Mountaineering: Bolivia 21 days (Level: Intermediate)
Bolivia 21 days Join Paul Cormier on his 11th year guiding in Bolivia.
This unique trip is designed for you to experience the tremendous diversity that Bolivia has to offer, and a chance to truly get to know its people and culture,, as well as climb a series of 17,000 and 18,000 ft peaks in a remote area of the Bolivian Andeas. This area is unique in that the mountains typically have easy to moderate routes to the summits, as well as steeper more severe routes for those interested and able. It is not uncommon for us to split up into two ascent parties, one doing a moderate route, and one doing a more difficult route, and meet on the summit. We typically spend at least one day in the town of Chuñavi doing some kind of humanitarian work, either medically oriented, or bringing school supplies, or clothing, depending on skills of the people that sign up for the trip. The weather in May is typically stable and moderately warm, with endless days of blue skies and little wind.
Total Land Trip Cost is $4,400.00
RSVP Deposit of $200.00 at sign up for trip.
Final Payment $ 4,200.00 needed by March 21st 2013
This expedition sends the profits (Balance of total funds used for ground services) to Mano-a-mano. Now that we have a medical clinic there, my next personnel goal is to build a school there.
Most season's I incorporate some kind of aid. One of our largest trips to Bolivia was in 2003 when our Meetup groups members Jay Briscoe & Fabienne Pattison were new clients of mine. We had many other medical related people attending and assistance from local Bolivian climbers and guides even there family's got involved and helped out. We also got thousands of dollars of drug related materials donated to the efforts on this trip. Truly inspired me for donating more of my time and resources for the future years.
Many guiding services and private trips into the Bolivian Andes drive straight through this town at 40 MPH. Only thing they leave behind is a cloud of dust from the dirt road and human waste up at there head waters. Sort of sucks!
Comment from Jay Briscoe:
I will have a slide show for this Meetup group in January. If you have a strong interest in going with Paul and maybe myself? If I can swing it. I recommend you come out to the slide show. Every trip is different. You will only get a taste of what could be your experience.
I traveled with Paul in 2003 my first abroad trip. Changed my life. Humbled me and my outlooks on life. I found, I have it pretty easy here in the USA. I climbed my highest peak to-date with many friends I made on this trip and also saw the southern cross. I didn't have much to offer in medical training. But my skills as a amateur photographer. So I took that task of recording and helping in future as much as I can these folks who get overlooked. Its something you have to experience. Climbing that was the best too. We helped these folks all while we where trying to get acclimated to the 14,000 feet above sea level at which you walk off the plane into. Highest airport in the world and talk about a fast landing onto the runway. No air under the wings you boogie right down the runway... I was in my best shape then and healthy. But those 6 steps into the hotel wow! I was out of breath.. Got much easier as the week went on. My Acclimatization was about normal. Hope you can visit Bolivia. Amazing place...!
Let me tell you a little about this photo. I took it the first morning in base camp. the day before after two days doing the medical help in Chuñavi we rolled back to town up early in the morning and headed to base-camp. We drove through Chuñavi and was sereal with the feeling of a good deed we had just done. Another 45 minutes in Jeeps on a dirt road and finally at the base of the Andes. Hiked 3 hours into into base-camp into a snow storm. Well this mother had walked on foot from the a village outside Chuñavi. All day and night with only what she is wearing in below freezing temps. The time we where there they where in full harvesting of the winter potato's. She had herd that a doctor was in Chuñavi and with her daughter being sick wanted some help form the doctor in our camp. She left the feilds and came out to see the doctor. After missing him at the village. She walked to our basecamp. She arrived sometime in the early morning before sunrise. I came out to do business and she was there sitting on a rock in the dark. Though it was odd so once people started moving around after sun-up I let folks know she was over there at the edge of out tenting space on some rocks. Come to find out the daughter had Pneumonia and certainly was in trouble without the medical attention and Penicillin we had each in each of our gear. She certainly could have been lost. I feel. That was the final inspiration I needed to be willing to help Paul in any fashion I could as long as I can.. Never thought till then. I could have be that parent in that situation.. Wow... hit home.
Day 1. Depart to Bolivia - Boston - Miami - Lapaz (Red Eye Flight)
2. Arrive in airport-hotel 7am-ish - Taxi into the city get settled
3. City tour
4. Copacabana- Reed boat tour - and/or - Visit a Inca Ruin
5. Copacabana- Isla-del Sol hike 4000 Meters - Copacabana
6. Copacabana – Chuñavi - Lapaz
7. Lapaz – Chuñavi- Lapaz
8. Lapaz – Negruni Base (Juri Quta) Set basecamp
9. Practice and ascension of Mullu Apacheta (5368 meters- 17,714’)
10. Ascent of Negruni Peak (5480—18,084’)
11. Approach to Janku Laya Valley and hike to Base camp
12. Ascent of Jally Waykunka (5545mtrs—18298’)
13. Ascent of Jiska Pata (5508mtrs.—18,298’)
14. Rest, or short climb
15. Ascent of Janqu Uyu (5512mtrs.—18,1896)
16. Return to Lapaz
17. Shopping and pack Celebration dinner
18. Flight out & home.
Contact For more info:
Paul H. Cormier
P.O. Box 63
Gorham, N.H. 03581