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TREK MARIA LLOCO

This altitude trek (entirely comprised between 4500 and 5000 meters above sea level) requires a good acclimatization.
It takes us to the exploration of the nicest part of the Cordillera Real, across the sumptuous landscapes mountain ranges of Condoriri (el. 5648 m.a.s.l.), Maria Lloco (el. 5522 m.a.s.l.) and Huayna Potosi (el. 6088 m.a.s.l.). The path following the hillsides is dotted with lagunas where the llamas accompanying us on this short Andean crossing will quench their thirst.
Nothing can be better than to finish our adventure by the ascent of Huayna Potosi. From the summit, the view embraces the altiplano from La Paz to Lake Titicaca.

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz - Tuni - Laguna Khotia - Laguna Ajwani
  • Day 2: Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Jurikhota
  • Day 3: Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Chiarkhota
  • Day 4: Laguna Chiarkhota - Tuni - Laguna Wichu Khota
  • Day 5: Tuni - Campo Canal
  • Day 6: Campo Canal - Refuge Camp des Roches
  • Day 7: Refuge Camp des Roches - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz - Tuni - Laguna Khotia - Laguna Ajwani

Transport La Paz - Tuni. Approx.3h30
Difficulty: altitude trek with one or more passes of elevations superior to 5000 meters, each day. 4 to 6-hour walk a day. Good physical condition required.
Departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. in our private vehicle in the direction of the Cordillera Real (a 3-hour trip) and of laguna Kothia, the start of our trek (el. 4470 m.a.s.l.).
We meet our team of muleteers and start hiking on the right side of the lake, on the Southwest slopes of the Cordillera. We clear the first pass (Paso Contador, el. 4760 m.a.s.l.) before crossing a swampy area, near laguna Surakhota. Alter about a 4-hour walk, we arrive at 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, all inclusive, guide (hiking), room (without breakfast)

Day 2: Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Jurikhota

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

Day 3: Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Chiarkhota

From Laguna Jurikhota we begin by ascending up a steep slope to reach, an hour and a half later, the Laguna Congelada, (two glaciers literally fall into its icy waters), a jewel nested at an altitude of 4900 meters at the foot of El Condoriri (el. 5650 m.a.s.l.).
From there we keep climbing to a second pass (Paso Austria, 5120 m.a.s.l. / one hour ascent) before descending on the other side towards El Condoriri and El Pequeño Alpamayo base camp, at the edge of Laguna Chiarkhota (el. 4670 m.a.s.l. / 1h30 descent).
Just before reaching the pass, we have the option to climb Pico Austria (el. 5300 m.a.s.l.) to admire the incredible views it offers over the Cordillera Real (45-minute climb, 20-minute descent)
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +645m / -670m

Day 4: Laguna Chiarkhota - Tuni - Laguna Wichu Khota

We leave the Condoriri behind us, pass at the base of the Black Needle and eventually reach the Jallayko Pass (el. 5025 m.a.s.l.). We 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 lagunas down below is ample reward for our efforts. Then another downhill to Laguna Wichu Khota, where we set up our camp, at the foot of María Lloco (el. 5522 m.a.s.l.).
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac
Hiking time: 7h; Elevation gain: +845m / -935m

Wichu Khota shelter.
Included : room (without breakfast)

Day 5: Tuni - Campo Canal

We progress amongst the lagunas, until the ancient camp for mine Santa Fe. A short detour to a small nearby summit dominating the camp allows us to get a nice view over all the lagunas. We 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 most courageous will be able to hike over to Laguna Glacial del Huayna Potosi. The trail, an ancient dried out stone canal on the hillside, offers wonderful scenery (2-hour round trip).
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac
Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +320m / -200m

Day 6: Campo Canal - Refuge Camp des Roches

After loading the gear on our llamas, we head for the Milluni pass that we reach in the middle of the morning (el. 5000 m.a.s.l). From there, we overlook the Milluni Valley. We keep on going towards our shelter by passing Huayna Potosi on our left. At this point the Andes abruptly drop into the Yungas, a green and tropical area. This is the end of our trek.
Ascent to the “Rocks camp” (el. 5100 m.a.s.l.). Approximately a 2-hour walk.
Cold lunch. All included. Night in mountain shelter
Note: team of porters for the 2-day ascent.
Hiking time: 6h; elevation gain: +600m / -300m



Night at the Campos Rocas hut.
Included : room

Day 7: Refuge Camp des Roches - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz

Departure at 2 a.m. for a tentative ascent of the summit. Later on, we descend to the shelter (approximately 10-hour total).
Lunch included.
Ascent time: 10h; Elevation gain: +1000m / -1400m

Transport Huayna Potosí (Shelter) - La Paz
Included : private transport

Refuge AjwanI   Laguna Ajwani

Level : 1*
Included : room (without breakfast)

Refuge AjwanI   Laguna Wichu Khota

Level : 1*
Included : room (without breakfast)

Refuge Campos Rocas   Refuge Camp des Roches

Level : 1*
Included : room

This little house of stones is located at 5100m of high. Basic confort.

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