Condoriri – Huayna Potosí 8-day hike

Join Jaime, IFMGA certified mountain guide, in this epic 8-day hike in Cordillera Real. From lake to lake around Condoriri and Huayna Potosí.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

The Condoriri massif is part of the spectacular Cordillera Real, a region of the Andes, in Bolivia. I invite you in this occasion to a 8-day trekking tour in the area of Condoriri and Huayna Potosí. We will leave from the city of La Paz and enjoy a long week of adventures with the most amazing views.

It will be a high altitude hike. In fact, we ascend to a few passes above 5000 meters. We will indeed reach at least one pass per day. On average we walk 4-7 hours per day, therefore you need to be in good physical shape.

During the tour we will visit several Lagunas (lakes). Some of them are Laguna Totoral, Laguna Khotia, Laguna Jurikhota, Laguna Wichu Khota. 

Do you want to join me in this 8-day hiking trip in Bolivia? Then contact me for more information! And if you like this idea but don’t have enough time, check out this 5-day trek!


Price per person

 
Group of 2
879 USD

Group of 3
665 USD

Group of 4
618 USD

Group of 5
561 USD

Group of 6
557 USD

Group of 7
519 USD

Group of 8
509 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Porters
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: La Paz – Laguna Totoral 4X4 (4420m)

    We leave from the hotel at 8:30AM by private transfer, heading to the Cordillera Real and the Laguna Totoral. It’s a 3-hour drive to the start of the trek, (4470m) the Laguna Totoral. We will visit the peñas villages.
    Walking time: none
    D +300/-150m (4×4)

  • Day 2: Laguna Totoral - Laguna Kotia (4720m)

    We meet the mule carrier team and start hiking by the right shore of the lake, on the southwest of the Cordillera. We reach the Michini pass (5060m) in the afternoon. Then we go back down to the Laguna Kotia (4720m).
    Walking time: 5-6 hours
    D +340/-640m

  • Day 3: Laguna Kotia - Laguna Ajwani (4720m)

    We go by the right shore of the lake, on the southwest side of the Cordillera. We reach Contador pass (4760m) before crossing a marshy area, near the Laguna Surakhota. After 4 hours walking we reach the Laguna Ajwani, “the birds lake” (4720m).
    Walking time: 4-5 hours
    D +500/-300m

  • Day 4: Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Surakhota (4700m)

    Today we reach the Milluni pass (4900m) after 1:45 hours hiking. Then we continue easily during 45 minutes until Laguna Sistaña (4650m). Next, we reach the Janchallani pass (4950m) in the afternoon. We go back down to the splendid Laguna Jurikhota.
    Walking time: 5-6 hours
    D +665/-560m

  • Day 5: Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Congelada - Austria pass - Laguna Chiarkhota (4670m)

    From the lake we go up a steep hill to reach the small Laguna Congelada. Here, two glaciers literally fall in the frozen water. It’s a jewel at 4900m, at the foot of Condoriri (5650m). Then we reach the Austria pass (5120m) and we go back to the Laguna Chiarkhota (4670m). It’s the base camp for the ascent of Condoriri and Pequeño Alpamayo. Before the pass, we can ascend the Austria peak (5300m), which offers sublime views over Condoriri and the Cordillera Real (45 min ascending and 20 min descending).
    Walking time: 6 hours
    D +645/-670m

  • Day 6: Laguna Chiarkhota - Laguna Wichu Khota (4680m)

    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 7: Laguna Wichu Khota - Canal Camp (4800m)

    We move around 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 Lloco 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 8: Canal Camp - Huayna Potosi base camp (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 (4700m).
    We return to La Paz by private transfer (2-hour drive).

 
 

Other details

 
Meeting point
At La Paz.
Accommodation

In bivouac.

More info

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

 

About the 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.

 
 
FROM 509 USD per person

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