The Volcano Parinacota is part of the Western Cordillera. It is located in Sajama Park on the Bolivian and Chilean border. It offers spectacular views of its twin, the Pomerape. Its ascent is without any technical difficulty but is physically hard (AD / II). Volcanoes have caused the suffering of more than one mountain dweller, endless slopes, false summits and strong winds are their daily lives.
2 days on the spot.
IFMGA english speaking guide (subject to availibity)
6.333 m asl
From May to October
– Splendid crater at the top.
– Breathtaking views over the volcanoes Pomerape and Sajama
5.135 m asl
Departure in the morning to cross the Altiplano. From Sajama village: transfer in 4WD vehicle to the place called Inkamarka (4995 meters / 16 387 feet asl.). Approach march to the bottom of the Parinacota volcano (5135 meters / 16 847 feet asl.). Night at the base camp (It is also possible to reach the base camp by 4WD vehicle).
Special information :
Change in elevation:: +140m
Ascent without technical difficulty but physically demanding (AD/II). Departure in the night (around 2 am). Progressive climb on the volcano side, until the edge of the glacier (Approx. 5800 meters / 19 028 feet asl.). Presence of penitent which makes the progression more difficult. However, at the end of the winter season, it is sometimes possible to reach the summit without crampons. Ascent of the glacial dome (45º/50º max.). Long climb to the crater rim. 6 to 8 hours ascending from base camp. Descent to base camp (2 to 3 hours). Possibility to descent on the rocky part through another route. Descent to base camp where the vehicle awaits us to go to the hot spring for a very well deserved bath. Back to Sajama with the vehicle. Back to La Paz. Arrival by the end of the day.