The Acotango (6,038 m) is surely one of Bolivia's unknown mountains over 6,000 m, however it is one of the easiest to ascend.
Only the last part of the climb requires the use of an ice axe and crampons, for the rest of the ascent there are almost no climbing difficulties.
The only disadvantage of the Bolivian Chilean border region, where the Acotango is situated, is the often very strong winds which can make a summit attempt impossible.
In this region you can find the highest situated trees in the world, the Quinual Tree, the Sajama National Park with the highest mountain of Bolivia, Lake Chungura, the active volcano Guallatiri and the twin volcanoes Pomerape and Parinacota. So altogether it is marvellous and beautiful scenery and in the middle of this you will find the Acotango.
1st day: Today you will drive from La Paz in the direction of the Chilean border.
Just before the border you turn left onto a bumpy gravel road that leads you along an elongated multi-coloured volcano range.
Over loose sand the car tries to get as far as possible, if necessary with the help of a shovel. The rest you will have to walk until reaching the campsite, in general this takes 2 hours.
The campsite is situated, not as close as it looks, at the foot of the mountain on a wide plateau.
Here you pitch your tent and an evening meal will be prepared.
You will go to bed early, but not without enjoying a beautiful red colour sunset over the National Park.
2nd day: Now it gets serious, you have to wake up very early, in the light of your torch you will first start hiking over a flat trail.
Little by little the trail gets steeper, later crowned with a climb onto a mountain ridge with amazing views.
The last part is mainly iced but never really difficult, so you will reach the top with its magnificent views over the surroundings soon.
You will enjoy the never ending panorama of mountains with the giant Sajama and the symmetric Parinacota. Right in front of you raises the steaming cone of Guallatiri, also over 6,000 m, an active ice volcano.
The descent is via the same route as you came up. Reaching the campsite you will take down the tent and enjoy a small meal.
Then you will walk back to the car that takes you back to La Paz.
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