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Mountaineering in the Cordillera Real

FUN ASCENTS
Mountaineering in the Cordillera Real

This itinerary caters to the mountain enthusiasts, aiming to combine, in two weeks, the pleasures of mountaineering to those of trekking.
On the menu, three ascents: el Pequeño Alpamayo (el. 5410 m.a.s.l.) and La Cabeza de Condor (el. 5700 m.a.s.l.) in the Condoriri mountain range, then, the highlight of the trip, the ascent of Huayna Potosí culminating at 6088 meter above sea levels.

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz - Copacabana - Challa - Copacabana - Challa
  • Day 3: Challa - Copacabana - La Paz
  • Day 4: La Paz - Laguna Khotia - Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Khotia - Laguna Ajwani
  • Day 5: Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Jurikhota
  • Day 6: Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Chiarkhota
  • Day 7: Laguna Chiarkhota - Pequeño Alpamayo - Laguna Chiarkhota - Tuni
  • Day 8: Tuni - Laguna Chiarkhota
  • Day 9: Laguna Chiarkhota - Condoriri (Head)
  • Day 10: Laguna Chiarkhota - Laguna Wichu Khota
  • Day 11: Laguna Wichu Khota - Campo Canal
  • Day 12: Campo Canal - Huayna Potosi Shelter - Refuge Camp des Roches - Huayna Potosi Shelter
  • Day 13: Refuge Camp des Roches - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz
  • Day 14: La Paz

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz

A private driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel.
Meet at the hotel with your guide at 2:00pm for a tour of La Paz, a city located at almost 4000 m.a.s.l.: the Sagárnaga street and its local handicraft market (one of the most famous of South America), the witches’ street, the San Pedro's food market, the historical center and the colonial area.

Night at the Rosario hotel***.
Included : transfer arrival, local spanish-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: La Paz - Copacabana - Challa

Departure from the hotel at 9 a.m. with a private transport. We will follow the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real until Copacabana (3 ½ hours).
Note: During 2 days, a boat will be at our disposal to transport the group as well as the bags during the walks.

A motorboat will take us to the Lourdes Virgin on the Yampupata peninsula. We will start the trel from there to the village of Yampupata (3 to 4 hours walk). When arrived at the village we will take a boat to the Sun island (1 hour crossing), and enjoy the sunset over the Cordillera Real from the village of Challa.
Note: A private boat will be available for 2 days for the transport of the groups and of the luggage during the treks.
Walking time: 3 to 4 hours; +250m/-250m elevation gain/lost

Night at the hostel Qhumpuri (basic comfort).
Included : private transport, boat ticket, entrance fees, box lunch, local spanish-speaking guide, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 3: Challa - Copacabana - La Paz

The boat will take us to the village of Cha'llapampa. We will climb on the arete to the ruins of Chicana (labyrinth in the aymara language) and the sacred Inca rock. The very beautiful trek on the arete leads to the village of Yumani, south of the island, with the Plkokaina temple built by the Inca Tupac for its visits on the Isla del Sol. Return to Copacabana by boat.
Hiking time 3-4h ; Elevation gain: +450m / -450m


We will return to La Paz in private transportation (about 3½-hour).

Night at the Rosario hotel***.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: La Paz - Laguna Khotia - Laguna Ajwani

Transport La Paz - Khotia.
Difficulty: trek in altitude with one or more passes at 5000 meters of elevation each day. 4 to 6-hour of walking a day. Good fitness required.
Departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. by private vehicle to the Cordillera Real (a 3-hour trip) and the laguna Kothia, the start of our trek (el. 4470 m.a.s.l.).
We will meet our team of muleteers and start hiking on the right side of the lake, on the Southwest slopes of the Cordillera. We will pass the first saddle (Paso Contador, el. 4760 m.a.s.l.) before crossing a swampy area, near the laguna Surakhota. Alter walking for 4 hours, we will arrive to the laguna Ajwani (“lagoon of the birds”, el. 4720 m.a.s.l.).
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 4/5h; Elevation gain: +500m / -300m

Ajwani hut.
Included : private transport, guide (hiking), porters, catering, room (without breakfast)

Day 5: Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Jurikhota

We will continue by following the hillside, reaching a first pass at an altitude of 4920 meters (Paso Milluni / 1h45), then to the laguna Sistaña (el. 4660 m.a.s.l. / 45mn).
After a second pass in ther afternoon (Paso Janchallani, el. 4900 m.a.s.l. / 1h30), the last descent of the day will take us to the Laguna Jurikhota (el. 4700 m.a.s.l. / 1h).
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 5/6h; Elevation gain: +665m / -560m

Day 6: Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Chiarkhota

From the Laguna Jurikhota we will climb up a steep slope to the Laguna Congelada, (with two glaciers falling into its icy water), a wonder at an altitude of 4900 meters at the base of El Condoriri (el. 5650 m.a.s.l.).
From there we will keep climbing to a second pass (Paso Austria, 5120 m.a.s.l. / one hour ascent) before descending to the other side towards El Condoriri and the El Pequeño Alpamayo base camp near the Laguna Chiarkhota (el. 4670 m.a.s.l. / 1h30 descent).
Just before reaching the pass, we will have the opportunity to climb the Pico Austria (el. 5300 m.a.s.l.) and admire the incredible views over the Cordillera Real (45-minute climb, 20-minute descent)
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +645m / -670m

