Chacaltaya to Huayna Potosí

Duration

Full Day

Transport

Private

Altitude

5200m

Departure Place

La Paz City

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Chacaltaya to Huayna Potosí – All One Day

All of this trek is above 4500 meters so it is essential to be well acclimatisedto undertake this. This is a good option as altitude training if you are planning to climb Huayna Potosi later on.

– Short but challenging trek
– High altitude trail between Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya
– Trek is above 4500 meters
– Essential to be well acclimatized
– Good option for altitude training
– Ideal for those planning to climb Huayna Potosí in the future

About the Tour

This short but challenging trek follows a high altitude trail between two of Bolivia’s most famous mountains – Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya. All of this trek is above 4500 meters so it is essential to be well acclimatised to undertake this. This is a good option as altitude training if you are planning Huayna Potosi later on.

This short but challenging trek follows a high altitude trail between two of Bolivia’s most famous mountains – Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya. All of this trek is above 4500 meters so it is essential to be well acclimatised to undertake this. This is a good option as altitude training if you are planning to climb Huayna Potosi later on.

World's highest Ski area!

Itinerary of the Tour

Full Day 🌞

A great day of adventure

At around 7.30 am you will be picked up from your hostel/hotel.

The 2 hour drive passes through El Alto and onto the Altiplano where you start to see the Andean landscape and mountain ranges. We arrive at Chacaltaya ski refuge (5200 m) spend some time there to take in the stunning scenery.

From the refuge we will climb up to the first peak of Chacaltaya (5300 m) and see what used to be the world’s highest commercial ski area. Unfortunately now the glacier has receded so much due to global warming there is very little skiing possible but the views are still worth the effort.

There is a second peak we head to before making a descent to the left side and down towards the Zongo valley.
Once into the valley we will pass along llama pasture and the Zongo dam where there is a hydroelectric plant that supplies electricity to La Paz.

All this time we will be walking towards the majestic figure of Huayna Potosi mountain standing at 6088 m. Some distance after the dam we will walk up the trail to the Huayna Potosi refuge where we will rest to savor the views and meet with our return transport back to La Paz.

You should arrive back to La Paz around 5/6pm (depending on your trekking speed and traffic).

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— Included —

  • Private transportation to and from the trek
  • Pickup from your hotel / hostel in central La Paz
  • Experienced local guide (Spanish-speaking)
  • Packed lunch

— Not Included —

  • Entrance fee (15 Bs – subject to change)
  • Water bottle
  • Breakfast
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Trekking poles (can be rented for about 30 bs – please write us the Further Details section if you need them)
  • Extra snacks

— Recommended —

  • Good trekking shoes
  • Waterproof poncho
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or beanie for protection from the sun and cold
  • Personal medications
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack to carry your belongings

— Frequent Questions —

WHAT TYPE OF SHOE I NEED?

You need comfortable walking shoes. Your feet will appreciate.

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Of course if you want to travel. The perfect match if you’re planning to visit Bolivia’s most popular destination.

Highlights

Climbing to the first peak

of Chacaltaya at 5300m offers views of what used to be the world's highest commercial ski area, now affected by global warming.

Zongo valley

The tour includes a descent towards the Zongo valley, passing llama pastures and a hydroelectric plant that supplies electricity to La Paz.

Huayna Potosi refuge

The tour concludes with a visit to the Huayna Potosi refuge, offering magnificent views of the 6088m mountain, before returning to La Paz around 5/6pm.

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