Pico Bolivar

Elevation (feet): 16,332
Elevation (meters): 4,978
Continent: South America
Country: Venezuela
Range/Region: Cordillera de Merida
Latitude: 8.54361
Longitude: -71.0425
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: 1935
First successful climber(s): Enrique Bourgoin
Nearest major airport: Mérida, Venezuela
Convenient Center: Mérida, Venezuela

Pico Bolivar is the highest mountain in Venezuela, 4978 m. It is located alongside many of Venezuela's other high peaks, within the boundaries of Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada. It is immediately southeast of the city of Merida, from which one has the option of taking a lift up to 15,630 feet. From here, the ascent is a traverse and then a rock-snow (depending on month) technical climb.

Additional information from Héctor Pérez González:

Es el techo de Venezuela. Se puede comenzar a subir desde el pueblo de Tabay (Mucuy alta) selva nublada y helechos gigantes llegando a la laguna La Coromoto,luego al segundo día se llega a la segunda laguna más grande de Los Andes (laguna Verde) al tercer día hacemos la Travesía Andina y llegamos a Timoncito donde hacemos el campnmento Base avanzado al día siguiente escalamos (3horas) al Bolívar (4987 m.s.n.m) bajamos y seguimos a Pico Espejo y de aquí en Teleférico o funicular hasta Mérida. Es una belleza. Lo recomiendo. Héctor Pérez (Centro Excursionista Némesis)

Weather

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Trip Reports

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

There are 25 trip reports for Pico Bolivar.

