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Climbing to Wayna Potosi

2 Days

23 reviews
Climbing to Wayna Potosi

Climbing to Wayna Potosi

2 Days

23 reviews

Overview

Huayna Potosi, one of Bolivia’s most famous peaks, is 6088 meters (19,973 feet) above sea level It is considered by the inhabitants of the city of El Alto (4000 – 4100 m) as their protector and guardian being the most representative mountain of this city.and reaching the summit is a real challenge . On this 3-day excursion for beginners, you will learn the ropes during a practice day and tackle the mountain with your guide.

Highlights

The Huayna Potosi Climb is the most popular climb in Bolivia and one of the busiest trails on the cordillera Real mountain range. This impressive massif has been conquered by basically all its faces. The first ones to reach the top were 2 Germans, R. Dients and O. Lohse, in 1919, after a failed attempt 21 years earlier, when all members of the group perished on the way to the summit. If you want to conquer this massif likeR. Dients and O. Lohse, this article is for you. In this long read, you will find all the information about climbing Huayna Potosí, from the difficulty and weather to the deaths and how to combine Condodiriri and Huayna Potosi in one climb. Let’s go!

Trip Details

  • Starting  Altitude: 4,700 M
  • Hightes Altitude: 6,088 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Weather: Extremely Cold below minus 20°C, during the ascend temperatura go to 10 °C

Itinerary

Day 1 La Paz – Base Camping Huayna Potosi

The tour starts at 09:00. Then we head off to the base camp (4700 m) 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the city of La Paz and around 11:30 we have lunch. After 1 hour we climb to the High Camp at 5200 meters. We arrive there after 3 hours and stay in a refuge. Dinner will be at 17:00 and around 18:00 we rest and sleep until midnight.

Day 2 Peak Huayna Potosi – La Paz

This day starts very early at midnight with breakfast. We start the ascent to the summit of Huayna Potosi at 01:00. Starting at the High Camp we climb the glacier, the path has a slope of 35 – 40 degrees on average and the ascent takes 4 to 7 hours on average. The tourist is attached to the guide with a rope; the first part is relatively easy until 5500 meters, from this point we climb a wall of 50 meters of length whose inclination is 55 – 60 degrees on average. Once on 5800 meters you get to a plateau and keep walking on an edge which will take you to the summit.

Around 06:30 we arrive at the summit (6088 m) where we can admire all the beauty of the Cordillera Real of the Andes. After 15 minutes we return to the High Camp in 2 hours, pick up the equipment and after we descend to the base camp in 1.5 hours, from where we return to La Paz arriving at 14:00 hours.

Included

  • Shared tourist transportation
  • complete board on the tour
  • insulation mat
  • simple refuge and a Spanish guide for each 2 tourists

No Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp
  • Entrance fee
  • 2 liters of water (first day) and personal porter.

Recommendations:

The best time to climb Huayna Potosí
The best season to climb Huayna Potosí is between May and November, as this is the dry season in Bolivia, and will ensure optimal climbing conditions.

Being a mountain with the highest demand, it is climbed throughout the year. including the rainy season (choosing the best days to climb).

Obviously, the success rate is lower in the rainy season. Because the ascent is harder with layers of fresh snow and sometimes with bad weather conditions, the Summit cannot be done.

Huayna Potosí – Climbing Route
Most people go up the Normal Route (the North Summit 6088m.) For its ease of access and. Ascending and descending is the same route.

From the high camp to the summit, the ascent usually takes between 5 and 6 hours and the descent from the summit to the high camp between 2 and 3 hours.

Huayna Potosi also offers technical routes. As a French route, west face, comprehensive for those looking for an extremely challenging route.

What To Bring

  • Sleeping bag (rated to – 5 º c)
  • Headlamp – Backpack (minimum 50 liter capacity)
  • Trekking boots
  • Trekking pants or leggings
  • Fleece jacket/down jacket
  • Thermal clothing
  • 3 pairs of socks (at least one thick pair)
  • Snacks for the summit attempt
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • 2 liters of water
  • Personal medication
  • Gloves
  • Beanie / woolen hat
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal items

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