llimani is an aymara word which means "golden eagle". The Illimani is the highest mountain of the Cordillera Real (the highest peak of Bolivia is the Sajama, located in the Cordillera Occidental, the other great bolivian mountain range). It is an enormous massif, over 8 kms. long, with four summits which rise above 6000m. These are aligned northwest to southeast, giant glaciers dropping from them. It is the last peak of the Cordillera Real, which begins in the North with the nevado Illampu and ends in the South in the Illimani.
The best season for the escalade in the Real range is between June and September, when the climate is dry although usually with precipitations and fresh snow once per week. The wind begins from July and as the season advances more cracks can appear in the glaciers and the penitents in the snow grows so much that they can impeding the advance. Respect to the temperature, usually descent during the moon change periods during the day as the night.
Drive from La Paz (3 hours and half ) to the Pinaya village, then we hike 2 hours toward “Puente Roto” (4450 m high), a grassy plateau considered Base camp. Some mules help us with our extra luggage.
Walk by rocky ridge up to the high camp (5450 m high), called "Nido de Cóndores" (nests of condors), located at the toe of the glacier that we use to climb the peak with glaciers on 3 sides and the lights of La Paz below Nest of Condors makes a spectacular campsite. Some porters help us with extra luggage.
7 hour climb by exposed glaciers with a technical passage called “la bola” at 45º-60º to reach the spectacular southern summit of Illimani (6470 m high). Return to the base camp.
Return to La Paz.
You can take this tour private the date that you need or can see our cronogram FIT of dates programmed for this year.(retourn to the top)
THE SERVICE INCLUDES
- Bilingual mountain guide,
- Assistant of mountain guides (more than 2 clients),
- Porters to carry extra luggage up to high camp,
- Guardian for base camp,
- Mules to carry extra luggage up to base camp,
- all food during the trip (except first breakfast and last diner)
- Private transportation,
- Cooking and dining gear,
- Camping gear,
- Ropes and snow stakes,
- Entrance fee.
LOGISTICS OF THE EXPEDITION
LEVEL OF DIFICULTY: On climbing we use the French alpine system : It starts at F (facile or easy), PD(peu difficile or a fairly easy), AD (assez difficile or fairly difficult), D (difficile or difficult), TD (très difficile or very difficult), ED (extrêmement difficile or extremely difficult). They take into consideration: The technical difficulty of the hardest section of the routes which starts at over 5000 m high and acclimatization which is as important as technical ability. In trekking we consider as well those 6 difficulties explained above but we transferred the situation to the activity of the trek. The only remarkable difference exists in the altitude: The true climbing activity starts at over 5000 m high but the trekking activity runs from 1500 m high up to 5150 m high.