From the Cordillera Real to Mount Sajama

From the Cordillera Real to Mount Sajama

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Difficulty: 16 days: Condoriri – Huayna Potosí – Sajama
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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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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 be able to climb Bolivia’s highest mountain: 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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25 de agosto de 2013

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Itinerary


  • 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:
    Campo base - Laguna Zongo

    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 Base camp

    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 Mount Sajama, pick up our mules and make a tour through the forest of queñua (tree unique to Bolivia that grows between 3500 and 5000 m.a.s.l.). Finally, we walk to our base camp.

  • Day 12:
    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 13:
    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 14:
    Base camp La Paz

    A relaxed day. First thing in the morning we load our mules and head for Aguas Calientes, where we have a delightful time in a natural hot spring. 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 15:
    La Paz

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

  • Day 16:
    La Paz

    Hotel - Airport transfer. End of our services.

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