Illampu

One of the most demanding climbs in the Cordillera Real, both physically and technically, this should only be attempted by those in very good shape and with a reasonable amount of experience on the ice. Despite this, it is a spectacular climb and Bolivian Mountains is one of the few agencies in Bolivia which can offer you this mountain.

Difficulty
6,342m
6 days
Price per person (USD)
Groups of 2 $1250
Groups of 3 $1200
Groups of 4 $1150
Groups of 5+ $1100
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Itinerary

DAY ONE

A full day in vehicle. Starting early from La Paz, we travel down into the valley of Sorata. After lunch in Sorata we will continue to the community of Ancoma, where we will set our first camp (4,200m).

DAY TWO

After breakfast we begin a short trek to our second camp spot, in an area known as Aguas Calientes (4,850m). During these three hours, on a clear day, we are able to appreciate the majestic Illampu massif.

DAY THREE

Today we will reach the high camp, at 5,600m. The route begins over a moraine and other rocky areas until we reach the start of the glacier. The camp site is a short distance along the length of the glaciar, (approx 5 hours in total).

DAY FOUR

The summit. After a hearty breakfast, we will begin our ascent to the summit, which will take around six hours. The return will be along the same route to the high camp.

DAY FIVE

Return down to Aguas Calientes.

DAY SIX

Trek back to Ancoma and return by vehicle to La Paz.

Equipment

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

Very demanding. This trip should only be taken on by people who have a high level of fitness.
Whilst you'll receive the necessary training and instruction for the majority of our trips, this route requires some experience.