Huayna Potosi

Our Huayna Potosi programme gives you the opportunity to safely acclimatise with the option to practise climbing techniques and use all equipment on the ice before tackling the mountain itself. This alone will give you a greater enjoyment of the Huayna Potosi climb. We want you to give you every chance of making the summit, the main difference when compared to the 2-day option, offered by many agencies.

3 days
Price per person (USD)
Groups of 2 $450
Groups of 3 $415
Groups of 4 $375
Groups of 5+ $340
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Depart La Paz for Laguna Zongo (4,750m) where we will set up camp. We then take a short trek to the base of the glaciar, where we will spend the afternoon practising many different techniques on the ice (walking, climbing, abseiling, rescue techniques etc.). Return to the camp (hut accommodation) and sleep.


After breakfast we will start the ascent (mostly on rock) to the Rock Camp (5,150m), where we will set up our base at the high camp refuge. Trekking time 3-4 hours. Afternoon to practise skills a little more, and perhaps scope out the start of the route, or just take it easy in preparation for the early start tomorrow.


An early start (2am) towards the summit of the Huayna Potosi mountain (6,088m). From the peak we will be able to enjoy views of the altiplano, La Paz, the valleys entering into the jungle, Lake Titicaca and the entire Cordillera Real. We will then start our descent back to base camp and onward to Laguna Zongo, where our vehicle will be waiting for us to return to La Paz.


Climbing Kit List

Provided by Bolivian Mountains

  • Tent (2 person, North Face or similar)
  • Thermarest plus roll mat
  • Cooking utensils (stoves, pans, plates, cups etc.)
  • Dining tent at base camps
  • Plastic boots (NB we have a wide selection of sizes. However, if your feet are particularly large or small, please let us know in advance to ensure we keep them aside for you)
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ice axe
  • Helmets
  • Gaiters
  • Carabinas
  • Ropes

Recommended Personal Climbing Kit List

  • Backpack with waterproof lining (35lts recommended size)
  • Kit bag (or large backpack) for bulk of kit (porters or mules carry)
  • Sleeping bag (ideally 4 season)
  • Walking boots
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Waterproofs – tops and bottoms
  • Gloves with waterproof cover (ski gloves are best)
  • Warm headwear and sun hat/cap
  • Clothes for very cold temperatures (possibly down to -20ºC)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses with UV protection (essential)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera.


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Difficulty rating

Quite demanding. It is important to be in good shape to fully enjoy this trip.