Huayna Potosi

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Huayna Potosi is the closest high mountain to La Paz, a city which is surrounded by high mountains, and itself is the highest capital city in the world. Huayna Potosi is roughly fifteen miles due north of the city, which makes this mountain the most popular climb in Bolivia. The normal ascent route is a fairly straightforward glacier climb, with some crevasses and a steep climb to the summit.

Elevation (feet): 19,996
Elevation (meters): 6,094
Continent: South America
Country: Bolivia
Range/Region: Bolivian Andes
Latitude: -16.2667
Longitude: -68.1833
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1919
First successful climber(s): German expedition
Nearest major airport: La Paz, Bolivia
Convenient Center: La Paz, Bolivia

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 56 trip reports for Huayna Potosi.

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  • Log #22459 - by Sven Bugarski on Jan 16, 2014
    Although I climbed that mountain already a while ago, I still remember it very well. It was a fantastic tour that I did with an individualized itinerary. As probably most climbers in the area do, I...
  • Log #22449 - by Layne Flake on Nov 10, 2013
    My brother, Bryan and a younger friend, Chris Bowerbank and I summitted Huayna Potosi on my 45th wedding anniversary (Sept. 5th) I am sixty-six, Bryan is fifty-seven and Chris is thirty-three. We had...
  • Log #21982 - by Réka on June 07, 2010
    The end was a difficult rock climbing
  • Log #21809 - by peter lyssy on Nov 10, 2009
    This is a historical remember. I went up solo from the base camp. There was no difficulty without a short steep snowbridge over a crevasse. Still today I regret being there without ski.
  • Log #21773 - by Adolfo De Paz Vela on Sep 23, 2009
    It was little bit hard, but i love it
  • Log #21602 - by an anonymous user on Feb 23, 2009
    If you're interested in a great climb close to La Paz, this seems to be the one to do. I'd recommend that if, like me, you have little to no climbing experience, that you do a 3 day ascent, using the...
  • Log #21366 - by Meabhdh Terry on Aug 05, 2008
    this is the 1st over 6000m . Other includes, Thorung La (5416m), Annapurna circuit in Nepal in 2000.
  • Log #21025 - by Jeremy Bartholomew on Sep 12, 2007
    I had a great day climbing this easy 6000m peak with a professional guide I picked up in La Paz. It is an awesome ridge and a truly breathtaking summit.
  • Log #20984 - by Peter Smith on Aug 28, 2007
    I summited Huayna Potosi, we did it 4 hrs from high camp. Many thanks to www.bolivianjourneys.org I highly recommend this bolivian company.
  • Log #20914 - by KURT DUZAN on July 31, 2007
    I HAD JUST FINISHED A TREK THRU THE CORDILLERA REAL AND WAS WELL ACLIMATIZED. HAD A FEW DAYS REST IN LA PAZ BEFORE HIRING LOCAL GUIDE. FIRST DAY TO CAMPO ARGENTINA AND NEXT MORNING 2:00 AM DEPARTURE...
  • Log #20804 - by Wolfgang Untersweg on June 05, 2007
    Huayna Potosi is the most climbed peak in Bolivia. So if you search silence go somewhere else. There exists now a new hut at 5130 m so no tent is needed, but I would recommend an own tent and to go...
  • Log #20759 - by Wolfgang Untersweg on Apr 30, 2007
    From the new hut at 5130 m up to the summit. Straightforward, only 1 part at about 5600 m and then the last section up to the summit are steeper. About 50 degree at the moment.
  • Log #20550 - by David Dapp on Dec 22, 2006
    Great climb and had great summit. No winds and no clouds. A climbers dream for summit day. At high camp set up below the crevasses.
  • Log #20406 - by Pedro Rodriguez Inciarte on Sep 30, 2006
    I am 56 years old, it took me 5 h 20 min the ascent from campo de piedras. Only the last 190m climb have difficoulty. Good weather.
  • Log #19176 - by Owen Thomas & Jim Morris on Sep 27, 2006
    Overnight at Campo Argentina, then normal route to the summit, taking the long summit ridge not the steep direct slope to the summit. Fantastic ridge. Left camp at 03:00, summitted at about 08:00 -...
  • Log #20290 - by Jeff Poz on Aug 03, 2006
    Spectacular views! Nothing too difficult--just a long slog up the glacier with a few relatively simple technical sections. Unforgettable! A word about the La Paz-based trekking/climbing company...
  • Log #18767 - by Frederic Lavoie on Feb 14, 2006
    Ma copine et moi l'avons fait en 5 jours aller-retour, par la voie normale, en autonomie complète (sans guide). Nous avons pris un taxi jusqu'au pied de la montagne et avons campé pas très loin de...
