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Cordillera Real

6 days – 5 nights

Lucia Berrios

I love Bolivia and sharing its wonders with visitors and enjoy travelling and searching for new experiences whenever I can. I will be happy to help you organize your dreamed trip around Bolivia and its surroundings!

Day 1. La Paz / Tuni

Around hrs. 09:00am we will take a private transportation to the small community of Tuni (2 hrs.), located at 4,440masl. Its inhabitants live mainly from agricultural production. Here, we will be able to share with the community and we will learn how to shear llamas and have a weaving workshop to see how they dye wool with natural products. Dinner and rest in a local lodge.

Altitude difference: +836m / -0m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Local lodge in Tuni (shared room).

Day 2. Tuni / Tuni Lagoon / Juri Khota Lagoon

Hrs. 10:00am depart from Tuni. This is the starting point of our trek. First, we will border the Tuni lagoon and cross a pass at an altitude of 4.900masl. Then, we will descend the side of the mountain to the Juri Khota lagoon (4 hours on foot). We will enjoy beautiful views of the "head of the condor", which forms, with its two adjacent peaks, the Condoriri massif, in the shape of a condor with folded wings. Dinner and camping.

Walking time | 4h; Altitude difference: +641m / -391m | Walking distance: 10Km.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Camping tents (4.688masl)

Day 3. Juri Khota Lagoon / Frozen Lagoon / Austria Pass / Chiar Khota Lagoon

From the lagoon, we will walk up a steep slope to reach, after 1h30m, the small Frozen Lagoon (two glaciers literally fall into its icy waters), a jewel located at 4.900masl, at the foot of Condoriri (5.650masl). We cross a new pass (Austria, 5.120masl, 1-hour ascent) before descending to the Chiarkhota lagoon (4.670masl, 1-hour descent), and the base camp for the ascent of Condoriri and Little Alpamayo. Before the pass, we can walk to Pico Austria, from where the view of the Condoriri and the Cordillera Real is sublime (45 minutes of ascent and 20 minutes of descent). Dinner and camping.

Walking time: 6h | Altitude difference: +551m / -579m | Walking distance: 7Km.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Camping tents (4.655masl)

Day 4. Chiar Khota Lagoon / Wichu Khota Lagoon

We leave Condoriri behind us and we head to the foot of the Black Needle (Aguja Negra), up to the Jallayko pass (5.025masl). We then switch to the beautiful Jistaña valley, before crossing the Tillipata pass (5.000masl). From there, the spectacle of a large number of lagoons rewards our efforts. We continue to the Wichu Khota lagoon (4.680masl), where we set up our camp at the foot of María Lloko (5.522masl). Dinner and camping.

Walking time: 7h | Altitude difference: +532m / -658m | Walking distance: 9Km.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Camping tents (4.532masl)

Day 5. Wichu Khota Lagoon / Maria Lloko

Today, we continue hiking in the middle of the lagoons, until we reach the old Santa Fe mining camp (4.669m). A short detour to the summit that dominates the camp allows us to admire all the lagoons for one more time. Then, we slowly ascend to our camp, surrounded by the peaks Imilla Apachita, Maria Lloko (4.088masl) and Huayna Potosí (6.088masl). The view is impressive (4-5h on foot). The bravest can continue to the Huayna Potosí glacier lagoon. The path, an old drained stone channel, on the side of the mountain, is an amazing viewpoint (2 hours round trip). Dinner and camping.

Walking time: 6h | Altitude difference: +582m / -405m | Walking distance: 9Km.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Camping tents

Day 6. Maria Lloko / Huayna Potosi Base Camp / La Paz

Today we will hike in the middle of the Milluni pass in the morning (5.000masl). We can appreciate Huayna Potosí on our left before reaching the valley and continuing to the refuge at the base camp. From this point, the view literally plunges into the green and tropical Yungas region. This is also the end of our hike. A private car will take us back to La Paz in the afternoon. Rest of the day free.

Walking time: 3h | Altitude difference: +399m / -92m | Walking distance: 4Km.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Accommodation: Casa Fusion Hotel

INCLUDED:

  • Private transportation
  • Specialized local guides in Spanish and bilingual guide
  • Entry tickets
  • Water and energetic snacks
  • Cook and meals according to the program
  • Accommodation in tents for 1-3 persons
  • Mules and porters during the trek
  • Camping tents, sleeping bags (4 season), sleeping pads

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal equipment (available for rent: mountain boots, trekking poles)
  • Personal insurance
  • Services not mentioned in the program

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