The country of Bolivia is
filled with summits for climbers to conquer. Bolivia climbing
is a thriving industry, the Andes Mountains the perfect
setting for your next alpine adventure.
Bolivian mountain climbing is reason
alone to visit the country. You could spend months exploring
the 160 miles of the Cordillera Real, which has over 50
peaks of varying difficulty and terrain to scale. The
largest, Illimani, looks down at you as you walk the streets
of the capitol, La Paz.
Climbing the Andes Mountains is no small feat. Windstorms,
snow squalls, hidden crevasses and thin air are all hazards
that add to the thrill of Bolivia mountain climbing. It's
important to find a reputable guide to lead you through
the rugged terrain you will encounter.
While you will likely do most of your planning ahead
of time, you might feel impulsive and take a last minute
trip with one of the local Bolivia tour companies. Ranabol
Expeditions, while not geared specifically towards climbing,
offers kayaking, hang gliding and expeditions to add to
your Bolivia experience. Some
of these other choices are a great way to unwind after
two weeks of strenuous Bolivian mountain climbing.
Akhamani Treks in La Paz, is a well known leader in Bolivian
climbing. These experienced guides plan adventures, as
well as provide you with logistic support for Bolivian
Andean Treks is an internationally based company that
organizes llama treks, adventure tours in the Amazon,
and a number of other activities in the Andes Mountains.
Halcones Andinism Club is in Oruro. While you are visiting
here pay them a visit to get info about paragliding in
addition to Bolivia mountain climbing.
Alaya Adventura, Bolivia Adventure Planet Expeditions,
Club Andino Boliviano, and Bolivian Journeys Climbing
are all based in La Paz. La Paz is a starting point for
many climbers, so if you've come back from your trek but
you still have a thirst for more Bolivia hiking, stop
in one of their offices and look into taking on of their
2 or 4-day expeditions.
Bolivia Climbing Expedition Guides is another international
company that specializes in expeditions to the well-known
peaks of Illimani, Huyana Potosi, and Pequeño Alpamayo.
Explore Bolivia, Inc. offers nature tours, and a number
of water based activities such as canoeing and kayaking
in addition to leading expeditions to the Andes Mountains.
Although Bolivia is filled with an array of cultural
and ecological activities, there is no experience like
standing in top of a snow-covered mountain as you gaze
at peaks that extend as far as the eye can see. You will
blink and you might find that your eyes tear, not from
the blinding light of the snow reflected sun and the alpine
winds, but from the sheer elation of your soul as you
absorb the astounding majesty that surrounds you.