Trekking

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Cordillera Real offers some very attractive trekking routes. Many of our expeditions pass very close to some of the mountains which can allow us to combine the trekking done with some of the most popular climbs in the region.

For those looking to see a wide range of landscapes we have treks frequented by the Incas starting at the Altiplano and finishing in the Yungas in the department of La Paz.

CITY WALKS

This is a unique tour around the city where we will see unusual places in both La Paz and El Alto. We will see the colors of these cities through their markets and the contrast between urban Bolivia and its majestic mountains.

This is a very flexible tour. Thanks to La Paz/El Alto public transport system especially the cable cars it will allow us to see the famous landmarks of our city as well as the forest around where we will have the opportunity to walk.

CHACALTAYA

5,500 m.

What was once the only official ski slope in Bolivia and the highest in the world has been erased by global warming and pollution coming from La Paz. Nevertheless, Chacaltaya still gets fresh snow during some months of the year and its proximity to the city makes it an easy and ideal acclimatization hike.

FULL DAY

After a 2-and-a-half-hour drive from La Paz we arrive to a refuge on Chacaltaya, where the amazing views of the city and the Cordillera Real will be accompanying us while we have some coffee and snacks. Having done this, we will depart for a one-hour hike to the top of Chacaltaya.

The top of Chacaltaya is at 5500m. We will have time for a good photography session of the surrounding landscape where Huayna Potosi and Cordillera Real are the highlights. Finished this we get down to our vehicle for our drive back to La Paz.

FULL DAY - PICO AUSTRIA

5,300 m.

Our full day hike to Pico Austria is recommended to those wanting to experience the beauty of the Cordillera Real in one day.

FULL DAY

We leave the city of La Paz very early to make the most out of our day. Our first stop where we will leave the car is LA RINCONADA (4400m), from this point we start our hike towards LAGUNA CHIARKOTA (4600m) a focal point serving as base camp to many mountaineers climbing the different peaks in the area. Continuing our way through a rocky valley we encounter the first pass at 5100m where Pico Austria will be visible and reachable after an hour more of hiking.

Having reached the top of Pico Austria we are faced with a breathtaking view of the Condoriri massif and the neighboring peaks. After taking a break on the top we start our way down to LA RINCONADA to drive back to La Paz.

The total length of the hike is estimated to take between 6 to 7 hours plus an elevation gain of 900m.

CONDORIRI – BOTIJLACA

3 Days

This is a trek combining beautiful views of the valleys and mountains of Condoriri.

DID YOU KNOW?

In the Zongo valley you will find the hydroelectric plant supplying energy to the city of La Paz.

This trek can be combined with an ascension to Huayna´s Potosi summit in 5 days. Great program for a proper acclimatization process.

DAY 1

After a 2-and-a-half-hour drive from La Paz we arrive to LA RINCONADA where there will be mules waiting to take our equipment up to LAGUNA CHIAR KHOTA which is an hour away hiking. This lagoon at 4620m will serve as our base camp for the expedition. We will spend the rest of the day admiring the landscape and helping our acclimatization process through short hikes.

DAY 2

Today we will have to go through two mountain passes which will be at an altitude of around 4900m, after which we start our descent to Laguna LIVIÑOSA (4250m). We are going to start to see the change in vegetation and landscape as we approach our next camp site in ANCOMA (3750m).

DAY 3

As we continue our way down and air and vegetation get thicker our expedition gets to an end in the town of BOTIJLACA in the ZONGO valley where our vehicle will be waiting for us for the drive back to La Paz.

EL CHORO

3 Days

EL CHORO is one of the most well-known pre-columbine trails among trekers enthusiast. This 60km long trail, famous for its diversity of landscapes and climates usually demands 3 days of walking. Over that time travelers will gain a total of 3600m of elevation approximately.

This trail used to be frequented by the Incas for trading and communication is particularly interested to those wanting to see the geographical diversity of this part of the country.

DID YOU KNOW?

It is possible to combine this program with an ascension to Huayna Potosi´s summit (6088m).

