Arrive to La Paz on the flight of your choice today. You'll be met at the airport and will enjoy a private transfer downtown to your comfortable hotel.
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.
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.
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 Ajwani where you will spend the night.
Today's estimated trek time is 4 hours.
Today you will continue trekking through the Andes. Ascend through the mountains and cross another pass at 15,420 feet, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Huayna Potosi peak. Descend from the pass to an exquisite campsite at Laguna Janchallani.
Today's estimated trek time is 6 hours.
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, you'll pass by Pico Austria and descend to Lake Chiarkhota, arriving at the Tuni Condoriri basecamp.
The day's trek will take approximately 7 hours.
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 Lagoon and your campsite at 14,105 feet.
Today's hiking time will be approximately 5 hours.
You'll hike the remaining two and a half hours, arriving to Chacapampa, where your driver will be waiting to take you to Laguna Zongo. This is the base camp for ascents of Huayna Potosi (19,975 feet). If the weather cooperates, from basecamp you'll be able to 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.
Say goodbye to the beauty of Bolivia and fly home today.