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Type of Trip
Join me on this 4-day trek from Ajuani to Huayna Potosi. We’ll walk to the heart of the Condoriri Massif admiring the most stunning mountains of the Cordillera Real.
During this trekking experience we will cross 4 mountain passes (one per day). We will also visit three of the most beautiful lagoons in the area. Although it is not a demanding hike it’s important to be well acclimatized. A good fitness level will be a plus.
Please find the complete day-by-day itinerary at the bottom of this page. Average walking time is 5 to 6 hours per day.
You can also check out many other trekking trips in the area. I am leading for example this hike to the Apolobamba Lakes in the Peru-Bolivia border.
If you want to reserve your spot for this trek from Ajuani to Huayna Potosi, get in touch with me now. Let’s enjoy together the amazing Cordillera Real.
- Guiding fee
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.
Ajuani Lagoon - Juri Khota Lagoon
Early departure from La Paz in vehicle to the valley of Ajuani where we will begin our trek (4,700 m). The path is winding but awesome. We will arrive at Sistaña Lagoon, where we will have lunch. At this point, the path starts ascending towards the summit. We will then arrive at Juri Khota Lagoon, a beautiful and isolated lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Camp on the shores of Lake Juri Khota.
Juri Khota - Glacier Lake - Austria Pass - Chiar Khota
From Juri Khota we will continue ascending a steep slope in order to reach the Glacier Lake, a jewel nested at an altitude of 4900 meters at the foot of the Condoriri. From there we will keep climbing to the second pass (Austria Pass at 5,200 m) before descending on the other side towards our next base camp at the shore of the Chiar Khota Lake.
Jistaña Pass - Maria Lloco base
Today’s mountain pass will be the Jistaña with an altitude of 4,900 m. It takes us into the valley of Racahcha. There we will set up camp at the edge of the Hichukhota at 4,450 meters.
Huallatani Pass Huayna Potosi - La Paz
Our last pass is the Huallatani Pass (4,850 m). From here we can enjoy the stunning views of the mountains Maria Lloco and the Huayna Potosi (if climate helps). Here will be also our vehicle waiting for our return to La Paz.
We provide camping equipment (North Face tents, mats). A sleeping bag is not included although it can be provided for an extra USD5-6 per day.
Equipment is transported by the mules. The customer only carries a small backpack where he or she carries a bottle of water, some snacks, sunscreen, glasses, camera and some warm clothes.
About the Guide
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!