Poor acclimatization - 5500 m.
Nice place to be.
I climbed the SW ridge from the west BC (~4800m). After summiting late, I descended the regular North side route and bivied above 6000m. The next day I continued the descent of the regular route.
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 :(
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.
Camped at high camp (5675m). Too windy to attempt summit.
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
Unguided climb with my friend from Mexico.Everything went fine this climb. weather, conditions. Long climb but very rewarding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Too many things in my head that day. I turned back before La Canaleta.
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!
The false summits made this the hardest climb for me this trip.
Good shape, acclimatized, perfect weather but... alone and not enough confident for "soloing" the little icy climb below the glacier.
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!
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
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.
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.