Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Early in the morning we will take the high road towards the majestic Andes Mountains that overlook Lake Titicaca. Then, after a short car transfer we will reach the trailhead in Condoriri Valley.
Finally, we will get to the top of Austria via moraines and rock slopes with no technical difficulty.
Return to La Paz.
La Paz 3,650m (11,972ft)
El Alto: 4,100m (13,450ft)
Condoriri trailhead: 4,400m (14,432ft)
Austria Peak: 5,396m (17,699ft)
Driving: 6 Hrs (65,2 km)
Walking: 6-8Hrs (9km)
A pleasant drive will take us to Sajama National Park. This high-altitude valley, surrounded by the highest volcanoes in Bolivia, hosts some of the highest forests in the planet and has a rich fauna (Alpacas, Vicuñas and Llamas). We may visit the church of Curahuara de Carangas, known for its magnificent mural paintings. We will make a short visit to the geysers and the hot springs (the local community charges a small extra cost). Our hostel will be relatively close to the hot springs.
La Paz: 3,650m (11,972ft)
El Alto: 4,100m (13,450ft)
Sajama Village: 4,260m (13,973ft)
Driving: 4Hrs (354 km)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
We will set off early on a drive from our campsite to the trailhead, following a secondary dirt road to a sulfur mine. Then we will tackle the ascent to Acotango. It is not technically difficult but quite demanding and requires a good acclimatization. To get to the summit we will follow the rim of an old and almost completely eroded crater, walking either on snow, ice or soft sandy terrain. From the top Acotango we enjoy panoramic views of Sajama and Lauca. Finally, we will descend and return La Paz.
Acotango road-head: 5300m (17,384ft)
Acotango: 6,056m (19,863ft)
Sajama campsite: 4,260m (13,973ft)
Walking: 6 to 8 Hrs (8km)
Driving: 4Hrs (354km)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
To be confirmed.
Hotel (not included) and hostel (included).
This program will take place every Friday from 5th April to 15th November.
IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Bolivia
I first visited the Andes when I was 14 years old, and that's when the love of nature and Mountains started. Since then the "Call of the Hills" has not diluted and I dedicated my life to work as a mountain guide.
Proper training started in 1984 with the aid of the German government and the German Alpine Club (DAV). Then a group of Bolivians were certified as a mountain guide’s instructors. After many years of negotiation, Bolivia succeeded in becoming a member of the International Mountain Guides Association (IMGA, UIAGM, IVBV) in 2005. That's when I achieved the international Certification.
I also studied Film Making and hold a Masters degree on Script Writing and worked on some documentary projects with the BBC.
I lead trekking and climbing groups in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Chile and speak Spanish, English and French.
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