Nevado Sajama, Sajama National Park

#6 of 10 in Things to do in Oruro Department
Nevado Sajama is an extinct stratovolcano and the highest peak in Bolivia. The mountain is located in the Oruro Department, Sajama Province, Curahuara de Carangas Municipality, Sajama Canton. It is situated in the Sajama National Park in the southwest area of the country some 16–24 km (10-15 mi) from the border with Chile. The peak is an isolated cone, but is geologically complex, with lava domes of andesitic and rhyodactic composition overlain by an andesitic stratovolcano. The date of the most recent eruption is uncertain, although Holocene activity is assigned to the volcano by many. The treeline of Polylepis tarapacana on the volcano is as high as 5,200 m above sea level, one of the highest altitudes trees can be found growing anywhere in the world.
Joseph Prem made the first attempt to climb the mountain in 1927 by the northwest ridge but was stopped short at 6,200 m. After several more attempts, Prem along with Wilfrid Kuehm reached the top in August 1939 by a more difficult southeast ridge.
From the village of Sajama an acclimatised team can climb the mountain in two or three days if weather conditions are favorable. Currently the easiest of the routes is the SW ridge. This route is technically easy, require some minimal mountaineering equipment and does not present any particular difficulty except some snow slopes up to 45 degrees.
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  • If you do not like the divide and you have a big fear of altitude, then unfortunately this mountain is not for you and better to choose Parinacota or Acotango. You can rent a guide and transport, which will make your trip much easier, but remember that without the skills of walking in the rakes, the braking of the chute, the binding of the rope, you'll not have much pleasure. The Campo Alto blows terrible. We stayed all night, because we kept the tent.
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  • To get to pajamas you can take from La Paz a public transport to Patacamaya that takes 2 hours and from this town take another transport that costs 30bol and takes you to the village of pajamas that leaves at 1:00pm in a route that lasts 4 hours approximately , in our case the idea was to take a tour around the national Park of pajamas, so we hired a private transport that took us and brought back to La Paz for 1,000 boliv per person, the route is approx 14 hours round trip so it is not expensive , I warn you that the scenery is amazing and the snow with all its impressiveness accompanies you throughout the tour, the entrance to the park has a cost of 100 Boliv (2019), you find villages that preserve their traditions and their language "Aimará" do not like to talk to tourists , they hide and close their doors to the passage of the vehicles which makes them ghost towns, magnificent without letting foreign cultures enter their homes, you find no food or drink so they must carry provisions. The visit is worth it!
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  • Beautiful scenery that everyone should know with a great and warm attention of the Hostal Los Andes of Doña Virginia and family is very beautiful and a beautiful expedition by the Mountaineer Bernardo Guarachi
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  • Good place to know also near there, there are hot springs with a great view.
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