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Majestic Illimani Ascent (The Guardian of La Paz)

MOUNTAINNERING BOLIVIA

Climb the Majestic Illimani in Bolivia

The Illimani massif (6438 m.a.s.l.) is located at the most southern point of the Real mountain range. Its magnitude dominates La Paz and symbolizes protection. It is composed of peaks higher than 6000 meters and represents a beautiful glacier course, with its sharp edges and its wonderful overview of the surroundings which will leave you breathless.

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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

AD

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Season

April to October

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Day 1: La Paz – Pinaya – Puente Roto (4470 m.a.s.l.)

Day 2: Puente Roto – “Nido de Condores” (5470 m.a.s.l.)

Day 3: “Nido de Condores” – Illimani Summit (6439 m.a.s.l.) – Puente Roto (4470 m.a.s.l.)

Day 4: Puente Roto – Pinaya (3880 m.a.s.l.) – La Paz (3600 m.a.s.l.)

TRIP

DETAILS

Difficulty

AD

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Ratio

1 guide / 2 clients

Season

April to October

Location

Cordillera Real, Lp Bolivia

DETAILED PROGRAM

DAY 1: LA PAZ – PINAYA – PUENTE ROTO (4470 m.a.s.l.)

Leaving the hotel in a private car to Pinaya (3880m.alt), a village located on the hillside of snowy Illimani. Meeting with our team of mules and shepards and hiking towards base camp called Puente Roto.

Camping Night

DAY 2: PUENTE ROTO – “NIDO DE CONDORES” (5470 m.a.s.l.)

After breakfast, we’ll hike following the aplomb part of the morena at first. We’ll then follow a steep path which includes a rather tough crest taking us to the high camp of “Nido de Cóndores”

Camping Night

DAY 3: “NIDO DE CONDORES” – ILLIMANI SUMMIT (6439 m.a.s.l.) – PUENTE ROTO (4470 m.a.s.l.)

To reach the summit, we’ll start our ascent at 1:00 am.

We’ll climb following crests located between rocky and icy parts on the edge of slopes and crevices. After reaching the part called “Escalera al Cielo” we’ll have to climb 45°/ 55° slopes. After this ascent, we’ll reach the edge of the crest which will take us to the summit. Descent using the same route towards Puente Roto base camp.

Camping Night

DAY 4: PUENTE ROTO – PINAYA (3880 m.a.s.l.) – LA PAZ (3600 m.a.s.l.)

At 10:00 am we’ll hike to the village of Pinaya where we’ll have lunch and return to La Paz by private car.

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