Bolivian High Altitude Mountaineering Course
with Illimani 21,122 ft. Expedition Extension
13 days / 12 nights / Cost: $3,895.00. — Confirmed Departure
Lake Titicaca Pre-Climb Acclimatization Option: 3 Day / 3 nights / Cost: Call for a quote
Illimani Climb Option Extension: 4 days / 3 nights / Cost: $1,000.00 – September departure only
Our High Altitude Mountaineering course is designed to give you the skills to climb high altitude peaks and prepare you for climbing on technical terrain at these altitudes. We will be instructing and reviewing the following climbing techniques: glacier travel, ice/snow climbing techniques, crevasse rescue, multi-pitch climbing, snow climbing, short roping, ice/snow anchors, belay techniques, rappelling, glacier navigation, route finding, and decision making. Additional topics to be covered or experienced: proper acclimatization, pace, knowing when to turn back, weather considerations, alpine starts, mountain medicine, judgment, and hazard evaluation.
We will attempt 2-3 peaks between 18,000 ft. and 20,000 ft. in the Bolivian Andes depending on local conditions, group skill level, and as our time allows. Possible options to be attempted: Pequnio Alpamayo, Condorri, Other peaks and climbs may be substituted due to climbing conditions.
While an excellent pre-course for the Sajama Expedition (21,463 ft.) this is a great introduction to climbing in the Bolivian Andes with ascents of peaks over 18,000 ft., all the while learning advanced climbing techniques and how to be safe at higher altitudes. . Come join your personal experienced Senior SWS Mountain guides on an ecologically sound “real” climbing expedition designed by climbers for climbers!
Departure City: La Paz, Bolivia
Group Size: 6 Climbers with 2 guides
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:3
Climbing Experience: Excellent Physical Condition with basic mountaineering skills including ice ax and crampon use.