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3-day trek to the top of Pico Austria and Acotango from La Paz

Join José, IFMGA-certified mountain guide, on this 3-day hiking trip in the Bolivian Andes. Reach the top of Pico Austria and Acotango and enjoy amazing views!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration3 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Discover some breathtaking Bolivian landscapes.

  • Reach the top of two over-5000m peaks with an expert guide.

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Bolivian Andes and surroundings.

Description

Don’t think you need to be an expert mountaineer to reach over-6,000m summits. Come to La Paz and join me on a 3-day trekking expedition to the top of Pico Austria and Acotango!

The Bolivian Andes are a perfect destination for mountaineering and hiking adventures. This trip is your chance to explore the beautiful areas of the Condoriri Valley and the Sajama National Park and to reach the summit of two important Bolivian peaks.

Pico Austria (5,396m) is part of the Condoriri (Kunturiri) massif which gets its name from the condor shaped summit of another of its mountains. Hiking through grassy hills, moraines and scree slopes we will reach the top of Austria, an ideal mountain to acclimatize before the harder ascent.

Acotango (6,056m), our second goal, is a volcano situated between Bolivia and Chile. It is part of the Quimsa Chatas mountains, along with the Maria Capurata and Guallatire peaks. They are located within the Sajama National Park, home of the highest peak in the country, Nevado Sajama.

These non technical ascents will allow us to enjoy breathtaking views of the Condoriri Valley, the Sajama National park (in Bolivia) and the Lauca National Park (in Chile)It is not necessary to have climbing experience and we will not use specialized equipment. But you do need to start the acclimatization prior to the excursion. Before the trip, you must have spent at least 3 days in La Paz City, Titicaca or Uyuni doing light physical activity. Of course, you will also need a good fitness level. 

So, if you are up for some awesome hiking ascents in Bolivia, please contact me. Let’s reach the summits of Pico Austria and Acotango together!

And if you are looking for something a little more challenging, check out my 4-day Guided ascent to Sajama!

 

Accommodation

Hotel (not included) and hostel (included).

More info

This program will take place every Friday from 5th April to 15th November.

Meeting point

To be confirmed.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Pico Austria

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.

Day Elevations:

La Paz 3,650m (11,972ft)

El Alto: 4,100m (13,450ft)

Condoriri trailhead: 4,400m (14,432ft)

Austria Peak: 5,396m (17,699ft)

Timing

Driving: 6 Hrs (65,2 km)

Walking: 6-8Hrs (9km)

Meals: Lunch

Day 2: Sajama National Park

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.

Overnight: Hostel

Day Elevations:

La Paz: 3,650m (11,972ft)

El Alto: 4,100m (13,450ft)

Sajama Village: 4,260m (13,973ft)

Timing:

Driving: 4Hrs (354 km)

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Acotango

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. 

Day Elevations:

Acotango road-head: 5300m (17,384ft)

Acotango: 6,056m (19,863ft)

Sajama campsite: 4,260m (13,973ft)

Timing:

Walking: 6 to 8 Hrs (8km)

Driving: 4Hrs (354km)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 329 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

Price details

• Included: Meals & accommodation mentioned in the itinerary. Not included: Meals & accommodation while in La Paz.


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