Two years ago, a group of indigenous, mostly middle-aged, Bolivian women decided to ditch their base camp day jobs, strap on some climbing gear, and scale the Cordillera Real mountain range themselves.

Aymara indigenous women practice climbing on a glacier of the Huayna Potosi mountain on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, on April 6, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mercado)

Many of these women had for years worked as cooks or porters at the Huayna Potosi base camp, helping tourists climb the mountains they had only gazed upon from below. "The tourists asked me what it was like up on Huayna Potosi," 42-year-old Domitila Alana Llusco told The Associated Press, "and I had to climb up so I could find out and tell them."

When they climb, the women mix their traditional dress — wide, tiered skirts called polleras and colorful shawls called mantas — with practical climbing gear, from thermal layers and insulated jackets, to helmets and spiked boots called crampons. So far the group has scaled five peaks, including the highest, Illimani, which has an elevation of more than 21,000 feet. Eight of the women made it to the summit, braving fierce winds and snowstorms. Their goal is to one day summit the highest peak in the Andes, the 22,838-foot high Aconcagua, and plant the Bolivian flag at the top. Below, a look at Bolivia's most colorful adventurers.

Lidia Huayllas, 48, and Dora Magueno, 50, stand near Milluni lake, with the Huayna Potosi mountain in the background, in Bolivia on April 6, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mercado)

The group prepares for their climb at the Huayna Potosi mountain refuge in Bolivia on April 6, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mercado)

Walking toward the Huayna Potosi mountain, elevation 19,974 feet, on April 6, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mercado)

Climbing the Illimani mountain on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, April 17, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mayta)

Rufina Llusco sits in her tent before ascending the Illimani mountain, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, on April 16, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mercado)

A woman fixes her hair before ascending the Illimani mountain on April 16, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mercado)

Women practice descending on a glacier at the Huayna Potosi mountain in Bolivia on April 6, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mercado)

Domitila Alana, 42, Bertha Vedia, 48, Lidia Huayllas, 48, and Dora Magueno, 50, pose for a photograph at the Huayna Potosi mountain in Bolivia on April 6, 2016. | (REUTERS/David Mercado)