Two years ago, 11 Aymara indigenous women who worked for mountaineers decided to do their own climbing and have since tackled five peaks near La Paz
For years, Lydia Huayllas, 48, has worked as a cook at base camps and mountain-climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, a 19,974ft (6,088-meter) Andean peak outside of the Bolivian administrative capital, La Paz.
But two years ago, she and 10 other Aymara indigenous women, ages 42 to 50, who also worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers, put on crampons spikes fixed to a boot for climbing under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing.
These women have now scaled five peaks Acotango, Parinacota, Pomarapi and Huayna Potos as well as Illimani, the highest of all in Bolivias Cordillera Real range. All are higher than 19,500ft (6,000 meters) above sea level.