Climbing Sajama in Bolivia, At 6542 meters, Sajama is the highest mountain in Bolivia and the crowning peak of the Cordillera Occidental.
Sajama is a volcanic peak located in the department of Oruro. Located just 200 km Southwest from the capital city of Bolivia, La Paz, and also right on the border with Chile
Sajama is a great option for who is expecting a thrillling experience and challenging.
The ascending to Sajama is quite difficult. because its high altitude, cold and some times a lot of wind, also we find on route some very steep sections, which makes more challenging the climb.
The climbing is through sensational scenery on the volcano itself, ending with breathtaking view of landspape from the Summit, such as las Payachatas (Parinacota 6.342m. and Pomerape 6.28m.).
The área of Sajama national park is known too, for its unique high desert flora and fauna (wildlife), such us llamas, vicuñas, alpacas, pink flamingos. Including forests featuring quenua trees. And also the área is volcanoes and geothermal features. For that reason, on the área there are Geysers, natural hot springs to enjoy.
Climbing Nevado Sajama is very physically demanding, as the high altitude. And strong wind. Also as it is volcanic peak the air that we breathe is dry.
For that reason is recommended for who will climb it. Has a very high level of fitness and acclimatization, becasuse it will make the climb easier and more enjoyable.
From where do the trips starts to climb sajama?
Usually trips to Sajama strarts from la Paz City – Bolivia.
Because you can easily get to La Paz City – Bolivia by plane, also take advantage of the mountains on the Royal Range to do training and acclimatize.
How is the Climbing Route
The normal route is climbed by all the People.
From La Paz City 4 hours driving up to the village of Sajama, from there it is a 3 hour hike to base camp (4,700 m). then 6 hours walk up to the high camp (5,700 m), and summit attempt, which is roughly a 12 hour round trip. After that descent back to base camp, and then to Sajama.
As its extremely high altitude and being high up in the Andes, it is constantly cold all year round, with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees celsius.
Best season to climb Sajama
The best season to climb sajama is between May and October, as this is the dry season in Bolivia, and will ensure optimal climbing conditions.
Day 1: La Paz to the village of Sajama and trek to base camp
Day 2: Ascend from Base camp to high camp
Day 3: Summit attempt and return to base camp
Day 4: Base camp to hot springs and then return to La Paz