This is a classic expedition with some remote and unique twists for the mountaineer to ascend some spectacular peaks.
We acclimatise in La Paz and beside Lake Titicaca, with visits to Inca ruins and the Island of the Sun. Once acclimatised, we trek into the Condoriri area, described as “truly fairy like”, pyramidal mountains with pure snow faces, elegant ridges and fields of penitents. We warm up on Pico Austria (5100m) and Pyramid Blanca (5250m) before tackling the elegant and beautiful Pequeno Alpamayo (5337m). Unlike any other team we then climb up into the chest of Cabeza del Condor, the most impressive and dominating peak in the region, before cutting below its high cliffs to summit Ala Derecha 5483m for a view few people have experienced! We return to La Paz for a day’s rest before heading out to the remote village of Penas to tackle one of the least climbed but most spectacular peaks in the Cordillera Real, Chachakumani (6074m). Introduced to Director Dave Pritt during his visit to Bolivia in 2016, this is a peak not to be missed and we are likely to have the peak to ourselves unlike those who tackle the crowded peak of Huayna Potosi. Finally, for those on the longer 23-day trip, we move to Illamani (6462m), the peak that dominates the skyline of La Paz, for a fitting climax to a unique expedition.
Bolivia has certainly lived up to its reputation for having the most stable and reliable weather. We have always had the most wonderful weather allowing us to complete our full programme of peaks. This expedition is ideal for those who have completed a Winter Mountaineering Course, an Alpine Course or an expedition such as Mera Peak or the Ecuador Volcanoes.
Our shorter 16-day trip follows the same itinerary but does not climb Illimani.