Climbing Illampu

Illampu 6360m

This is a relatively slight frequented summit, since its normal ascension way is the most difficult of Bolivia; it constitutes a very beautiful mountain journey, however it is reserved only for the experienced and astute mountaineers. The whole route is technical and committed. The edge that takes to the summit is very hard and exposed.

Day 1.- A full day in vehicle. Starting early from La Paz, we travel down into the valley of Sorata. After lunch in Sorata we will continue to the community of Ancoma, where we will set our first camp (4,200m).

Day 2.- After breakfast we begin a short trek to our second camp spot, in an area known as Aguas Calientes (4,850m). During these three hours, on a clear day, we are able to appreciate the majestic Illampu massif.

Day 3.- Today we will reach the high camp, at 5,600m. The route begins over a moraine and other rocky areas until we reach the start of the glacier. The camp site is a short distance along the length of the glaciar, (approx 5 hours in total).

Day 4.- The summit. After a hearty breakfast, we will begin our ascent to the summit, which will take around six hours. The return will be along the same route to the high camp.

Day 5.- Return down to Aguas Calientes.

Day 6.- Trek back to Ancoma and return by vehicle to La Paz.


Illampu Google Maps

Illampu Google Map



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