From the Cóndores to Mount Illimani

From the Cóndores to Mount Illimani

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Difficulty: 15 days: Condoriri – Huayna Potosí – Illimani
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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. After reaching its summit, we go back to La Paz, where we will get a well-deserved rest to restore our strength and then climb Mount Illimani, guardian mountain of the city of La Paz.

At twilight, the transformation of this mountain could be seen from the city: with a completely clear sky, a wonderful sight could be seen: the city shines, while Mount Illimani passes through various shades, until going out in a pale white and finally a dark blue.

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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 - Pinaya - Puente Roto

    Departure early from La Paz on a private vehicle heading for Pinaya (3940 m.a.s.l.), village located at the foot of stunning Mount Illimani. In Pinaya, we load our stuff on the mules and start ascending by foot up to Puente Roto, where base camp is located.

  • Day 12:
    Puente Roto - Nido de Cóndores

    Early in the morning, we start walking toward Nido de Cóndores (5470 m.a.s.l.), ascending by steep rock hillsides and moraines. After about a five-hour trek, we arrive at our high camp.

  • Day 13:
    Nido de Cóndores Summit Puente Roto

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach the summit. Then, we start descending toward Puente Roto. This day presents a real challenge for mountain climbers.

  • Day 14:
    Puente Roto - Pinaya - La Paz

    In a more relaxed day, we leave from Puente Roto to Pinaya, where our vehicle will be awaiting us to return to La Paz. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 15:
    La Paz

    Hotel - Airport transfer. End of our services.

  • Day 16:
    Campo base ? La Paz.

    En un día más relajado, salimos de Puente Roto con dirección a Pinaya, lugar donde nuestro vehículo nos estará esperando para retornar a la ciudad de La Paz. Noche de hotel. (D, BL, C)

  • Day 17:
    Transfer al aeropuerto.

    Traslado del Hotel al Aeropuerto (B)


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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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