FAQ

If you have any questions which do not appear on this page, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will reply as soon as possible.

When is the best time of year to visit?

The ideal climate for climbing these mountains is during the dry season, which is between May and October. It is colder during these months but this does mean you will have clearer skies and less loose snow to slow your ascents up. It is still usually possible to climb during the months of March, April and November but the weather is less guaranteed.

Treks and Tours are possible throughout the year but the advice still stands with regards to the weather.

Should I be concerned about the altitude?

La Paz is situated at 3,850 metres above sea level, and the peaks our expeditions cover vary between 5,000m and 6500m. As such it is important to allow time for acclimatisation. High altitude affects people due to the drop in atmospheric pressure and lower level of oxygen found at these heights. It is difficult to predict exactly how much time one needs to acclimatise, as it varies from person to person and does not depend on level of fitness or health.

As a point of reference though, we would recommend a MINIMUM of five full days acclimatisation.

Do I need prior experience of climbing mountains?

Our guides are also very experienced instructors and you will receive the necessary training and instruction on the mountainside for the majority of our trips, even if you have had no previous experience of trekking or climbing.

Do the guides speak English?

On the tours, your guide will be an English speaker, who will give you thorough and interesting explanations of all the areas you will be visiting with him. The trekking and climbing guides are not fluent English speakers. They all speak more than enough to ensure that you are safe on the mountain and to deal with any emergency situations which may occur but are by no means fluent. We select them for their mountain expertise, not for their linguistic ability. If you would like to have a bilingual guide on any of our treks or climbs, please state so on your booking.

How much in advance should I book?

We are a specialist company and will only work with our own expert staff leading our climbing expeditions. We will not contract other agencies to run our expeditions. Whereas tours and treks can usually be arranged with a matter of weeks' (or even days') notice, you should endeavour to book any climbs as much in advance as you can. As soon as our guides are fully booked, you will have to be flexible on the dates we will be able to accommodate you.

How does payment work?

To secure a booking with Bolivian Mountain Guides, we request a deposit of 50% of the total, depending on your route. The balance will be made at the time of being in contact with us and before the start of the trip.

Do I need prior experience of climbing mountains?

Our guides are also very experienced instructors and receive the necessary training and instruction in the side of most of our trips, even if they have had previous experience in trekking and climbing.

There are however some of the routes that require some experience. Depending on your route will provide a real and current.

What equipment will I need?

Bolivian Mountains provides all top quality technical equipment as standard for any technical expeditions. Any personal gear, you are expected to provide yourself. Check our equipment list for more details on the sort of kit we recommend.