A beautiful mountain and a great route made this the highlight of the trip for me. The sunrise over the jungles below to the east was incredible. Illimani has been the main mountain I have wanted to climb for over a year, and I´m extremely satisfied to finally have climbed it.
Climbed from Nido with my guide, Eduardo Mamani. Good conditions and a little cold as expected, but not much wind. 4 hours from Nido to the summit. We descended all the way to the car afterwards (tough day!). We had the entire mountain to ourselves!
After reaching Nido de Condores weather turned against us. A nightly snowstorm resulted in avalanche prone slopes. Tricky descent down the ridge.
After our guide ran over a puppy in La Paz we weren't sure if the gods would smile on us ... they did!
We climbed the normal route and summited at 8:00 am. It was my second time in Bolivia and hired Bolivian Journeys once again. The did a great job, thanks to Eulogio Tarqui (our guide). www.bolivianjourneys.org (they`re the best no doubt...)
Climbed the normal route to Pico Sur via the High camp "Nido de Condores".
My highest summit so far (July 2008). Good conditions and great views. When we arrived at the summit, we had it mostly for ourselves. That's the nice thing about Illimani: very few people. We only met a small spanish group before the summit & a small italian group joined us later on the summit. Again - as on Huayna Potosi - it was real fun and very instructive to climb with our guide, Bernardo Guarachi (the first Bolivian climber on Mt. Everest in 1998, there even exists a stamp with his portrait in Bolivia!). To climb such a summit is really rewarding and I can't wait to return to the Andes.
Nice weather, not so many people....6 all day, made for a great summit. Between the elevation and digestive issues I was rather slow to the top which was less than 6 hours on the normal route.
Summited in a white out. luckily it cleared a little on the decent making it seem sureal. I'd climb it again in a minute if i had the chance.
Absolutely, A gorgeous day! My friends and I stood and ate and drank here on this summit! Alone!
I have never experienced such strong winds (even in Chicago). It was very cold and the blowing snow gave me a nice facial. Otherwise, a very nice climb to my personal high.
Great views from this wonderful peak. We were the first in approximately two weeks to summit and had to slog through 20 cm of fresh snow to get to the top. Hard work at that altitude! Definitely worth the work though.
Nice route with good snow and ice. I like more Illimani Peak then other peaks in Bolivia because here are less people.
Perfect views from the whole route. we climbed the normal route and skied t down. spectacular climb and skiing to as low as 5100m. good snow conditions (though some places very icy). breathtaking mountain with a very strong atmosphere.
Ascent in 3 days, thunderstorm during the night in the last camp at 5500 m
Great sunny but cold weather for the summit day, 100 m of very deep snow (about 1 meter) at about 5700 m, which made this part exhausting
The steep part at 6200 m was in icy conditions, ice screws necessary
Amazing views from the top to the Amazonia, Huayna Potosi and rest of Cordillera Real, altiplano up to the Sajama and Pomerape volcanoes, and to the ice-flutes and huge cornices of the Pico Central of Illimani
A great climb. A cold climb until we hit the ridge, but then the wind picked up on the summit. It's now the highest I've ever been!
Beautiful and surprisingly cold climb. The entire climb was in the shade until we hit the summit ridge a hundred meters below the summit. After warming ourselves on coco tea, we descended. We were there early in the season (maybe first up of the year) and had the mountain to ourselves which made for a great high mountain atmosphere.
Did it with a guide service. Second favorite climb I've ever done after Aconcagua (since I/we arranged Aconcagua ourselves). Nice moderate technical climbing on the glacier, followed by that great walk to the summit at dawn. But geez, how can it be soooo cold that close to the equator!
Climbed from Nido de Condores in 6 1/2 hrs. Long and cold. Only technical part is the 60 degree slope where I used two tools to lead the group. Placed one picket and one screw for running belay. On descent, we rapped off. Only tricky because you have to cross a crevasse (not so solid snow bridge) at the base to get on this slope. Summit ridge was fantastic. Not exposed as some people made it out to be.
We had the entire high camp and summit day to our selves. It was fantastic. Personal high altitude for me.
Long but easy climb. 6h from Nido de condores to the summit.
Great view of La Paz and the altiplano during the night ascent.
It was a long haul, but we made the summit.