Huayna Potosí

The Huayna Potosí 🏔️

What is Huayna Potosí?

Huayna Potosi is a snowy mountain located in the Department of La Paz in Bolivia.
At a distance of 30 km north of the city of La Paz, the mountain reaches 6088 meters above sea level.

 

It is one of the favorite mountains of climbers, as well as fans who want to conquer the top of the mountain.

 

It is said that it is an easy peak to climb, however all extreme sport requires its security measures.

Huayna Potosi vista
Climbing Huayna Potosi
Huayna Potosi Mountain
Huayna Potosi going down
Climbing Huayna Potosi

 

Mountaineering is considered an extreme sport.worldatlas.com

 

Although it is not as extensive as the others, it has international popularity. Its monolithic and pyramidal shape, located between the CONDORIRI and CHACALTAYA massifs, can be seen from any place of the Andean zone at an altitude of 6088 meter above sea level. It is considered the easiest 6000-meter above sea level.

 

Many expeditionists set out for this snow mountain hoping to get to its summit by climbing the east face. HUAYNA POTOSI is the only snow mountain that the climbers go 6000 meter above sea level. In a least time.

 

As it is fairly accessible, it only requires minimum experience in high mountain climbing. However. HUAYNA POTOSI has a thousand adventures and accident tale whose protagonist attack the summit by the north and west faces, and many people die to try. The north and west faces are actually classify like extreme difficulty.


How to get to Huayna Potosí? 🏔️

It is accessed from the city of La Paz by the route to Chacaltaya, arriving almost at Milluni; At about 6 km there is the Zongo lagoon / Zongo Huayna Potosí platform, and the base camp of the mountain, where there is a refuge for climbers.

 

To get there, there is public transportation to Zongo leaving at 06:00 a.m. of the Ballivián square in the city of El Alto.

 

We organize tours every day, in private transportation, with all the necessary services and equipment.


What do I need, if I want to climb it?

The Huayna Potosí is one of the most accessible snows of more than 6000m in height, since year after year is scaled by hundreds of tourists, because no experience is required, but a good physical condition is indispensable for this activity.

At the time of this climb you need.

It is recommended to acclimate to heights of 3500 meters

Required acclimatization

 

mind and body work as one, to reach the goal

Mental Force

 

It is necessary to be in good physical condition

Physical Strength

 

Camp, food, equipment for climbing, ice ax, harness, rope, many tools

Equipment and tools

 

It is not a difficult climb, but it also requires attention and preparation

Difficulty


Did you know?
  • Many mountaineers use the Huayna Potosí as a practice, and then reach much higher peaks
  • It is one of the favorite mountains of many, who even repeat the journey of reaching the top
  • In the Huayna Potosí there are cracks that are estimated to be up to 100 meters of free fall
  • The water in the mountains boils at 70ºC, and not at 100ºC as at sea level
  • Extreme sports such as mountaineering puts life in perspective.
  • If your phone or camera freezes, it does not operate properly until it is defrosted

Security advice
  • Have clothes for cold / freezing
  • Listen carefully to the guides and follow the instructions
  • Do not carry weight for others, the equipment is already heavy.
  • Do not attempt risky or reckless maneuvers
  • If you have any questions, consult the guides
  • always go in a group

A great adventure in Huayna Potosí

Tour – Climbing Huayna Potosí

We organize trips to Huayna Potosí every day, we organize groups to start this journey.

 

It is recommended that you book your day, to give us time to organize a group in a perfect way. When you arrive at our offices, we can show you your equipment, and the guide who will accompany you throughout the journey.

 

You will also be taught to use the famous mountain pick.

 

We have the following tour packages.

2 days / 1 night3 days / 2 nights

Duration:  days  night

Tour includes:
Private transportation, full power on the tour, climbing equipment, guide in Spanish.

Tour does not include:
Sleeping bag, headlight, sunglasses, entrance, 2 liters of water (first day), personal carrier.

Program

Day 1 - Go to Huayna Potosí
This day begins with the concentration in our office at 08:30, to test the climbing equipment and then we go on private mobility to the Base Camp (4700m), 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the city of La Paz and around 11:00 am we will have lunch.

After lunch we start the walk along an easy path towards the refuge of Campo Alto (5200m) in a period of 2 to 3 hours (depending on the tourist pace), we have free time Is used for the acclimatization, while the dinner is prepared, we dined at 17:00 and around 18:00 we rest until midnight.

Day 2 - Start very early & return to La Paz city
The 2nd day starts very early, around midnight with breakfast, beginning the ascent to the summit of Huayna Potosí at 01:00.

From the Campo Alto we climb in glacier, the route has an average inclination of 35 ° to 40 ° and the ascent has an average duration of 4 to 7 hours. The tourist is subject to the guide by a rope, the first part is relatively easy up to 5500 m aprox.

From this point we climb a wall of 50 m. Of length whose inclination is of 55 ° to 60 °, once in 5800m we arrive at a plateau and we continue our route by an edge that takes us to the top (6088m), Around 06:30 we arrive at the top of where we can To appreciate all the beauty of the Andes Real Mountain range, after 10 minutes we return to the Campo Alto in 2 hours.

Pick up the equipment and in 1.5 hours more we descend to the Bas

e Field from where we return to the city of La Paz, arriving at 2:00 p.m.

Duration:  days nights

Tour includes:
Private transportation, complete feeding on the tour, climbing equipment, refugies, guide in Spanish.

Tour does not include:
Sleeping bag, headlight, sunglasses, entrance ticket 2 liters of water (first day), personal carrier.

Program

Day 1 - Go to Huayna Potosí
This day begins with the concentration in our office at 08:30, to test the climbing equipment and then we go on private mobility to the Base Camp (4700m), 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the city of La Peace and around 11:00 am lunch, after lunch begins the hike to the distant Old Glacier at 1 and a half hours, where we practice ice climbing, making use of all equipment, after 1 hour of practice we return to Shelter of the Base Camp. At 18:00 we had dinner and then we rested.
Day 2 - Acclimatization & Ascent
This day we rest in the morning and we have lunch in the base camp to have a better acclimatization we have the lunch we started the ascent, after 1 hour we prepared our things to ascend to the shelter of Campo Alto (5130 m.), Arriving at this after 3 hours, we have dinner and free time that is used for acclimatization, around 18:00 we rest until midnight.
Day 3 - Ascent to the Top & Return
The 3rd day begins very early, around midnight with breakfast, beginning the ascent to the top of Huayna Potosi at 01:00, from the Campo Alto climb on glacier, the route has an average slope of 35 ° to 40 ° and the ascent has an average duration of 4 to 7 hours. The tourist is subject to the guide by a rope, the first part is relatively easy up to 5500 m aprox.

From this point we climb a wall of 50 m. Of length whose inclination is of 55 ° to 60 °, once in 5800m we arrive at a plateau and we continue our route by an edge that takes us to the top (6088m), Around 06:30 we arrive at the top of

where we can To appreciate all the beauty of the Andes Real Mountain range.

After 10 minutes we return to the Campo Alto in 2 hours, pick up the equipment and in 1.5 hours more we descend to the Base Field from w

here we return to the city of La Paz, arriving at 2:00 p.m.

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