Aymara Mistery

Tour Overview

This Bolivia climbing journey takes us to the heart of the Cordillera Real, Bolivia's most prominent mountain range and one of the Ande's loftiest and most impressive ranges. Our trekking route circumnavigates the Condoriri massif with amazing mountain views and stunning camps every day. Huayna Potosi 19,968 ft (6,088 m) provides a fitting finale to our exciting Andean Mistery expedition.


  • High-level trek heading into the heart of the Cordillera Real.
  • Beautiful views over Amazon Basin and the Bolivian Mountains.
  • Challenging high altitude trekking.
  • Two passes over 16,400 ft (5,000 m).
  • Plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Climb of Huayna Potosi, the most accessible 6,000 meter peak in the world.
  • High summit rate 80%.
  • Ideal for beginners.

    Land costs include:

  • Transfer-in. Airport to Hotel.
  • Transportation. Bolivian Journeys has a private driver to provide in country transport, thus ensuring our safety and facilitating an independent schedule that does not depend on public transportation.
  • Food. We eat high quality meals using fresh local ingredients.
  • All group climbing gear.
  • Mountaineering tents (Mountain Hardware, North Face, MSR).
  • Mules and porters.
  • Professional mountain guide.
  • Land costs do not include:

  • International round-trip airfare.
  • Hotel while in La Paz.
  • Meals except while climbing.
  • Entrance fee to: Condoriri National Park, Huayna Potosi.
  • Personal gear.
  • Gratuities to guides and staff.
  • Insurance.
  • Rescue or medical expenses that may occur during the trip.
  • Day 1

    Departure 9:00 am, 10:30 arrival to "Plaza de Llamas" 4,500 m (14,760 ft). We meet our arriero and his llamas, with the animals carrying the bulk of our gear, we make an easy-paced ascent to our base camp at 4,600 m (15,100 ft). The trek takes us through some beautiful valley landscapes, and our camp provides excellent views of the many surrounding mountains and puts us in position to make the ascents. We set up camp near a lake below the magnificently sculptured white tower of Condoriri.
  • Day 2

    After a hardy breakfast, we slowly work our way up toward our next pass at 5,000m (16,400ft) where you will see the Huyna Potosi and the Condoriri group mountains, and after crossing a number of silt laden streams arrive at Maria LLoco. We make camp right in front of the impressive Huayna Potosi's west face; great photographic opportunities.
  • Day 3

    We begin our trek moving up and out of Maria Lloco valley on a steep trail for the last pass at 5,100m (16,728ft) next to the Huayna Potosi mountain 6,088m (19,968ft). In the afternoon arrive to Laguna Milluni.
  • Day 4

    A short 3 hours hike to High Camp 5,300 m (17,384 ft). We have the whole afternoon to "rest", at this altitude you should drink as much as you can, digestion works very slowly, so don't eat so much. A good advice "try to sleep".
  • Day 5

    Early wake up as our ascent can take up to 6 hours. Setting off from that camp with sunrise over the Amazon Basin to our east, we climb a beautiful route which includes serious glacier travel and intermittent sections of moderately steep ground - challenging climbing. With Huayna Potosi's summit a well-defined point at the end of a beautifully sculptured ridge, the last few steps to the top provide an exhilarating finish to a great climb. Around 8:00 am, on the summit already, you'll be rewarded with beautiful views of Lake Titikaka, the Amazon basin, and the Cordillera Real. Two hours descent to high camp, and one more to base camp. Finally after a short drive you'll be in La Paz around 16:00.


  • 1 Lightweight, long sleeve polypropylene shirts.
  • 1 Medium weight fleece shirt or wool sweater.
  • 1 Fleece jacket.
  • 1 Outer shell jacket with hood. *
  • Bottoms

  • 1 Pair long underwear bottoms.
  • 1 Pair wind pants. *
  • Footwear

  • 1 Pairs wool socks.
  • 1 Pair light weight trekking.
  • Boots

  • 1 Pair trekking boots.
  • 1 Pair plastic expedition boots. *
  • 1 Pair gaiters. *
  • Hand wear

  • 1 Pair fleece mittens.
  • 1 Pair overmitts.
  • Head gear

  • 1 Wool hat.
  • 1 Pair glacier glasses.
  • 1 Sunhat.
  • Sleeping gear

  • 1 Down or synthetic sleeping bag (rated to 15 F). *
  • 1 Full length closed cell foam pad.
  • Pack

  • 1 Daypack for approach hike and possible use on summit day and carry-on bag.
  • 1 Large (7,500+ cu.in.) duffle bag for gear, include small padlock.
  • Climbing Gear

  • 1 Climbing harness. *
  • 1 Pair crampons. *
  • 1 Ice axe (60-70 cm). *
  • 1 Locking carabiner. *
  • 1 Regular biner. *
  • 1 Equipment sling (1" tubular webbing, approx. 6' long).
  • 1 Helmet. *
  • Misc

  • 1 First-aid kit.
  • 1 Headlamp, include extra batteries. *
  • 1 One quart water bottle.
  • Lip balm (spf 30) and sun screen (spf 40) .
  • Pocket knife.
  • Adjustable ski poles (highly recommended). *

( * ) Items can be rented from Bolivian Journeys.

Contact Us

Tour details:

Days: 5 days

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: Altiplano