Huayna Potosí (2 days)

Huayna Potosí (2 days)

in Summits
Difficulty: AD/AI 1 - 6088 m.a.s.l.


Mount Huayna Potosí (Young Mountain in native Aymara language) is one of the most accessible mountains of all the Cordillera Real. Located short 25 km. from La Paz, how not to feel tempted to attempt the ascent?

The classic route does not present particular technical difficulties. A good physical condition combined with a good acclimatization to altitude are enough to highly increase possibilities to reach the summit.

This Mount is one of the preferred snowcapped mountains by mountaineers for its ascent features and snowcapped massifs (its highest summit is know as Pico Norte), besides being a place with great visual beauty.

In winter, snow and ice could be seen even at 4.700 m.a.s.l. On the slopes of the mountain, lagoons of unique colors are formed, surrounded by rocks from the Tertiary period and covered by mist.

There is sparse vegetation in the zone (Andean grass and moss) and some majestic birds, such as condors, hawks and local birds known as Avemaría.


Itinerary 1

  • Day 1:
    La Paz Camp of the Rocks

    We depart early from La Paz heading for Mount Huayna Potosí. In the course of the trip we enter the Valley of Milluni, where we get stunning views of the snowcapped mountain. One hour later, we arrive at Zongo lagoon (4850 m.a.s.l.). There, we prepare the equipment and continue toward the Camp of the Rocks (5200 m.a.s.l.), located at the edge of the glacier.

  • Day 2:
    Camp of the Rocks Summit La Paz

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach the summit. Then, we descend to Zongo lagoon, where the vehicle will be awaiting to drive us to La Paz.



To participate in this tour a good physical condition is required, especially talking about high mountain climbing (altitudes above 5500 m.a.s.l.). This is an ideal route for those initiating in mountain climbing because it does not present further complications; with a good acclimatization chances to reach the summit are many.


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