Cóndores, “two sisters” and Mount Sajama

Cóndores, “two sisters” and Mount Sajama

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Difficulty: 20 days: Condoriri – Huayna Potosí - Parinacota – Sajama
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Description

Condoriri, “cabeza de cóndor” in native language, has the shape of a condor (mystical bird) with its wings spread out. The mountain’s colors, archeological remains and llama herdsmen complete a landscape that put together in only one frame the magic of nature, culture and adventure. After climbing one of its most beautiful peaks (Mount Pequeño Alpamayo), we will go to one of the most accessible mountains of the Cordillera Real: Mount Huayna Potosí (in Aymara native language: “Young Mountain”).

This Mount is one of the preferred snowcapped mountains by mountaineers for its ascent features and snowcapped massifs (its highest summit is know as Pico Norte), besides being a place with great visual beauty.

We will rest in La Paz for one day and then depart for Parinacota, an almost perfect cone-shaped mountain with a crater on its summit, part of the Payachatas (“two sisters” in quechua native language). The route is undemanding, however, care should be taken because of its great altitude. We will rest in the village of Sajama to climb Bolivia’s highest mountain the next day: Mount Sajama.

Located to the east of Bolivia in the department of Oruro and very close to the border with Chile, Mount Sajama is among the 10 highest peaks of the Andes Mountains. Located 6542 m.a.s.l. (21463 feet), Mount Sajama is only 417 meters below Mount Aconcagua (6959 m.a.s.l.).

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Itinerary 1


  • Day 1:
    La Paz

    Arrival at the city of La Paz. Airport - Hotel transfer. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 2:
    La Paz - Tiwanaku - Copacabana

    Departure from La Paz to the ruins of Tiwanaku, where we discover its history. Then we leave to the town of Copacabana, where we spend an enjoyable night at the shore of Lake Titicaca. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 3:
    Copacabana Isla del sol Copacabana

    We leave early in the morning for Isla del sol, where we take a three-hour walk more or less, discovering the history of the place. At night, a tasty dinner and free time to buy some souvenirs. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 4:
    Copacabana Chiarkota lagoon

    We leave early from the hotel and head for Tuni (mule square), where our team of muleteers will be awaiting us. After loading the animals, we set out for a two-hour trek to Chiarkhota lagoon (Base camp).

  • Day 5:
    Base camp Janchallani Base camp

    Janchallani is a mountain located at 5100 m.a.s.l., fact that does not present a technical problem because it is just a long trek in the altitude, although a good physical condition is required. Janchallani will be useful for acclimatization. After appreciating a magnificent view and enjoying the peace and quietness of this small summit, we descend to our Base camp.

  • Day 6:
    Base camp Pequeño Alpamayo Base camp

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach one of the most beautiful summits of the Cordillera Oriental. Descent to Base camp (Chiarkhota lagoon).

  • Day 7:
    Base camp Zongo lagoon

    This day we take down our camp. Our muleteer service will be awaiting us. After loading the mules, we retrace our steps down to the place our vehicle is awaiting to drive us to base camp of Huayna Potosí, where we will spend the night.

  • Day 8:
    Zongo lagoon Camp Argentino

    Early in the morning, we organize our equipment, which will be carried with the help of porters up to high camp. Ascending by a hillside we arrive at Camp of the Rocks, where we will wear crampons. Then, we rope ourselves together to cross the glacier and reach Camp Argentino.

  • Day 9:
    Camp Argentino Summit La Paz

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach the summit. Then, we descend to Camp Argentino, where the vehicle will be awaiting to drive us back to La Paz.

  • Day 10:
    Time off

    Time off in La Paz.

  • Day 11:
    La Paz Village of Sajama

    Departure from La Paz to the village of Sajama in the morning. During the trip we enter the Sajama National Park, where we can discover the chullpas (tombs) of the Chipaya culture, ancestors of Bolivian people in this region. We can also watch the transformation of the landscape, something indescribable. Then, we arrive at the village of Sajama.

  • Day 12:
    Village of Sajama High camp Parinacota

    We start the day early to take a walk by the geysers, where we can find several hot springs. After having lunch in the zone, we head for high camp of Mount Parinacota.

  • Day 13:
    High camp Parinacota Village of Sajama

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach Mount Parinacota summit. Once we reach it, we discover a spectacular view of its crater and the surrounding mountains, both in the Bolivian and Chilean side. After enjoying this summit, we start descending to high camp, where a vehicle will be awaiting to drive us to the village of Sajama.

  • Day 14:
    Village of Sajama

    A relaxed day. First, we head for the hot springs. Then, we take a walk by the zone. Return to the village of Sajama.

  • Day 15:
    Base camp

    In the morning, we pick up our mules and leave from the village to take a tour through the forest of queñua (tree unique to Bolivia that grows between 3500 and 5000 m.a.s.l.). Then, we walk back to our base camp.

  • Day 16:
    Base camp High camp

    This day our porters arrive early because a long ascent up to high camp awaits us. Passing through some hillsides and going up steep and loose moraines, we arrive at High camp (5600 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the day.

  • Day 17:
    High camp Summit Base camp

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach the summit. There, you can discover a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains with beautiful contrasting landscapes. Then we start descending toward High camp, where our porters will be awaiting us for the descent to Base camp.

  • Day 18:
    Base camp La Paz

    A relaxed day. First thing in the morning we load our mules and head for the forest of queñua, where our vehicle will be awaiting us. Then we continue our journey and pass by a lagoon, where we can see some vicuñas (animals typical of the region). After that, we go through the village of Pomarape, where we have another beautiful view of Mount Sajama. Finally, we head for the highway to La Paz.

  • Day 19:
    La Paz

    A relaxed day to buy souvenirs. Farewell dinner. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 20:
    La Paz

    Hotel - Airport transfer. End of our services.


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Recommendations

Para participar en estos recorridos se debe estar en buena condición física, sobre todo para el montañismo de altura. Sin embargo, es una ruta ideal para los que se están iniciando en el montañismo, pues no ofrece mayores complicaciones.

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