Huayna Potosi is a 6,088 meter mountain in Bolivia. According to the Wikipedia page:
There are many 6000m mountains that are easier to climb in terms of technical difficulty. The main reason Huayna Potosí has been called the easiest 6000m climb is that the elevation gain from trailhead to summit is less than 1400 m; with easy access from La Paz. Since La Paz lies at 3600 m, climbers have an easier time acclimatizing.
When I was in northern Thailand, I met a Spanish couple who’d told me about a 6,000 meter peak they’d climbed in Bolivia. They had climbing experience, but if I recall correctly, it was the highest elevation either had ever been, and their first time using crampons, etc. I remember they said that instruction was provided once you were on the glacier. The boyfriend (now husband) was able to summit, which involved scaling an ice wall, while his girlfriend began to tire just short of the summit. They also said it was ridiculously cheap to do the climb, something like $85 (with guide/equipment provided).
I wonder if this was that mountain. And I wonder if I’d be ready for an adventure like climbing Huayna Potosi by the time I visit Bolivia.
To my parents: probably not until I have some more trekking and climbing experience under my belt at high altitudes and/or on snow.
Since the above video is well produced, but does not show the actual views from the top, I’m also including a video below from a guy who climbed it solo.
What’s the highest mountain peak, volcano, or ridge you’ve ever climbed?