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4-day Maria Lloco trek, Bolivia

María Lloco

Join Jaime, IFMGA certified mountain guide, in a wonderful 4-day trek around Condoriri, Huayna Potosi and Maria Lloco, in the Cordillera Real.

Andes

4 Days

Apr - Oct


Description

The Condoriri massif is part of the spectacular Cordillera Real, a region of the Andes, in Bolivia. There are wonderful summits, including Huayna Potosí and Maria Lloco. During this 4-day trek in the area we will discover together the beauty of the natural environment.

We leave from La Paz to Tuni. Here we start the tour of the lakes. Firstly Laguna Chiarkhota, then Laguna Wichu Khota. We can also visit the glacial lake in Huayna Potosí. Maria Lloco is one of the known summits in the area.

On average we walk 4-7 hours per day, therefore you need to be in good physical shape.

Do you want to join me in this 4-day trek in Bolivia? Then get in touch with me for more information! Are you looking for a longer expedition in the area? Check out this 8-day option!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Porters


Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz - Tuni - Laguna Chiarkhota (4700m)

We leave from La Paz at 8AM by private vehicle to Tuni. We meet our mule carrying team. This is where the trek until the base camp of Condoriri starts.
Walking time: 4 hours
D +200/-300m

Day 2: Laguna Chiarkhota - Laguna Wichu Khota (4800m)

We leave Condoriri behind and start at the foot of the Black Needle until the Jallayko pass (5025m). We are in a beautiful valley, Jistaña. Then we go up to the Tillipata pass (5000m). From there, we enjoy amazing views of the lakes, a great reward for all the effort. Then we descend to the Laguna Wichu Khota, where we set camp at the foot of María Lloco (5522m).
Walking time: 7 hours
D +845/-935m

Day 3: Laguna Wichu Khota - Maria Lloco (4800m)

We move between the lakes until the old camp of the Santa Fe mine. A short detour to the small summit dominating the camp allows us to admire the lakes one more time. We ascend until the camp, surrounded by the summits Imilla Apachita, Maria Lluko and Huayna Potosi (6088m). The views are breathtaking!
Optional: continue until the Huayna Potosí glacial lake. The path here is a true belvedere.
Walking time: 6 hours
D +320/-200m

Day 4: Maria Lloco - Base camp - Huayna Potosi refuge (4700m)

Today we reach the Milluni pass (5000m). The Milluni valley opens up. We go around the Huayna Potosi to our left before reaching the valley, that we follow until the refuge.
We return to La Paz by 4×4 private transfer.

 

Details

More info

We will have a cook and there is an option for vegetarian food.

Meeting point

At La Paz.

About the guide

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-Jaime

4.80

(20)

Mountain Guide

IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Bolivia.

I organize mountaineering and trekking trips in different regions of Bolivia, and community tourism as well. I spend my free time exploring new destinations and discovering new mountains and cultures in remote regions.

I have more than 20 years of experience working in Cordillera Real, and I live in Tuni, Condoriri. I worked as mule driver, porter, cook, trekking guide assistant, trekking guide, and finally became IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide in 2008.

I made several ascents in Bolivia and neighboring countries like Argentina, Chile and Peru. Some of them: Ojos de Salado, Wallatiri, Urus, Azangate, Huayna potosí, Illimani, Chir oco, Chachacomani, Sajama, Illamapu, Acohoma, Chapi orco, Acotango, Parinacota… These experiences prepared me to organize and guide expeditions.

I like to provide a top level service to people from all around the world, help them get in contact with the local culture, and of course help them reach their objectives in the mountains.

Languages

French | English | Spanish

Certificates

IFMGA | AGMTB

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What people are saying about -Jaime

5.00

The trip was awesome!

Bill

5.00

Jaimie and his staff were amazing! They got us up and down the mountain safely, and we had a great time!

Andrew

5.00

From the initial messages through the explore-share platform to the successful summit of beautiful Huayna Potosí, Jaime was a pleasure to work with. He customized an itinerary to work around my travel dates, was quick to respond to my messages, and is just an incredibly fun guy! I stayed at his small lodge in the village of Tuna for a few days of acclimatization before the actual ascent of Huayna Potosí. It is a village full of quietude, a great place to relax surrounded by stunning 5000+ meter mountains. It's hard to overstate the quality of the expedition. The food was fresh and plentiful, the pace was relaxed, and the company was warm and enjoyable. Thanks Jaime for showing me such a good time and helping me reach new heights!

Anton

5.00

Jaime and his family are very amiable and friendly people. The tour was very well organized and everything exceeded my expectations. The food was very delicious and there was always a vegetarian option if necessary. Next time I come to Bolivia I will be sure to book a tour with Jaime again, thank you!

Courtney

4.00

We were very happy with the beauty and challenge we found on this trek. We were also pleasantly surprised by some of the more luxurious aspects of it: we had the option to sleep indoors most nights, we had hot lunch served to us riverside one day and were served dinner and breakfast every day, and a car transported equipment we did not need during the day to our next base camp. Our guide, Abraham, was experienced in our route and very knowledgeable. We got food poisoning symptoms pretty badly after three days and had to cut our trip short. Abraham and Dennis were able to get us back to La Paz as soon as we were ready to leave. While we had a great experience in the end, a couple aspects did not match what we were told to expect and made us nervous in the beginning. The TripAdvisor post lists Jaime as the guide and he is who we talked to about details all the way up to when we were picked up. However he never made an appearance and we were never told this would happen or why it happened. We had also requested two sleeping bags each, in case it was too cold, and that information was not passed on correctly. It seemed like our guide thought we were bringing our own sleeping bags, although that was not said not on the packing list. Luckily they still had one sleeping bag for each of us and it was plenty warm. Lastly, it seems the itinerary is subject to change, so don’t count on doing the exact plan sent to you. We were originally told there would be no huts and that we would only stay in Tuni the first night and neither of these turned out to be true. Again, everything worked out in the end, but allowing someone to take you into the wild and handle preparations takes a lot of trust and these miscommunications hampered our ability to fully feel comfortable. I would recommend this company and this trek to anyone interested. I hope the company takes this review as constructive feedback to help make guests feel safe.


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