DAY 1

We leave the city of La Paz after breakfast. A 1- hour drive will take us to LA APACHETA (4810m) the highest point in our journey where there will be muleteers waiting for our luggage. At this point we will be walking downhill for the next 5 to 6 hours on a very well preserved trail until we reach our fist camp CHALLAPAMPA (2600m).

DAY 2

After a hefty breakfast we depart always walking along the course of the river until we reach the town of EL CHORO. We then continue through a trail which goes up and down through valleys and creeks until we reach SAN FRANCISCO where we set our second camp of the trek.

DAY 3

Today we will have an early start. We keep following the previous trail until we cross COSPACA river, on this point we begin our ascension through fruit and coffee plantations which lead to the town of SANDILLANI. There we can have lunch and spend some time checking the Japanese garden after which we will carry on to CHAIRO (1100m) where our trek finishes. Our transportation will be waiting for us to take us back to La Paz.

KOTHIA – HUAYNA POTOSI

5 Days

This trek is an introduction to Cordillera Real for those wishing to see its beauty but without the need of climbing any major peaks. A beautiful way to experience the high Bolivian Andes.

DID YOU KNOW?

This is our most interesting trek since it can be customized to our client’s desires. Climbing to different peaks along the route in Cordillera Real can be added. Check out our Expeditions section for more information.

DAY 1

We leave the city of La Paz to KOTHIA LAGOON (4570m) where we will organize our luggage for the mules which will be accompanying us through the trek. Following this we progressively gain altitude until que reach our first mountain pass at 4820m. From this point Lake Titicaca and the Altiplano are visible. We begin our descent towards AJUANI which serves as our first camp in the expedition.

DAY 2

After some good breakfast we set off to reach the first pass of the day where we will get the first sights of the imposing Huayna Potosi and the Condoriri Massif. Following our way, we descent through a moraine to our lunch site next to Laguna SISTAÑA. We carry on hiking for our final ascension which takes about a 1 hour, as we move further more of the Condoriri is seen. We finish the day going down to set our camp around Laguna JURIKHOTA.

DAY 3

We start the trek around the lagoon to then make our way up towards LAGUNA GLACIAL at 4900m where the Condoriri massif will be right in front of us. After taking a short break we continue to get higher up and reach AUSTRIA pass at 5150m. At this point we can either go to the top of PICO AUSTRIA (5300m) or keep going down to set our camp next to Laguna CHIAR KHOTA (4600m). On this point we will get food and organize our climbing gear.

DAY 4

On today´s trek we will only go through one mountain pass, JISTAÑA (4900m) after which we will descent to RACACHA VALLEY passing through old mining centers. We then reach the western face of HUAYNA POTOSI and the mountain MARIA LLOKO (4450m).

DAY 5

HUALLATANI (4850m) will be our final pass of the trek. This will be a short kike of less than 3 hours after which we will descent to take our vehicles to Huayna´s Potosi base camp (4700m) where we will have our last lunch together while we admire the beauty of the mountain. We then drive back to the city of La Paz.

GLACIER LAGOON

4 Days

A high altitude hike which offers incredible views of Illampu and Ancohuma.

DID YOU KNOW?

LAGUNA GLACIAL (5200m) serves as base camp to those attempting to summit ANCOHUMA at 6427m.

DAY 1

We head from La Paz towards Sorata (2800m) where we will stay at a small hostel. During the afternoon we will walk to SAN PEDRO´S caves and later return to town to spend the night.

DAY 2

After having breakfast, we start to get ready for our walk to Laguna Chijllata (4800m) which will serve as our first camp. We will be accompanied by mules carrying our gear and camping equipment. Today’s hike will take around 4 to 5 hours.

DAY 3

After having a good breakfast, we get ready to our hike to LAGUNA GLACIAR at 5200m. This will be a 3 to 4 hour hike over moraine and rocky terrain. Once we reach the lagoon we will take a break for lunch and to admire the magnitude of Illampu and Ancohuma. We finish the day returning to our campo in Laguna CHIJILLATA.

DAY 4

Once we get some food for the morning and get our equipment ready for the mules, we start our descent to Sorata where our vehicle will be waiting for us to get back to La Paz.