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ANCOHUMA TREK

Our trek follows the slopes of the “Giants” of the Cordillera that are Illampu (el. 6370 m.a.s.l.) and Ancohuma (el. 6430 m.a.s.l.).

Leaving from Sorata, we first reach the intermediate camp for the ascent of Illampu. We climb to the Laguna Glaciar, intermediate camp for the ascent of Ancohuma, at an altitude of 5038 meters above sea level, before descending back to Sorata.

This well-preserved and still seldom visited mountain range (few mountaineers come to visit its peaks) offers us this beautiful 6-day loop where viewpoints over the Apolobamba mountain range, Lake Titicaca, Illampu and the bluish valleys of the Yungas alternate.

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz - Sorata
  • Day 2: Sorata - Lacatiya
  • Day 3: Lacatiya - Utjaña Pampa
  • Day 4: Utjaña Pampa - Aguas calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas calientes - Laguna Chilata
  • Day 6: Laguna Chilata - Sorata - Laguna Chilata - Sorata - La Paz

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz - Sorata

Departure from the hotel at 9 a.m. with a private vehicle for a trip to Sorata (approx. 3h30), a quiet village in a green valley at the base of the majestic Illampu (el. 6368 m.a.s.l.).
With good weather we can perfectly see the snowy summits over the palm trees of the village square, at an altitude of 2700 meters.

Night at the Las Piedras hotel**.
Included : private transport

Day 2: Sorata - Lacatiya

Difficulty: trek at high elevation. 5 to 7-hour walking each day. Good fitness required.
We will meet our team of muleteers just outside the village. The trek will start with a long way up to the village of Lacatiya (el. 3900 m.a.s.l.), our first bivouac. The Illampu will dominate us for all the day from its 6430 meters height.
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac in the community.
Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +1200m



Included : guide (hiking), porters, catering

Day 3: Lacatiya - Utjaña Pampa

We will start the day with the climb to the Paso Illampu (el. 4750 m.a.s.l.), from where we can admire the giants of the Northern Peak of the Illampu (el. 6370 m.a.s.l.) and the Pico Schulze (el. 5950 m.a.s.l.). We will then descend on the Northern slopes of the Cordillera, to the Estancia Utjaña Pampa. Some old fashion gold mines which are still exploited can be found in this area.
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +850m / -850m


Included : guide (hiking), porters, catering

Day 4: Utjaña Pampa - Aguas calientes

In the morning we will walk to Janq´u Uma (White Waters). We can notice there all kinds of man-made water holes on the banks of the River used to make the “Kaya”. This typical food of the cordillera is made from an oca (root similar to a potato) soaked in these pools for 30 to 40 days, before being spread on hays and left in the cold of the winter to dehydrate.
We will then walk up to the Illampu base camp of “Aguas Calientes” (4h – el. 4200 m.a.s.l.). But don’t let this name fool you: there is no hot spring in the area
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +400m / -100m



Included : guide (hiking), porters, catering

Day 5: Aguas calientes - Laguna Chilata

While the mules will slowly head to the camp for the evening, we will follow a track to the Laguna Glaciar. This altitude lake is hidden between two giants: the Illampu and the Ancohuma and is alimented by the impressive glacier dropping into it. We will enjoy there wonderful views over the Lake Titicaca and the Sorata Valley.
We will then walk down to the Laguna Chilata, where we will join the mules for a maté of coca!
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 9h; Elevation gain: +850m / -850m

Included : local guide, porters, catering

Day 6: Laguna Chilata - Sorata - Laguna Chilata - Sorata - La Paz

Descent to Sorata in the morning.
Afternoon open.
Lunch and dinner open. Hotel.
Hiking time: 4h; Elevation gain: -1500m

Transport Laguna Chilata Sorata
From Lorena, we join Millipaya, where we meet our vehicle to take us back to La Paz (3 hours).
Included : private transport

Hotel Las Piedras   Sorata

Level : 2*

Las Piedras is situated near the major place in Sorata. The Hostel has been created by Petra Huber, who is very friendly and she can speak spanish, english and german. This hostel is clean, spacious and welcoming and there is a wonderful view of the valley.

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