Climbing Illimani. The Guardian of La Paz at 6462m

Climbing Illimani.  The Guardian of La Paz at 6462m
Climbing Illimani.  The Guardian of La Paz at 6462m

Mount Illimani is a beautiful extinct stratovolcano, which overlooks the city of La Paz. Many legends have been dedicated to this mountain which is considered to be the guardian of the city. The mountain was first climbed in 1877. However, archaeological items found at the top, indicates a very early Aymara presence in the heights. The mountain itself has many peaks that are permanently snow capped; three of them are above 6000m.a.s.l  and the highest reaches an astounding altitude of 6.490m.a.s.l.

This mountain is reserved for determined mountain climbers, since it is a technical climb and very demanding.


Length: 4 days

Height difference: 1400m.a.s.l

Technical difficulties: D

Medium slope angle: 50 / 60 degrees.

Base Camp: at 4,700 m.a.s.l

High Camp: 5.500 m.a.s.l

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Climbing
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Attractions: Illimani mountain
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Inform us at what hotel you will be staying for Pickup.
  • Round trip exclusive transportation

  • Camping and climbing gear (Crampons, gaiters, harness, mosketoon, ropes, mountain helmet and ice axe).

  • Mules & porters

  • Cook

  • Tasty fresh meals during the expedition.

  • Specialized English speaking UIAGM mountain guide. (1 guide for every 2 clients)

  • 2 person tents - four season tents

  • Foam mattress

  • Inflatable mattress

  • Sleeping bag (-15ª).

  • Plastic boots. (Opcional extra)

  • Local insurance protection

  • Medical expenses or evacuation cost

  • Personal gear

What to bring:
  • Sleeping bag and plastic boots. Available for rent upon request.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - La Paz to Base Camp

Climbing Illimani.  The Guardian of La Paz at 6462m

We will leave La Paz heading southeast on board our private transport vehicle.

After approximately three hours of driving, we will get to a small town of Cohoni where we meet our porters and mules. We get ready and load our gear and start our ascent to base camp.

On the way we will experience the intriguing countryside life and enjoy tasty meals prepared by our cook. We camp at 4500m.a.s.l

Day 2 - Base Camp to High Camp

Climbing Illimani.  The Guardian of La Paz at 6462m

Today our porters will help us with most of our gear, luckily! The hike goes all the way uphill until we reach our camping site at “Nido de Cóndores” (Condor’s Nest) at 5.500m.a.s.l. 5 hours climb approximately.

From up here, we have the most fantastic views. Other mountains such as the Huayna Potosi at 6.088m.a.s.l and even the Sajama at 6.500m.a.s.l can be seen far in the distance as well as Lake Titicaca.

Day 3 - High Camp to SUMMIT

Climbing Illimani.  The Guardian of La Paz at 6462m

An early start is recommended in order to reach the summit of Illimani’s south peak by sunset. As we ascend we pass hefty crevasses that plunge into the deep abyss.

Here we will eventually reach our last real obstacle, a steep but small wall sloping 65º. After this last effort, the way up to the summit becomes less steep, making it now a lot more probable that we will make the summit.

After a well-deserved break at the summit, we start climbing back down again and return to camp where we can relax and contemplate the experience we have just had.

Day 4 - Back to La Paz

Climbing Illimani.  The Guardian of La Paz at 6462m

We hike down to the small town of "Cohoni" where our transport will be waiting to drive us back to La Paz.

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