Climbing Huayna Potosi – Bolivia


The snow crunches beneath your feet as you take the last step to the peak of Huayna Potosi. You breathe in deep and inhale the fresh brisk mountain air. At an elevation of 6088 meters (19,975ft) you can see the snow-capped mountain landscapes of the Cordillera Real flow into the distant horizon. Below lays Lake Titicaca, one of South America’s largest lakes and the worlds highest navigable body of water. Alongside the high plateau’s of the Altiplano stretch into the distant.


For those that dream ascending to 6000+ meter peaks this is by far the best climb for beginners wanting to learn the sport.

Climbing South America has guided expeditions that will teach you an array of climbing skills while you spend 3 days and two nights climbing Huayna Potosi. You will be taught basic mountaineering and ice climbing techniques that will start you on your goal of becoming a mountain climber.

After the first day of vital training at the Base Camp, you will trek to the High Camp which sits below the base of a glacier. Here you will rest and enjoy meals from your personal cook while you prepare for the following days trek.

Starting bright and early at 1 a.m. you will begin your ascent. Upon leaving the High Camp, the climb upwards becomes more technical and temperatures can be quite chilly, so make sure to bring proper clothing.


Crampons are required as the trail runs through predominantly icy glacier. You will pass through two more difficult ice walled sections called the Pala Chica.
As you reach 6000 meters you will see the peak towering above you. The last leg of the journey to the top will bring you across an exposed ridge.

From the peak at 6,088 meters you can now celebrate your accomplishment and enjoy the stunning views in every direction.

During your descent you will stop at the High Camp to rest and get your gear sorted before trekking back to Base Camp where your adventure will come to a close.



  • Professional mountain guide
  • Most Meals
  • Private transport
  • Cook
  • 2 nights accommodation- 1 night base camp and high camp
  • Equipment for the mountain, ropes and protection
  • All technical climbing gear and clothing
  • First Aid kit

Not Included (highly recommended)-

  • Personal clothing
  • Tips
  • Thermal underwear
  • Thin liner gloves
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • One backpack (approx. 50 L)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent)

For more information on climbing Huayna Potosi and other South America climbing adventures contact Climbing South America at –

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