Climbing Huayna Potosí 6088m is Bolivia ’s most popular major peak in the Cordillera Real. Located at just 25 km from the city of La Paz, Huayna Potosi is known for its ease of access and imposing beauty as well as the fact that it is 88 meters over the magic 6000 meter figure. Huayna Potosi can be climbed by beginners with a competent guide and technical equipment. Beginners yes, but fit beginners; it’s quite steep toward the end and it’s a tough climb, but well worth the effort!
Our three day itinerary includes an afternoon of basic mountaineering instruction and a night of acclimatization at the 4700 meter base camp level, both of which increase your chance of summit success to climb Huayna Potosi 6088m.
This climb is for all the people who would like to climb over 6000 meter without high knowledge mountaineering techniques.
Although Huayna Potosí is usually deemed as the easiest climb over 6000 meters, it should not be taken lightly. Huayna Potosi can be climbed by complete beginners, that is true. Huayna Potosi is physically demanding, as the high altitude.
For that reason is recommended for who will climb it. Has a good fitness and acclimatization, becasuse it will make the climb easier and more enjoyable.
Weather Conditions to climb Huayna Potosí
As its high altitude, it is constantly cold all year round, with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees celsius. Most of the time is around – 10 degrees during the climb.
For that reason is recomended to climb with suitable equipment.
Best season to climb Huayna Potosí
The best season to climb Huayna potosí is between May and November, as this is the dry season in Bolivia, and will ensure optimal climbing conditions.
As it is a mountain with a higher demand, it is climbed all year round. including the rainy season (choosing the best days to climb).
Obviously, the success rate is less in the rainy season. Because the climb is more hader with layers of fresh snow and sometimes with bad weather condition can not be Summited.
Huayna Potosí – Climbing Route
Most of the people climb the Normal Route (the north Summit 6088m.) for its ease of Access and. Ascend and descend is on same route.
From high camp to Summit, the ascend usually lasts between 5 – 6 hours and descend from Summit to high camp between 2 – 3 hours.
Huayna Potosi `s Normal Route 3 day version
3 days / 2 nights
6088 m. / 19973 ft.
May to November
Private transportation for the group
Base Camp 4700m. High Camp 5200m.
Royal Mountain Range, La Paz - Bolivia
8:30 am Meeting at Our Office in La Paz – Bolivia.
9:00 am Departure to Nevado Huayna Potosí 2 hours by transport.
11:30 am arrival at Base Camp (4700 masl).
12:00 pm Lunch,
1:30 pm we will walk between 40 minutes and 1 hour to get up to the old glacier, where we have an afternoon of basic mountaineering technique practice on the glacier at the base of the mountain. we will practice for around 2 hours before returning to the base camp for hot drinks
19:00 pm dinner and night in shelter at Base Camp.
Our day will begin very early. Wake up time will be around midnight and we will get dressed with the climbing clothing and equipment and have breakfast.
Around 1:00 AM we will begin the ascent. We will have short breaks to rest and eat chocolates and drink water during the ascent.
We plan to arrive at the summit around sunrise in order to appreciate the wonderful view of the highlands, the surrounding Cordillera Real, Lake Titicaca, and the ever unique sunrise itself.
Our descent to high camp will take 2 – 3 hours and upon arrival we will have vegetable soup and hot drinks. At the high camp we will re-pack our backpacks and make the 1 hour descent to base camp.
We usually arrive at our office in La Paz between 1:00 PM. and 2:00pm