Illampu

Illampu

in Summits
Difficulty: D+/AI 3 - 6382 m.a.s.l. - 7 days
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Description

Mount Illampu is the most important mountain of the Cordillera Real. It is located 120 km. from the city of La Paz. The first explorations to this snowcapped mountain date from 1919 (Sir Martin Conway) and 1902 (Annie Smith Peck), although they could not reach its summit. On July 27, 1928, after several attempts and mistakes, German and Austrian Erwin Hein, Alfred Horesschowsky, Hugo Hortnagel and Hans Pfann could reach the summit.

The normal route is the only passable one (at first sight): glaciers and rock require the mountain climber a combination of stamina and intelligence.

Go Bolivia offers an itinerary of six days for people with wide experience on mountain climbing. As with Mount Illimani, climbing this mountain without a certified professional guide is not recommended.

Itinerary

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Itinerary 1


  • Day 1:
    La Paz Sorata

    Departure from La Paz on a private vehicle to Sorata (2700 m.a.s.l.), village located at the foot of snowcapped mountain Illampu. Lunch in Sorata. In the afternoon, we visit the Caves of San Pedro. Accommodation.

  • Day 2:
    Sorata Martincito Mine

    We start walking from Sorata toward the paths that will lead us to Martincito Mine (4000 m.a.s.l.). Camp.

  • Day 3:
    Martincito Mine Base camp Aguas Calientes

    We spend most of the time in a journey through the hillsides of Mount Illampu, cross the Huilakota pass (4886 m.a.s.l.) and descend to Aguas calientes, our base camp (4200 m.a.s.l.). Camp.

  • Day 4:
    Base camp High camp

    Our porters arrive early to help us carrying our stuff to the High camp. We walk on the glacier and go into the valley?s end up to 5200 m.a.s.l. Camp.

  • Day 5:
    High camp Summit (6356 m) High camp Base camp

    This is a long day and leaving at dawn is required. We climb a wall about 60º and 400 mts. high until we reach a crest 300 mts. high and finally reach the summit (6356 m.a.s.l.). After a brief break, we start descending to base camp.

  • Day 6:
    Base camp Sorata

    A relaxed day, we start descending to Sorata by midmorning. Accommodation.

  • Day 7:
    Sorata La Paz

    After having breakfast and loading our equipment on the vehicle, we head for La Paz. Hotel accommodation.


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Recommendations

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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