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Trekking in the Royal Mountain Range

TRANSCORDILLERA TREK
Trekking in the Royal Mountain Range

The most impressive trek in Bolivia...This is the complete crossing of the Cordillera, with a first hike in Lake Titicaca.
We continue by two weeks of trekking through the Cordillera and finally the attempt to climb the Huayna Potosi (6088m), one of the legendary peaks of the Cordillera.

Note: the ascent of the Huayna Potosi is an option. We can also choose to go back to La Paz and enjoy some free time in the world’s highest capital !

OPTION HUAYNA POTOSI
Day 1 : Ascent of the Huayana Potosi 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.

Day 2 : Ascent of the Huayana Potosi 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.

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: El Alto Airport - La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz
  • Day 3: La Paz - Copacabana
  • Day 4: Copacabana - Yumani
  • Day 5: Yumani - Kalaki - Sorata - Kalaki - Sorata
  • Day 6: Sorata - Laguna Chilata
  • Day 7: Laguna Chilata - Campo Venado
  • Day 8: Campo Venado - Lojena
  • Day 9: Lojena - Laguna San Francisco
  • Day 10: Laguna San Francisco - Laguna Chojña Kota
  • Day 11: Laguna Chojña Kota - Laguna Jistaña Quta
  • Day 12: Laguna Jistaña Quta - Laguna Chiscacalliuani
  • Day 13: Laguna Chiscacalliuani - Río Pura Purani
  • Day 14: Río Pura Purani - Kunu Pampa
  • Day 15: Kunu Pampa - Laguna Ajwani
  • Day 16: Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Jurikhota
  • Day 17: Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Chiarkhota
  • Day 18: Laguna Chiarkhota - Tuni
  • Day 19: Tuni - Campo Canal
  • Day 20: Campo Canal
  • Day 21: Campo Canal - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz - Huayna Potosi Shelter
  • Day 22: La Paz - Huayna Potosi Shelter - Refuge Camp des Roches
  • Day 23: Refuge Camp des Roches - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz
  • Day 24: La Paz - El Alto Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: El Alto Airport - La Paz

A private driver will pick you up at the international airport of El Alto and drive you to your hotel in La Paz.

Night at the Rosario hotel***.
Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: La Paz

Our private driver will pick us up in the hotel lobby at 09:00 am for a full-day tour around the best points of view over the city and into the Moon Valley. La Paz, world’s highest capital elected in 2014 as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities, is surrounded by the high picks of the Andes. From many parts of the city we can admire the white summits of the Cordillera Real and the imposing Illimani, protector of the city. From the K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park we will enjoy a panoramic view over the capital. The Montículo, in the bohemian Sopocachi is the classical meeting point of lovers and newlyweds for romantic pictures. Since 2014 La Paz is proud of its new gondolas. From the sky the panorama over the city and the mountains is unique and we can get an impression of the social gaps while flying over different neighborhood. We will then drive to the south, cross the rich "Zona Sur" and get out of the city to enter the Moon Valley. Here we can enjoy the quietness and walk among the lunar rock formations during an hour. In the afternoon we will go back to the historical center and wander along its colorful markets.
NOTE: The K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park are closed on Mondays.

Night at the Rosario hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 3: La Paz - Copacabana

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).

Night at La Cúpula hotel***.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 4: Copacabana - Yumani

A motorboat will take us to the Northern end of the Isla del Sol and to the Chincana Inca ruins (2 to 3 hours)
We will start the trek from the ruins by following the topline of the island until the village of Yumani in the South (a 3 to 4-hour hike).
Note: During the following 2 days a boat will be available to transport the group as well as the gear during the walks.
Hiking time: 4h; Elevation gain: +400m / -300m

Night at the Puerta del Sol hotel*.
Dinner included.
Included : dinner (no drinks), guide expenses, entrance fees, box lunch, english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Yumani - Kalaki - Sorata

In the morning, a short hop by motorboat first takes us to Pilkokaina temple, south of the island. This palace was built by Inca Tupac Yupanqui for its pilgrimages on the island. We then head to Isla de la Luna where we visit the temple of the Ñustas, The Inca virgins. We then cross the whole Lake to Kalaki, on the Eastern shore (3 to 4-hour traverse depending on the weather conditions). There a vehicle awaits us to take us to the village of Sorata, at the foot of the majestic Illampu (el. 6430 m.a.s.l.). 2 to 3-hour journey between Kalaki and Sorata.

