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Hiking traverse to Esperanza Lake with a guide

condoriri lago esperanza

Discover the amazing Esperanza Lake on this 3-day hike. Join IFMGA-certified Jenaro through the Bolivian plateau and views of the Macizo Condoriri.


3 Days

Mar - Oct


This hiking traverse to Esperanza Lake is only 2 hours outside La Paz. It is a great way to enjoy the views of the impressive Macizo Condoriri in the Bolivian Andes. I will guide you through these amazing views during three days.

On Day 1, I will pick you up at La Paz. We will then travel to Tuni and camp on Chiarkhota lagoon (4,700 m).

Next, on Day 2 we will hike to Esperanza Lake, through mountain passes of 4,900 m and 5,100 m.

Finally, on Day 3 I will guide you to the base camp of Huayna Potosí. Once there, you can either return to La Paz or climb the Huayna Potosí.

On the hike to Esperanza Lake, I will take you through the Bolivian plateau. You will also witness impressive views of the Condoriri mountain. Famously, its three main peaks unfold mirroring the wings of the Andean Condor.

While I rate the level of this hike as Easy, I also recommend a good acclimatization and good physical shape.

If you are interested in this hiking traverse to Esperanza Lake, contact me for more details. Interested in climbing the Huayna Potosí? Check out more information on this option on Climb Huayna Potosí in 2, 3 or 4 days.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Porters


Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Tuni

  • Pick up at La Paz

  • 2-hour transfer to Tuni

  • Camping at Chiarkhota (4,700 m)

Day 2: Hike to Esperanza Lake

  • Hike to Esperanza Lake

  • Camping near Esperanza Lake (4,700 m)

  • Total hiking time for the day: around 6 hours

Day 3: Hike to Huayna Potosí base camp

  • Hike to and around Huayna Potosí base camp

  • Total hiking time for the day: around 5 hours

  • Return to La Paz OR beginning of the Huayna Potosí climb


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I work together with several IFMGA/UIAGM colleagues. So if I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues equally certified will guide you.

I began to climb the mountain when I was 15 years old. I was born in Pinaya (3.800 m.a.s.l.), a region located not far away from the top of the base camp of the majestic snow-covered Illimani (6.462 m.a.s.l.). I dedicated most part of my life to climb different ice and Rock Mountains through the Cordillera Real, Cordillera Occidental, and Cordillera de Apolobamba.



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What people are saying about -Jenaro



The overall experience was quite excellent. The guide as well as mountain were fantastic and I had an absolutely incredible time climbing this mountain. Jenaro is an fantastic example of hard working South American who wants best for his people as well as his clients. For example, when we initially met he found out how I was charged almost twice as much for a taxi as I should have been, chased the taxi driver down, and made them give me back my money. He is a very caring and very responsible guide. However, I was somewhat concerned about the overall organization of the trip. First and foremost, Jenaro is not actually the guide who goes up the mountain with you - he runs the organization that provides a guide as well as any gear you may need. In addition, at times the entire outfit seemed quite disorganized. For example, when I arrived to La Paz and let Jenaro know I had arrived he thought I was coming the next day and seemed to need convincing to let me hike the day I wanted to despite multiple back and forth discussions over WhatsApp. There were other small, yet very prominent, cases of of not having clear organization. As said before, Jenaro is a very caring and knowledgeable resource in La Paz however could certainly improve in organization and structuring his business.



Jenaro and Pedro where highly Unmotivated to assist me in ascending Sajama. I had to stop them from changing the program to seeing the Salt Flats and seeing Copacabhana. They wanted me to see that first and then hike by myself there to "acclimatize " when El Alto is higher than those places. They talked about everything in Bolivia except Mount Sajama. They just wanted me to fail. Please do not advertise their services to other climbers on your platform, thanks. -Ishaaq



Jenaro was not my guide for this trip even if I was not aware of it

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