Parinacota & Sajama
- Altitude: 6,300 & 6,542m
- Duration: 6 Days
An extremely challenging expedition including ascents of two of the highest peaks in the western Bolivian Andes.
Departure from La Paz to Sajama National Park (approx. 4 hours by vehicle). After lunch in the village of Sajama, we will continue by vehicle to the Parinacota base camp and then start our trek to the high camp (5,100m).
Our ascent begins at 3am to arrive at the summit approximately 10.00am. We then begin our return to the high camp.
After a big breakfast we return to our base camp where the vehicle will be waiting for us to take us through the village of Sajama and onto the valley of Wincurata. From there we begin our trek to the Sajama base camp (4,800m) located on the west face of the mountain.
After another good breakfast we will begin our ascent to the Sajama high camp at 5,700m. This ascent takes approximately 5 hours.
At 2am we will begin our preparations to depart for the summit. The route is a combination of rock and ice and the large majority of the ascent has a gradient of 50º. This climb generally takes around seven hours. Our return will take us past the high camp and back to base camp.
After breaking camp we will return to the valley of Wincurata from which the vehicle will take us to some nearby thermal baths. After a well deserved and needed bath, we will begin our return to La Paz.
Did you know?
The summit of Parinacota is right on the border of Chile, you will have entered another country by climbing this mountain.
"A very good experience, we had a very nice time with the whole team"
Jette Pedersen, Norway. Pequeno Alpamayo and Huayna Potosi – August 2005