The highlands and seemingly
impassable heights of Bolivia Mountains taunt even the most experienced climbers. Whether you've
scaled Everest, Kilimanjaro or Kailas, the spectacular
peaks of the Andes beckon you to a climb that is unlike
any other you'll ever experience.
A third of the country of Bolivia,
mainly the western part, is situated at a very high elevation.
These highlands are known as the Altiplano, which has
quite a bit of diversity within itself - from the massive
plateaus La Paz is situated or the Bolivia Mountains,
which surround it. The majority of the population of Bolivia
calls this area home. The natural wonders of the Altiplano
are plentiful, and so many rather enjoyable hikes are
to be had even if you are not a serious climber.
Most climbers would be wise to spend a few days enjoying
the capitol of La Paz before moving
on north to Lake Titicaca.
This time allows your body to acclimatize to the altitude
before taxing your body with the strenuous climb of the
Cordillera Real of the Royal Mountain Range. This range
enjoys worldwide renown for its unparalleled views of
Bolivia. Cresting the top of the enormous heights to take
in a view from what seems like seventh heaven it seems,
you will be filled with a feeling of ecstasy. Scaling
any of the Andes Mountains in Bolivia is a feat and a
joy for any climber.
If you dare, try Climbing Huayana Potosi, whose other
name; Kaka-aka, means, 'the one who came from the rocks'.
This is a tempting summit, certainly one of the giants
of Bolivia. A half days' hike from La Paz, this easily
accessible peak is a must for any climber that visits
You could easily spend a week or more climbing the Mount
Condoriri range, comprised of 50 peaks with a range of
difficulty and elevations which welcome the climber who
wants to experience some extended time and camping and
Visible from the capitol of La Paz, the forbidding peak
of Illimani summons any hardy adventurer daring enough
to scale its snow-covered face. 7 peaks make up this highest
of all the mountains in the Cordillera Real, the southern
peak being the tallest of all the Andes Mountains in Bolivia.
A number of trails will take you to the top. You can
try the straightforward ascent from the west, or challenge
yourself by taking on of the more difficult routes. Be
sure to give yourself a few days to take in the climb
and savor the lovely alpine setting. By the third day
you will have reached the summit at a leisurely pace,
where you can absorb some of the best views of the Cordillera
Real from the top of Mount Illimani.
Whether you spend a couple days Climbing
Huayana Potosi or meandering for a week or more through
the Mount Condoriri range, the views and tranquility you
will experience in the Bolivian Andes is an utterly transforming