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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. 
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Highlights
  • Explore La Paz, the highest capital in the world
  • Magnificent views of the arid brow Altiplano and the blue Titicaca Lake
  • Trekking in the heart of the Cordillera Real Range of Bolivia
  • Spectacular views and a close up to the snow capped mountains
Activity Level: Ultimate
Requires the highest level of physical challenge and performance. Includes tours involving strenuous multi-day trekking or summit hikes. The majority of the hours in most days are physically active. Travelers will need intensive training in advance to meet the physical demands on these trips.
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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 & 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, After driving for approximately 2.5 hours, arrive at a beautiful area surrounded by pristine lakes, which are located at an elevation of 4,605m (15,108 ft). From there, ascend diagonally to the east of Lake Chiara Khota and conquer two passes of 4,800m (15,750 ft) and 4,600m (15,091 ft). In the afternoon, after approximately 6 hours of trekking, arrive at Ajwani Lake, which is located at an elevation of 4.496m (14,750ft).

Distance: 10.33 kilometers
Trek Time: Approximately 6 hours

Day 5: Lake Ajuani to Jurikhota

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continuing the ascent through a mountainous path, cross the pass of 4900m allowing us to observe the impressive “Huayna Potosí”, and to descend to a place for an ideal camping site,  in an exquisite campsite at Laguna Jurikhota 4.708m. Today's estimated trek time is 8 hours.

Distance: 7 kilometers
Trek Time: Approximately 8.5 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 5.000m and descend to Lake Chiarkhota, arriving at the Tuni Condoriri basecamp at 15,292ft near the shores of Chiarkhota Lake.

Distance: 6 kilometers
Trek Time: Approximately 7.5 hours

Day 7: Lake Chiarkhota to Maria Lloco

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from the Condoriri Mountain and head towards the foothills of Aguja Negra. From there, trek to the Jallayko pass and then descend to the Jistaña valley. Next, climb the Tillipata passage, which is located at an elevation of 4.900m (16,400 ft.). During this part of the journey, discover a couple of lagoons and enjoy a beautiful view of the Huayna Potosi. After that, descend to the Wichu Khota lagoon where we will set up our camp at Maria Lloco, which is located at an elevation of 4.700m (15,420ft).

Distance: 15 kilometers
Trek Time:  Approximately 9 hours

Day 8: Wichu Khota lagoon | Campo Canal | Huayna Potosi Base Camp | Return to La Paz

Start your trek by walking between the lagoons until we reach the old Santa Fe mine camp. From there, climb along a path to reach the Canal camp, which is surrounded by the Maria Lloco and Huayna Potosi mountain range. Next, trek to the Miluni passage, which is located at an elevation of 16,400 ft. At the top of the passage, enjoy the spectacular view of the western side of Huayna Potosí. Continue our trek by going around the east slope of Huayna Potosí until you reach the Casa Blanca refugee, which serves as the base camp of Huayna Potosí. The long adventure will end there, and your transportation will be waiting to drive you to the city of La Paz. Finally, be transferred to our hotel.

Distance: 9 kilometers
Trek Time: Approximately 8 hours

Day 9: Fly Home

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

Accommodations

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Entrance Fee(s) in Bolivia
  • First aid kit
  • Medium size duffel soft-sided bag
  • Bilingual (English – Spanish) trekking guide
  • One night of accommodation in a hotel ** in the town of Sorata. (Double base accommodation).
  • Foam Mattresses
  • Private transport La Paz – Sorata- Millipaya – La Paz
  • Mules and muleteers to carry most mountain equipment:
    Camping material, (clients should only carry their daily backpacks). It is recommended to limit the weight per client to 8 kilos to be transported by pack animals.
  • Kitchen & tableware
  • Inflate Mattress
  • Three-season camping tents with space for three people (to be used by 2 clients)
  • Sleeping bags -5C
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Meals in La Paz and Sorata (suggestion of a budget of USD 8 +/- per meal)
  • Accommodation and transportation outside the usual itinerary
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bags, warm clothing, sunglasses, toiletries)
  • Single room supplement for Hotel / Tents
  • Refunds in case the clients decide that the trekking must be finished before the scheduled time
  • All expenses for early departure of the team (such as non-scheduled transfers, meals and hotel rooms).
  • Sleeping bags -10C: Add $12 per bag per night
  • Walking sticks: Add $8 per pair per day

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