Technical Summits in the Southern Incan Empire


Technical Alpine
May 7-20, 2016
14 days

The north face of Condoriri holding the afternoon light. Our intended ascent follows the left-hand skyline to this impressive summit.


  • Pequeno Alpamayo
  • Condoriri

Bolivia is one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in South America and the Cordillera Real Range offers easy access, spectacular basecamps, and an intriguing culture. This trip visits the jewel of the Real: the Condoriri Valley nearby the capital city of La Paz.

This is one of the world’s great climbing ranges due to the year-round ice climbing,  typically good weather, quick access, and high quality services that make for a comfortable and enjoyable mountain experience.

Our guides are fluent Spanish and English speakers who have lead climbing trips in the Andes for decades.

14 day Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart U.S. typically through Miami, night flight to La Paz (Airport at 13,900′).

Day 2: Arrive in Boivia  in am, check-in Calacoto Hotel @ 11,ooo’.  Tour old city, group dinner.

Day 3: Acclimatization hike in the nearby Valle de la Animas (spirit valley) to 14k.

Day 4: Rock climbing nearby hotel, review of technical climbing systems.  Pack/prep for mountains.

Day 5: Drive 2.5 hrs and hike 1.5 hr. to Condoriri basecamp.  Set-up camp, acclimatize, day-hike to glacier.

Day 6:  Travel to glacier for warm-up.

Day 7: Climb Pequeno Alpamayo- 10 hr. avg multi-pitch ice day.

Day 8: Rest day at basecamp.

Day 9: Move with porters to high camp on Condoriri.

Day 10: Summit day on Condoriri (WI3 M2) return to high camp.

Day 11: Weather day.

Day 12: Return to basecamp then trailhead, return to La Paz in evening.

Day 13: Rest day in La Paz, shopping, etc.

Day 14: Return to U.S., early am departures from La Paz.

Hiking the ridges at 14k above the capital city of La Paz.

Acclimatizing in the Valle de las Animas.

Price Includes:

1. Services of an IFMGA Licensed Guide.

2. Transfers to/from airport in La Paz, 6 nights hotel in La Paz.

3. Transport to/ from mountains, burros for equipment, and full porter and cook services for all mountain days included.

4. All park entrance fees.

5. All meals in camp.

6. Group climbing and camping equipment.


Price Does Not Include:

1. Personal travel costs to La Paz, delays, taxis, etc.

2. Personal clothing and gear.

3. City meals and drinks, climbing snacks.

4. Personal first aid, pharmaceutical supplies.

4. Recommended travel/trip cancellation insurance.


Eli Helmuth on the summit ridge of Pequeno Alpamayo.

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Bolivia trip leader Eli Helmuth is an AMGA Certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering Guide, and an IFMGA Mountain Guide plus Spanish speaker with 21 years experience leading trips in South America.



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