The Illampu, the God of the Storm, lies east of Lake Titicaca and north of La Paz. With 6,368 m it is the fourth highest mountain of Bolivia and the third highest of the Cordillera Real. It has two summits: Illampu North and Illampu South, which are connected by an ice ridge. It is the most difficult mountain to climb in Bolivia as it is a giant ice mountain and it can only be climbed by experienced mountaineers.
The climb is long and the mountain is not easy to reach. The climb is most impressive because it goes over difficult untouched ice fields and rock formations.
Once on top you can overlook almost the complete country, and down below you can see Lake Titicaca.
1st day: From La Paz you will go to Sorata, a lovely Andean mountain village at 2,700 m. You cannot stay here long because you will have to continue to Ancoma where you will stay overnight in the village.
2nd day: Today you will climb from Ancoma through beautiful Andean landscape in appr. 5 hours to your camp site. This camp is called Aguas Calientes and lies at an altitude of 4,600 m. It makes a nice warming up for what is coming up the next days.
3rd day: There are 1,000 altitude meters to cover from 4,600 m to high camp at 5,600 m. This will take some 5 hours and there are a few rock passages to cross before reaching high camp.
It will be a cold night before you can start the climb to the top tomorrow.
4th day: During appr. 6 hours it goes over very steep ice passages from high camp to the summit. It is hard work but the scenery during your climb up is amazing and even better once you are on top of the Illampu. It feels like you are on top of the world.
The climb down is also difficult and you need to be alert. You will descend at least until high camp and if possible a little bit more.
5th day: You will continue going down from high camp to camp Aguas Calientes, further down into the Yungas valleys.
If you have enough energy left hopefully you can make it until Ancoma and spend the night there.
6th day: If you did not make it to Ancoma yesterday but spent the night in Aguas Calientes you will have to walk this part first. Then in Ancoma transport is waiting to bring you to Sorata and from there back to La Paz.
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