Pequeño Alpamayo is located in Bolivia part of the Condoriri region of the Cordillera Real. The mountain, named after its resemblance to the famed Alpamayo of Peru, is situated among the cirque of peaks that make the region an alpinist’s playground. Among these peaks, Pequeño Alpamayo is noted for it’s aesthetic presence and dramatic lines of ascent, while still being accessible for novice climbers ascending with a professional guide and technical equipment.
Climbing Pequeño Alpamayo 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.
As its high altitude, it is constantly cold all year round, with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees celsius. Most of the time is around – 12 degrees during the climb.
For that reason is recomended to climb with suitable equipment.
Best season to climb
The best season to climb Pequeño Alpamayo is between May and September, as this is the dry season in Bolivia, and will ensure optimal climbing conditions.
8:30 am Meeting at our Office or at the meeting point La Paz – Bolivia
9:00 am we will drive for about 3 hours out of the city and through the Andean highlands until Rinconada (14,7639 ft./4500 m) from where we start the trek.
1:00 pm We will walk 2 hours to reach Base Camp (15,419 ft./4700 m).
3:00 pm Arrival at Base Camp. later free time, during the afternoon to enjoy the view of mountain Condori accompanied by hot drinks.
5:00 pm Dinner and Night in Tents or at Refuge.
1:30 am Wake up, breakfast, and preparation with climbing equipment.
2:30 am Ascent 5 to 6 hours to the top, we start on a fairly flat road until we reach the ice and snow of the glacier. We continue climbing up slopes of up to 30 degrees until we reach Pico Tarija (17,388 ft./5,300 m).
After Pico Tarija, we climb the two most difficult slopes with an incline of 45 to 50 degrees for 60 meters and 40 meters respectively.
Approximately 8:00 am, After the last steep section, we reach the summit of Pequeño Alpamayo (17,814 ft./5430 m) where we can appreciate the view of the Andean highlands, the Cordillera Real and the subtropics. We stayed on the summit long enough to enjoy the view and take photos.
The descent to the base camp will take approximately 3 hours.
At the base camp we will eat and rest, later we will pack our backpacks for the walk to Rinconada where our transport awaits us.
17:00 pm We finally arrive at the La Paz City.