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Trek in the Sajama National Park

This circuit proposes to discover the national park of Sajama, one of the natural jewels of Bolivia.
We will meet an abundant and varied wildlife, in a unique setting of majestic volcanoes, thermal waters and geysers, and lost villages where life continues at the slow pace of the llama and the alpaca.

Climbing, Hiking
6 Days

MAP

PROGRAMME DAY TO DAY

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*.

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.

Difference nivel: +600m

DAY
3

Laguna Sorapata - Sajama

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.

Difference in altidude: +100m / -700m

Hiking time: 5/6h.
Night at the Oasis hostel*.

DAY
4

Sajama - Parinacota

Transfer Sajama -Campo Base Parinacota.
We will there meet the carrying team.Will take us to Inkamarka at 4750 m elevation.

The Parinacota base camp at 5150 m elevation will then be reach after 2 hours walking.

Night in shelter.
Guide who speaks your language

DAY
4

Sajama - Pomerape

Transfer Sajama - Pomerape.
Visit of the geysers in the morning. This particularly active area contains a unique display of bubbling pools spread over hundreds of square meters. We can try cooking eggs in their slightly sulfuric water.

We will meet our team of porters around midday, before walking 2 hours to the base camp at 5150 m.a.s.l.

night in base camp.

DAY
5

Parinacota - Sajama

Transfer Parinacota - Sajama.
Grade II/AD, Max 40° - with a mountain guide.

Early start for a tentative ascent to the summit. There are no technical difficulty but a specific equipment is required (ropes / crampons / ice axe). 6 to 8-hour return, depending on the weather condition and fitness of each participant.

From the base camp, we will arrive with the porters to the vehicle in Inkamarka after 1h30 minutes waking.

Descent to the village of Sajama by 4WD for a well-deserved bath in the local hot springs.

Cold lunch. All included. Accommodation at the Doña Teodora’s house near the hot springs (basic comfort).

Walking time: 8/10 h.

DAY
5

Pomerape - Sajama

Transfer Pomerape - Sajama.
Grade II/AD, Max 40° - with a mountain guide.

Early start for the summit attempt. There is no technical difficulty but a specific equipment is required (ropes / crampons / ice axe.) Approximately 8-hour return trip, depending on the weather conditions and fitness of each participant.

From the base camp, it is a 45-minute walk with the porters to return to the vehicle.

At the end of the day, return to the village of Sajama by 4WD for a well-deserved bath in the hot springs.

Ascent time: 8 h; Elevation gain: +1090m / -1540m

DAY
5

Sajama - Tomarapi

Transfer Sajama- Tomarapi.
Night at the Tomarapi Ecolodge***.

DAY
6

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.