Climbing - Illampu

Terra Autentica
Terra Autentica

6360m Illampu, is a haunted summit, as their normal way of ascent is the most difficult of Bolivia; is a very beautiful mountain tour, however, is reserved only for experienced mountaineers and cunning. The whole route is technical and very committed character. The edge that leads to the summit is very difficult and expuesta.Bolivia is a popular destination for climbers and offers a variety of climbing, the spirit of adventure is importante.Come, enjoy.

Day 1

La Paz - Sorata (2700m/8.858ft)

We leave La Paz around 08h00 for Sorata, a small village at the bottom of a green valley by the foot of the imposing Illampu (6368m/20.892ft). If the weather permits we can clearly see the snow clad summit from the main square in Sorata.

Day 2

Sorata - Lacatiya (3900m/12.795ft)

After breakfast we meet our team of muledrivers just outside Sorata. Our trek starts with a long ascend to Estancia de Lacatiya which will be our first camp. The Illampu is practically overhanging us with its 6368m/20.892ft all day.

Day 3

Lacatiya - Paso Illampu – Estancia Utjaña Pampa (3900m/12.795ft)

We start early by hiking to the Illampu mountain pass at 4750m/15.584ft from where we can see the north peak of the Illampu (6370m/20.899ft) and the Schulze Peak (5950m/19.521ft). We then walk down the northeast slope of the Illampu until the Estancia Utjaña Pampa. In this area you can find plenty small gold mines that are still exploited.

Day 4

Estancia Utjaña Pampa - Aguas Calientes (4200m/13.780ft

In the morning we start by following the river Janq´u Uma (White Waters). We then ascend to the base camp of the Illampu, called “Aguas Calientes” (Warm Waters).

Day 5

Aguas Calientes – High Camp (5500m/18.045ft)

From Aguas Calientes we climb to the High Camp at 5500m/18.045ft. It takes approximately 5 hours and we set up camp here for the night.

Day 6

Campo Alto – Ascensión Illampu (6368m) – Aguas Calientes

The ascent of the Illampu this is achieved by almost 8 hrs. by a wall of rock and ice. The descent to Campo Alto do it in 5 hours. approximately.

Day 7

Aguas Calientes - Laguna Glaciar (5038m/16.529ft) - Laguna Chilata (4200m/13.780ft)

While our mules are walking slowly down to our evening camp we set forth on a trail leading to the Laguna Glaciar. This lake, surrounded by the giants Illampu and Ancohuma, and where the glaichers fall into its waters, offers us a beautiful view on the Lake Titicaca and the valley of Sorata. We then walk down to the Laguna Chilata, to our camp.

Day 8

Laguna Chilata - Sorata - La Paz

We walk down to Sorata in the morning and in the afternoon the car takes us back to La Paz (3-4hrs). End of our services

$ 1900
Tour Cost

$ 1900
Total Cost (USD)

Luxury hotel

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- 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

- Any camp or national park fee

- sleeping bag extra cost 60 USD

- 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.


Swetha R.

Exceptional walking tour of La Paz's murals, which weave a potent tale of Bolivia's political and historical intrigue and the impact thereof on contemporary society. Wonderful to "walk the talk" as it were and learn about the living history and memory of the country and refreshi

Raul B.

I loved my trips with La Paz , one through Apolobamba and one through El Alto and La Paz. EDU is a fabulous leader who attends to every detail and gives the hiker both a great hike and deep cultural experience. He is informal and care taking and clearly has strong

Manuel Segovia, Wendy Bardin

Tours muy bueno, todos incluido, duchas gratis.  Alan lo mejorrrr.


Antonella Giordano, Steffan zurrec

Valle Hermoso Tours, gracias, nunca cambien don Nico y la mejor cocinera Santu.


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