb; ropes and protection.
Rescues at clients cost
Extra services not mentioned in the program
Illimani has five peaks in total; three of them over 6,000m.
It is a fairly demanding climb, but well worth the effort for the views of La Paz and the Cordillera Real, and for the chance to summit Bolivia’s second highest peak.
Type of activity: Technical Climbing with ropes, trekking up to high camp (5400m)
Difficulty: 3 – moderate fitness
Experience required: 2 - 3 – basic climbing skills / some experience
Grade of climb: Normal route II/PD 50°
Number of days: 4 days, 3 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: Reaching the summit of one of the best-known peaks in Bolivia and spectacular views of La Paz and the surrounding area.
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