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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Huayna Potosí?

Standing at 6088 meters above sea level, Huayna Potosí is an emblematic mountain that is part of a bigger mountain range, the Cordillera Real. This huge and impressive massif is located in the western side of the country, close to the Peruvian border, and is one of the icons of the city of La Paz.

Which is the capital of Bolivia?
La Paz, home to Huayna Potosí, is one of Bolivia’s main cities, together with Sucre. Which of the two is the capital of the country has been a heated debate for years and source of confusion among visitors. According to the Bolivian Constitution, Sucre is the Capital City of Bolivia. However, the president an administration of the country reside in La Paz. Basically, it can be said that Bolivia has 2 capitals, one on the papers, and one in real life.
What is the best season to climb Huayna Potosí?

If you are planning your Huayna Potosí ascent, you must choose your dates carefully, especially if this is the first time you will be climbing at high altitude. The best months for trekking in the Cordillera Real mountain range are from June to September. During these months it rains the least and the skies are clearer. However, you must know that during these months, days are shorter, and temperatures can get as low as -20°C. During the rest of the year, temperatures are warmer, that is true, but rainfall is quite abundant, and winds tend to blow stronger.

How hard is it to climb Huayna Potosí?

Although Huayna Potosí is usually deemed as the easiest climb over 6000 meters, it should not be taken lightly. Huayna Potosi can be climbed by complete beginners, that is true. It is also true that it is a great way to get ready for higher mountains, but you need to be ready for it.

If Huayna Potosí is in your plans, then start training a few months in advance. Trek a few hours a day, climb stairs, train with a backpack, and if you can trek in the mountains, that is even better. Get to your trek as fit as you can. That will rise your chances of making it to the top, as well as making the whole journey more enjoyable.

What should I bring for my Huayna Potosí climb?
It may be an easy climb, compared to other mountains over 6000 meters, but you will still be trekking at higher altitudes, where temperatures can get down to -20°C and winds blow strong, not to mention that you will be walking over a glacier. 

Having the right clothing can make a huge difference when trekking at such altitudes. The best advice is to always wear layers. Make sure you have a warm softshell, with thermal underwear (not cotton), and a good hardshell to protect you from the rain, snow, and wind.

Zippers are a great way to regulate your body temperature and get more ventilation when you need it. As important as clothing are gloves, sunglasses, a balaclava, and sunscreen.
What is the accommodation like on Huayna Potosi?
There are 2 Refugios on Huayna Potosí: Base Camp and High Camp. Base Camp is located at Paso Zongo, at 4700m. High Camp is situated at 5200 meters above sea level and is very close to the summit. It is a 3 - 4 hours walk from Base Camp to High Camp. From the High Camp refuge, you can see the summit and other peaks of the Cordillera Real. The Refuges are simple in nature but strong enough to keep you safe and warm during the night.

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