The northern extremity of Bolivia's Cordillera Real is often compared to the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, with great vertical relief and steep fluted snow and ice faces. Ancohuma and Illampu are the highest peaks in this area, and offer some of the most difficult and rewarding climbing in the Bolivian Mountains. Illampu is a difficult climb, requiring many belayed pitches and steep and occasionally exposed climbing on the upper ridge. On our approach to our base camps the bulk of our gear will be carried by burros in the lower sections and porters when the going gets steeper. Above base camp we will be carrying our own equipment. As this is a technically challenging climb at high altitude, participants should be in excellent physical condition, have previous climbing experience above 5,500m, be comfortable on ice up to 65 degrees in steepness, and be quite familiar with belay and rappel techniques.
- The hardest peak in the Cordillera Real.
- Big, high and complicated.
- Beautiful views over the Amazon Basin, Cordillera Real and Lake Titikaka.
- High altitude challenge.
- Good fitness.
- Acclimatized and determined people.
- Experienced climbers.
- 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.
- Professional mountain guide.
- Meals except while climbing.
- Park fee .
- Gratuities to guides and staff.
- Rescue or medical expenses that may occur during the trip.