Laguna Khotia – Huayna Potosí 8-day hike

Jaime, IFMGA certified mountain guide, takes you through this beautiful 8-day itinerary in Cordillera Real, discovering Laguna Khotia and many other sites!

 
 

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

Highlights

 
     

    Laguna Khotia is one of the stunning lakes in the area of Huayna Potosi. In addition, it’s one of the main highlights of this trip. During 8 beautiful and exciting days we will explore this area of the Cordillera Real. It’s not to far from La Paz, one of the main cities in Bolivia.

    It will be a high altitude hike. In fact, we ascend to a few passes above 5000 meters. We will 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) besides Khotia. Some of them are Laguna Ajwani, Laguna Jurikhota, Laguna Chiarkhota. In addition, the trip includes the optional ascent to the incredible glacial lake of Huayna Potosí (6088m).

    Do you want to join me in this 8-day hiking trip in Bolivia? Then contact me for more information! There are many possible itineraries to discover this impressive area. Check out this other one, also in 8 days.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    1880 USD

    Group of 2
    940 USD

    Group of 3
    719 USD

    Group of 4
    636 USD

    Group of 5
    575 USD

    Group of 6
    581 USD

    Group of 7
    554 USD

    Group of 8
    539 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Casani - Copacabana - Laguna Khotia (4470m)

      We meet at Casani, where a vehicle waits to take us to Khotia (3:30h drive).
      Lunch not included.
      Walking time: none
      D +600/-150m

    • Day 2Laguna Khotia - Laguna Ajwani (4520m)

      We leave at 8:30AM with the mule carrying team. We go by the right shore of the lake, on the southwest side of the Cordillera. We reach the first pass: Contador (4760m) before crossing a marshy area. We are neat the Laguna Surakhota. After around 4 hours hiking, we reach the Laguna Ajwani, “the bird’s lake” (4720m).
      Walking time: 4-5 hours
      D +500/-300m

    • Day 3Laguna Ajwani - Laguna Jutikhota (4700m)

      We continue on the mountainside. We reach the Milluni pass (4900m), then we walk until the Laguna Sistaña (4650m). Then we reach the Janchallani pass (4950m) in the afternoon, and go back to the splendid Laguna Jurikhota (4720m).
      Walking time: 5-6 hours
      D +665/-560m

    • Day 4Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Congelada - Austria pass - Laguna Chiarkhota (4670m)

      From the lake, we ascend a steep slope to reach the small Laguna Congelada. Two glaciers literally fall into its frozen waters. It’s a jewel at 4900m, at the foot of Condoriri (5650m). Then we reach the Austria pass (5120m), and go back down 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), from where there are sublime views of Condoriri and the Cordillera Real (45 min ascent and 20 min descent).
      Walking time: 6 hours
      D +645/-670m

    • Day 5Laguna Chiarkhota - Tuni (4400m)

      We leave Condoriri behind and go to the foot of the Black Needle, until the Jallayko pass (5025m). We will be in the beautiful Jistaña valley. We descent to the valley of Laguna Tuni and the town of Tuni at noon.
      Walking time: 4-5 hours
      D +300/-340m

    • Day 6Rest day in Tuni
    • Day 7Tuni - Maria Lluko (4700m)

      We go from Tuni to the middle of the lakes, until the ancient camp of the Santa Fe mine. Then we do a short hike to the summit dominating the camp. It will be a new opportunity to admire all the lakes in the area. Then we ascend until our camp, surrounded by the summits Imilla Apachita, Maria Lluko and Huayna Potosi (6088m). The views are breathtaking!
      Optional: continuing until the glacial lake of Huayna Potosí. The path is a tru belvedere.
      Walking time: 6 hours
      D +320/-200m

    • Day 8Maria Lluko - Laguna Milluni - La Paz

      In the mid morning we reach the Milluni pass (5000m).We can see the Milluni valley. We go arpound the Hauyna Potosi massif, to our left, before reaching the valley, that we follow until the refuge. It’s the end of our trek. A 4×4 private vehicle takes us back to La Paz.
      Walking time: 4 hours
      D +200/-300m

     
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    At Casani.

    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.

     
     

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