Illimani

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Illimani is a high peak of the Bolivian Andes, towering on the southeastern skyline from La Paz, Bolivia's capital city. Its 150-foot summit crest sends glaciers sprawling down its flanks on all sides.

Elevation (feet): 21,200
Elevation (meters): 6,460
Continent: South America
Country: Bolivia
Range/Region: Bolivian Andes
Latitude: -16.636932
Longitude: -67.787747
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1898
First successful climber(s): William Martin Conway
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 29 trip reports for Illimani.

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  • Log #20803 - by Wolfgang Untersweg on June 05, 2007
    Perfect conditions, but it was very windy and cold at the summit. Else we were alone there for 4 days.
  • Log #3235 - by Charlie Netherton on Sep 25, 2004
    Had bad problems with the altitude and had to turn back at 6200. Luckily, my guide, Eduardo from Bolivian Mountains (www.bolivianmountains.com) was fantastic.
  • Log #3236 - by m.morassi on Aug 19, 2004
    tried to summit but too much hard ice above 6200 m. it is necesarry to use 2 piolettes and more than 2 screws.
  • Log #3237 - by Mike Kendon James Lassetter Stuart Aitken on June 11, 2004
    Churchill College Mountaineering Club, Cambridge
  • Log #3238 - by Emmanuelle et Thomas Spadone on June 04, 2004
    By the west ridge(normal) 1 steep section (100m at 65degres, 75 max) around 6200m to climb the serac very very cold superb summit
  • Log #3239 - by Steve Hysko on May 10, 2004
    With Chris Ruby and Bob Brockley. We also brought a local guide. The rock getting up to The Condor's nest was terrible. Was on rock to almost 18,000-19,000 feet, sort of a slate that was beraking...
  • Log #3240 - by Ben Williams on Feb 27, 2004
    I had the time of my life on Illimani. The trip was absolutely incredible, one week that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I have to say that Eulogio and Luis (our guides) made the trip. Even...
  • Log #3241 - by rod turner on Feb 06, 2004
    "Great and difficult 3-day climb. A guide is essential if the way through the snow and ice is not clearly marked. Ice axe, rope and crampons are necessary. First night at the base camp, 2/3...
  • Log #3242 - by ariel zimermann on Feb 05, 2004
    A beutiful huge peak, amazing views of La Paz in dark time.Route finding is the biggest problem, and of course, the altitude. Make sure you're well acclimatized (The best thing is to climb Huayna...
  • Log #3243 - by Jim Taylor on Feb 05, 2004
    Joined a group from Italy that wanted to climb in 2 days vs. 4 days. Turns out to be 24 hours. We drove to Puente Roto 14,800' and started hike to hight camp a 2pm. Arrived Nido de Condors 17,880'...
  • Log #3244 - by fourure on July 13, 2003
    i made the five peaks traverses of illimani from north to south pico del indio, pico norte, pico central, pico sur and pico holluh kaillah i did it alone with out guide porter jeep or horse if you...
  • Log #3245 - by Thomas Lucyshyn on July 01, 2003
    Nice peak. We (Werner Greussing and me) reached the summit shortly after sunrise, followed by Eduardo and Walter. This was the great final of our 4 week trip to Bolivia, perfectly organized by...
  • Log #3246 - by Charlotte Putz on June 04, 2003
    Three days after having summited H. Potosi, I stood on the top after 5 hours of climbing!!! Perfect weather and conditions, just a little wind. The crevasse below the summit needed to do some ice...
  • Log #3247 - by Mark Roberts on May 19, 2003
    Yeah !!! we made it, the highest we've ever been. Thanks a lot ... to Eulogio And Luis, you're great guides. To Bolivian Journeys and its Managing Director Marco Soria .
  • Log #3248 - by Siegfried Trapp on May 09, 2003
    We leaved nido de condores (where we saw three condors passing by) at 4 in the morning and reached summit at 8:30. There seems to be a new crevasse 1 hour or so below the summit, but it had a small...
  • Log #3249 - by Kate Hobbs on Apr 20, 2003
    An incredible experience and a dream come true! Thursday, April 17 was spent on the road from La Paz and on the pleasant hike up to base camp. Friday we moved up to high camp, and prepared for the...
  • Log #3250 - by Jim Taylor on Jan 31, 2003
    Joined a group from Italy that wanted to climb in 2 days vs. 4 days. Turns out to be 24 hours. We drove to Puente Roto 14,800' and started hike to hight camp a 2pm. Arrived Nido de Condors 17,880'...
  • Log #3251 - by Jonathan Horley on Nov 23, 2002
    Just came back after failing to summit. Our guide decided that the wall of snow above the second cravase at 6200 was too dangerous. We had heard avalanches all night so I can't say I was too...
  • Log #3252 - by Phil Bell on Oct 24, 2002
    never had time to climb it , but have stood on deck crossing lake Titicaca in 1988 + 1993 from Peru into Bolivia , it is an awesome sight . However a different but significant mountain l have...
  • Log #3253 - by Marc Francou on Oct 07, 2002
    Beautiful mountain, the highest I've ever been, many, many thanks to Bolivian Journeys. Specially to Marco Soria the owner and our great guide Vicente. Contac them on www.bolivianjourneys.
  • Log #3254 - by Marc Arpin on Sep 29, 2002
    It has been a blissful experience ! Our party consisted of 6 people whose ages ranged from 29 to 42 (I was the oldest...). We all made it to the summit.
  • Log #3255 - by Filippo Bianco on Sep 13, 2002
    Very beutiful mountain, the best in Bolivia. After 3 weeks around Bolivia and Chile me with my father have summited the "Pico sur" in 3 days. 1st day from la PAz to Ecia Uno and to the base...
  • Log #3256 - by Tim Bottenfield on Aug 22, 2002
    SIFAT (www.sifat.org) volunteers (Jerry Barker, Tom Corson, Tim Bottenfield) climbed Mt. Illimani in Bolivia to raise funds for, and awareness of, the Quesimpuco Center for Health and Development...
  • Log #3257 - by Colin Wigston on Aug 03, 2002
    Beautiful mountain. Travelled with KE adventure hols. Drove to base camp. Walked to high camp next day.
  • Log #3258 - by Patrick Cote on July 26, 2002
    the highest I've ever been to. Hard mountain, we climbed it in 4 days. We used Bolivian Journeys, a bolivian company in La Paz, we contacted them by e-mail: boljour@ceibo.entelnet.bo.
  • Log #3259 - by Julien on July 25, 2002
    Great and difficult 3-day climb. A guide is essential if the way through the snow and ice is not clearly marked. Ice axe, rope and crampons are necessary. First night at the base camp, 2/3 hours from...
  • Log #3261 - by Paul Morris on Dec 29, 2001
    one of the most beautiful and impressive groups of peaks in the Cordillera Real. Great views over the whole range and even the Occidental one (Sajama ...). Easy ascent class II. We got all the info,...
  • Log #3262 - by james robinson on Dec 28, 2001
    "I was lucky to contact a good company in LA Paz, Bolivian Journeys on Calle Sagaranaga 363 (1 st floor). The service was just great, good gear (North Face and Mountain Hardware tents), good...
  • Log #3263 - by Ben Folsom on Aug 30, 2001
    Sorry, my first log is a mistake. It says four days from Sorata. I was confusing it with Illampu. I summited this peak Solo from high camp.