Uturuncu (6008m) in Quechua language means “puma”. This 6000 is certainly one of the easiest of the world because in general it is possible to ascend up to the 5700m on 4WD (depending on the snow conditions), therefore we only have the last 300 meters to go through on foot.

Also, as this it is not a very snowy volcano, its ascent from the technical point of view is easy. Therefore it is an excellent summit for the acclimatization.

The sulfur scent that emanates out of the volcano is discreet but it can be constant some days.

The main attraction of the Uturuncu is not only its ascent itself but also the trip by 4WD necessary to reach it. Before arriving to Quetena, starting point for the ascent, we cross a good part of the desert of South Lipez. This last one is in itself a great tourist destination. Also, the journey on 4WD allows the traveler to have some days to get acclimatized.

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.
Private transportation to and from the climb Qualified Mountain Guide , Spanish speaking
Camping equipment – tent, mattress, cooking equipment  Equipment – Climbing Boots, Crampons, Ice Axe, Mountain jacket and Trousers, harness, ropes, gloves etc
Meals including drinks at camp meals Pack animals add porters where indicated
Sleeping Bag (required to at least -10) – you can rent a sleeping bag -18 from us if required (deposit required) Head torch – if you dont have your own we can supply this – you supply batteries
Thermal under trousers , fleece jacket and thermal upper body wear, fleece hat, perosnal gloves for inside mountain gloves Backpack 50 to 60 liters for carrying personal equipment
Water (2 liters bottle required – refills available) Chocolate or high calorie sweets /snacks
Warm gloves for wearing inside Mountain Gloves, Warm Hat Sunglasses, Sun cream and Lip balm – essential.
Travel Insurance – recommended Any camp or national park fees (sometimes charged /sometimes not)

Uturuncu 6008m in Quechua language means “puma”.

Day 1

La Paz – Uyuni (3670m)

Departure from La Paz toward Uyuni crossing the high plateau until the southern regions to arrive to Uyuni going by the mining city of Oruro. The trip is taken by train or by bus, this depends on the day of departure. Arrival to Uyuni at night. Installation in a simple hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on your account.
Day 2

Beginning of the 4×4 Riding: Uyuni – Uyuni Salt Flat – Incahuasi Island – San Juan (3900m)

We leave by 4WD to cross the Uyuni Salt Flat – visit to the small “salt factory”. We take a walk in the Incahuasi island full of giant cactus, located at the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flat. Arrival to Jirira small town on the sides of the Salt Flat. We spend the night in lodging.
Day 3

San Juan – Silala Desert (4700m). Lagoons (Honda, Hedionda, Cañapa) – Stone Tree. Red Lagoon (4272m)

During the whole day we pass near numerous lagoons inhabited by pink flamingos and other birds. The Silala desert is famous not only for its lagoons but also for the Stone Tree and the 7 Colors Mountain – Arrival to the Red Lagoon lodging just on time to admire the sunset.
Day 4

Red Lagoon – Geysers of the Morning’s Sun – Green lagoon – Quetena (4200m)

Setting out from the Red Lagoon, we go toward the place called Geysers of the Morning’s Sun, to immediately flank the famous Dali’s stones Valley and the Green Lagoon to the foot of the volcano Licancabur. We continue our voyage by 4WD until Quetena, town located at two hours from the volcano Uturuncu. Installation in lodging.
Day 5

Ascent to the Uturuncu (6008m) – Quetena – Villa Mar

We leave by 4WD following a mining route until a pass at 5700 meters. from there we ascend toward the summit of the Uturuncu in approximately 2 hours. We return to Quetena. Departure toward Villa Mar.
Day 6

Villa Mar – San Cristobal – Uyuni

Before retaking the route we visit the rupestrian paintings and the Valley of the Death, archaeological place made up of presumably funeral monuments belonging to the pre-incan civilization Mallku.

On the route we pass near San Cristóbal, moved town entirely re-built by an American company, since originally under the San Cristobal there was a silver mine acquired by this company. The colonial church was also moved and reconstructed and restored stone by stone according to the original construction. Return to Uyuni passing near the cemetery of Trains – night on the train or on the bus to return to La Paz – dinner on your account.

Day 7

Return to La Paz

The return to La Paz is completed according to the given possibilities, by bus or train. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on your account. Arrival to La Paz in the morning.

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