Logistics

Paperwork

Please take the time to read the entire Logistics section in full. If you have questions, feel free to call the Alpine Ascents office or email us. 

Please return the requested paperwork as soon as possible.

⎕  Application
⎕  Flight itinerary
⎕  Passport copy

Trip Insurance & Evacuation Coverage

We highly recommend trip insurance as there are many unforeseen circumstances that can occur leading up to a trip. Evacuation and medical coverage may be required for this trip, please see paperwork section above. Please click here for more information:

https://www.alpineascents.com/trip-cancellation-insurance-trip/

Getting There

Note that trip dates include travel time from your home country. A day-to-day itinerary can be found with your confirmation letter.

Flight reservations for your expedition should be made as soon as possible. If you would like the assistance of a travel agency, we can recommend our friends at Exito Travel. We recommend using our travel agent as they can best facilitate changes. Please forward a copy of your flight itinerary before final purchase so we can review departure and arrival dates.

Alpine Ascents can make pick-up, hotel, and transport arrangements to meet individual itineraries.

Flying to La Paz, Bolivia

Arrival: Fly to La Paz, Bolivia. Almost all flights to La Paz arrive in the middle of the night. Plan to arrive prior to 7:00 AM on Day 2 of your trip itinerary in order to meet the group for an orientation and gear check mid-morning. Those arriving on the scheduled date will be met at the airport by an Alpine Ascents guide or representative and taken to the hotel. Please look for an Alpine Ascents sign upon leaving customs.

Early Arrival/Late Departure: For acclimatization purposes and in case of lost luggage, arriving a
day early is highly suggested. We are happy to arrange an airport pick up for you if arriving early. For those arriving early or departing after the scheduled itinerary, we can make hotel arrangements at an additional cost. Please contact our office in advance if you would like us to make additional reservations.

Missed Flights: If you miss your flight or if your flight is significantly delayed, please contact Gordon Janow by calling our Seattle office (206) 378-1927 and follow the prompt for 24-hour contact.

Visas & Passports

US citizens need a tourist visa to enter the country of Bolivia. Visas are available upon arrival at the airport, cost $160 US, and can be paid in U.S. currency. Officials will only accept bills in perfect condition, with no small tears or damage. Bring a printed copy of every document on the list to present to immigration officials at the airport.

Entry Requirements:

    • Valid U.S. passport with blank pages available and at least 6 months validity remaining from date of entry to Bolivia
    • One photocopy of the passport information page
    • Proof of a round-trip plane ticket
    • Copy of trip itinerary
    • Proof of sufficient funds via a copy of most recent monthly bank statement or equivalent (with account number blacked out)
    • Proof of lodging in Bolivia, such as a hotel reservation. Alpine Ascents will provide the necessary hotel reservation letter inclusive of trip dates and any early arrival/late departure hotel reservations booked through Alpine Ascents.

A yellow fever vaccine is only required if a visitor will be traveling to or from yellow fever endemic areas. The Alpine Ascents itinerary does not include any yellow fever endemic zones.

Please contact us any time for questions.

Hotels

We usually lodge at the Hotel Europa while in La Paz. On occasion we may switch hotels; we will inform you if we make this change.

For climbers who prefer single room accommodations, these arrangements can be made for an additional fee. Be aware that private rooms are available at hotels during our trip, but not on the mountain.

For climbers choosing double room accommodations every effort will be made to pair you with another climber. A Single Room Supplement Fee will apply if a match cannot be made or there is a last minute cancellation. This will help keep our overall program pricing down since unlike other companies we do not charge more for smaller groups.

In La Paz

Hotel Europa
Calle Tiahuanacu No. 64
Phone: (591-2) 2315656
Website: hoteleuropa.com

During the expedition, we will stay at a hotel while in Copacabana; an ecolodge on the Isla del Sol; and expedition quality tents while in the mountains, with a large dining tent at the base camp level.

Gear List

Please refer to your Gear List:

You are required to bring every item on this list as described, so be as precise as possible when packing. We are happy to work closely with you on finding the proper gear.

