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3-Day Climbing Huayna Potosi from La Paz

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    What to Expect
    Huayna Potosi is a technically easy climb and can be climbed by complete beginners. If you are new to mountain climbing, this 3-day version of the trip is highly recommended so that your guide can show you the basic climbing techniques needed throughout the climb on the included practice day.

    Day 1: La Paz (3,600m) – Paso Zongo (4,700m)

    We drive from La Paz to Paso Zongo (4,700m). Along the way we have views of Lake Titicaca in the distance and the mountain in front of us. We make a quick stop at an old mine cemetery with Hauyna Potosi in the background. Once at Paso Zongo, we drop our gear off in the hut and have some lunch (all meals on the trip are included). After lunch we will walk to the lower glacier. Once here, the guides will explain and show some basic techniques for ice climbing and mountaineering. We will practice these techniques with the guides and our climbing equipment. Later we will practices ice climbing techniques on small ice walls with safety ropes. We also get to explore the ice on the lower glacier and its formations. After our practice session, we walk back to the base camp where we sleep in a refugio. Cooks will prepare dinner and drinks with snacks.

    Day 2: Paso Zongo (4,700m) - High Camp (5,200m)

    Today we have a relatively easy day up to high camp. High camp is on a rock buttress at an altitude of 5,200m and at the base of the glacier. The walk up is on a well-used rock path. On the walk up, we can see a long way down the valley with the cloud forest and part of the upper Amazon below. Once at high camp we need to get our gear ready for the next day, as we will have an early start in the morning.We will also have time to rest and re-hydrate. From the hut at high camp, we see the mountain in front of us and the next days are objective. It’s an early night tonight where we sleep in the Refugio.

    Day 3: High Camp – Summit (6,088m) – High camp - La Paz (3,600m)

    We have an early start in the morning. We will leave around 1am in the morning. It will be cold so we want to dress well. The climb starts on the glacier, so we will start with our our crampons on, and the rest of our climbing gear. The climb is mostly follow a trail on the glacier. We have 2 steep sections, one at around 5,600m, called the Pala Chica. The trail goes through a snow and an ice wall. Once we get through this part, we keep following the trail on the glacier up to 6,000m. Around this time we can see the sun rise on the horizon, and when the first rays hit us, we start to warm up. From this point we can see the summit above as the last section to the summit offers great climbing on an exposed ridge. From the summit we can see from Illimani (6,439m) to Illampu (6,368m). After we take our photos at the top of the mountain, we head back down the same way to high camp. Once back at high camp, we have a short rest and pack our gear. Then we head back down to base camp to meet our transportation back to La Paz.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    P. P. Linares, La Paz, Bolivia
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    3 days
    • Professional mountain guide (Spanish speaking with basic English)
    • All mountain equipment: Ice axe, double boots, helmet, warm clothing etc
    • Meals, snacks, and water for the entire trip
    • Private transport to and from base camp
    • 2 nights in mountain hostels (base camp and high camp)
    • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
    • Thin liner gloves
    • 2 pairs of socks (one thin and one thick)
    • One backpack (approx. 50 L)
    • Sunblock
    • Sunglasses
    • Sleeping bag (you can rent from us for 25Bs per day)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • A maximum of 2 people per booking
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 9 September 2019 via mobile

    I initially booked a 3 day Huayna Potosi hike with Climbing South America. The reason I picked them was how responsive to my WhatsApp messages and how professional and knowledgeable they were. During my trip, my guides were very professional and attentive, the equipment they...More

    Thank 83JohnK
    Reviewed 6 August 2019 via mobile

    I found Huayana Potosi very challenging but definitely worth it. I know it's described as a beginner mountain and the "the easiest 6000 metre peak in the world" but it will push you hard. Climbing South America was excellent. Ana and Giselle were very helpful,...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Richard M
    Reviewed 3 August 2019

    We did the 3 day 2 night climb of Potosi...it did not disappoint! We went through Climbing South America and our guide was Silverio, he was an absolute legend!! He made the 3 days so easy and enjoyable, always cracking jokes and making sure we...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank CBAus7
    GlobeTrotting81210, Manager at Climbing South America, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2019

    Hi CBAus7, thanks for the great review! Really enjoyed reading your comments.

    Reviewed 30 April 2019

    I did the long hike up to Huayma Potosi with JIWAKI tour company in La Paz and really enjoyed it. They had an ample supply of gear, and great, safe, an informed guides. It was a very difficult hike for me, but well worth the...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank Roving401773
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    Nick S
    3 September 2019|
    Response from ClimbingSA |
    Hi Nick, no the mountain is not affected.
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