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  • Log #20551 - by Eduardo Cedeño on Dec 22, 2006
    Three times I reach the summit of the "Pico Bolivar" through the Weiss route. Departing from Timoncito Lagoon and ascending through a sort of ramp. The climbs turns to a little bit technical at the...
  • Log #19001 - by centro excursionista nemesis on Feb 14, 2006
    Es el pico más alto de Venezuela(5007 m.s.n.m) con poco grado de dificultad para escalarlo(recomiendo guía)uso de Rappel en tres oportunidades.Es una belleza. Mi primer cinco mil con Aurelio(guía)
  • Log #18950 - by Roland Pitteroff on Feb 24, 2005
    A very worthwhile climb. The peak probably has many ascents from Merida via the cable car. We chose the 4-day very rewarding route via Laguna Coronata, Laguna El Suero, climbed Pico Humboldt (4900)...
  • Log #551 - by Gabriel Paris on Oct 30, 2004
    Two times on Venezuela's roof. Not so much. Both were foggy days. Via de Normal route, it was snowy.
  • Log #552 - by Yury Konev on Oct 29, 2004
    I went through Natoura Tours (which offer excellent guides and porters, if necessary) based in the beautiful city of Merida, which is only about 8 air miles from Pico Bolivar in Sierra Nevada...
  • Log #554 - by Yury Konev on Oct 29, 2004
    I went through Natoura Tours (which offer excellent guides and porters, if necessary) based in the beautiful city of Merida, which is only about 8 air miles from Pico Bolivar in Sierra Nevada...
  • Log #555 - by Yury Konev on Oct 29, 2004
    I went through Natoura Tours (which offer excellent guides and porters, if necessary) based in the beautiful city of Merida, which is only about 8 air miles from Pico Bolivar in Sierra Nevada...
  • Log #556 - by Kevin Alexander Puche Guaderrama on Oct 31, 2003
    Invernal summits, all for de South Face, many dificults, but easy!
  • Log #557 - by Dagoberto Salazar on Oct 14, 2003
    La altura es de 4997m, segun los ultimos estudios. Una ascension sencilla, pero nunca debe subestimarse el peligro de estas montanas. Los Andes tropicales son fabulosos. Pueden encontrar fotos en...
  • Log #558 - by Don Ony on Feb 04, 2002
    This peak is NOT 5007m.We climbed without ropes or guide.Its a nice scramble,the summit is small,the view fantastic.The bust of Simon Bolivar is cheap plastic,its not needed, and ruins the summit,...
  • Log #559 - by Jorge Gadler on Jan 15, 2002
    La segunda vez que escalamos el Pico Bolivar lo hicimos por la Bourgoin. Lo hice con mi hijo Christian (12 anos) y mi sobrino Juan Sebastian (11 anos y algo). Guias del grupo de rescate de Merida me...
  • Log #560 - by Miguel Jose Vazquez B. on July 20, 2001
    Routes Weiss (southwest) , Bourgoin (south) , Vinci (North) and Northwest. In almost all the months of the year. With snow, ice, verglas, watersnow, at night, at day, in windy days, storms. Don't...
  • Log #561 - by Roberto Blasi on May 28, 2001
    I climb the Bolivar in company of Jose Guerrero using a rock climbing route in the Jhang peak (5.10+) after that we traverse thru the Bourgoin route to the summit.
  • Log #562 - by Miguel Angel Perez on Apr 26, 2001
    La ascencion al Pico Bolivar se hizo por la ruta Weiss, saliendo de Pico Espejo a las 8:30 a.m. y lofrando cumbre a las 10:40 a.m. (un total de 2horas 10 min.). Creo que fue bastante rapido!! El guia...
  • Log #563 - by Daniel Mora on Jan 26, 2001
    es lo maximo!!!!!!! fuimos un grupo de 14 personas del grupo Excursionista Oikos de la Universidad Simon Bolivar. Creo que fu un record de personas al mismo tiempo en la cumbre. Háganlo!!!!!!
  • Log #564 - by Derek Elliott on Nov 30, 2000
    3 1/2 hrs round trip solo great climb and even better because I had the peak to myself.
  • Log #565 - by Heinz Saler on Oct 05, 2000
    Lo siento amigos, el Pico Bolivar tiene solo 4.982+-1m! Hemos determinado la altura con GPS en el ano 1.993. Carlos y yo
  • Log #566 - by Rafael Simon on Aug 31, 2000
    This was an exeptionally wonderful experience. We formed a group of six in total and managed to reach the peak in three day, plus our descent. I highly recommend the peak, mountain, city, park,...
  • Log #567 - by David Elvira on July 20, 2000
    Si quieres mas informacion de la historia de los ascensos a este pico visita mi pagina web. Tambien hay fotos, recomendaciones, mapas y experiencias personales. If you want more information of this...
  • Log #568 - by Eric Lalancette on Feb 07, 2000
    Avec mon copain Dominic nous avons fait le pico Bolivar par la voie nord. Un rappel de 30 m., une traverse de 2 heures, 6 longeurs de glace, 5 longeurs de roche, un autre rappel et 2 autres longeurs...
  • Log #569 - by Jaime Suárez Gonzalez on Dec 24, 1999
    en mi pagina http, figuran los relatos de mis ascensiones a las principales montanas de America como Aconcagua, Llullaillaco, Pissis, Ojos del Salado, Bonete, Tupungato, Veladero, Nacimiento, Tres...
  • Log #570 - by Thomas Kuhn on Sep 09, 1999
    it was the first time in my life a made a 5-days hike in the moutains and it was one of the most impressive experience . in 1998 i climbed pico humboldt, also very good.
  • Log #571 - by Matthieu on Aug 19, 1999
    I did two times the north face, soloing it. It's an exciting ice-climbing route, with 80 degree walls. Anyway, the crux is Imparques' office, to obtain (or not) your permit.
  • Log #572 - by Tomas KNAPEK on Apr 13, 1999
    We were visited this mountain by teleferico from city Merida. We had nice weather with great view to the Merida and to other mountains. Afternoon was foggy but the morning was very nice. We enjoyed ...
  • Log #573 - by Klaus P Frezza on Nov 27, 1998
    Ascended via Weiss route; summit was rainy and foggy so we had no view of Merida city; descent by rappel, very exciting. Teleferico (cable car) was not working to nearby Pico Espejo, so we climbed...