ILLIMANI 6452 m

4 day(s)
3 night(s)

The guardian protector of La Paz!

Illimani es the highest mountain in the Cordillera Real de los Andes and the second highest mountain in Bolivia. Perched high above Bolivia’s capital city, it’s three main summits stand majestically. Illimani is a challenging climb, and the two lesser peaks provide an even more technical climb. As always, the harder the challenge, the bigger the rewards – the  views are more than worth it!

High Mountain Climbing

Highlights

Its High Camp isn’t called Nido de Condores for nothing! As the name suggests, this is an unequalled place of stunning birds’ eye views with precipices to each side. At night, while laying in your tent, you can hear small avalanches crashing down on both sides of this protected platform.

Visiting this place is worth every single breath of this air.

Technicality

Up to Nido de Condores is a steep, exposed trail with loose rock , with a 60 m rock scramble  up to the platform. Climbing the South Peak, there are many ridges and ice. We climb the “Escaleras al Cielo” (Stairway to Heaven) of 60° for 50 m. with a very tense rope and classical ice axe, while avoiding large crevasses.

Recommended for trained andinists and to be very well acclimatized.

DIFFICULTY

incluyed

  • Certificated UIAGM mountain guide.
  • Private round trip transportation.
  • Climbing equipment.
  • Camping equipment.
  • Meals.
  • Cook.
  • Porters.
  • Entrance fee.

not incluyed

  • Extra drinks.
  • Extra snacks.

itinerary

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Day 1.

We drive four hours in private transportation through beautiful rock formations and canyons to reach the town of Pinaya (4,000m) where it must be paid the entrance fee and have the lunch, one hour more driving to reach the plains of Puente Roto (4,600 m) our Base Camp.

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Day 2.

We trek 5 hours across rock and scree slopes to reach a small sheltered rock ledge at 5,550 m. called Nido de Condores (our High Camp).

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Day 3.

Waking up very early  morning, we begin the ascent of approximately 7 hours. We scale the main ridge of the glacier, with two short technical passages of 50° to reach the South Summit.  Returning back to the Nido, we collect our gear and descend back down to the Puente Roto the Base Camp for the night.

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Day 4.

After the breakfast, we make the tent and get in our private transportation to take us back to La Paz

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