Transport Sorata Vía Kalaki.


Night at the Las Piedras hotel**.
Included : guide expenses, private transport, box lunch, english speaking guide

Day 6: Sorata - Laguna Chilata

Difficulty: trek at high altitude. 6 to 9-hour walk each day. Very good fitness and trekking experience required. Some technical parts (off track, screes...)
Meet with the porters teams and the mules in the morning. Starting from Sorata we will gradually climb the slopes of the Illampu and pass tiny villages and cultures... We can then observe ancestral techniques being used. The landscapes will became more and more arid during the climb and the view over the Illampu more and more impressive.
After 6 to 7 hours walking on llama tracks we will arrive to the laguna Chilata.
Walking time : 6 hours; Elevation gain: +1600m.
Food provision La Paz - Laguna Kacha
Food provision La Paz - Ajwani ou Khotia
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), private transport, english speaking guide

Day 7: Laguna Chilata - Campo Venado

Start in the morning to climb to the laguna Glaciar which name is due to the glacier litterally ending in its Eastern end. View over the Titicaca lake, the Sorata valley, the Andes... Well worth the effort! Walk down by a steep slope until 4300m elevation.

Bivouac.
Hiking time: 7h; Elevation gain: +880m / -800m.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 8: Campo Venado - Lojena

We will start following a same elevation line around the mountain for approximately 3 hours before reaching a saddle. From there we will walk down to the Mina Susana camp. After firstly climbing to the Laguna Kota Pata at 4145m we will arrive to two others lakes at 4300m.
Night in a valley near the stream at Lojena.

Bivouac.
Hiking time: 6/7h; Elevation gain: +640m / -610m.

Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 9: Lojena - Laguna San Francisco

Walking on the mountain´s face we will find a few lakes and then climb to the Chotanlona saddle at 4910m, before walking downto the Laguna San Francisco valley. The view over the glaciers is amazing.

Bivouac.
Hiking time: 5/6h; Elevation gain: +700 /-560m.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 10: Laguna San Francisco - Laguna Chojña Kota

We will start climbing towards the saddle at 4920m (2 1/2 hours). The view over the Ancohuma will appear to sight and we will be surrounded by impressive glaciers. We will then walk down to a first valley at 4785m and climb again to 4980m (1 1/2 hour climb). Another descent to 4870m before walking up to the last saddle of the day at 4980m which will lead to the Laguna Kacha valley (1 hour climb). We will then walk down at the bottom of this valley to discover two superb lakes at the base of the Paso Calzada, the Laguna Carizal and the Laguna Chojna Quta meaning Green in Aymara. We will set the camp there.

Bivouac.
Hiking time: 7/8h; Elevation gain: +745m / -510m.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 11: Laguna Chojña Kota - Laguna Jistaña Quta

Making the most of the morning to get up to the Calzada saddle and admire from there the two super lakes down.
We will follow the valley to the Laguna Khacha and climb to the saddle at 5100m (2 1/2 hours). After following the arete we will walk down to the other valley to the Laguna Jistaña Quta at 4560m which we will reached after 1 1/2 hours.

Bivouac.
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours, Elevation gain: +350 m /-515m.

Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 12: Laguna Jistaña Quta - Laguna Chiscacalliuani

We start to climb the mountainside untl a small lake nestled like a volcano crater, than we reach after 1 hour 30 (4700m). Then the path continues on a contour line along the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca in against bottom. We reach a 4930m neck after 1 hour 30 min. walk.

