Route Climbed: Chilean side Date Climbed: August 2004
Went there with PO and Eric, also from France. We took a guide at Putre (the owner of agency Aymaruta in Putre) and went at a BC at approx. 5000m. to spend the night. Next morning, we began to climb at 4 O'clock. We had 2 hours of climb on big rocks, sometimes a bit steep, before arriving at snow (at around 5700m). The snow was very icy and with little grietas everywhere. As the slope was becoming quite steep for these snow conditions, I told the guide that we should use a rope... He went a bit embarassed to tell us that he had forgot the rope at BC... I decided to go back.
I am returning there in October 2005 on the bolivian side.
My message is clear : unless they changed radicaly, don't attempt Parinacota with this company (Aymaruta) ! They were expensive, they provided poor equipment, they had very poor skills in mountainering and no experience of guiding people.
Route Climbed: from the west(no route name) Date Climbed: may 29 2005
we decided to climb from the west side of the mountain. its a perfect cone so you can basically ascend from where ever you want. our route went up a steep gully full of penitentes. i don´t recommend this route due to the bad snow conditions and a super long approach. go from the south or from bolivia.