Climbing the Acotango Volcano (6052m.). It is a volcano located on the border between Chile and Bolivia in the Western Cordillera. Acotango is one of the Quimsachatas, meaning “Three twins” in Aymara.
It is part of the Sajama National Park, which is home to other high volcanoes such as Sajama Nevó (6512 m.), the highest mountain in Bolivia, and Payachatas, which means “two twins” in Aymara. which are Parinacota (6332 m.) and Pomarape m.), also Andean lagoons in height.
It is the most accessible 6000 summit in Bolivia. It offers a non-technical ascent, a great option to introduce into high-altitude mountaineering, also for acclimatization.
Where do the trips to go up to Acotango start from?
Generally the trips to Acotango start from the city of La Paz – Bolivia.
Because you can easily reach the city of La Paz – Bolivia by plane, also take advantage of the mountains of the Cordillera Real to practice and acclimatize.
At 8:00 am departure crossing the Altiplano to get Sajama village.
On the way we will visit the funerary towers of ancient cultures, these are called “CHULLPAS” in the afternoon we will have a visit to the forest of queñuas “Native trees” visit the geysers, on our way we can observe the typical Andean fauna of the place such as the Andean camelids, Alpacas, llamas and Vicuñas.
Dinner and overnight in the town of Sajama (13,779 ft./ 4200m.) . (Basic hostels with private bathrooms).
Around 2 am. in 4WD vehicle, We will leave Sajama village early in the morning to go to Acotango’s high camp. The climb will begin Progressive climb. The ascend 4 -5 hours will be easy depending on the season we will find snow on the way or ice. at the end of the winter season, it is sometimes possible to reach the summit without crampons.
Magic view from (19,855 ft. / 6052m.) Descent to High camp (2 to 3 hours). Possibility to descent on the rocky part through another route. Descent to base camp where the vehicle awaits us to go Back to Sajama with the vehicle. Then Back to La Paz City. Arrival by the end of the day.