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SAJAMA TREK

This program leads you to discover Sajama National Park, one of Bolivia’s natural jewels.
What could be better than to discover it on foot? We encounter an abundant and varied, fauna in a unique landscape of majestic volcanoes, hot springs and geysers, and of lost villages where life follows its course to the slow rhythm of llamas and alpacas lifestyles.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz - Sajama
  • Day 2: Sajama - Laguna Sorapata
  • Day 3: Laguna Sorapata - Sajama - Tomarapi
  • Day 4: Tomarapi - La Paz

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz - Sajama

Departure from the hotel at 9 a.m. in a private vehicle for the beautiful traverse of the altiplano. We head south to Patacamaya, from where we turn to the West and let ourselves be guided by the majestic Sajama Volcano.
On the way, we stop by chullpas (carangas sepultures) empty today after their systematic pillaging. Short stop in the village of Curahuara de Carangas with its colonial church known as the Sixteen chapel of the Altiplano. The church, indeed, possesses some perfectly preserved intricate frescoes, contrasting with the abandoned atmosphere of the village.
The paved road now climbs through a surprising panorama of canyons and rock formations, and then we find ourselves on Sajama’s desolate plateau. We enter the park by a dirt road taking us to the ranger station.
Lunch on the way. Night at Doña Isabel and Don Marcelo’s (Basic comfort).

Night at the Oasis hostel*.
Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 2: Sajama - Laguna Sorapata

Visit to the geysers in the morning by 4WD. The view over the bubbling pools spreading over a few hundreds square meters is just amazing in this very volcanic area. We can even try to cook eggs in the slightly sulfuric water.
From there we will follow the valley until the Laguna Khasiri Kota (el. 5050 m.a.s.l. / 2½-hour hike). At lunch break we will be able to observe different aquatic bird species, particularly the Andean geese (Huallata in Aymara) never far from its nest (large floating platforms made out of algae and grass.)
The plateau will be be reached after another hour and we will find there the beautiful Laguna Sorapata. A wonderful place surrounded by the impressive copper colored mountains, great for the comtemplation and for shorth climbs to the surrounding peaks.
Camp at the base of the Condoriri Grande (5542m)
Bivouac (Bring a suitable mountain sleeping bag as the rental bags are too light)
Note: during the trek the bags will be carried by mules.
Hiking time: 4h.

Included : guide (hiking), porters, catering

Day 3: Laguna Sorapata - Sajama - Tomarapi

Option to climb to the base of the volcano Condoriri Grande at 5380 m elevation (ask to the guide) and to the next saddle depending on the snow (5542m). We will walk around the Sorapata lake to join the saddle with many opportunities to see some viscaches (a funny rabbit-squirrel) and some medicinal plants still used by the park inhabitants.
After climbing for one hour we will be at the highest point of the trek (5065m) in a moon like landscape. With a bit of luck we will spot the trace of an Andean puma on this volcanic floor.
We will find the last lake of the trek after a short descent, the laguna Chiar Khota (5000m el.) which we will follow while enjoying an exceptional view over the Sajama volcanoe.
We will then walk down for a while among the colonies of yaretas (thousand years old plants growing very slowly (1mm/year)).
Back to the 4WD we will drive to the thermal sources for a well deserved bath before going to the village of Sajama.
Hiking time: 5/6h.



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

Day 4: Tomarapi - La Paz

We depart at 9 a.m. We reach the international road a few kilometers away and then head south on the sandy and treacherous tracks nearby the Chilean border. After crossing río Lauca, appear out of nowhere the most beautiful polychromatic chullpas of Bolivia (chullpas are the pre-Inca tombs of Aymara lords), spread out in a majestic scenery. We visit the site and then return to La Paz at the end of the day.
Cold lunch (included). Dinner open.


Included : lunch (no drinks), private transport

Hotel Oasis   Sajama

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

Cordial welcome. It's a clean hostel with warm water.

Ecolodge Tomarapi   Tomarapi

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The ecolodge is a group of small houses which have been built by people from the community of Tomarapi. This ecolodge is a peaceful place close to Sajama Volcano. The rooms have been built with materials from the area. The dinning room has a chimney that makes the place warm. The food is simple but delicious.

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