Illimani - 4 Days

Illimani is the mountain that overlooks La Paz and is considered the guardian mountain of the city. It is the second highest peak in Bolivia standing at 6438 meters (21,122 ft) and the highest in the Cordillera Real. This is a challenging climb and while not very technical some experience is required. This climb is run only during the dry season.

Illimani is an iconic mountain that can been seen from La Paz.

This mountain is often used as the symbol of La Paz and is the second highest peak in Bolivia standing at 6438 meters (21,122 ft) and the highest in the Cordillera Real. It has three prominent peaks visable from La Paz (it actually has several peaks over 6000 meters) and the most commonly climbed route is on the west face.

To climb this mountain you should have some experience and be very well acclimitised.

We recommend that you have spent at least 7 days above 3000 meters and have done some high altitude trekking or climbed another 5500 meter plus peak.

Day 1
La Paz - Pinaya

We leave La Paz in the morning to start out journey to Pinaya which will take around 3 to 4 hours. From here we will load up the pack mules and walk to Puente Roto.

This wil take a further 2 to 3 hours and here we will set up camp for the night and have a wonderful view of La Paz and El Alto at night. (4500 meters – 14763 feet).

Day 2
High Camp of Nido de Cóndores

After breakfast we will leave Puente Roto and the trek up to the high camp of Nido de Cóndores (Condors Nest). The terraine will be scree and rock. This will take around 6 to 8 hours and when we arrive we will set up camp for the night. For this section we will have porters to help carry the equipment (5500 meters – 18044 feet).

Day 3
Summit - Punte Roto

We awake early around 1/2am to start our ascent to the summit. It will be very cold at this time and we will try to warm ourselves with coca tea before putting on the crampons and roping up. The ascent is heavily crevassed, a mixture of ice and snowy ridges and has a number of 50 degree sections, so combined with the altitude this can make for tough going.

Also, due to the face the sun rises on the other side of the mountain it will be cold for the whole climb. Normal ascent time is around 6 to 9 hours. After reaching the peak and resting to enjoy the spectacular views for a while we start our descent back to the high camp where we will meet with the porters before descending back to Punte Roto to stay the night.

Day 4
Return to La Paz City

On this final day we have a short walk back down to Pinaua to meet up with our vehicle for the return drive to La Paz, arriving in the city around midday.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Private transportation to and from the climb
  • Qualified Mountain Guide , Spanish speaking
  • Camping equipment - tent, mattress, cooking equipment
  • Equipment - Climbing Boots, Crampons, Ice Axe, Mountain jacket and Trousers, harness, ropes, gloves etc
  • Meals including drinks at camp meals
  • Pack animals and Porters where indicated

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Sleeping Bag (required to at least -10) - you can rent a sleeping bag -18 from us if required (deposit required)
  • Head torch - if you dont have your own we can supply this - you supply batteries
  • Thermal under trousers , fleece jacket and thermal upper body wear, fleece hat, perosnal gloves for inside mountain gloves
  • Backpack 50 to 60 liters for carrying personal equipment
  • Water (2 liters bottle required - refills available)
  • Chocolate or high calorie sweets /snacks
  • Warm gloves for wearing inside Mountain Gloves, Warm Hat
  • Sunglasses, Sun cream and Lip balm - essential.
  • Travel Insurance - recommended
  • This climb is available only from May to October due to weather conditions. The is a minimum requirement of 2 people for this climb. If you are just one person and wish to climb please see the Single Person Info below – standard price is per person.
  • There is one guide for 2 people, 2 guides for 3/4 people, 3 guides for 5/6 people. Larger group sizes are better as they provide more flexibility. For example if there are just 2 people and one guide and one person cannot continue the climb then both climbers must return with the guide and no refunds will be given. If there is a larger group one guide can bring 1 or 2 people down whilst others continue.
  • You must be well acclimatised to climb this mountain and have some basic mountain climbing experience.

SINGLE PERSON CLIMB – It is also possible to do the climb with just one person as a private departure but there is an additional cost for this service – please choose the Private Single Person Tour option below when booking.


The following is the operators cancelation policy for this tour. Please note that we can only process changes and cancellations during office hours , so please try to give us as much notice as possible.

For example you might e-mail us asking for a cancellation with more than 7 days notice but we might not be able to process it on time (we work limited hours during weekends, holidays etc.) – we strongly advise our costumers to always give us at least 24 hours more. For example, if you email us at 18.00 Bolivian time on a Saturday we will not process this until Monday 10.00 am when we open as our office closes at 17.00 on a Saturday and is closed Sundays. The notice period will be calculated from 10.00 am Monday morning.

  • 15+ days notice: full refund
  • 8 to 14 days notice: 50% penalty applies
  • 7 days or less notice: No refund

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Trip Facts

  • Private
  • 1-30 max
  • 6460m
  • 4 days