Bolivia Short Program (11 Days RT USA)
Summit Attempt of Huayna Potosi: 6,088 meters/19,974 feet (Incudes 2 days of training)
Prerequisite: 3 Day Rainier climb or equivalent
Brief: Alpine Ascents has created a unique opportunity where those who successfully completed our 3 day Muir climb or similar can travel to Bolivia and climb the famed Huayna Potosi. This program will allow climbers to build on previous experience gained on Rainier or in the North Cascades and climb in one of the world's foremost climbing ranges; the Cordillera Real.
The Cordillera Real (Royal Range), is Bolivia's central climbing region with eight peaks rising above 6,000m. The goal of our 11-day expedition is an ascent of Huayna Potosi (19,974 ft/6,088m). The panoramic views from their summits are exquisite and their dramatic peaks are considered by many to be the most stunning mountain in the Cordillera Real.
Located in the heart of South America, Bolivia is the most Indian of the Andean countries, with about fifty percent of its inhabitants being descendants of Aymara and Quechua cultures. It is still an unspoiled country and its natural beauty and abundance of mountains, most of them easy accessible, is overwhelming.
The first day of the expedition is spent in La Paz, the world's highest capital city, which lies at 12,008ft/3,660m in a spectacular setting. We enjoy the day shopping, visiting the famous Witches' Market and at the same time acclimatizing. On our way to Lake Titicaca the next day, we will explore the great ceremonial center of Tiwanaku, a UNESCO world heritage and Bolivia's most important archaeological site. Finally we reach Lake Titicaca, one of the highest navigable lakes in the world and the second largest lake in South America. We spend the night at the bright town of Copacabana and visit the Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol) on the subsequent day. We combine our acclimatization hike from the northern to the southern end of the island with the visit of some interesting Inca ruins. Upon leaving Lake Titicaca we begin our expedition to Huayna Potosi.
Huayna Potosi (19,974 ft/6,088m) is Bolivia's most popular major peak because of its imposing beauty. With moderately steep terrain of snow and ice and wonderful exposure from the narrow airy summit (looking over the 3000ft. west face), it is a highly memorable and challenging climb for developing and seasoned alpinists alike.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1-2: Depart USA and arrive to La Paz-Bolivia (3,660 meters/12,000 feet). Overnight at the Ritz Hotel.
Day 3: La Paz city tour. Overnight at the Ritz Hotel.
Day 4: Travel to LakeTiticaca. Overnight in the lakeside town of Copacabana at the Rosario del Lago Hotel (3,800 meters/12,470 feet).
Day 5: Acclimatization hike on the Island of the Sun (up to 4,032 meters/13,228 feet) . Overnight at the Rosario del Lago Hotel in Copacabana.
Day 6: Travel to the Zongo Hut (4,700 meters/15,420 feet) located at the foot of Huayna Potosi.
Day 7: First day of the training course on the nearby glacier. Overnight at the Zongo hut.
Day 8: Second day of the training course and preparation to move up to high camp on Huayna Potosi the next day. Overnight at the Zongo Hut.
Day 9: Move up to high camp on Huayna Potosi (5,150 meters/16,896 feet).
Day 10: Huayna Potosi summit day (6,088 meters/19,974 feet). Return to La Paz after the climb.
Day 11: Return home.
Bolivia 11-Day Expedition Schedule and Prices
7/25 - 8/4/14 Arrive La Paz 7/26. Depart La Paz 8/4.
$700.00 deposit, due with application
Balance due 120 days prior to departure.
Land Costs Include
All in-country transportation
Hotels in La Paz and other lodging throughout the expedition
All group climbing gear
All meals while climbing
Park fees and permits
Land Costs Do Not Include
$25 Wire Transfer Fee (If Applicable)
International round-trip airfare to La Paz, Bolivia
Meals in La Paz and Copacabana
Personal gear (see gear list)
Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)