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Huayna Potosi Ascent; the most popular mountain in Bolivia

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Climb Huayna Potosi: the most popular mountain in La Paz Bolivia

The Huayna Potosi is located near the city of La Paz. It’s a very popular mountain as it’s close to the capital city. The Huayna Potosi has two summits, the north summit at (6094 m.a.s.l.), and the south summit at (5960 m.a.s.l.). The normal path will lead you to the north Summit from which you will be able to appreciate the amazing view and a unique sunrise over La Paz and the tropical slope.

The Huayna Potosi offers other alternatives with more technical difficulties, like the French Route on the south side and the West Side path for the most audacious ones.

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Who?

This ascent is destined to all the people with good physical condition, who wish to have a first experience in High Mountain without greater technical difficulty.

Difficulty

PD

Duration

2 days / 1 night

Season

April to October

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Day 1: La Paz (3600 m.a.s.l.) – Base Camp (4780 m.a.s.l.) – High Camp (5270 m.a.s.l.)

Day 2: High Camp – Huayna Potosi Summit (6094 m.a.s.l.) – La Paz (3600 m.a.s.l.)

TRIP

DETAILS

Difficulty

PD

Duration

2 days / 1 night

Ratio

1 guide / 2 clients

Season

April to October

Location

Cordillera Real, Lp Bolivia

DETAILED PROGRAM

Day 1: La Paz (3600 m.a.s.l.) – Base Camp (4780 m.a.s.l.) – High Camp (5270 m.a.s.l.)

From the base camp, we’ll climb to the higher camp. We’ll hike following the aplomb part of the “morena” at first. We’ll then climb up one of its major slopes. We’ll enjoy the unique view of the Zongo valley. After two hours and a half of hiking, we’ll arrive at the refuge of the higher camp where we’ll stay overnight.

Day 2: High Camp – Huayna Potosi Summit (6094 m.a.s.l.) – La Paz (3600 m.a.s.l.)

To reach the summit, we’ll start our ascent at 3:00 am taking advantage of the solid land. We’ll enjoy a unique sunrise. The route includes a “pala chica” of 30 meters with a 50 degree slope. After that, we’ll follow flat paths and slope sections in order to reach the last sloping part of 45 degrees called “pala grande” which will take us to the summit. We’ll climb down following the same track to reach base camp and La Paz.

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