Pequeño Alpamayo (4 days)

Pequeño Alpamayo (4 days)

in Summits
Difficulty: AD/AI 2 - 5370 m.a.s.l.


Mount Pequeño Alpamayo (also know as Alpamayo Chico or Fabuloso) was named after the other Mount Alpamayo located in Peru.

Mount Pequeño Alpamayo is a beautiful summit possible to make out from the base camp of the Condoriri Tuni valley. From the Chiarkhota (black in Aymara language) lagoon southward, its summit is hardly revealed behind the Tarija peak, which should be necessarily climbed when going to Mount Pequeño Alpamayo.

It was climbed for the first time in 1962 by Irene and Keith Whitelock, followed closely by Bolivian mountaineers Alfredo Martínez, Douglas Moore, Gustavo Moller and Jorge Sanjinés.

This mountain, despite its modesty, is one of the area’s treasures, not only for the winding edge leading to its summit, but also because it goes into the deep valleys coming from Los Yungas (the western part of Bolivian Amazon rain forest), in sharp contrast with high plateau’s little height variations. Its nearness to La Paz is another advantage.


Itinerary 1

  • Day 1:
    La Paz Chiarkhota lagoon

    Departure early from La Paz to cross the neighboring city of El Alto and head for Tuni (mule square), where our team of muleteers will be awaiting us. After loading the animals, we set out for a two-hour trek to Chiarkhota lagoon (Base camp).

  • Day 2:
    Base camp Janchallani Base camp

    Janchallani is a mountain located at 5100 m.a.s.l., fact that does not present a technical problem because it is just a long trek in the altitude, although a good physical condition is required. Janchallani will be useful for acclimatization. After appreciating a magnificent view and enjoying the peace and quietness of this small summit, we descend to our base camp.

  • Day 3:
    Base camp Pequeño Alpamayo Base camp

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach one the most beautiful summits of the Cordillera Real. Descent to base camp (Chiarkhota lagoon).

  • Day 4:
    Base camp La Paz

    This day we take down our camp. Our team of muleteers will be awaiting us. After loading the mules, we retrace our steps down to the place our vehicle is 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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