Climbing Sajama Mountain - Bolivia's Highest Peak

Climbing Sajama Mountain - Bolivia's Highest Peak
Climbing Sajama Mountain - Bolivia's Highest Peak

The highest mountain in Bolivia is waiting to be summited!  This beautiful mountain is located 5-6 hours by road from La Paz. It offers a magnificent view of southwest Bolivia as well as great climbing and trekking opportunities at this sleeping volcano. It was climbed for the first time in 1939 by Josef Prem and Wilfrid Kumm (Kuhm), both Austrian, and the Italian, PieroGhigione.

Located in the protected area of Sajama National Park, it is hammered by a constant cold from 6 to 30 degrees below zero at night and from 5 to 10 ºC during the day. From May to August, the winds come north from the Argentinean Patagonia with speeds up to 180 Km/h sweeping through the area. The normal Sajama route is not technically difficult, but it is but it is still very important to take all the necessary precautions, since it is a high peak with strong winds.  

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Climbing, Trekking
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Attractions: Sajama Mountain, Sajama National Park
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 08:00.

La Paz Center
You meet us at the departure location.
  • Private transportation round trip.

  • Professional mountain guides (one guide for every 2 climbers)

  • Fresh and tasty meals during the expedition.

  • 3 nights camping.

  • Camping gear (foam mattress, two person tents Type: 4 season’s)

  • Crampons, gaiters, harness, and ice axe, mountain helmet

  • Dining and kitchen tent.

  • All the entrance fees to the national park

  • Porters to help with most of the gear, from base camp of Sajama to the high camp and back.

  • Mules for carrying the gear from Sajama lodge to base camp and back.

  • Hotels, meals and transportation should the climb end early.

  • Alcohol and/or bottled drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Insurances of any type, medical expenses, cost of evacuation

  • Warm clothes, sun glasses, and personal cleaning items.

Good to know:

We recommend limiting your bag weigh to 8kilos/17pounds

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - La Paz 3.600m – Sajama Village 4.220m – Base Camp 4.600

Climbing Sajama Mountain - Bolivia's Highest Peak

We depart from La Paz in private vehicles and pass by ancient Aymará tombs, called “Chullpares” before arriving at the National Park of Sajama at 4.220m. We continue with our ascent to Sajama base camp at 4.760m, mules will carry the necessary gear.

It is a soft walk of approximately 4 hours. We will approach the queñua forests (Andean tree), and discover the fauna of the area at the Huayña Khota lagoon such as the vicuñas, viscachas (wild rabbits), and suri (large wild birds).

We set up camp and enjoy the beautiful sunset with Mount Sajama towering overhead.

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Base Camp 4.600 – High Camp 5.500

Climbing Sajama Mountain - Bolivia's Highest Peak

We’ll ascend to high camp with the help of high altitude porter’s. Camping at 5500 m.

This trekking takes about 5 hours and porters will help us carry our gear.

Day 3 - Attempt to the Summit 6.542m

Climbing Sajama Mountain - Bolivia's Highest Peak

Very early in the morning, we start our attempt at the summit of the Sajama Volcano at 6.542m.

The climbing is quite demanding yet without technical difficulties, being well worth the effort with rewards of very impressive views from the summit.

After our glorious victory of the mountain and plenty of amazing pictures, we return back down to high camp and get a chance to relax.

Day 4 - High Camp 5.500 – La Paz 3.600

Climbing Sajama Mountain - Bolivia's Highest Peak

We trek back to Sajama base camp and with the help of the mules and porters, all the way back to Sajama Village.

The descent goes through the same route, and takes 4 to 5 hours, while we will have a chance to have a good and refreshing soak in the hot springs, before returning to La Paz city.

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