A popular attraction for more adventurous travellers in Bolivia, and conveniently located about 18 miles (30km) north of La Paz, the mountain of Huayna Potosi in the Cordillera Real range is rated as an easy climb, but harsh weather conditions can often make it tricky. Each year only around 1,000 climbers make it to the summit; 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 are located at 4700m (15,419 ft) on the Zongo Pass. The climb can be done in two daily stages and Rock Camp at 5130m (16,830 ft) offers breath-taking views across the valley and beyond. Several difficult snow and ice routes go up this 1,000 metre (3,280 ft) 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.