Trek tour of the Condoriri lagoons
This small trek, intended for already acclimatized visitors, takes us to the heart of the Cordillera Real, in the Condoriri massif.
Its 13 peaks more than 5000 meters, grouped in a handkerchief, give birth to a myriad of lagoons.
It is through this scenery that our trek will be accompanied by our llamas and under the gaze of the Condoriri (5650m alt.), In the form of Condor with folded wings, and Huayna Potosí (6088m alt.), Giants of the Cordillera.
PROGRAMME DAY TO DAY
Tuni - Laguna Jurikhota
Transport La Paz - Tuni. Approx.3h30
Trek difficulty: 4 to 6-hour hike a day. Good physical shape required.
After getting around the lake of the same name, we will join a mountain pass at 4900 meters above sea level, before descending to the Laguna Juri Khota (a 4-hour walk).
From there, we will have a very beautiful view of the “Cabeza de Condor”, or the Condor’s Head also known as El Condoriri, dominating the scenery (5648 m.a.s.l.). With the two adjacent summits, it has the shape of a condor with tucked wings.
Ascent time: 4h
Elevation gain: +500m / -250m
Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Chiarkhota
From the Laguna Jurikhota we will climb up a steep slope to reach the Laguna Congelada, (two glaciers drop into its icy water), a stunning sight at an altitude of 4900 meters and at the base of the Condoriri mountain (5650 m.a.s.l.).
After climbing to a second mountain pass (Paso Austria, 5120 m.a.s.l. / one hour ascent) we will descend on the other side towards the Condoriri and the Pequeño Alpamayo base camp, at the edge of the Laguna Chiarkhota (4670 m.a.s.l. / 1h30 descent).
Just before reaching the montain pass, we will have the opportunity to climb the Pico Austria (5300 m.a.s.l.) to admire the incredible views over the Royal Cordillera (45-minute climb, 20-minute descent)
Hiking time: 6h
Elevation gain: +645m / -670m
Laguna Chiarkhota - Condoriri (Head)
Grade III/AD+, Max 55°
With a mountain guide Start at 03:00 a.m. for the summit attempt by the normal route (6 - 8 hours) then descent to the Laguna Chiar Kota. Cold lunch.
Ascent time: 10h / 12h
Elevation gain: +1030m / -1030m
Laguna Chiarkhota - Laguna Wichu Khota
Today leaving the Condoriri behind us, we will pass at the base of the Black Needle and eventually reach the Jallayko Pass (5025 m.a.s.l.).
We will then descend into the very beautiful and steep Jistaña Valley, before ascending the Tillipata Pass (5000 m.a.s.l.). The spectacular scenery over the myriad of lagoons will be a great reward for our efforts. We will have another downhill to the Laguna Wichu Khota, where we will set up our camp, at the base of the María Lloco (5522 m.a.s.l.).
Hiking time: 7h
Elevation gain: +845m / -935m
Tuni - Laguna Wichu Khota
Transport Tuni - La Paz. Approx. 3h30
It is the final day of the trek. We will start the day going to the laguna Esperanza, that we had seen the day before, and then to the Cerro Santa Fe, dominating the ancient camp of the mine of the same name.
We will get the opportunity to admire one more time the totality of the lagoons, before walking down to the Laguna Tuni
Diner not included
Hiking time: 4h
Elevation gain: +300m / -550m.