Huayna Potosi Trip Report (#20290)
- Signed By: Jeff Poz of USA
- Date submitted: August 03, 2006
- Number of People Encountered:11-25 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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 Bolivian Journeys (which everyone seemed to rave about)...
My girlfriend and I went through them for the trek from Condoriri to Huayna Potosi (amazing sights near Condoriri!) and followed by a climb of Huayna Potosi. We found that the trek was extremely overpriced for what we got. Everyday we received too little food, and it was the worst food we'd seen in a dozen treks through the Andes. One night we each ate 2 small hotdogs and a half bowl of Ramen soup. For the climb, we specifically stated we would like a 1-to-1 guide-client ratio (and we paid extra for it) and they of course said "No problemas!" When the two climbing guides arrived at basecamp, three additional inexperienced clients came along. Also, we were assured that my girlfriend would have a porter for the walk up to the high camp due to her bad back--instead, she had to carry her pack both up to high camp and back down. Then, when we got back to the office to tell them all about the trip, they were very defensive and even disrespectful. They told my girlfriend, who speaks near-fluent Spanish, that all the things that we thought went wrong with the trip was some sort of her Spanish mis-communication with the "salesman" behind the desk. Completely rediculous--before the trip, we checked and double-checked about the quality of the food, our climbing guide ratio, and the extra porter. But, while we found the office people to be so horrible (like sketchy car salesmen), the guides were extremely competent and friendly. Their climbing guides must be some of the best of the bunch!
Recommendations: Do the climb! Don't go trekking with Bolivian Journeys; go climbing with Bolivian Journeys (but don't let them push you around in the office).