Bolivia Trekking Cordillera Real 15 days
A great trip that permits close encounters with the Aymaras people. Enjoy the highlands of unspoiled nature, its flora and fauna. This wonderful trek runs along the western and eastern sides of the Cordillera Real de Bolivia, an amazing mountain range that stretches for about 160 km from the Illampu-Ancohuma massif in the northwest end to the Illimani peak on the south.
Day 1: Arrival in La Paz:
Arrival at El Alto international airport. Transfer to La Paz and to your hotel.
Day 2: La Paz City tour:
In the morning city tour to visit the Witches Market, the San Francisco Basilica, and the Murillo Square. In the afternoon visit to “The Moon Valley”, an impressive landscape of sandy monoliths sculptured by natural erosion near to La Paz. Hotel. (B).
Day 3: La Paz – Tiawanacu – Copacabana:
This day we enjoy a full day tour to visit the impressive Tihuanaco Pre-Columbian Ruins, with massive stone monuments. We will have the opportunity to see the magnificent Royal Range. Transport to the city of Copacabana on the shores of Titicaca Lake. Hotel. (B).
Day 4: Copacabana – Sun Island – Chokñakjota camp:
In the morning we make a tour to the Sun Island, an interesting place where it is supposed the Inca empire first inhabitants were originated. Drive towards Hichukhota valley, the main entrance to the Chachacomani-Negruni region. The three-hour drive will take us to the shores of Lake Chokñakjota at 4,420m/14,498ft of altitude. Camp. (B, L, D).
Day 5: Chokñakjota – Ajwani camp:
Start our first day trek towards our camp at Ajwani Lake at 4,500m/14,760ft above sea level. This region is known as the Chacapa Massif mountain range. (B, LB, D).
Day 6: Ajwani camp – Lake Jurikjota camp:
Today we cross two high gaps: Janchallani at 4,800m/15,744ft and Jurikjota pass at 4,900m/16,072ft before we arrive at our camp at an altitude of 4,700m/15,416ft on the shores of Lake Jurikjota. From the camp we enjoy magnificent views of the northern sides of the Condoriri Massif. (B, LB, D).
Day 7: Jurikjota camp – Lake Chiarjota (Condoriri camp):
Trek along a moraine, which takes us up to a wonderful ice lake at the base of the glaciers. This is the most spectacular pass. We continue our trek to reach its highest point at 5,100m/16,728ft from where we can observe the Condoriri peak. We descend towards the Condoriri valley where we set up our camp at Lake Chiarjota at 4,650m/15,252ft. (B, LB, D).
Day 8: Lake Chiarjota rest day:
Rest day to enjoy this beautiful spot with nice views of the surrounding mountains: Condoriri, Pequeño Alpamayo, Pequeña Illusión, etc. (B, LB, D).
Day 9: Lake Chiarjota – Ancoma village:
Trek to the village of Ancoma. This is a magnificent trek crossing two high passes and heading down towards Lividiñosa Valley. We are already on the eastern side of the Royal Range and we can experience the changes in temperature and climate. Camp on Ancoma at 3700m/12136ft. (B, LB, D).
Day 10: Ancoma – Tiquimani camp:
Crossing the small village of Ancoma we head towards the settlement of Uma Palca at the eastern side of Tiquimani peak. This trek will take us around the base of this impressive rocky peak. Camp at 4630m/15186ft. (B, LB, D).
Day 11: Tiquimani camp – Sanja Valley camp:
Trekking on the eastern side of Matilde Peak we head down eastern towards the Sanja Valley. Camp at 3800m/12464ft. (B, LB, D).
Day 12: Sanja Valley – Samana Pampa Village:
A 2 hour trek will take us to the Chucura pass from where another 3 hours trekking will take us down to Samana Pampa village, the gateway to the jungle of Bolivia. Camp at 3900m/12790ft. (B, LB, D).
Day 13: Samana Pampa – La Cumbre pass – La Paz:
This day we follow a spectacular Inca Road. This amazing trail takes us up to La Cumbre Pass at 4700m/15416ft from where a short walk leads us down to the near valley to meet our vehicle. Transport back to La Paz. Hotel. (B, LB).
Day 14: La Paz free day:
Free day in La Paz. Hotel. (B).
Day 15: La Paz transfer out:
Transfer out to the airport or program extension. (B).
Included: All transportation, hotel accommodation (twin bed room with private facilities), English speaking guide, all entrance fees, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent), cook, helper, llamas cargo transportation, all noted meals, all transfers.
Not included: International and domestic flights, airport taxes, food services in hotels and in cities, tips, extras, personal travel insurance.
Grading: easy – moderate – hard.