Chacaltaya is a nearest and best accesible 5000 mts andean peak from La Paz. There is a small glacier with world's highest ski lift and the only one in equatorial zone.

Elevation (feet): 17,700
Elevation (meters): 5,395
Continent: South America
Country: Bolivia
Range/Region: Bolivian Andes
Latitude: -16.347115
Longitude: -68.127784
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
First successful climber(s): none of record
Nearest major airport: La Paz EL Alto
Convenient Center: La Paz

Thanks to Petr Vondracek and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

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

There are 15 trip reports for Chacaltaya.

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  • Log #21864 - by Koen on Jan 24, 2010
    10 dollar cab ride to the hut at 5000 meter, from there its about 1 hour to the summit. Good acclimatisation trip.
  • Log #21211 - by Adriano Petrachi on Mar 06, 2008
    Short walk.
  • Log #20921 - by Christine Theodorovics, Matthieu Lebeurre on July 31, 2007
    Went up by bus and then walked for a bit to reach the peak.
  • Log #20625 - by Herbert Sulzer on Jan 24, 2007
    I was on the summit with my father roughly 40 years ago beeing 8 years old. I remember the cold and was pretty tired as we drove back to la Paz in the evening :-)
  • Log #13656 - by Nathan on Sep 06, 2004
    My father and I hired a guide and driver to drive us to the ski hill in style in a 1997 Diesel Toyota Landcruiser, which is, by the way, the only way to travel in Central and South America. Once we...
  • Log #13657 - by Tacio Philip Sansonovski on Sep 05, 2004
    This is a mountain very near from La Paz e very good to aclimatation. I think it's the easier 5000 meter peak to reach the top! :-) (but with great view!)
  • Log #13658 - by Wolfgang Untersweg on May 04, 2004
    Nice easy half day tour outside of La Paz. Really nice views of the north of the altiplano. Under goog conditions you can see lago titicaca.
  • Log #13659 - by Francois astier on June 25, 2003
    DO NOT TAKE THIS COMPANY !!! ANDES EXPEDICIONES Av. Camacho Nº 1377 Edif. Saenz Piso 3º fono: ( 591- 2 ) 2319655 - 2202983 Fax: ( 591 - 2 ) 2392344 P.O. Box 12287 La Paz – Bolivia www.
  • Log #13660 - by Tacio Philip Sansonovski on June 24, 2003
    Very easy mountain, good to aclimatation before attack the other mountains. Wonderful view!!! My first snow summit!
  • Log #13661 - by Andreas Ruh on July 16, 2002
    easy to walk - but a great view to Huayna Potosi and some smaller lakes
  • Log #13663 - by Sven Bugarski on July 07, 2002
    There is no public transport to Chacaltaya, but one can join a relatively cheap private tour (around US$ 10) to Chacaltaya. The car/bus goes up to the hut at 5260m (!!!) of altitude. Be sure to have...
  • Log #13664 - by matt bond on Dec 29, 2001
    the easiest 5000er I've ever climb. You get to 5100 m by car ja, ja, ja... but good for acclimatization. We climb Huayna Potosi afterwards, by the way we took Bolivian Journeys on Sagarnaga 363 good...
  • Log #13665 - by Erin Weiss, Tracy Brigham on Sep 05, 2001
    Just out of high school when my sister and I headed to Peru and Bolivia. The whole time up Chac I was looking at Huayana Potosi saying "someday..." Me encantan los picos do Bolivia y voy a...
  • Log #13666 - by Thue Pontoppidan on Jan 02, 2001
    Went to the skihut at 5200m with one of the plenty bus trips from La Paz (approx. 2hrs). Horrible road! Summitted from the skihut along the ridge left of the glacier to the summit about 200m higher....
  • Log #13667 - by Petr Vondracek on Mar 24, 2000
    I visited Chacaltaya with Club Andino Boliviano for USD 10. It is a 30 km scenic drive from La Paz 3700 mts higher and higher through El Alto 4010 mts (World's highest city) and many zig zag curves...