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Why Climb in Bolivia with Alpine Ascents?

Outstanding trip! Extremely well organized. Rachel is a strong leader who is very knowledgeable of the Bolivian culture. She treated the locals with respect and familiarity. She and her Bolivian team left a strong lasting and warm impression of Bolivia. She and her team were very welcoming and gracious to us climbers.   —2018 Climber

This was a great trip. Rachel and the rest of the crew worked hard to arrange a very interesting and well thought out trip. The traveling and sightseeing during acclimatization was excellent, the climbs that were selected were very good. I especially enjoyed Pequeño Alpamayo. —2018 Climber

The Alpine Ascents Bolivia expedition itinerary has been carefully planned to combine culturally and scenically rewarding sightseeing, gradual acclimatization in outstanding locations, full expedition support, and spectacular mountaineering objectives.

Alpine Ascents guides are revered as outstanding mountaineers, instructors and cultural enthusiasts. We have been guiding in Bolivia for the past decade and have consistently run expeditions from year to year. The familiarity with the region, combined with our expertise and knowledge around the world, lend a depth and richness to every expedition that we feel is unrivaled in the guiding community

NEW ITINERARY launched in 2018 proved huge success and we look to repeat in 2019.

The Alpine Ascents Bolivia expedition now includes a summit attempt of Chachacomani, a 6000 meter plus peak that has been only recently opened to tourism. This mountain is not yet offered as a guided expedition by many companies and as such is much less crowded than neighboring peaks. Chachacomani is a spectacular peak that has quickly become a favorite ascent of local Bolivian guides and Alpine Ascents has the privilege of visiting this peak, working with the permission and support of local communities.

Full Expedition Support Included in Price

On all moves to base camp and from base camp to high camp and vice versa, our expedition is fully supported by either mules and/or porters as appropriate to the terrain. Mules and porters carry all group gear, food, and tents as well as personal climbing gear. This allows climbers to focus on gradual acclimatization and the scenery without straining under heavy loads and further makes this expedition accessible to climbers new to expeditions at high altitude.

Accommodations, Private Cooks, and Base Camp

While in La Paz, Copacabana, and the Isla del Sol, we take advantage of the finest and most comfortable accommodations available; including one of La Paz’s finest 5 star hotels, an elegant lake view lodge in Copacabana, and a tranquil locally owned and operated ecolodge on the Isla del Sol.

While in the mountains, we are accompanied by a private chef who will prepare excellent meals so that the guides can focus on you. All of our base camps are equipped with a large dining tent and basic tables and chairs.

Schedule Flexibility

Important to the success and enjoyment for our climbers is the ability to adjust our climbing schedules as needed to account for ever-changing mountain conditions. Rather than throwing up our hands and ending an expedition when a route may become unclimbable, we treat these situations as challenges. Thanks to our experience and local expertise, we can change locations mid-expedition if necessary and offer alternate climbs and adventures. When such occasions have arisen, our climbers regularly praise these adjustments as highlights of their expeditions.

It was perfect!  A great mix of acclimatization, touring the sites and great climbing (after excellent skills review)  I couldn’t have asked for or expected more!

Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad
Photo: Rachel Molstad

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