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Sajama (6542 m.a.s.l.), the highest mountain in Bolivia.

MOUNTAINEERING BOLIVIA

The Western Mountains Range is located northwest at the department of Oruro, in the Sajama province. The area adjoins with the department of La Paz and the border of Chile, its heights go from 4.000 and 6.542 meters.

The Sajama national park is known for its wide plateau area, high andean lagoons and amazing volcanic mountains like Payachatas, Parinacota (6332 m.a.s.l.), Pomerape (6280 m.a.s.l.) and snowed Sajama (6542 m.a.s.l.), the highest mountain in Bolivia.

You will be able to experience a diversified flora and fauna: The queñuas Woods (trees that grow in the highest altitude in the world), elegant vicuñas, lamas, alpacas, suris, and with some luck andean wild cats, pumas and condor. Besides all this, there is a geyser chain (boling slopes), place where you’ll can watch boiling water coming out of the ground and termal waters in open air, both product of the volcanic activity underground.

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Who?

These ascents are destined to all the people with good physical condition who wish to live a first experience in volcanic mountains without greater technical difficulty.

Difficulty

AD

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Season

April to October

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Day 1: La Paz – Sajama Village (4200 m.a.s.l.) – Sajama Base Camp (4700 m.a.s.l.)

Day 2: Base Camp – Sajama High Camp (5700 m.a.s.l.)

Day 3: High Camp – Sajama Summit (6542 m.a.s.l.) – Base Camp (4700 m.a.s.l.)

Day 4: Base Camp – Thermal waters (Hot Springs) – La Paz (3600 m.a.s.l.)

TRIP

DETAILS

Difficulty

AD

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Ratio

1 guide / 2 clients

Season

April to October

Location

Cordillera Occidental (Bolivia)

DETAILED PROGRAM

Day 1: LA PAZ – SAJAMA VILLAGE (4200 m.a.s.l.) – SAJAMA BASE CAMP (4700 m.a.s.l.)  

Departure from the hotel to cross the Altiplano (the high plateau) early in the morning. On our way we will make a stop in Curahuara de Carangas village, where we will visit the colonial church known as “Capilla Dieciséis del Altiplano” (Chapell sixteen of the high plateau). We will arrive at Sajama village around the afternoon, then we will start a trek with our muleteer team to our base camp, in which we will appreciate the diverse flora of the place. Set up of our camp and break.

Camping night.

Day 2: BASE CAMP – SAJAMA HIGH CAMP (5700 m.a.s.l.) 

At the next morning we will start the climb to the high ground with the help of shepards. After going through the outer side of the mountain, we will take a northwest ridge. A last corridor will take us to our high ground camp.

Camping night.  

Day 3: HIGH CAMP – SAJAMA SUMMIT (6542 m.a.s.l.) – BASE CAMP (4700 m.a.s.l.)  

In our effort to go to the summit we will start the climb at 2:00 am. The first part is “inconsistent and loose”. After that, we will take a stoned ridge until reaching the snow. Depending on the weather, the glacier might have different size penitents. After going through these difficulties we will arrive to a flat and immense Summit, a crater filled with snow and ice. Descent through the same way to the base camp.

Camping night.

Day 4: BASE CAMP – THERMAL WATERS (Hot Springs) – LA PAZ (3600 m.a.s.l.) 

We will go down from the base camp to the Hot Springs to enjoy a well-deserved bath in them. Return to La Paz city in a private vehicle.

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