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Hiking to North Apolobamba lakes

A 8-day trek through the wonderful Apolobamba mountain range. You'll visit the main lakes of the Peruvian-Bolivian border in company of Eduardo, local IFMGA mountain guide.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration8 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified

Description

It’s my pleasure to invite you to this 8-day trek to North Apolobamba’s Lakes.

I will guide you through a fantastic lakes circuit of this Peruvian-Bolivian region. Apolobamba is a mountain chain of the Andes, north of the Titikaka Lake. It extends along the Peruvian territory by the east side of Puno. In the Bolivian territory, it continues to the northeast of La Paz.

It is one of the most beautiful regions of Bolivia. I have no doubt that you will fall in love with this trekking route. It has endless lagoons of different colors with stunning snow-capped peaks as backdrop.

During the trek we will also reach an elevation of 5000 meters and cross a mountain pass which leads us to the best view of Chaupi Orko. It is the highest mountain in the Apolobamba Range.

Please contact me if you find this trek interesting. You’ll enjoy beautiful landscapes and a very rich local culture!

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La Paz

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Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz - Katantica

Depart from La Paz to the Katantica village (3,700 m). The journey takes us through the little visited east side of the Titikaka Lake, very close to the border with Peru. It will be a long day with a 10-hour drive.

Day 2: Huancuchi Pass - Sunches Lagoon

We will start the hike towards the Huancuchi Pass (5300 m), where we can admire an amazing panoramic scenery. Then, we will descend to the top of the Suches Lagoon where we will set up our camp.

Day 3: Chariacola Lagoon

We will move along the Sunches Lagoon and then enter a small valley where we will find several gaps, reaching the final Chariacola Lagoon located in the Blue Lagoon (Peruvian side). We will set up our camp there.

Day 4: Saluypata Lagoon - Icerberg Lagoon

This day we will access to a small canyon and continue along the river that comes from the mountain. We will arrive at the beautiful Saluypata Lagoon. After a rest, we will keep ascending and bordering the glacier in order to cross a 5250-meter-high mountain pass.

We will set up our camp on the shores of the Icerberg Lagoon, where the landscape is wonderful.

Day 5: Chocullo Lagoon - Caballunani

We will go through the base of the Palomanis mountain and then descend along the Orco Chaupi River. We will continue to the Chocullo Lagoon and finally reach the area known as Caballunani, where we’ll set up our camp for the night.

Day 6: Caballunani - Starting Point

FromCaballunani we’ll return to our starting point.

Day 7: Free day

Day 8: Return to La Paz


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Bolivia.

I made my first ascent at an early age. I have been guiding professionally for over 20 years, passed safety and rescue courses in the sister Republic of Peru with Swiss trainers, and my training culminated with the French school of the ENSA (National School of Sky & Mountaineering) International certification UIAGM opt / IFMGA.

I conquered the Summit of Bolivar, Humboldt and others in Venezuela, the peaks of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo in Ecuador, Alpamayo and Huascaran in Peru, and also reached the summit of Aconcagua (6954 m) twice the same day from Base Camp ( Plaza de Mulas) in Argentina.

My knowledge of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia is very extensive, so much so that I helped the Military Geographical Institute produce their map of the Cordillera Real (the only official map of the area). I am an active member of the Bolivian Andean Club.
I was also hired by the President of Bolivia (then) - Jorge Quiroga - to climb Huayna Potosi and many delegations of embassies.

Nowadays I work together with a group of local guides, also AGMTB and IFMGA. So if I can't guide myself the trip you request, a colleague of mine will guide to an unforgettable time in the Bolivian mountains!


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