Huayna Potosí is a beginner level climb over a 3 day period including basic training, equipment and a rare chance to get over 6000 meters without being an experienced climber. This Huayna Potosi climb is highly recommended.
Huayna Potosi is a beginner level climb over a 3-day period including basic training, equipment and a rare chance to get over 6000 meters without being an experienced climber – which is why we highly recommend this climb!
Do not believe how easy the guidebooks make this Huayna Potosi climb seem! Anything over 6000 meters is difficult and climbing for 7 or 8 hours is tiring for anyone at high altitude. That said, if you are well acclimatized, quite fit and very determined then there is a good chance you will make it to the top of Huayna Potosi and have an unforgettable experience of a lifetime – Remember, you do not need to have experience. If you underestimate the climb and have not spent at least several days at altitude, try to save a few dollars by attempting a 2-day trip. Make no mistake – you need determination to climb this mountain and although physically demanding, the mental challenge is just as tough….if not tougher!
The 2-day option of this climb up Huayna Potosi does not include the practice climb, this means you will have less time to acclimatize to the higher altitude of the mountain.
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Start/End location: La Paz, Bolivia
Miscellaneous: Please note that this tour requires a minimum of two people. If you are traveling solo, email us at email@example.com and we will try our best to find a group for you.
Day 1: Climbing School and Acclimatization
Setting off from La Paz around 09.00 am, you will head off towards the mountain range, but first with a stop off at the equipment store to try on boots, jackets and trousers. You will arrive after 2 hours or so to the refuge and have your lunch before heading off for some practice, essentially training on the lower glacier. You will learn how to fall correctly with an ice axe, climb or walk using crampons and general mountain safety. The guides speak only Spanish, so it is advisable to have some Spanish to get the best from this – but they can also instruct you in these techniques visually to some degree.
Day 2: The High Camp
A simple day that involves a short trek of 2 or 3 hours up to the high camp at 5200 meters. After dinner at 17:00 pm or 18:00 pm here, you will sleep early before an early start the next day for the climb.
Day 3: The Ascent
Wake up around 01:00 am and start the climb. It is cold, dark and progress is slow, but you will experience some great moments along the way, including seeing the night lights of El Alto and La Paz from above, climbing a 30-meter ice wall and jumping over a crevasse or two. The last 200 meters involve forcing yourself up a 45-degree wall of compressed snow, which will be tough due to the altitude effects – this is where you will need your mental toughness, but it will be rewarded by incredible views of the Cordillera mountain range and a sense of achievement you will never forget.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.