Its strategic position with respect to La Paz has permitted the city to demonstrate to the world that it is a city with exceptional characteristics; thus, Illimani is the “Symbol of La Paz”.
Without a doubt, this is a great mountain with an extensive history behind it. From the year 1877 to the present day, its flanks and summits have been the site of innumerable great adventures.
It has three main summits of which the south peak, called “Laikha Kollu” (the Enchanted mountain) is the highest at 6.490 m. above sea level.
In spite of being so popular, Illimani is not climbed often, and only those very few who have managed to get to the summit have had the opportunity to view La Paz city from quite a different angle.
To climb this mountain you should have some experience and be very well acclimitised. We recommend that you have spent at least 7 days above 3000 meters and have done some high altitude trekking or climbed another 5500 meter plus peak.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||In our Offices in La Paz|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:30 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 18:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Important booking Information
This climb is available only from May to October due to weather conditions. The is a minimum requirement of 2 people for this climb. If you are just one person and wish to climb you can pay double and the climb will be confirmed – price is per person
There is one guide for 2 people, 2 guides for 3/4 people, 3 guides for 5/6 people. Larger group sizes are better as they provide more flexibility. For example if there are just 2 people and one guide and one person cannot continue the climb then both climbers must return with the guide and no refunds will be given. If there is a larger group one guide can bring 1 or 2 people down whilst others continue.
–> You must be well acclimitised to climb this mountain and have some basic mountain climbing experience.
La Paz to Pinaya
Nido de Cóndores
Ascent to the summit
Also, due to the face the sun rises on the other side of the mountain it will be cold for the whole climb. Normal ascent time is around 6 to 9 hours. After reaching the peak and resting to enjoy the spectacular views for a while we start our descent back to the high camp where we will meet with the porters before descending back to Punte Roto to stay the night.