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Huayna Potosi

Huayna Potosí © revolution cycle
Huayna Potosí © revolution cycle

A popular attraction in Bolivia for more adventurous travellers and conveniently located about 24 miles (40km) north of La Paz, the mountain of Huayna Potosi in the Cordillera Real range is a truly thrilling experience. However, harsh weather conditions can often make it tricky. Each year only around 1,000 climbers make it to the summit, while many of those who attempt the climb turn back due to cold temperatures and the high altitude.

The entry point for the treks and base camp is located at 15,419 feet (4700m) on the Zongo Pass. The climb can be done in two daily stages and several difficult snow and ice routes go up this 3,280 feet (1,000m) high face and the easiest route is up the glacier. Those who make it to the summit will be rewarded with breath-taking views over the Cordillera Real range, Lake Titicaca and La Paz.