Sajama Climber's Log

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cinnamonletter

cinnamonletter - Jul 28, 2016 9:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2016

Bolivia's highest  Sucess!

As it is a non-techical climb, it only requires appropriate acclimatization for an enjoyable climb. Also make sure you don't arrive too early to the top, that is, before sunrise, as waiting there can just be impossible due to the mountain's windy nature; I had to come away without a summit photo :(

rbirrer - Oct 2, 2015 9:28 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2015

Beautiful mountain  Sucess!

My brother and I arrived in La Paz on August 28, with relatively little time to acclimatize properly. Hiked up Chacaltaya 2 days later and then drove out to Sajama on Aug 31. Hike into base camp was interesting, with the high altitude quenoa forest and strange bright green moss covering rocks. We spent one night at base camp and the next day took just under 4 hours to get to high camp. Wind was pretty intense when we arrived but fortunately it died down overnight. We left for the summit at 2:30am on Sept 2 and made good time. Not too much difficulty through the mixed rock/now and ice section, but the pentitentes were pretty challenging and tiring. Fortunately the glacier conditions improved quite a bit after about 2,000' of climbing and we reached the summit at 7:45am. The views were amazing and the weather was nearly perfect. All in all was a great climb and highly recommend if you want to get away from the large crowds on the more commercialized peaks.

maxhaze

maxhaze - Sep 15, 2015 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2012

high camp

Camped at high camp (5675m). Too windy to attempt summit.

mgware

mgware - Jun 30, 2015 4:41 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2014

Late in the season  Sucess!

I dont recommend climbing Sajama this late in the season. Go in the summer and the snow will be much better. But whatever you do, go to the HOT SPRINGS after. I look like brad pitt after all the mud baths

SenadR

SenadR - Jun 29, 2015 8:39 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2015

Great climb  Sucess!

Unguided climb with my friend from Mexico.Everything went fine this climb. weather, conditions. Long climb but very rewarding.

richardpattison

richardpattison - Jul 29, 2014 3:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2013

North west ridge  Sucess!

Just Melissa and I on the mountain, fantastic. It was a 4 day mini-expedition from La Paz: 1st night at base camp; 2nd at high camp; 3rd back at base camp after summiting.

matthias.pabst

matthias.pabst - Jun 21, 2014 8:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014

Normal route  Sucess!

Nice climb after the other three 6000m mountains in the park as acclimatization. Not too technical but in the end very long. Were lucky with the weather and did not get too much wind.

ChrisJahn

ChrisJahn - Jan 8, 2014 12:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2013

NW Ridge   Sucess!

We had a great time climbing Acotango 6,052m and Sajama in the few days of a perfect forecast. It was my second attempt and going straight to HC on this one was the trade off that worked well due to previous acclimation. The 2013 season was fraught with bad weather.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - May 24, 2012 9:16 am Date Climbed: May 23, 2012

NW ridge

Made it to high camp (5,700m) quickly in less than 3 hours from base camp, partially due to the unusual amount of snow. Winds picked-up during the afternoon and became fierce after sundown, eventually breaking some of our tent poles and destroying a neighboring tent.

Fabrice.Rimlinger

Fabrice.Rimlinger - Feb 13, 2012 4:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011

Nop... too impressed

Too many things in my head that day. I turned back before La Canaleta.

cabouckaert1

cabouckaert1 - Jan 6, 2012 12:04 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2010

Too windy...

Attempted this beast during my trip to Bolivia when I also did Huayna Potosi. Made it to high camp (5900m) where we spent the night but the guides deemed it too dangerous to attempt the summit so descended the next morning... Reason was very high winds, none of us really slept during the night because our tents took such a beating. I have to admit I was borderline relieved because the climb up to high camp with a much too heavy backpack and really frustrating loose scree meant I was pretty dead by the time I made it to high camp.. Anyway, big beautiful mountain but not easy!

nbaisburd

nbaisburd - Dec 13, 2011 6:18 pm

Sajama  Sucess!

The false summits made this the hardest climb for me this trip.

Guillaume.Ceyrac

Guillaume.Ceyrac - Sep 19, 2011 10:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011

Will certainly come back...

Good shape, acclimatized, perfect weather but... alone and not enough confident for "soloing" the little icy climb below the glacier.

bighornmonkey

bighornmonkey - Aug 29, 2011 10:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

as part of a twofer  Sucess!

From the village of Sajama: 1 day to base camp, 1 day to high camp, 1 day to the summit (4h30min) and all the way back down to the village. A short section of penitentes but otherwise a smooth summit push.
Did another 6000m peak (Parinacota, on the other side of the border in Chile) two days later. First 6000m twofer. Hee haa!

LS

LS - Aug 18, 2011 12:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2011

Fantastico  Sucess!

Climbed the north west ridge together with SP'er nbaisburd. Reached the summit in 5 hours from High Camp. Blue skies and no wind!! We also met Kevin Treu, who have signed the summit log below. See trip report, GPS track and photos at my blog Distantpeak

kevin trieu

kevin trieu - Aug 14, 2011 11:23 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

Perfecto!  Sucess!

Started at high camp of the NW Ridge in a windless and balmy morning. This peak is notorious for windy conditions but I didn't experience any of that. Reached the summit in 5 hours and 6 hours back to town. Walking on the road back to the village of Sajama in my double boots made my feet very unhappy.

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Aug 10, 2011 1:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2011

normal NW route  Sucess!

Normal route climbed in nice weather. A bit windy and quite cold. A nice demanding climb. I checked 6555m with GPS on the top. Wondreful view, really worth a visit.

Bruno BASCHUNG

edomar2611

edomar2611 - Mar 14, 2011 2:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2009

Normal Route from North  Sucess!

Toghether with other 6 firends of mine and three mountain guides we attempted the normal Route of Sajama, starting from Pueblo Sajama. We spent one night at Base Camp (4800 m) and one night at Camp 1 (5700 m). No wind, with -14°C! We were lucky! A lot of high penitentes (half meter) between the beginning of the ice part pf the route and the top. Great view of Chile and Bolivia from the top!

7summits

7summits - Oct 23, 2010 7:10 am Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2010

Hard snowless climb  Sucess!

The only team on Sajama for the 3 days we were there! Great area. October is too late, or maybeglobal warming takes it toll: zero snow between High camp and the glacier, 500m up -> water problems, a very dangerous, dusty avalanche gully and 100% Penitentes, all the way to the summit. Should be easy hike up in snow conditions, but much harder now.

rgg

rgg - Oct 14, 2010 11:51 am Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2009

Too windy

We didn't even start our summit attempt. Due to strong winds we decided to go down from high camp. Another time, perhaps.

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