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BOLIVIAN MOUNTAINS

AND SPIRITS

Duration: 16 days
TYPE: ANDEAN RANGE TREK
LOCATION: LA PAZ - BOLIVIA

DAY 1.- LA PAZ

The airport of La Paz is located roughly 14 km from the city centre with viewpoints set along the length of the main route providing exceptional views of the city and of the snow-capped mountain chain of the Cordillera Real

Overnight in La Paz Hotel (B) 

DAY 2.- CITY TOUR

At a convenient hour, we are going to pick you up to begin a City Tour This tour provides an exploration of the most representative sites of the city: San Francisco church, the Witches’ Market and visit museums at the last colonial street, we continue to the Plaza Murillo Square where the Legislative and Governmental Palaces are located. We will explore the Witch’s Market where the various artefacts used for religious ceremonies are sold and after hearing about religious beliefs and myths. Leaving the center of La Paz we pass through the residencial zones to arrive in the unique landscape of the Valley of the Moon, an area of striking natural geological formations.

Overnight in La Paz Hotel (B,L) 

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DAY 3.- COPACABANA – SUN ISLAND

Today our destination is Copacabana. En route we will stop off in Huatajata, a village where we will visit the museum of the native reed boats. Later we cross the Stretch of Tiquina. This divides the Greater and the Lesser Lakes which together comprise the ‘Magical Lake Titicaca’. We will continue by road enjoying the surrounding landscape until our arrival in the Ancient Sanctuary of Copacabana, where one discovers the mysticism of both colonial and pre-colonial cultures. From the town’s entrance one can distinguish distinct types of archaeological remains, such as Intinkala, El Asiento and the Horcadel Inca. We will also visit the church and the town in the afternoon transfer to Sun Island.

Overnight in Sun Island (B,L,D) 

DAY 4.- SUN ISLAND

Early in the morning we walk around the three communities of the Island; During the day we observe Huacani Bay, Chincana Ruins, Sacred Rock,

Overnight in Sun Island (B,L,D) 

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DAY 5.- LA PAZ – LAGUNA TUNI – LAGUNA JURIKHOTA (4700 m.)

Departure from La Paz at 8 a.m. in our private vehicle for the village of Tuni, starting point of our trek (a 3-hour trip). After skirting the lake of the same name, we go over a pass at an elevation of 4900 meters above sea level, before descending to Laguna Juri Khota (a 4-hour walk). From there we have a very beautiful view of the “Cabeza de Condor”, or the Condor’s Head also known as El Condoriri, dominating the scenery (el.5648 m.a.s.l.). It forms, with the two adjacent summits, the Condoriri range, in the shape of a condor with tucked wings. Ascent time: 4h; Elevation gain: +400m / -200m

Camp overnight (B,L,D) 

DAY 6 .- LAGUNA JURIKHOTA – LAGUNA CONGELADA – PASO AUSTRIA - LAGUNA CHIARKHOTA (4670 m.)

From the laguna, we ascend the steep hills to reach Laguna, a gem nestled at an elevation of 4900 meters, at the foot of Condoriri (el. 5650 m.a.s.l.). Congelada. Two glaciers literally drop into its frozen water. 
We then clear Paso Austria (el 5160 m.a.s.l.) before descending to Laguna Chiarkhota (el. 4670 m.a.s.l.), the base camp for the ascent of Condoriri and of Pequeño Alpamayo. Before clearing Paso Austria, we have the option to climb Pico Austria (el. 5300 m.a.s.l.), offering an excellent view of the Condoriri and of the Cordillera Real. Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +460m / -490m

Camp overnight (B,L,D) 

DAY 7.- LAGUNA CHIARKHOTA – LAGUNA WICHU KHOTA (4680 m.)

