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ILLIMANI

6462M/21,195FT.

Duration: 4 days
HIGH CAMP: 5500m
LOCATION: LA PAZ - BOLIVIA

Illimani is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Realof western Bolivia. It lies near the cities of El Alto and La Paz at the eastern edge of the Altiplano. It is the second highest peak in Bolivia, after Nevado Sajama, and the eighteenth highest peak in South America.The snow line lies at about 4,570 metres (15,000 ft) above sea level, and glaciers are found on the northern face at 4,983 m (16,350 ft). The mountain has four main peaks; the highest is the south summit, Nevado Illimani, which is a popular ascent for mountain climbers.

ILLIMANI PROGRAMME

  • DAY 1
    DAY 1

    We leave La Paz in 4x4 early in the morning to the southeast; After approximately three hours of driving, we will get to a small town Cohoni,; where we meet our muleteers and mules, ready to load our gear and start our ascent to the base camp. On the way we will experience the intriguing countryside life and enjoy tasty meals prepared by our cook. We camp at 4500m. 

  • DAY 2
    Day 2

    Today our porters will help us with most of our gear. The hike goes all the way uphill until we reach our camping site at “Nido de Cóndores” (Condor’s Nest) at 5.500m. 5 hours climb approximately. From up here we have the most fantastic views. Other mountains such as the Huayna Potosi at 6.088m and even the Sajama at 6.500m can be seen far in the distance as well as Lake Titicaca. 

  • DAY 3
    Day 3

    An early start is recommended in order to reach the summit of Illimani’s  south peak before sunset. As we ascend we pass hefty crevasses that plunge into the deep. Here we will eventually reach our last real obstacle, a steep but small wall sloping 65º. After this last effort the way up to the  summit turns less steep, making it now a lot more probable that we will  make the summit. After a well deserved break, at the summit, we start climbing back down again.  

  • DAY 4
    Day 4

    We will hike down to a small town named "Cohoni" where our transport will be waiting to drive us back to La Paz city. This will be the end of the service.  

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PACKAGE INCLUDES

Round trip exclusive transportation
Camping and climbing gear
Mules & porters
Cook
Meals during the expedition
Specialized mountain guide