We cross a valley at 4580m (1h30 walking down) and then go back for two hours until a first pass at 4985m. We continue 20 minutes on a contour before joining a steep second pass at 5000m.
Then deep descent (30 minutes) to a small valley with a lake and its inseparable Huallatas, Laguna Chiscacalliuani to 4820m.
Cold lunch. Overnight camping. Walking time 7h. Altitude difference 800m - 585m.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 13: Laguna Chiscacalliuani - Río Pura Purani

We leave the mountainside to reach the beautiful valley of Chacha Kumani, we reach after 2 hours (4430m). We go up the other side of the valley to a pass at 5000m. For this, we first go up on a first plateau at 4600m after an hour's climb, then a second plateau at 4750 m (30 minutes) before reaching a steep scree to the foot of the pass (4945m).

Three hours of climbing in total will be needed to reach the pass (5000m) which offers a magnificent view of the Glacier Chachakumani. We descend into the valley Pura Purani in less than an hour (4750m).
Cold lunch. Night in Bivouac. Walking time 6 / 7am: Elevation gain 625m - 680m.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 14: Río Pura Purani - Kunu Pampa

Starting the day climbing the mountain and passing 3 consecutive small saddle (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.) separated by flat sections (2 hours). We will then descend into the valley of Rio Jallawaya (el. 4480 m.a.s.l. / 30 minutes), and follow the Wara Warani Valley upriver for an hour (el. 4620 m.a.s.l.). We will reach the end of the valley (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) an hour later. From there, we will made our way up the cliff retaining the splendid Wara Warani Lake at 4930 m.a.s.l. (1-hour). The glacier literally falls into its turquoise waters, a delight!! We will reach the saddle after 45 minutes, and view the Kunu Pampa glacier (el. 5050 m.a.s.l.) from there. Back down to the valley in less than an hour, at 4760 m.a.s.l. wher we will camp at the foot of the glacier.
Cold lunch. All included.

Bivouac.
Hiking time: 7/8h; Elevation gain: +850m / -820m.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 15: Kunu Pampa - Laguna Ajwani

We climb to the Col Paso Minchin located 5000m (2 hours) before descending to Laguna Khotia (4450m, 1 hour descent).

After lunch, we pass a neck (Paso Contador, 4760 m alt., 2 hour climb) before crossing a swampy area, near Laguna Surakhota (4450m). After about 4/5 hour walk from the Laguna Khotia we reach Laguna Ajwani ( "lagoon of the birds", 4650 m. Alt.
Cold lunch. Overnight camping. Walking time 8/9: Elevation gain 870m - 960m

Note: You can sleep near the Laguna Surakhota for people tired (1h30 walk less)
Ajwani hut.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide, room (without breakfast)

Day 16: Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Jurikhota

After climbing to a first pass at 4920 meters (Paso Milluni / 1h45), we will walk to the laguna Sistaña (el. 4660 m.a.s.l. / 45mn).
Another saddle will wait for us in the afternoon (Paso Janchallani, el. 4900 m.a.s.l. / 1h30), before our last descent of the day towards the Laguna Jurikhota (el. 4700 m.a.s.l. / 1h).
Cold lunch. All included.

Bivouac.
Hiking time: 5/6h; Elevation gain: +665m / -560m.

Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 17: Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Chiarkhota

From Laguna Jurikhota, a steep track will take us to the Laguna Congelada, (with two glaciers dropping into its icy waters), a wonder at an altitude of 4900 meters at the foot of El Condoriri (el. 5650 m.a.s.l.).
From there we will keep climbing to a second saddle (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 the Laguna Chiarkhota (el. 4670 m.a.s.l. / 1h30 descent).
Just before reaching the saddle, 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.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 18: Laguna Chiarkhota - Tuni

We will leave the Condoriri behind us, and walk towards the Black Needle to reach the Jallayko saddle (el. 5025 m.a.s.l.). We will then drop into the very beautiful and steep Jistaña Valley, before ascending the Tillipata saddle (el. 5000 m.a.s.l.). The spectacular view over the myriad of lagunas down below will be great reward for our efforts. After walking back down to the Laguna Wichu Khota, we will set up our camp, at the foot of the María Lloco (el. 5522 m.a.s.l.).
Cold lunch. All included.

