Sajama Volcano 6588 m

BOL-11 / 5-day trip / Grade: F

Sajama Volcano (6588 m)

Sajama volcano is the highest mountain in Bolivia, located on the Cordillera Volcanica Occidental (Western volcanic range) in Sajama National Park, the oldest park in the country and just on the border with Chile. It is also the ninth higest volcano on the planet and it is extint. There are other high volcanoes in the area like the twin peaks: Parinacota and Pomerata. The area was was added in 2003 to the UNESCO world Heritage Tentative List, due to its marvelous scenery, diverse flora and fauna and interesting pre-hispanic archaeological sites.

Climbing Sajama can be a demanding enterprise, not technically difficult, it is a high mountain with dry air and with temperatures that can drop very low. It is important to be very well acclimatized to attempt the mountain and have good summit options. This program works really well as an add-on to one of our other programs in the country.

Day 1 La Paz – Sajama town (4220 m)
Day 2 Sajama’s base camp (4602 m)
Day 3 Sajama’s high camp (5456 m)
Day 4 Climb: Sajama volcano (6588 m)
Day 5 Return to La Paz
Day 1

La Paz – Sajama town (4220 m)
Departure from La Paz, driving through El Alto and over the Bolivian Altiplano, heading Southwest to the Cordillera Occidental. The road trip passes by several authentic towns and settlements, where people still lives as they have done through centuries. The landscapes are amazing and, as one approaches the Sajama national Park, the isolated volcanoes stand out: Sajama (6588 m), Parinacota (6330 m) and Pomerata (6200 m). After 5-6 hours drive, arrival to the Sajama town (4220 M), where the group will spnd the night at a rustic hostel. According to the arrivla time, there is the option to visit the hot-springs and get a refreshing dip!
Night in hostle/lodge.
Included meals: Dinner

Day 2

Sajama’s Base Camp (4602 m)
After a good rest, the staff will prepared the gear and pack the animal to carry the luggage to base camp. The hike is not that long and quite easy, it takes about 4 hours to reach base camp.
Today is one of the best for days for getting a perfect view of the volcano and the surrounding smaller craters.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 382 m / Highest altitude: 4602 m / Activity duration: 4 h / Distance: 6,7 Km
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 3

Sajama’s high camp (5456 m)
Continue ascending over the moraine, heading for a series of ridges that lead to the upper section of the volcano. The hike is very panoramic, but can be difficult due to the altitude in such a dry environment. The high camp is located in the vicinity of a rock tower, has a great view down to the lowlands. The staff will setup the camp and prepare for an early dinner. The guide will do a good briefing and help get all the needed gear ready for the summit bid.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 854 m / Highest altitude: 5456 m / Activity duration: 5-6 h / Distance: 5,8 Km.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 4

Climb: Sajama volcano (6588 m)
An early start from high camp, following the ridge passing snow fields and icy patches. The climb is not technically difficult, but quite demanding due to the high altitude and dryness of the air. The sunrise is above all spectations and the landscape surrounding the highest volcano in Bolivia is just austandingOnce on the summit, there is a perfect view over to the twin volcanoes of Parinacota and Pomerata.
The decent follows the same trail, back to high camp for a short break, and then keeping on to base camp. If the team feels good, it is possible to continue until Sajama town.
Ascent: 1132 m / Descent: 2368 m / Highest altitude: 6588 m / Activity duration: 12-14 h / Distance to the summit one-way: 1.6 Km / Distance to base camp: 7,4 Km.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Return to La Paz
Leave base camp, hiking back to Sajama town (2-3 h). The vehicle will be waiting to begin the trip back to La Paz (6 h), arriving in the evening.
End of services.
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local English speaking main UIAGM mountain guide from Days 1 to 5
  • Local assistant mountain guides for summit day Ratio: 1:2
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • 1 night in shared double room in the town of Sajama
  • Entry & climbing fees to the National parks and natural reserves
  • Quality mountain tents – 2 people per tent during the trek/climb
  • Group common campsite equipment
  • Porters and mule/horses for group campsite equipment and personal equipment
  • Cook during the trek and climb
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic and international flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal camping & climbing gear
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

SAJAMA: Rustic Lodge (no website)




Tags: Bolivia, La Paz, Volcanoes, F, F grade, Sajama