our first summit in the Sajama sourroundings, great views, easy tour, good for acclimatization
Took a coach from La Paz to Patacamaya, walked about half a mile back up the road to the junction, got a colectivo to Tambo Quemado (approx. 4350 metres), hiked to about 4600 metres, near Kuntur Ikiña and set up camp. Next day hiked to the summit, fantastic views, recommended climb.
We made a quick ascent of Acotango before catching our afternoon ride back to La Paz. Seems like there are some new roads in the area, and our jeep driver had a tough time finding the starting point, but once found, we made the round trip in 5 hours while he waited. The route was easy and scenic. The wind was rough.
A nice walk to acclimatize for higher targets in Parinacota and Sajama. Just got transport in Sajama pueblo for roughly 100 USD. ASk for mario perez or Marcelo (forgot the last name). Hike can be done alone with some experience in using crampons and ice axe. No steep, very exposed or technical sections.
Such a gentle climb on a clear windless day made this a great "stepping stone" for Sajama. Excellent for beginners who want a 6000'er or for those who want to get some elevation before attempting the other volcanoes. Late June and July is the sweet spot for visiting the park. I've also been there in May and snows can still be expected. August/September are plagued with wind. Recently the park doesn't admit climbers after October for good reason.
did it w/ Guillaume after 5 days of acclimatization w/ backpack, tents, fuel and food for 4 days. Started on Bolivian side. Chilean slope in great condition for descent. Terrrrrific views over Sajama area.
The car left us on the bolivian side (normal route) at a little bit less than 4800m. As it was our first serious climb of our stay, it took 6 hours to Fabrice and I to get to the summit. Good weather, but very strong winds on the last third of the ascent. Alone on the mountain. Mostly (easy) rocky and sandy slopes, with (approx.) 300 meters of snow at the end. Amazing views over Sajama and Lauca National parks. We got up there with our 15kg rucksacks and went down on the other side, ready to climb Guallatiri on the next day.
We cycled from Sajama to the turn-off to the mining road near Chachacomani. From there we were able to cycle about 60% of the way to 5,100m where we made our base camp, pushing the rest.
Took my bike up to 5,500m on the mine road the following day (it's in good condition to about 5,250m), then both of us summitted the day after.
Took 4 hours from base camp (staying E of the N ridge for most of the time, before climbing up the top part of the E ridge to the summit) despite Haz being sick - nice easy climb if you're acclimatized with no steep gradients and no snow to cross when we were there.
Great views from the top - probably better than from the N summit of Parinacota or from the summit of Sajama.
Harriet and Neil
We climbed it from the mining road close to the border station, app. 5100m. The climb was completely free of snow, we didn't use grampons or ice axe. The glacier on the top was full of penitentes, but you could easily pass the ice on the left.
Nice climb, if you are used to the altitude, especially the view from the top is amazing.
You can start from Sajama village and drive to the starting point in the morning (given that you know the way...), so you can sleep quite low (4200m) and avoid camping in the dust, very recommendable. Great day-trip to an 6000-meter-peak!
Sabrina, Eduardo, Pika and I climbed Cerro Acotango.
Amazing view, nobody around...
Many thanks to Eduardo, Pika, Roberto and Dani from Planetaventura.com