Bivouac
Hiking time: 7h; Elevation gain: +845m / -935m.

Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 19: Tuni - Campo Canal

We will walk along the lagunas, until the former camp for the Santa Fe mine. A short detour to a small summit over the camp will give us a nice view over all the lagunas. We will then climb to our next camp surrounded by the summits of the Imilla Apachita, the Maria Lloco and the Huayna Potosi (el. 6088 m.a.s.l.). The view is jsut amazing (4/5-walk).
The bravest will have the opportunity to hike to Laguna Glacial del Huayna Potosi. The trail, an former dried out stone channel on the hillside, is wonderfully scenic (2-hour round trip).
Cold lunch. All included.

Bivouac
Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +320m / -200m.

Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 20: Campo Canal

Rest day. Option to climb to the foot of the glacier of the Huyana Potosi to see the glacier laguna.

Bivouac.

Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide

Day 21: Campo Canal - Huayna Potosi Shelter - La Paz

After loading the gear on our llamas, we will head to the Milluni saddle which we will reach in the morning (el. 5000 m.a.s.l). From there, we will see over the Milluni Valley. We will keep going towards the shelter with the 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
Hiking time: 4h; Elevation gain: +200m / -300m.
Transport Huayna Potosí (Shelter) - La Paz

Night at the Rosario hotel***.
Included : all inclusive, guide (hiking), english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 22: La Paz

Free time to enjoy the world’s highest capital. Maybe you can have a nice walk in the historical center, go handicraft shopping in the numerous stands of the Sagárnaga street, discover which artifacts are used for the offering ceremonies to Mother Earth ("Pachamama") in the Witches Market or even visit one of the various museums of the city… Or maybe you will prefer see the city from the air taking one of the three gondola lines of the capital?

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

Day 23: La Paz

Free time to enjoy the world’s highest capital. Maybe you can have a nice walk in the historical center, go handicraft shopping in the numerous stands of the Sagárnaga street, discover which artifacts are used for the offering ceremonies to Mother Earth ("Pachamama") in the Witches Market or even visit one of the various museums of the city… Or maybe you will prefer see the city from the air taking one of the three gondola lines of the capital?

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

Day 24: La Paz - El Alto Airport

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

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 21: Huayna Potosi Shelter

Night at the Huayna Potosí Hut.
Included : room

Day 22: Huayna Potosi Shelter - Refuge Camp des Roches

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 : all inclusive, porters, climbing guide, catering, english speaking guide

Day 23: 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
Included : english speaking guide, private transport

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 La Cupula   Copacabana

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

La Cúpula is nestled on the hillside of lake Titicaca, a location, which overlooks both the lake and the Village of Copacabana in Bolivia. La Cupula lies 3,899 meters over sealevel. The hostal has a touch of arabic architecture with colonial and precolombian elements, giving it an unique and an unforgettable feeling. Each of the 17 comfortable and clean rooms are individually designed, with a variety of artistic details.

Option : Accommodation guide

Included :
guide expenses

Hotel Puerta del Sol   Yumani

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

Hostal Puerta del Sol offers unmatched views of both sides of the lake from its top position. The hostel itself is nothing spectacular, but cheap rooms. It's a quite place with great access to walks around the island.

Option : Dinner included.

Included :
dinner (no drinks)

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.

Refuge AjwanI   Laguna Ajwani

Level : 1*
Included : room (without breakfast)

Refuge Huayna Potosi   Huayna Potosi Shelter

Level : 1*
Included : room

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

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