Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any other questions outside of the following, please do not hesitate to write to us, we will be happy to answer them.
Is it necessary to have experience?
Although there are mountains and treks that need previous experience, it is not a fundamental requirement since Bolivia offers a variety of summits and routes according to experience and physical condition.
Our team is in charge of providing you with the best destinations according to your requirements and our guides are fully trained to adapt to the rhythm of each one of you.
When is the best season for climbing in Bolivia?
According to the months of the year, from May to October are the best months since the mountains are in good condition because it is a cold season, the skies are clear for those who want to see the mountains.
The other months the weather is quite crazy and changeable, but there are some mountains that can be done.
Should I be concerned about altitude?
La Paz is located at 3,625 meters / 11,893 feet and the peaks that our expeditions traverse range from 5,000 meters / 16,404 feet to 6,500 meters / 21,325 feet.
Therefore, it is important to allow time for acclimatization, altitude affects people due to the drop in atmospheric pressure and the lower oxygen level found at these altitudes, it is difficult to predict exactly how long it takes to acclimatize as it varies from person to person and does not depend on your level of fitness or health.
However, as a point of reference, we recommend a minimun of 2 to 5 full days of acclimatization.
Do the guides speak English?
On the Tours, your guide will be an English speaker, who will give you thorough and interesting explanations of all the areas you will visit with him.
The trekking and climbing guides are not fluent in English, they all speak more than enough to ensure your safety on the mountain and to deal with any emergency situations that may arise, but they are not fluent at all. We select them for their mountain experience, not for their language ability.
If you would like an English speaking guide, we recommend that you let us know in advance.
How far in advance should I book?
As we work with our own team of guides and do not hire other agencies to lead our expeditions.
While tours and treks can usually be arranged weeks (or even days) in advance, you should try to book climbs as far in advance as possible, especially in the high season. As soon as our guides are fully booked, you will need to be flexible as to when we can accommodate you.
How does payment work?
To make your reservation with us you will need to prepay 50% of the total amount (depending on the package you take with us) at the time of booking and the other 50% when we hold a meeting prior to the start of your trip.
What equipment will I need?
Our team provides all the high quality technical equipment as standard for any technical expedition, however our recommendation regarding mountain boots is, if you have your own, bring them with you, why? because this provides greater comfort as you will be previously accustomed to your boots.
How does payment work?
To cancel a confirmed trip reservation or part of it, we must receive a written notice of cancellation.
In the event that you have already made an advance payment, there is a non-refundable administrative fee of USD 50 per person. we will make refunds in accordance with the following:
- 60 days prior to departure date, we will refund the balance.
- 31 to 59 days prior to departure date, 50% of the balance will be refunded.
- 15 to 30 days prior to departure date, 25% of the balance will be refunded.
- 14 days or less prior to departure date, no refund of any kind.
Because we operate in remote areas of the city, BOLIVIA DISCOVERY reserves the right to cancel all or part of any trip prior to departure for any of the following reasons: insufficient signage, extremely bad weather conditions, social unrest, any logistical problems that may impede the safe and efficient operation of the trip. In these cases, BOLIVIA DISCOVERY is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the group member in preparation for any trip.