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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
Summited on the moment that three climbers just fell of the westface. Fortunately they survived it. Nice summit ridge.
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.
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: http://www.summitpost.org/an-expedition-in-the-bolivian-andes/547342
Great climb with awesome views. About 20 people on the mountain but everyone was great.
normal route with Jon. We were 2nd and last party on mountain the whole time-way better than crowds!
... at the top! On to Illimani
Cold Night, very windy, temp -20c, I was happy to see the sun coming up!, great feeling bagging your first 6000er..
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.
Climbed with AAI. Barely missed being taken out bt rock fall.
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).
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 www.bolivianjourneys.org for your next expedition...
Your name, Johnny Brown, whoever you are, should be removed from this entry and its real author, Nyle Walton, inserted. You probably weren't even alive in 1958.
Had to turn.
Hardly anyone else on the mountain that day and the sunrise from near the top was incredible. One of my favorite peaks just because of its beautiful profile.
Made it to 18,000' and decided to turn back in foul weather.