Departamento de Oruro, Bolivia
If cycling your bike up dead end mine roads to set up camps from which to climb high volcanoes is your kind of thing, then you might just like Acotango. The mine road is accessed from the Chachacomani – Tambo Quemado road and is used by 4x4s up to 4,900m as the sulphur mine on the mountain is due to be reopened and work is being carried out to erect some buildings at this height.
The road becomes steep above 4,800m but the surface is in ok condition to 5,250m, above which it deteriorates. Very strong cyclists might be able to ride a lot of the way up to nearly 5,500m, and though the road continues a bit higher it is unrideable above this altitude. If you want to climb the volcano it makes more sense to stop and make a base camp at around 5,100m then hike up to the 6,059m summit from there.
Update October 2014: The road has now been extended, and is currently in good condition all the way to 5700m! Exciting news!
|Name||Acotango high point|
|Where||Parque Nacional Sajama|
|GPS Co-ords||18.3648 S, 69.0465 W|
|Altitude||5,509m (we stopped here, the unrideable track continues a bit higher)|
|Amount climbed||1,030 m (all on ripio) in just over a day from Sajama to base camp at 5,060m (loaded).
A further 450m (all ripio) unloaded in 1 ½ hours from there to the high point.
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