Before arriving in La Paz, the plane bypass inevitably a towering and magnificent mountain. This is the majestic peak Huayna Potosí, that offers to the traveller a first emotion before placing one´s feet on the ground. The Huayna Potosí is also one of the most accessible 6000-meter peaks in the Andes.
HUAYNA POTOSI TREK & CLIMBING
- Day 1: La Paz - Tuni - Laguna Tuni - Laguna Wichu Khota
- Day 2: Laguna Wichu Khota - Campo Canal
- Day 3: Huayna Potosi Shelter - Refuge Camp des Roches
- Day 4: Refuge Camp des Roches - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz
Day 1: La Paz - Tuni - Laguna Tuni - Laguna Wichu Khota
Transport La Paz - Tuni. Approx.3h30
Difficulty: 4 to 6-hour walking each day. Good fitness required.
Departure from the village of Tuni, the start of the trek (3h trip)
We will slowly climb to the lagunas Suri Kota and Wichu Kota, where we will set the camp, at the foot of the María Lloco (el. 5522 m.a.s.l.).
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Walking time: 2h.
Included : private transport, guide (hiking), porters, catering, english speaking guide
Day 2: Laguna Wichu Khota - Campo Canal
Superb walk amongst the lakes, until the old camp for the Santa Fe mine. Short detour to a small summit dominating the camp for a nice view over all the lakes. We will then climb up to the camp, surrounded by the summits of the Imilla Apachita, the Maria Lloco and the Huayna Potosi (el. 6088 m.a.s.l.). The view is just superb (4/5-walk).
The bravest can hike to the Laguna Glacial del Huayna Potosi. A wonderful scenery can be enjoyed from this track which is a former stone channel (2h round trip).
Hiking time: 6h.
Included : english speaking guide
Day 3: Huayna Potosi Shelter - Refuge Camp des Roches
Ascent of the Huayana Potosi, Day 1:
Leaving from the Huayana Potosi hut (4700 m el.) we will climb to the “Rocks Camp” (base camp – el. 5100 m.a.s.l.) on the edge of the glacie in approximately 2 hours.
Night at the Campos Rocas hut.
Included : all inclusive, porters, climbing guide, catering, english speaking guide, room
Day 4: Refuge Camp des Roches - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz
Ascent of the Huayana Potosi, Day 2:
Grade II/AD, Max 50°;
Start at 02:00 a.m. for a tentative ascent to the summit. Then descent to the hut (approximately 10 hours return) where we will arrive in the afternoon. Stay in the hut.
Transport Huayna Potosí (Shelter) - La Paz
Included : porters, climbing guide, catering, english speaking guide, private transport
Refuge Campos Rocas Refuge Camp des Roches
Level : 1*
Included : room
This little house of stones is located at 5100m of high. Basic confort.