Couple get married on top of Bolivian mountain at 21,000 feet above sea level

One couple decided to take their wedding to new heights – quite literally.

Jhonny Pacheco and Heydi Paco tied the knot on top of Illimani – which, for those not clued-up, is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Real of western Bolivia.

The event required a fair bit of preparation too, as it took the bride and groom three days to climb to the summit from Bolivia’s capital La Paz.

Several members of the wedding party were also tasked with carrying gowns, decorations and food up the mountain for the celebration – which was an extra 20kg of weight added to their backpacks.

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Jhonny and Heydi, who are from the city of Cochabamba, were extremely lucky with the weather, too, as sunshine and pleasant temperatures made the mountaintop ceremony extra special.

The high-altitude setting meant the couple said their vows at a height of 21,125 feet (6,439 metres) above sea level.

Jhonny wore a mountaineering helmet and crampons (steel spikes on his feet) as he walked down a makeshift aisle bordered by bouquets of flowers – all while being attached to his best man.

Whereas bride Heydi wore crampons, a long wedding veil and carried a bouquet of roses – and was guided to her husband-to-be by a rope. 

Agustin Gonzales, a mountaineer and the godfather who officiated the wedding, spoke about the extraordinary day.

He said: ‘They are sportspeople and nature lovers, as well as mountain lovers. It is for that reason, they decided to take their marriage vows on the summit of this mountain. 

‘Well, we are very close to heaven and close to God and he blesses you, from the top of the Illimani mountain.’

Illimani Mountain’s ‘eternal snows’ – which are visible from La Paz – are often referenced in the music, mythology and literature of the Aymara people.

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