Illimani is the highest mountain that can be found in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real range. Rising to an elevation of 21,122 feet, it is also the second tallest peak that can be found in Bolovia. You can find it to the near south of La Paz, and it easily dominates the skyline on this side of the capital.
Illimani is a major Bolivian landmark, and while many are content with admiring it from afar, there are others who look to climb the large massif. The first attempt to reach the summit occurred in 1877, though it was unsuccessful. Years later in 1898, it was conquered for the first time, and in 1940, the standard route that many climbers adhere to today was first climbed time. It takes approximately four days to complete the standard route should you be looking to add your name to the list of successful Illimani summiters. All things considered, it isn’t the most technical climb, so you don’t have to be of the expert level.
Anyone who is looking to climb Illimani, Huayna Potosi, and any of the other main climbing mountains that can be found in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real can look to arrange a guided tour. La Paz is where many of these tours are arranged, and it should be mentioned that hiking tours are also available should that be the aim. These tours can be quite complete and include such things as meals, accommodations, porters to carry your gear, and any special permits that might be needed.