Illimani is the highest and southernmost peak in the Cordillera Real and dominates views from the capital city of La Paz. Hans Ertl, writing in Mountain World (1953), described Illimani as “one of the most beautiful and impressive groups of peaks in South America”. It is not so much a mountain as a massif—the glaciations measures 8 Km/5 m from one end to the other.
We leave La Paz in the morning to start out journey to Pinaya which will take around 3 to 4 hours. From here we will load up the pack mules and walk to Puente Roto. This wil take a further 2 to 3 hours and here we will set up camp for the night and have a wonderful view of La Paz and El Alto at night. (4500 meters - 14763 feet).
After breakfast we will leave Puente Roto and the trek up to the high camp of Nido de Cóndores (Condors Nest). The terraine will be scree and rock. This will take around 6 to 8 hours and when we arrive we will set up camp for the night. For this section we will have porters to help carry the equipment (5500 meters - 18044 feet).
We awake early around 1/2am to start our ascent to the summit. It will be very cold at this time and we will try to warm ourselves with coca tea before putting on the crampons and roping up. The ascent is heavily crevassed, a mixture of ice and snowy ridges and has a number of 50 degree sections, so combined with the altitude this can make for tough going. 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.
On this final day we have a short walk back down to Pinaua to meet up with our vehicle for the return drive to La Paz, arriving in the city around midday
- Private transportation to and from the climb .
- Meals including drinks at camp meals.
- Pack animals and Porters where indicated.
- 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
- Travel Insurance - recommended
- Altitude Medicine, Oxygen (30 USD),Head torch.
- Sunglasses, Sun cream and Lip balm - essential.
- Chocolate or high calorie sweets /snacks.
- Water (2 liters bottle required - refills available).
- Backpack 50 to 60 liters for carrying personal equipment.
- Warm gloves for wearing inside Mountain Gloves, Warm Hat.
- Thermal under trousers , fleece jacket and thermal upper body wear, fleece hat, perosnal gloves for inside mountain gloves.
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