This peak is impressive and justifiably popular. It’s one of the easiest 6000m peaks in Bolivia. the peak is high and acclimatization is essential before to climb.
At 6,088 meters or 19,974 feet, Huayna Potosi (literally, “Young Riches”) is a beautiful and massive glaciated peak which dominates the view as you come in to land at the La Paz airport. Multiple route choices are available ranging from a number of standard routes on the beautiful east face to some of the most challenging and direct routes to be found anywhere in the Andes on the imposing west face.
Don’t believe how easy the guidebooks make this climb seem! Anything over 6000 meters is difficult and climbing for 7 or 8 hours is tiring for anyone at high altitude. That said if you are well acclimatized, quite fit and very determined then there is a good chance you will make it and have an unforgettable experience of a lifetime – you do not need to have experience. If you underestimate the climb, have not spent at least several days at altitude, try to save a few dollars by attempting a 2 day trip when not acclimatized– then you will likely not make it to the top (its possible but your chances are slimmer). Make no mistake – you need determination to climb this mountain and although physically demanding the mental challenge is just as tough if not tougher!
There is a 2 day option of this climb that does not include the practice day that we can arrange for well acclimatized if they wish although you will have less time to get acclimatized to the higher altitude of the mountain.
|In our Offices in La Paz
|Please arrive by 8:30 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.
|Approximately 18:30 PM.
|Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
The normal route runs along the west and south-southwest.