Bolivian Volcanoes

Tour Overview

Bolivia volcanoes, for the mountaineer with limited time, Bolivia is a perfect short excursion. After landing in the beautiful, high colonial city of La Paz and bargaining at the Sagarnaga market, we begin our ascent of Bolivia's highest mountain. We venture along the avenue of volcanoes, through Bolivia's countryside, to acclimatize on Pequeñ Alpamayo 5,370m (17,614 feet) and Huayna Potosi 6,088m (19,968 feet), beautiful and very accesible mountains in the Cordillera Real. Sajama stands alone as an eroded volcano, dominating over all other Bolivian Mountains in the area, a unique approach through desert to an altogether different high Andean mountain, makes Bolivia's highest summit a worthwhile climb.

    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.
  • Guided Tours to: City Tour and Tiwanaku.
  • 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.
  • Hostel in Sajama Village.
  • Meals except while climbing.
  • Entrance fee to: Chacaltaya, Tiwanaku, Pequeño Alpamayo, Sajama.
  • Personal gear.
  • Gratuities to guides and staff.
  • Insurance.
  • Rescue or medical expenses that may occur during the trip.
  • Day 1

    ARRIVE TO LA PAZ. We'll meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
  • Day 2

    TIAHUANACO. Bolivia's most important archaeological site. We will spend the day wandering through the monumental stone figures, courtyards and the impressive Gate of the Sun. On the way back to La Paz we'll have an incredible view over the whole Cordillera Real de los Andes. to La Paz.
  • Day 3

    CHACALTAYA. Today we to the world's highest developed ski area 5,290 m (17,351 feet ). a short hike up will take us to the summit, our reward is a spectacular view of the entire Cordillera Real mountain range, Lake Titikaka, the City of La Paz and sometimes even the Amazon Basin.
  • Day 4

    LA PAZ-CHIARKHOTA. We leave our hotel in La Paz and travel to Tuni with the animals carrying the bulk of our gear, we make an easy-paced ascent to our base camp at 4,650 m (15,252 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 a series of single-day ascents.
  • Day 5

    PEQUEÑO ALPAMAYO. 5,370 m (17,614 ft). Our primary goal in this group are Tarija and Pequeño Alpamayo, a hidden peak with a very impressive pyramidal summit. climb a broad glacier to a col, traverse along a ridge to the base of the summit pyramid, and then ascend directly to the top.
  • Day 6

    LA PAZ. We return to our hotel in La Paz.
  • Day 7

    PARINACOTA BASE CAMP. In the morning we depart La Paz bound for the Parinacota's base camp 4,800m (15,749 ft). The remaining afternoon can be spent taking photos or just relaxing.
  • Day 8

    PARINACOTA SUMMIT. After a pre-dawn wake up, we rope up and ascend in order to reach the summit. No technical dificulties but a specific equipment can be required (ropes / crampons / ice axe) according to the snow conditions. After ascending for 7 hours, the expedition arrives at the summit. After a well-deserved round of congratulations and photos, the expedition begins the descent to basecamp. Return to the village of Sajama by 4x4.
  • Day 9

    REST DAY. Hot springs.
  • Day 10

    SAJAMA - BASE CAMP. In the morning we depart La Paz bound for the Village of Sajama 4,250m (13,944 ft) situated near the base of Volcan Sajama. Travel is by car for approximately five hours. We arrive at the village of Sajama and we load up our mules and set out on foot for a short hike to basecamp 4,800m (15,749 ft). by the Rio Aychuta. The remaining afternoon can be spent taking a few photos or just relaxing.
  • Day 11

    SAJAMA - HIGH CAMP. After a late breakfast, expedition members depart basecamp bound for high camp 5,800m (19,030 ft). The route involves a series of traverses through rock scree, snowfields and massive andesite towers. High camp is reached after 4 hours of travel. Once again, as the sun goes down and dinner is served the temperature drops dramatically. High Camp is normally very windy.
  • Day 12

    SAJAMA - SUMMIT 6,439 m (21,120 ft). After a pre-dawn wake up, we rope up and ascend in order to reach the summit. We'll go up in a snow gully that leads straight up to a ridge. This ridge leads to the broad base of the snow dome, sometimes we have to deal with "penitentes" (snow spikes). After ascending for 8 hours, the expedition arrives at the summit. After a well-deserved round of congratulations and photos, the expedition begins the 3 to 4 hour descent to basecamp.
  • Day 13

    SAJAMA - LA PAZ. Today the expedition departs basecamp on foot for the short hike to trailhead where we immediately load up into the vehicles for the five-hour journey back to La Paz. Plenty of photo opportunities are available as we traverse the Cordillera Occidental on our way back to the capital city.
  • Day 14

    Flight out to your country.


  • 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+ 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.

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Tour details:

Days: 14 days

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: Cordillera Occidental