The C贸ndores in the Cordillera Real

The C贸ndores in the Cordillera Real

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Difficulty: 18 days: Condoriri 鈥 Huayna Potos铆 鈥 Illimani 鈥 Illampu


Condoriri, 鈥渃ondor鈥檚 head鈥 in native language, has the shape of a condor (mystical bird) with its wings spread out. The mountain鈥檚 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 Peque帽o Alpamayo), we will go to one of the most accessible mountains of the Cordillera Real: Mount Huayna Potos铆 (in Aymara native language: 鈥淵oung Mountain鈥).

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.

We will rest one or two days in the city of La Paz to then concentrate on our next mountain: Mount Ankohuma, name that means 鈥淐rystal-clear Water鈥 in Aymara native language. This tour will also allow you to appreciate one of the most picturesque colonial villages remaining in Bolivia: Sorata, head of a valley running toward the tropical valleys in the north of the department of La Paz.


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 Peque帽o 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 Potos铆, 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 C贸ndores

    Early in the morning, we start walking toward Nido de C贸ndores (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 C贸ndores 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 - Sorata

    Departure from La Paz on a private vehicle toward Sorata (2700 m.a.s.l.), village located at the foot of snowcapped mountain Illampu. Lunch in Sorata. In the afternoon, we visit the Caves of San Pedro.

  • Day 16:
    Sorata Chilata lagoon

    We meet our muleteers and start the trek by the hillsides of Mount Illampu. After a six to seven-hour trek we arrive at Chilata lagoon (4200 m.a.s.l.).

  • Day 17:
    Chilata lagoon Glaciar lagoon

    We leave early in the morning to arrive at our Base camp, located where the glacier begins. Camp at the edge of the lagoon (5038 m.a.s.l.).

  • Day 18:
    Glaciar lagoon High camp

    We wait for our porters and leave early to take advantage of morning?s freshness. We head for the upper levels of the glacier where our High camp is located. (5800 m.a.s.l.).

  • Day 19:
    High camp Summit Glaciar lagoon

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach the summit. Once we reach it, we can enjoy a magnificent view of Lake Titicaca, the tropical valleys of Yungas and other valleys of La Paz. After appreciating the magical environment of the summit, we start descending toward Glaciar lagoon.

  • Day 20:
    Glaciar lagoon Sorata La Paz

    A relaxed day, we leave in the morning for Sorata, where our transport will be awaiting to drive us back to La Paz. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 21:
    La Paz

    Relaxed day to buy souvenirs. Farewell dinner. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 22:
    La Paz

    Hotel ? Airport transfer.



Para participar en estos recorridos se debe estar en buena condici贸n f铆sica, sobre todo para el monta帽ismo de altura. Sin embargo, es una ruta ideal para los que se est谩n iniciando en el monta帽ismo, pues no ofrece mayores complicaciones.


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