If you plan to rent gear, your rental form must be submitted at least a month prior to expedition start date. Please call our office or e-mail [email protected] with any questions.

Gear Lexicon

If you’re confused by items and/or language on the Gear List, we encourage you to refer to our Gear Guide for explanations on layering systems, differences between boots, etc.

Other Resources

Below are articles written by veteran Alpine Ascents guides that you may find helpful in preparing and packing for your expedition.

Medications & Prescriptions for Mountain Climbing

Women’s-Specific Tips

Not on the Gear List, but in our Backpacks

Packing Tips

People generally take too much “stuff” rather than too little. Study each item before you pack it. Eliminate redundant items, extra changes of clothing, and excessive“nice to have” luxuries. You will benefit from traveling light because of the costs of excess baggage and because of the frequent loading and unloading of bags. Remember to review your airline’s weight limits and pack accordingly. Traveling light may be your key to summit success. Take everything on the required equipment list and little else.

Expenses

We recommend using a combination of cash and credit cards for purchases and extra expenses in Bolivia. Credit cards are generally only accepted at the hotel and at upscale restaurants in La Paz. Expect that most other transactions will require cash. You will need to change US Dollars to Bolivianos, which you can do in country at our hotel in La Paz or at banks or exchange kiosks. When exchanging money, request some change in small denominations as change for larger notes is scarce outside big cities. Note that money changers in Bolivia give better rates for larger bills ($50 and $100) and will only exchange newer bills with no tears, damage, or stains.

Meals in La Paz are not included in the trip cost, aside from the hotel buffet breakfast. Expect to spend about $200 US for these meals.  Most climbers like to budget another $50 or so for extra snacks, bottled beverages and other sundries. The last day of the trip in La Paz will also include time for souvenir/Bolivian handicrafts shopping, if you wish to budget extra.

Early Departure/Evacuation

If you need to leave the expedition early, you are responsible for all incurred expenses (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc). A comprehensive trip insurance plan is recommended, which can cover these costs in the event that they occur.

Tipping

Our guides make every effort to ensure your climb is risk aware, successful, and as enjoyable as possible. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. It’s difficult to recommend a specific amount as we believe tips should be based on level and quality of services, as well as an amount that meets your budget. Please consider the information below to be a general recommendation.

8-12% of the total trip cost is a standard guideline for the whole guide team. Any contribution to the guides’ tip pool can be given directly to your lead guide and will be appreciated by the entire team.

On the Mountain

Physiology Of Mountaineering

Dehydration, hypothermia, frostbite, and altitude illness are all important health conditions to be aware of while climbing. Please read our overview of these physical factors:

Food & Water

We are aware of the potential monotony of expedition food and Alpine Ascents makes every effort to make meals a positive part of the climb. We take great care in our meal preparation, understanding the importance staying healthy, fueling effectively, and enjoying your food. Whenever possible, we use fresh ingredients from local markets in our pre-planned meals.

Alpine Ascents guides will sterilize all water and climbers will fill water bottles at breakfast and dinner.

Health Tips

You may want to consult your physician for advice on treatments for gastrointestinal upsets that you may encounter on your trip. In the past, climbers have relied on antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin. Your doctor may recommend medications such as Lomotil or Imodium to stop diarrhea, and Compazine to prevent nausea.

Leave No Trace

Alpine Ascents International practices Leave No Trace principles on all expeditions. We believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment. Before your climb, please become familiar with Leave No Trace:

7 Principles of Leave No Trace

As guides, we spend time teaching the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices. There is nothing more rewarding than working hard to get high into the mountains, reaching a pristine campsite, witnessing incredible views, and having the feeling that no one has been there before.

Conversely, there is nothing more disheartening than working hard to climb a mountain, reaching a site and encountering trash, food waste, and toilet paper. Please read the seven LNT principles, and call the office if you have any questions about what you can do to plan ahead.

The expedition was great. Very well organized. I would highly recommend this climb to anyone wanting to gain experience and take the next step to climbing over 6000 meters. Jose Luis is absolutely the best.

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