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Condoriri – Huayna Potosí 8-day hike

Condoriri – Huayna Potosí 8-day hike
Condoriri – Huayna Potosí 8-day hike
Condoriri – Huayna Potosí 8-day hike
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.

Andes

8 Days

Apr - Oct


Description

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 includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters


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).

 

Details

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

Meeting point

At La Paz.

FAQs

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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About the guide

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-Jaime

4.80

(19)

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 this trip

Emil

5.00

Amazing trip from beginning to end! Nothing more to say. If you are in good shape you should book it right away. Amazing Nature, food and Company

Nicolas

4.00

We spent a few days with Jaime who is an awesome guide and personn. The organisation was perfect, equipment also. Talking about the food, we had never been eating so well during a trekk (fresh fruits, vegetables...). We even had the chance to spend a night at his place to meet his family who was happy to make us discover the alpagas and their daily life (and we even got a hot shower !) Jaime speaks very good French and English. We would totally recommand going with him and can't wait for a new trip there !


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