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Cordillera Real Trekking

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Begin your trekking adventure in Bolivia's capital, La Paz. Spend a day acquanting yourself with this city of contrasts, which features both ancient and modern structures. Spend the rest of your tour trekking through Cordillera Real, part of the Andes Mountains. Trek past high alpine lakes, visit ancient ruins, camp in the Andes Mountains, and descend into deep valleys. End your trip with a two-hour horseback ride back to La Paz. This ultimate hiking tour reaps many rewards as you make your way through the Bolivian Andes Mountains. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in La Paz
Day 2 : La Paz City and Moon Valley
Day 3 : Tihuanaco Ruins
Day 4 : Trek Lake Khota to Ajuani Lake
Day 5 : Lake Ajuani to Jurikhota
Day 6 : Trek from Lake Jurikhota to Chiarkhota
Day 7 : Lake Chiarkhota to Livinosa Lagoon
Day 8 : Huayna Potosi Base Camp | Return to La Paz
Day 9 : Fly Home

Highlights

  • Explore La Paz, the highest capital in the world
  • Visit ruins of the ancient city Tihuanaco on the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • Trek along high alpine lakes to Ajuani Lake
  • Camp in the Andes Mountains and enjoy breathtaking views

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  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Ultimate

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Day 1 Arrive in La Paz

Arrive in La Paz on the flight of your choice today. You are met at the airport and a private transfer is provided downtown to your comfortable hotel.

Day 2 La Paz City and Moon Valley

La Paz is framed by awe-inspiring snowcapped mountains which give this city the honor of the highest capital in the world. La Paz is a city of contrasts, containing both ancient and modern structures, all protected by the "Guardian of La Paz", Mount Illimani. Visit Plaza Murillo, where the cathedral and the Government Palace are located. Then, continue to the famous colonial street “Calle Jaén” where the city's museums are clustered together, followed by a visit to the typical “Mercado de las Brujas” or the Witches’ Market, located along narrow streets near the San Francisco Church. Founded in 1549, the church is located in a great area to find traditional handicrafts and artwork. The tour continues to Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida residential areas in the south and the well known Moon Valley, where erosion has created exotic and curious surface forms.

Return to your hotel after your tour to relax and explore on your own for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Day 3 Tihuanaco Ruins

Located one hour from La Paz is Tihuanaco (also spelled Tiwanaku), ruins of an ancient city near the south shore of Lake Titicaca. Tihuanaco is believed to be the ceremonial center for a pre-Inca civilization settled in 600 BC and represents one of the greatest architectural achievements of pre-Inca South America. Little is known about this culture as it mysteriously disappeared around 1200 AD. Visit the archaeological site and museum with your guide. Return to your hotel in La Paz for the evening.

Day 4 Trek Lake Khota to Ajuani Lake

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from La Paz early this morning, arriving to the trailhead in approximately two and half hours. The Cordillera Real is dotted with stunning high alpine lakes. The trail gains altitude as you hike east of Lake Chiara Khota. Take the pass at nearly 15,750 feet elevation and descend to Lake Ajuani at 15,580 feet where you spend the night.

Today's estimated trek time is approximately 4-5 hours.

Day 5 Lake Ajuani to Jurikhota

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today continue trekking through the Andes. Ascend through the mountains and cross two passes at 15,420 feet and 15,750 feet, where you are rewarded with breathtaking views of Huayna Potosi peak. Descend from the pass to 15,380 feet where your exquisite campsite at Laguna Jurikhota (also knows as Janchallani) awaits.

Today's estimated trek time is approximately 6 hours.

Day 6 Trek from Lake Jurikhota to Chiarkhota

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast this morning, it's time to say goodbye to the lovely Laguna Janchallani. Hike along the north shore of the lake to a glacial moraine where the snowy head of Condoriri peak can be seen. Continuing onwards, pass by Pico Austria and descend to Lake Chiarkhota, arriving at the Tuni Condoriri basecamp at 15,088 feet.

The day's trek takes approximately 7 hours.

Day 7 Lake Chiarkhota to Livinosa Lagoon

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hike along the base of the Cerro Mirador, while Huayna Potosi looms in the southwest. The trail gently descends to the valley floor until you reach Livinosa area and your campsite at 14,430 feet.

Today's hiking time is approximately 5.5 hours.

Day 8 Huayna Potosi Base Camp | Return to La Paz

Hike the remaining two and a half hours, arriving to Chacapampa, where your driver is waiting to take you about 2 hours to Laguna Zongo at 15,420 feet. This is the base camp for ascents of Huayna Potosi (19,975 feet). If the weather cooperates, from basecamp you can see the snowy peak of Huayna Potosi soaring overhead. Afterwards, it's a two hour ride back to La Paz where you can rest up after your trek.

Day 9 Fly Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Say goodbye to the beauty of Bolivia and fly home today.

La Paz - Hotels

Per person starting at
$1,375

Notes

$200 single supplement

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Hotel
    • 4 Nights Camping
  • 7 Days Private Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Gear Rental
    • Camping gear included EXCEPT for sleeping bags.
  • Park Entrance Fee

Excluded

  • International Flights

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  • $175 Meals not Included
  • $36 Airport Departure Tax
  • $160 Bolivia visa
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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