HUAYNA POTOSÍ (6.088 mts)
Climbing: Medium Difficulty
This mountain is an imposing ice pyramid. The view changes from Zongo Pass, where it is possible to see the whole East Face and the mountain becomes far more elongated and complicated.
Every year, as always many expeditions departure from this snow-cappedmountain to reach the summit by the east face this climbing, only requiresa minimum experience in high mountain is the only place where the climbercan exceed the 6.000 m. in a minimum time.
However, Huayna Potosi is encircle by an aureole of thousand adventuresand misfortune stories, for who try to reach the summit by the east andwest face, from who where unsuccessfully to reach. Actually this two facesare qualified as a high difficulty climbing.
Come with us to know the history of this Andean giant in the same place ofthe fact.
Day 01: LA PAZ – HIGH CAMP We will leave the city of La Paz by private transportation (1.30 h.), up to the Zongo platform (4.700m.). From where we will make a slow ascent on foot, after 2.30hrs. Through the moraines, from this place we will use the technical equipment of security; we will walk strung over the glacier until we arrive to the high camp denominated EL CAMPO ARGENTINO. (5.500M. above sea level) after 1.30 hrs. OPTIONAL. There is another alternative to the high camp just to ascent until 5.200 mts. We suggest it because it better to spend the night in a less altitude.
Day 02: HIGH CAMP – SUMMIT – LA PAZEarly in the morning we will begin the ascent, we will come closer to the denominated first technical part, LA PALA, a 45 wall. Conquered this obstacle we will reach the second technical part (45), then we will reach the Summit at 6.088 easily (5 – 6 hrs. aprox.). We will stay for a few minutes to enjoy the wonderful view. Descent until Zongo platform (5 hrs.). Return to the city of La Paz by private transportation (1, 30 hrs.).
OPTIONAL THIRD DAY: People without experience, can climb this mountain in three days, one base camp practicing in the old glacier using all the climbing equipment, second day ascent the high camp and last day reach the summit and back to La Paz.
The difficulty level of Huayna Potosi (6088 m.a.s.l), in technical words is not difficult, but it requires a good acclimatizing and good shape.
An IUAGM international mountain guide who also belongs to the High Mountain Guides Association of Bolivia. AGMT. Assistant guides are instructed by ENSA France School – Chamonix.
We count with experienced porters who carry the collective heavy equipment, food, tents, from de base to the high camp.
The mountaineers should carry their personal equipment.
We have tents an igloo style for two person (European fashion for high mountain tent, mattress).North face and Mountain Hardware tents.
The high mountain security gear is included (rope, stakes, ice screws, etc.).
TECHNICS OF ASCENT
By the normal route is the following.: The difference of level is: 838 m. Technical difficulty: Half easy Inclination: 40 to 50 grades.
Our experienced cook provides three meals a day during the expedition. We have two kind of food vegetarian and no vegetarian. Dried fruit or energetic bars are recommended.