  • Log #18782 - by Mark Haeg on Feb 14, 2006
    Although it didnt know it, I had the first symptoms of Hep A on the climb. This made endurancee a problem. The sleep on the ice was nearly impossible although we had trained on the 5000 meter pass...
  • Log #18828 - by keith penny on Feb 14, 2006
    exhausting summit attempt from high camp at around 5700mts, starting at 1am after a sleepless night with temp dropping to around -25 celcius, close to serac avalanche! 3 litre bottle of water froze...
  • Log #18860 - by Andrew Goad / Lisa Porter on Feb 14, 2006
    Hiked in from Sorata with my girlfriend, unsupported trip of 145Km over 19 days. Arrived at the hut and arranged with the Dr. to climb on the spot. Everything was well organized and it worked out...
  • Log #18873 - by Pete on Feb 14, 2006
    The climb to high camp was no problem apart from the heat of the sun, that all changed by 4:30pm when it disppeared behind the mountain. Come 12:30am it was a freezing but clear night and Gonzalo my...
  • Log #18936 - by Michael Moritz on Feb 14, 2006
    Surprisingly easy until we reached the summit slope! The ridge was so heavily corniced that noone tried to use it, so we climbed the summit slope, which was icy in some places... it would definitely...
  • Log #18871 - by Gareth and Simon on Aug 15, 2005
    We were 2 fit guys in our mid twenties who had two days of pure hell!!!! The highest mountain one of us had climbed before was Snowdon and neither of us had any climbing experience. We appreciate...
  • Log #3034 - by Martin Burlinski on Oct 15, 2004
    Great experience. Climbed with Adolfo Andino and a guide called Mario. Had high fewer, cough, knee ligaments inflammation and a ... diarrhea :) It was tough but well worth it.
  • Log #3035 - by Andy Tucker on Oct 10, 2004
    The best weather all day was at the top - stayed almost 40 minutes enjoying the views and warm weather. Climbing was not so hard except for needing frequent breathing breaks, but the walk back was...
  • Log #3036 - by Dan Carlson on Sep 22, 2004
    I climbed Huayna Potosi with BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS, In my book you could not find a more qualified company. I am certain, there are other good ones, but no other company knows Huayna Potosi as well. They...
  • Log #3037 - by taubennest celine on Sep 06, 2004
    I do hayna potosi and because of the many people here, I go first in bolivian journey agency, they were not nice whith me becuase i was alone, they just said to me 'you have to be 2' and nothing...
  • Log #3038 - by Tacio Philip Sansonovski on Aug 02, 2004
    after my first attempt in 2002 (when I get a snow storm and I don't reach the summit), I back there now in 2004 and finally reach the 6088m of its summit! very wonderful climb!!! thanks...
  • Log #3039 - by karsten delap on July 27, 2004
    great climb! icy on the top head wall very rad. great day great view. thanx CMS.
  • Log #3040 - by Roland & Nicole on July 26, 2004
    we took the opportunity on our worldtrip (dec 03 - apri 04) in la paz to climb a mountain of 6000 meters. we choose the agency of dr. hugo. he himself made the training session on day 1. after a cold...
  • Log #3041 - by Todd A. Flores on July 18, 2004
    I highly recommed "Refugio Huayna Potosi Travel Agency" located at #398 Sagarnaga on the corner of Sagarnaga and Illampu in La Paz. They have a small Hotel 2 1/2 hours from the high camp...
  • Log #3042 - by Eliott on July 06, 2004
    Hi, I'am a student boy from Peru. I live in Miraflores which is on the coast of Peru, and i love surfing off the beach.Also,I know alots of places to here. Machu Picchu, Camino Inca, Choquequirao,...
  • Log #3043 - by Genaro Flores on July 03, 2004
    Mejor precios que las agencias..
  • Log #3044 - by Mike kendon James Lassetter on June 11, 2004
    Done from the road all in one go. Took about 8hrs I think. I recommend it as you can go very light, but you must be acclimatised. We had some excitement on the way to the bottom.
  • Log #3045 - by Emmanuelle et Thomas Spadone on June 04, 2004
    Very good conditions Rather easy with a good acclimatization One steep section (65d/10m) to reach the top part and then the final slope that is definetly not 60d, but a 45d/200m slope Sunny face (...
  • Log #3046 - by Manuel Castillo on June 03, 2004
    It is possible, at least it was in 1993, to make the peak only in one day avoiding the middle camp. If you reduce the weight of the equipment removing the camp items you can attack the summit from...
