Pequeno Alpamayo

A beautiful acclimatisation trek and climb in the fantastic Condoriri valley. This is in fact the first 3 days of the 5 day Condoriri package, but would serve as an ideal practise route if you plan to climb a higher peak in another area. Alternatively, it is a perfect introduction to the ice for those with little or no experience - don't underestimate it though!

Difficulty
5,350m
3 days
Price per person (USD)
Groups of 2 $450
Groups of 3 $410
Groups of 4 $375
Groups of 5+ $340
What's included?

Itinerary

DAY ONE

Early departure from La Paz to the rinconada ranch where the vehicle drops us off. Then, after rounding up a team of llamas or mules for our gear, we have a 1 ½ hour trek to the Chair Khota Lagoon (4,630m), where we will set up our base camp. In the afternoon we may make an acclimatisation trek up to the Mirador peak, at 4,900m.

DAY TWO

A day at the base of the glacier, practising basic and more advanced techniques on the ice. If time and strength allows, we may make our way towards the Ilusion Peak, as an additional form of acclimatisation. An early return to base camp will give us the time to prepare for our main objective tomorrow.

DAY THREE

Early departure (4.00am). Our first route is to climb the Pico Tarija (5,300m) beyond which we will continue down then back up to PEQUEÑO ALPAMAYO (5,350m). Our return is by the same route, back to base camp and then onto the rinconada where our vehicle will be waiting.

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

This trip requires a reasonable level of fitness. If you keep regularly active this should be enough.