Walk to the cementary on the SE side of Ollague. Here the tour starts
Follow the road towards the base of the mounta. At about 4000 m (13100 ft) there is a short-cut up the mountains to the left. Take that one.
There a path leds to ruins at 4300 m (14100 ft), where there is perhapsthe highest basket ball course on earth.
From there continue again on the main road. There are often short-cuts on the lower part of the mountain, so you do not have to take the serpentines.
At around 4850 m (15900 ft) you will pass a remainder
of an house. Further up, the serpentines will become shorter as the volcanoes steepens.
Eventually you will reach the place where the mine used to be, at around 5600 m (18370 ft),.
From there, following the path in northerly direction you can easily reach the western summit (ca. 5700 m / 18700 ft).
From the mine you can also climb one of the main summits (both around 5865 m / 19250 ft), with the southern one being slighly lower.
For people intending to take their bikes:
The road is in really bad shape. You will have to carry your bike for a big part of the climb. The descend is rough, surprinsingly technical and demanding!
- lots of water
- sturdy boots
- warm clothing
- if you intend to spend the night up on the mountain: Expect down to -40° C in winter and -15° in summer during the night.
In Winter and Rainy Season: light crampons and piolet if there is snow in the summit region
If you intend to go up and down with bicyle you probably know what to take. I will anyways post my high-altitude cycling setup here soon.
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