Huayna Potosi is an aymara word which means "young mountain". Huayna Potosi is the closest high mountain to La Paz, a city which is surrounded by high mountains, and itself is the highest capital city in the world. Huayna Potosi is roughly fifteen miles due north of the city, which makes this mountain the most popular climb in Bolivia. The normal ascent route is a fairly straightforward glacier climb, with some crevasses and a steep climb to the summit.
The main reason that Huayna Potosi has been called the easiest 6000m climb is because height difference from base to top is much less than most others; also it is easily accessible from La Paz. Since La Paz lies at 3600 m, climbers who have spent time there will be more acclimatised, however no 6000 m peak can be regarded as easy - the very thin air makes progress extremely slow, even for fit climbers, and altitude sickness a strong probability.
From the city of La Paz we travel to Zongo Pass (4750 m high) to an alpine style hut. We will practice mountaineering skills in the nearby glaciers for 2-3 hours.
We climb 2 and a half hours on difficult moraines up to the toe of the glacier (5200 m high). High camp. Some porters help with extra luggage.
6 hour climb with 2 semi technical passages of up to 45º steep. Descend the same day to Zongo Pass and return to La Paz.
EXTENSIONS: You can link it to “ Trek to Andes to the humid forest of the Amazonía'' and “Trek Condoriri-Huayna Potosí”.
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.