Huayna Potosi Climber's Log

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rgg - Oct 14, 2010 9:52 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2009

Normal Route  Sucess!

Good conditions, it was cold, but not too cold, and hardly any wind. Unfortunately we had no views on the summit itself, but the clouds opened up nicely on the way down.

Several other groups climbed the mountain on that day, and as far as I know, all made it to the summit.


thexcat - Sep 8, 2010 11:08 pm Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2010

So close

Don't like to sign logs unless I summit, but I'll make an exception here. 2 day climb with Ulf and guide Eulogio (great guide, but doesnt speak english). We made it to the ridge, ~50-100m from the summit and turned around. Ulf didn't like the exposure and I was relieved we were turning around - though I regret not pushing him to the summit! I hope to return one day.


oliverkalt - Aug 8, 2010 2:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2010

normal route  Sucess!

Beautiful sunrise at the summit. After having stomach problems the day before and while hiking to the refugio I was a bit worried, but it all worked out nicely. Great mountain! It seemed to be the only summit with crowds near La Paz.


astrobassman - Jun 19, 2010 2:57 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2010

Shit Show  Sucess!

We stumbled into the high refugio late afternoon and climbed to the summit the next day. Lots of tourists up there from all over the world made for good conversations at the hut. Most knew nothing about climbing mountains and made the experience kind of amusing to me, but I´ll hand it to them because a lot of them got to the summit.


DCcoug - Jun 15, 2010 9:59 am Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2010

Super Climb!  Sucess!

Ok, maybe HP can get a little crowded but the views are incredible, the summit ridge is awesome and the mountain is simply a great experience! Went with Eduardo Unzueta a Chamonix trained guide out of La Paz - he was super in every respect and even suggested an alternate route which helped me get to the summit when the altitude was beginning to have an effect on me. Strongly recommend both Eduardo & Huayna Potosi!

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - May 7, 2010 6:54 pm Date Climbed: May 7, 2010

Normal Route, single day climb  Sucess!

Started from base camp a little after 7am and bypassed high camp. Took about five hours from base camp to summit. Due to our late start, we had the mountain to ourselves and didn´t have a traffic jam on the ridge! Soft snow wasn´t a problem. Beautiful weather and views. Can´t complain about the weather on this trip so far.

Buthrakaur - Mar 26, 2010 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2008

normal route  Sucess!

Not so many people like others describe, but definitely too many unprepared tourists which underestimate the mountain. It's not any hard climbing, but the altitude counts.. We had quite good weather until we get to summit then came clouds and snow shower so the descent wasn't nice at all...

bdynkin - Oct 8, 2009 1:51 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

Nobody on the route/mountain  Sucess!

Climbed with AlexeyD. Amazingly, saw nobody the entire summit day except when got back returend back to the hut. With nobody on the route it seemed like a large, complicated mountain and a bit serious mountain for our team of two.


Gido - Sep 20, 2009 9:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2009

Normal route  Sucess!

Summited on the moment that three climbers just fell of the westface. Fortunately they survived it. Nice summit ridge.


bledl - Sep 1, 2009 6:39 pm

Via de los Franceses  Sucess!

Hiked up to Campo Argentino & camped there completely alone (all tourists stayed in the hut). Climbed Via de los franceses with Martin, Christoph & Markus. Climbed the whole route in best neve without unpacking the rope & traversed to the main summit. We were alone during the whole climb. One of the best routes I have climbed so far.


BLong - Aug 4, 2009 11:27 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2009

Overclimbed!  Sucess!

This peak is an over climbed tourist trap that sees between 20-35 mostly underprepared people attempt the summit a day. If you want an easy, accessible peak with an obvious track to the summit, hit up H.P.

I wished I spent my time climbing Condorirri.

See the TR here:


mmcguigan - Jul 26, 2009 2:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

Normal Route  Sucess!

Great climb with awesome views. About 20 people on the mountain but everyone was great.


Groundswell - Mar 23, 2009 5:38 pm

normal route  Sucess!

normal route with Jon. We were 2nd and last party on mountain the whole time-way better than crowds!


punchline - Mar 13, 2009 7:19 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2008

Traffic Jam  Sucess!

... at the top! On to Illimani


Archm - Feb 3, 2009 6:19 pm

Normal Route  Sucess!

Cold Night, very windy, temp -20c, I was happy to see the sun coming up!, great feeling bagging your first 6000er..


bellinghamclimber - Dec 24, 2008 6:28 pm Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2008

normal route-Christmas Eve climb  Sucess!

Since we did the climb during Bolivia's wet season, there were no other climbers on the peak anywhere, which was awesome. Foggy conditions until the sun broke through, and awesome summit views.


dpsiebert - Aug 22, 2008 5:09 am

normal route  Sucess!

Climbed with AAI. Barely missed being taken out bt rock fall.


Herb - Aug 5, 2008 9:21 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008

Normal route  Sucess!

My first 6.000 m peak! Great experience, although too many people on this mountain for my taste...
Beautiful views to the Altiplano, to Lake Titicaca and even to Sajama from the summit.
Had an incredible guide (Bernardo Guarachi from Andes Expediciones, he was the first Bolivian to climb Mt. Everest in 1998).

Nyle Walton

Nyle Walton - Apr 6, 2012 4:30 pm

Re: Another Nice Day

When I climbed Huayna Potosi fifty years before you did, our party was practically the only group to climb it in 1958. Air travel has made this mountain much more accessible to many people who otherwise would never climb it.


johnmountaineering - Jun 27, 2008 10:52 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2008

Great climb and company  Sucess!

We had a great time on Huayna Potosi. The trip was everything We had hoped it would be. Summitting was definitely the high point. Overall I thought the expedition and specially the guides were excellent,in my book you could not find a more qualified company, they`re the best in Bolivia...I personally recommend using for your next expedition...

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