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4 Days Walking tour itinerary for La Paz: Step Up To Summit The Illimani Peak

La Paz

Mountaineering Tour
Climbing Tour
Walking Tour
Step up to Summit the Illimani Peak

Illimani summit

La Paz-Bolivia

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. 

DAY 01

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)



DAY 02

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

DAY 03

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.

DAY 04

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).


  • 655 USD Per Adult
  • 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

  • Cook  

  • Equipment for the climb; ropes and protection.

  • Personal clothing

  • Personal insurance

  • Rescues at clients cost

  • Extra services not mentioned in the program

  • Tips

  • 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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Contributed By

Jeff Sandifort

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