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Woodie HopperNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2010

Woodie Hopper

Climbed from Nido with my guide, Eduardo Mamani. Good conditions and a little cold as expected, but not much wind. 4 hours from Nido to the summit. We descended all the way to the car afterwards (tough day!). We had the entire mountain to ourselves!
Posted May 12, 2010 1:08 pm



After reaching Nido de Condores weather turned against us. A nightly snowstorm resulted in avalanche prone slopes. Tricky descent down the ridge.
Posted Sep 20, 2009 8:52 am

punchlineGreat Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008


After our guide ran over a puppy in La Paz we weren't sure if the gods would smile on us ... they did!
Posted Mar 13, 2009 7:23 am

johnmountaineeringSUMMIT!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2009


We climbed the normal route and summited at 8:00 am. It was my second time in Bolivia and hired Bolivian Journeys once again. The did a great job, thanks to Eulogio Tarqui (our guide). www.bolivianjourneys.org (they`re the best no doubt...)
Posted Jan 29, 2009 8:54 am

HerbNormal route (Pico Sur)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2008


Climbed the normal route to Pico Sur via the High camp "Nido de Condores".
My highest summit so far (July 2008). Good conditions and great views. When we arrived at the summit, we had it mostly for ourselves. That's the nice thing about Illimani: very few people. We only met a small spanish group before the summit & a small italian group joined us later on the summit. Again - as on Huayna Potosi - it was real fun and very instructive to climb with our guide, Bernardo Guarachi (the first Bolivian climber on Mt. Everest in 1998, there even exists a stamp with his portrait in Bolivia!). To climb such a summit is really rewarding and I can't wait to return to the Andes.
Posted Aug 11, 2008 4:02 am

photo61guyGood Cramponing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2008
Nice weather, not so many people....6 all day, made for a great summit. Between the elevation and digestive issues I was rather slow to the top which was less than 6 hours on the normal route.
Posted Jul 28, 2008 12:31 pm

DrewBGreat Mountain!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2002


Summited in a white out. luckily it cleared a little on the decent making it seem sureal. I'd climb it again in a minute if i had the chance.
Posted Apr 13, 2008 12:26 am

Kenneth.aloneOne of the better days of my life.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2006
Absolutely, A gorgeous day! My friends and I stood and ate and drank here on this summit! Alone!
Posted Dec 2, 2007 3:42 am

Jessica LNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007
I have never experienced such strong winds (even in Chicago). It was very cold and the blowing snow gave me a nice facial. Otherwise, a very nice climb to my personal high.
Posted Nov 25, 2007 8:36 pm

MtnMagicRoute: Normal route  Sucess!


Great views from this wonderful peak. We were the first in approximately two weeks to summit and had to slog through 20 cm of fresh snow to get to the top. Hard work at that altitude! Definitely worth the work though.
Posted Oct 12, 2007 3:19 pm

cristakhenormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007


Nice route with good snow and ice. I like more Illimani Peak then other peaks in Bolivia because here are less people.
Posted Oct 11, 2007 6:49 am

tatramansummited and skied down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006


Perfect views from the whole route. we climbed the normal route and skied t down. spectacular climb and skiing to as low as 5100m. good snow conditions (though some places very icy). breathtaking mountain with a very strong atmosphere.
Posted Sep 25, 2007 7:17 am

Thomas Gurvieznormal route of Pico Sur  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2007

Thomas Gurviez

Ascent in 3 days, thunderstorm during the night in the last camp at 5500 m
Great sunny but cold weather for the summit day, 100 m of very deep snow (about 1 meter) at about 5700 m, which made this part exhausting
The steep part at 6200 m was in icy conditions, ice screws necessary
Amazing views from the top to the Amazonia, Huayna Potosi and rest of Cordillera Real, altiplano up to the Sajama and Pomerape volcanoes, and to the ice-flutes and huge cornices of the Pico Central of Illimani
Posted Sep 21, 2007 3:51 pm

Grizz42Route Climbed: Normal
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2007


A great climb. A cold climb until we hit the ridge, but then the wind picked up on the summit. It's now the highest I've ever been!
Posted Jul 2, 2007 7:31 pm

mbollinoNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2004


Beautiful and surprisingly cold climb. The entire climb was in the shade until we hit the summit ridge a hundred meters below the summit. After warming ourselves on coco tea, we descended. We were there early in the season (maybe first up of the year) and had the mountain to ourselves which made for a great high mountain atmosphere.
Posted Feb 16, 2007 4:29 pm

phydeuxVery Enjoyable Climbing


Did it with a guide service. Second favorite climb I've ever done after Aconcagua (since I/we arranged Aconcagua ourselves). Nice moderate technical climbing on the glacier, followed by that great walk to the summit at dawn. But geez, how can it be soooo cold that close to the equator!
Posted Oct 7, 2006 4:52 pm

esugiSummit Day to our selves  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


Climbed from Nido de Condores in 6 1/2 hrs. Long and cold. Only technical part is the 60 degree slope where I used two tools to lead the group. Placed one picket and one screw for running belay. On descent, we rapped off. Only tricky because you have to cross a crevasse (not so solid snow bridge) at the base to get on this slope. Summit ridge was fantastic. Not exposed as some people made it out to be.

We had the entire high camp and summit day to our selves. It was fantastic. Personal high altitude for me.
Posted Jul 21, 2006 2:51 am

BergrotRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 25 Oct 2002  Sucess!


Long but easy climb. 6h from Nido de condores to the summit.

Great view of La Paz and the altiplano during the night ascent.
Posted Jul 29, 2005 11:47 am

thenewpassionRoute Climbed: Direct Date Climbed: 17-Spet-04  Sucess!


It was a long haul, but we made the summit.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 10:17 pm

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: summer 2001  Sucess!


One of the coldest climbs I've done. Frozen sunscreen, frozen food (nearly broke my front teeth on an apple up top), icy beard.

But incredible views!

p.s. If you're here, PLEASE don't hand out candy to the kids begging in the low villages.
Posted Sep 9, 2004 4:27 pm

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