Huayna Potosi, climb to the summit

Duration: 3 days
Trails: T4 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km / 9 - 12 mi per day
Ascent per day: More than 1000 m / 3281 ft ascent per day

> Spend an afternoon of basic mountaineering technique practice on a glacier
> Spend your nights at refugios
> Begin your summit attempt at midnight

Huayna Potosi is Bolivia’s most popular major peak in the Cordillera Real. Located just 32 km away from the city of La Paz, Huayna Potosi is known for its easy access and imposing beauty as well as the fact that it is 88 meters above the 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 chances of summit success.



An afternoon practicing basic mountaineering techniques on the glacier of Huayna Potosi

We will meet at our office at 9:00 AM and then travel on our private transport to the base camp of Huayna Potosi, located at 4700 meters.

We will have lunch at the base camp and then prepare our equipment for an afternoon of basic mountaineering technique practice on the glacier at the base of the mountain. Our walk to the glacier takes about 40 minutes and we will practice for around 2 hours before returning to the base camp for hot drinks and dinner. We will spend the night at the base camp.

Base Camp of Huayna Potosi

Base Camp of Huayna Potosi

Ascent from Base Camp to High Camp

Breakfast at 8:00 AM consisting of fruit salad, milk, butter, jam, bread, and various hot drink options.

We will have lunch at the base camp, pack our backpacks with all of our technical climbing equipment and personal items, and then hike for 2 hours to our high camp, located at 5170 meters. Upon arrival at our high camp, we will have hot drinks, snacks, and dinner and go to bed around 6:00 PM.

High Camp

High Camp

Summit atemp and return to La Paz City

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 around 1:00 PM.


  • Transfers

    All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.

  • Accommodation in refuges

    During your trek, you stay in refuges. These are simple in nature but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

  • Meals

    This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Professional guide

    During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.

  • Mountain and climbing equipment

    All mountain equipment necessary such as crampons, harness, plastic boots, windproof pants and jacket, ice axe, gloves, gaiters, helmet, and balaclava are included in the price of the trek.

  • Water

    Enough drinking water will be provided during the trip.


  • Traveling to and from

    This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.

  • Sleeping bag

    You must bring your own sleeping bag with you. You can rent a sleeping bag from your trekking company.

  • Tipping

    Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Accommodation before and after the trek

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.


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