Day 7: Laguna Chiarkhota - Pequeño Alpamayo - Laguna Chiarkhota - Tuni

Ascent of the Pequeno Alpamayo
Grade III/AD+, Max 55° - with a mountain guide

Start at 03:00am for the climb to the summit (5 to 7 hrs) by the superb intermediate summit of the Tarija, then walk down to the Tuni community. There is a 45 minutes walk to reach the glacier at 4,850m elevation.
We will gradually climb the dome before reaching the saddle at 5,245m after 3 hours waling from the camp. From there a steep track leads to the Tarija peak (5335m). The view from the summit arete is just amazing and will be accessed by rappelling down.
It will be then a last effort to finish the climb and arrive to the Pequeno Alpamayo summit at 5,410m (5 to 7 hours from the base camp to the summit).
Walk down to the camp in approximately 3 hours.
Walk down to the tuni community (approx. 2 hours).

Night at the Ecolodge Tuni hotel**.
Included : climbing guide, catering, guide (hiking), porters, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 8: Tuni - Laguna Chiarkhota

Leaving behind us the charming village of Tuni, we will follow the Tuni lake under the guard of the Condoriri and arrive just below it after walking through the bofedal ( type of andean swamps), pastures for the llamas, mules and sheep.
We will find our mules again to carry the equipment to the base camp for the ascent, at the heart of the Cordillera Real and of the Condoriri range.

Included : guide (hiking), porters, catering

Day 9: Laguna Chiarkhota - Condoriri (Head)

Grade III/AD+, Max 55° - with a mountain guide
Start at 04:00 a.m. for the summit attempt by the normal route (5-6 hours) then descent to the Laguna Chiar Kota.
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Ascent time: 8h; Elevation gain: +1030m / -1030m

Included : all inclusive, porters, climbing guide

Day 10: Laguna Chiarkhota - Laguna Wichu Khota

Leaving the Condoriri behind, we will pass at the base of the Black Needle to reach the Jallayko Pass (el. 5025 m.a.s.l.). We will then drop into the very beautiful and steep Jistaña Valley, before ascending the Tillipata Pass (el. 5000 m.a.s.l.). The spectacular scenery over the myriad of lagoons will be a great reward for our efforts. Walk down to Laguna Wichu Khota, where we will set up the camp, at the base of María Lloco (el. 5522 m.a.s.l.).
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac
Hiking time: 7h.

Included : guide (hiking), porters, catering

Day 11: Laguna Wichu Khota - Campo Canal

Walking amongst the lagoonas, until the old camp of the Santa Fe mine. A short detour to a small summit over the camp will give us a nice view over all the lagoons. We will then climb up to our camp, surrounded by the summits of Imilla Apachita, Maria Lloco and Huayna Potosi (el. 6088 m.a.s.l.). The view is superb (4/5-walk).
The bravest will be able to hike over to Laguna Glacial of the Huayna Potosi. The trail, an former stone channel dried out on the hillside, offers wonderful scenery (2-hour round trip).
Bivouac.

Hiking time: 6h.
Included : guide (hiking), porters, catering

Day 12: Campo Canal - Huayna Potosi Shelter - Refuge Camp des Roches

After loading the gear on our llamas, we will head to the Milluni pass which we will reach in the morning (el. 5000 m.a.s.l). From there, we can look over the Milluni Valley. We will continue the trek to the shelter by passing the Huayna Potosi on the left. At this point the Andes abruptly drop into the Yungas, a green and tropical area. This marks the end of the trek

Hiking time: 4h.


Ascent of the Huayana Potosi, Day 1:
Equipment check.
Leaving from the Huayana Potosi hut (4700 m el.) we will climb to the “Rocks Camp” (base camp – el. 5100 m.a.s.l.) on the edge of the glacie in approximately 2 hours.


Included : guide (hiking), porters, catering, all inclusive, climbing guide

Day 13: Refuge Camp des Roches - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz

Ascent of the Huayana Potosi, Day 2:
Grade II/AD, Max 50°;
Start at 02:00 a.m. for a tentative ascent to the summit. Then descent to the hut (approximately 10 hours return) where we will arrive in the afternoon. Stay in the hut.


Transport Huayna Potosí (Shelter) - La Paz

Night at the Rosario hotel***.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 14: La Paz

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Included : transfer departure

Hôtel Rosario   La Paz

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The original house where now Hotel Rosario is located was built in 1928. It's first name was Residencial Rosario. In year 2001 Residencial Rosario changed to Hotel Rosario, because it met all the requirements to be categorized as an hotel with three stars.This hotel offers an excellent comfort and a great quality of services.

Hotel Qhumpuri   Challa

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The small hotel of Qhumphuri, is located in Challa, little village at the northern part of the Sun Island, on the Titicaca Lake. The welcoming is excellent and the food delicious. The hotel overhang the bay. Its rooms, equiped with private bathroom and toilets, offer stunning view over the lake.

Refuge AjwanI   Laguna Ajwani

Level : 1*
Included : room (without breakfast)

Hotel Ecolodge Tuni   Tuni

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The Tuni community welcomes you in its charming ecolodge with warmth and convivialilty. Built by the community itself, with the help of Terra Andina, this ecolodge is located between the west face of the Huayna Potosi and the famous Condoriri, in the heart of the Royal Cordillera.

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