We leave the Condoriri behind us, pass at the base of the Black Needle and eventually reach the Jallayko Pass (el. 5025 m.a.s.l.). Before climbing up Tillipata Pass we pass through the beautiful valley of Jistana (where we can admire a myriad of lagunas). Later on, another downhill takes us to Laguna Wichu Khota, where we set up our camp, at the foot of María Lloco (el. 5522 m.a.s.l.). Hiking time: 7h; Elevation gain: +645m / -635m

Camp overnight (B,L,D) 

DAY 08.- LAGUNA WICHU KHOTA – CAMPO CANAL (4.800 M.)

We progress amongst the lagunas, until the ancient camp for mine Santa Fe. A short detour to a small nearby summit dominating the camp allows us to get a nice view over all the lagunas. We then climb up to our camp, surrounded by the summits of Imilla Apachita, Maria Lloco and Huayna Potosi (6.088 m.). The view is amazing.The most courageous will be able to hike over to Laguna Glacial del Huayna Potosi.The trail, an ancient dried out stone canal on the hillside, offers wonderful scenery. Night camping at 4.800 m.

Camp overnight (B,L,D) 

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DAY 9.- CAMPO CANAL – ASCENT OF HUAYNA POTOSÍ (5100 m.)

Grade II/AD, Max 50° - with mountain guide.

After loading the gear on our lamas, we head for the Milluni pass that we reach in the middle of the morning (el. 5000 m.a.s.l) and from where we discover the Milluni Valley on the other side. We go around the Huayna Potosi mountain range until we arrive at the refuge (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.). At this point the Andes are dramatically dropping into the Yungas, a green and tropical area.  Ascent to the “Rocks Camp” (base camp. 5100 m.a.s.l.). Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +600m / -300m

Refugee Overnight (B,L,D) 

DAY 10.- ASCENT OF HUAYNA POTOSÍ / (6088 m.)
BACK TO LA PAZ

Departure at 2 a.m. for a tentative ascent of the summit. Later on, we descend to the shelter (approximately 10h total). Return to La Paz with private vehicle. Lunch included. Dinner open. Ascent time: 10h; Elevation gain: +1000m / -1400m

Overnight in La Paz Hotel  (B,L,D) 

DAY 11.- Free day

Overnight in La Paz Hotel  (B)

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DAY 12.- PINAYA – PUENTE ROTO

We leave La Paz in 4x4 early in the morning to the southeast; After approximately three hours of driving, we will get to a small town Cohoni,; where we meet our muleteers and mules, ready to load our gear and start our ascent to the base camp. On the way we will experience the intriguing countryside life and enjoy tasty meals prepared by our cook. We camp at 4500m.

Camp overnight (B,L,D) 

DAY 13.- NIDO DE CONDORES

Today our porters will help us with most of our gear. The hike goes all the way uphill until we reach our camping site at “Nido de Cóndores” (Condor’s Nest) at 5.500m. 5 hours climb approximately. From up here we have the most fantastic views. Other mountains such as the Huayna Potosi at 6.088m and even the Sajama at 6.500m can be seen far in the distance as well as Lake Titicaca.

Camp overnight (B,L,D) 

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DAY 14.- ILLIMANI SUMMIT

An early start is recommended in order to reach the summit of Illimani’s south peak before sunset. As we ascend we pass hefty crevasses that plunge into the deep. Here we will eventually reach our last real obstacle, a steep but small wall sloping 65º. After this last effort the way up to the summit turns less steep, making it now a lot more probable that we will make the summit. After a well deserved break, at the summit, we start climbing back down again.

Camp overnight (B,L,D) 

DAY 15.- LA PAZ

We hike down to the small town of "Cohoni" where our transport will be

waiting to drive us back to La Paz.

Overnight in La Paz Hotel  (B,L) 

DAY 16.-

Airport transfer and end of the service.

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PACKAGE INCLUDES

Private transportation
Private Boat for the group
Overnights in Hotels of La Paz double and triple
Meals according to the program
Cold Lunch in trekking and mountain
English Bilingual Guides Mountain 4 per 1 guide
English Bilingual Guide Treks
Entrance Tickets to the attraction required
Porters
Mules
Specialized Cook for the tours
Camping and Climbing gear

NOT INCLUDE
Tips for Guides Cook and Porters
Insurance