  • Log #3047 - by Steve Hysko on May 20, 2004
    With Chris Ruby and Bob Brockley, long way up to high camp from Zongo Pass. High camp just below the wall at 18,000 feet plus. Can also camp just above the moraine but a long way to the top from...
  • Log #3048 - by Dan Jerdan on Apr 22, 2004
    Climbed in two days with Bolivian Journeys (Calle Sagarnaga). Although I have done a lot of hiking this was my first true mountaineering ascent. The altitude and wind made it demanding, especially...
  • Log #3049 - by Georg Pfarl on Jan 29, 2004
    The three of us reached the summit on the normal route without any major problems. We were the only ones to camp at Campamento Argentino. Due to heavy winds everyone else put up their tents up at the...
  • Log #3050 - by raúl vicedo máiquez on Dec 25, 2003
    A fines de agosto, Kiko Hernandez y Raôl Vicedo, de Alicante, Espa3a logramos que el Huayna Potosà accediese a que pudieramos contemplar espectacular panorama nos hizo so3ar con nuevas cumbres, con...
  • Log #3051 - by Jamsheed on Dec 08, 2003
    I realize that the best time to climb Huayana Potosi is May-Oct. However, is it still ok to climb Huayna Potosi in early Jan.
  • Log #3052 - by Stephen Ivey on Dec 01, 2003
    Do not go on a coke binge for 10 days in Cuzco befor you try and climb a 6000m mountain.
  • Log #3053 - by Carol Everton on Nov 27, 2003
    My mountain guide said 2 days, I make it 3.5!!!!
  • Log #3054 - by John Roberts on Nov 11, 2003
    BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS. Definitively the best mountaineering company in Bolivia. We summited Huayna Potosi this morning, it wasn't that easy... We contacted BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS, a very professional...
  • Log #3055 - by Mattias Aspholm on Nov 05, 2003
    Me and my girlfriend reached the summit at 8.30 AM in splendid sunshine in company with two other clients and no less than three guides. Great views over Cordillera Real and the city of La Paz. This...
  • Log #3057 - by Remi PERRIN on Oct 05, 2003
    It was our first experience upper 6000 m. We choose Aldo RIVEIROS, a bolivian guide who is preparing aspirant guide at ENSA (National school of ski and alpinism) in Chamonix. Well organized, we...
  • Log #3058 - by John Krotec on Oct 01, 2003
    I wish to reply to the comments made by Karl Pruckner concerning Gonzalo Jaimes. First, experienced alpine mountain climbers usually are aware of the equipment conditions in developing nations. I...
  • Log #3059 - by Paul O Sullivan on Sep 21, 2003
    My guide and I summitted at 5.51am this morning, first to the top on a busy Sunday. Climbed in two days (Day 1: 2 hrs to high camp, 5200m, Day 2: 3hrs 20mins to summit, 2 hrs back to high camp, 1 hr...
  • Log #3060 - by karl pruckner on Sep 12, 2003
    Be careful about Bolivian Mountain Guide GONZALO JAIMES and his company HIGH CAMP, we took his services this year, first he said he was the best guide in La Paz if not the only one, he said that all...
  • Log #3061 - by Frank Rossi on Sep 11, 2003
    Climbed normal route without taking the summit ridge. Took the east face. Perfect weather. Great view to Lake Titicaca.
  • Log #3062 - by John Krotec on Sep 01, 2003
    We were a group of 10 climbers from Florida (elevation 30'). Six of ten summitted on the eigth day in country. One stayed at high camp, one turned back at the halfway point because of a major...
  • Log #3063 - by danny goodwin on Aug 18, 2003
    I was hoping that someone out there may have some info on a peak in southern peru it is called Salkantay it is 6200m and has many stunning poss unclimbed lines if you know ought could you let me know...
  • Log #3064 - by Ben on Aug 15, 2003
    Really easy, apart from that last scramble. The worst part was the number of other people climbing (about 50 or so!) and the bottle neck of crossing the cravass. I had to wait about half an hour in...
  • Log #3066 - by Nyle K. Walton on July 24, 2003
    During a hitchhike from Salt Lake City and Cordoba, Argentina, I stopped off in La Paz, introduced myself to the Club Andino Boliviano which arranged for me two companions, Col. Ramon Acero and Peter...
  • Log #3067 - by Benjamin Wehner on July 21, 2003
    If your not acclimated it can be difficult but the normal route is pretty cake. Only once was it a bit sketchy when the snow bridge ov er the bergschrund collapsed and we had to jump over the 4 foot...
  • Log #3068 - by Tim on July 16, 2003
    This was my first mountain climb and with no previous experience and aged only 18 I was a little concerned at the prospect of a 6000m peak! After reading this page we climbed with Bolivian Journeys...