During a glacial ascent, the “simple” fact of stepping on a glacier is already an adventure. The glaciers hold number of dangers, subtle traps, bad surprises that have sometimes beaten the best mountaineers. And yet, these glaciers make us dream, they create an irresistible attraction. We imagine ourselves climbing them, waking on these huge white plateaux, with round and soft shapes. When we see them, we don’t imagine the dangers. It’s when we start to know them, when we have done several glacial ascents, that we discover other aspects, more cruel ones, of the mountain. But that’s what we are looking for when it comes to mountains, a real adventure with big A, danger, remoteness, challenge, loneliness, interior peace and a huge joy when we reach and conquer the summit and feel unique.
Unfortunately, most of the time, it is difficult to feel this remoteness and this adventure feeling when you do a glacial ascent in the Alpes or in the Pyrenees., because there are so many people on the European glaciers that are highly visited. The paths are marked, the marks are well marked on the glaciers, you see roped parties in front of you and behind you. It has as well became the case for the most famous mountains in Himalaya, like Everest and even the K2, the most dangerous and wildest. All the summits have been conquered. The young mountaineers look for adventure while performing another kind of mountaineering, half trail half mountaineering, trying to beat speed records, original ways to climb mountains. The best ones would go for more dangerous routes to be renown, putting their lives in danger. It changed a lot since the glorious time of the mountaineer’s explorers of the 19th century, that would get to 8000m for the first time.
In Bolivia, adventure is still possible, and it’s a real luxury for mountain lovers willing to achieve glacial ascents. Its Cordilleras are still wild and very poorly frequented, except for a few known summits. You can still dream about exploration, discover wild summits, open your own route, go back and look for the right path, analyze the path, find a way out, be afraid, feel isolated, feel the real remoteness, here no helicopter will come to get you and this changes a lot the perspective. However, it is really important to go with IFMGA certified Mountain Guide to ensure your adventure will be under control.
You like adventure, you look for real emotions, throw yourself at the beautiful Bolivian glacial mountain ranges and choose to go for a glacial ascent in Bolivia. You won’t be disappointed. Even on a summit like the Chachacomani, that became a bit trendy for beginners, you will still have the impression to be a real explorer. If it had snowed a few days before, you will have to find your own way in a powder snow that will arrive to your waist, look for the best way, and feel alone in a beautiful and wild environment. A real expedition accessible to everyone. In Bolivia, glacial ascents make perfectly sens.
The experienced mountaineers won’t be left aside. There are beautiful, exposed and technical routes awaiting you, there are many of them, isolated and magical. If you try yourself on the West side of the Huayna Potosi, or the South side of the Illimani, or even its integral crossing, the adventure is guaranteed.
Welcome to Bolivia, one of the widest wide-spaces! To please mountaineers, hikers, trekkers, from amateur ramblers to more experienced ones, everyone can find his dream, from passionate, crazy and even those that think they have seen everything.
All our ascents are accomplished with the expertise of our IFMGA certified Mountain Guide.