High altitude mountaineering course in Bolivia with Sajama (21,463 feet) or Illimani (21,318 feet) expedition option. This high altitude mountaineering course is designed to give you the skills to climb high altitude peaks and prepare you for climbing on technical terrain at these altitudes. We will be instructing and reviewing the following climbing techniques: glacier travel, ice/snow climbing techniques, crevasse rescue, multi-pitch climbing, snow climbing, short roping, ice/snow anchors, belay techniques, rappelling, glacier navigation, route finding, and decision making. Additional topics to be covered or experienced: proper acclimatization, pace, knowing when to turn back, weather considerations, alpine starts, mountain medicine, judgment, and hazard evaluation.
We will attempt 2-3 peaks between 18,000 feet and 20,000 feet in the Bolivian Andes depending on local conditions, group skill level, and as our time allows. Possible options to be attempted: Pequnio Alpamayo, Condorri, other peaks and climbs may be substituted due to climbing conditions. While an excellent pre-course for the Sajama Expedition (21,463 feet) this is a great introduction to climbing in the Bolivian Andes with ascents of peaks over 18,000 feet, all the while learning advanced climbing techniques and how to be safe at higher altitudes.
- Dates: September 1-12 with optional climb September 13-18.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Ground transportation
- Hut fees
- Entrance fees
- Group climbing equipment
- Camping/base camp equipment
- Ground support, including porters, camp guards, and camp cooks
- Informational support
- Review of climbing techniques
- Experienced American guides.
- Price: $2,895
- Optional climb add: $ 975.
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