Itinerary in brief
Day 1: La Paz to Condoriri
We suggest spending a few nights in La Paz to acclimatise before attempting this trek. You’ll then be picked up from your hotel by private transfer and driven for two hours to the base of Condoriri, where you’ll set camp for the night and have some dinner to prepare for the next few days of trekking.
Condoriri National Park is a region of extreme natural beauty tucked away in the Andes and dotted with crystal clear mountain lakes, formed by thawing glaciers. It’s possible to see ice stalactites forming their unique shapes down cascading waterfalls and lakes of varying colours that are populated by many trout fish.
Day 2: Condoriri to Chiara Khota
After a good rest and breakfast, you’ll meet the porters who will carry all your essentials on the backs of their llamas and mules. Today’s trek will gradually ascend to an altitude of 4,600m until you reach your second camping place on the shores of the striking Chiara-Khota lagoon.
In the afternoon, you can choose to take an easy, 3-4 hour walk to the base of the glacier for the chance to see gulls and cheeky viscachas which are relatives of the chinchilla.
Day 3: Chiara Khota to Carmen Pampa
Today will be an early departure because you have a 7-hour trek over two passes; the first - at 4,950m has spectacular views of the snow-capped peak of Cabeza del Condor, followed by impressive views of Tuni Condiri Mountain. The second pass at Cerro Mirador is at 4,800m, from where you will see panoramic views of the south-west of the Huayna Potosí Mountain.
This afternoon, you’ll descend to reach a campsite at the base of the Maria Lloco Mountain, 4,560m.
Day 4: Carmen Pampa to La Paz
This morning, you’ll set off for the last part of your scenic trek. It’s a 4-hour trek over a pass at 4,750m, and if the weather is favourable, you should enjoy views of the snowy Huayna Potosí Mountain towering above, at 6,088m!
At the end of the trek, your vehicle will be waiting to take you back to La Paz for a well-earned rest and the chance to continue your onward travelling plans.