Condoriri to Huayna Potosi trek through the Cordillera Real

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Duration (in days): 4

From: La Paz

To: La Paz

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£920

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

This 4-day trip is your opportunity to hike the Condoriri to Huayna Potosí trek, with help from guides and porters. Bolivia’s Cordillera Real is a fine example of the Andean mountain system, with raw beauty, mighty glaciers and several peaks taller than 6,000m. With all assistance and camping gear provided – this trek is an invitation to conquer one of the best treks in the world. Expect dramatic, snow-capped scenery, towering mountain ranges, waterfalls and icy stalactites and glacial lagoons. If you’re a climber – why not ask us to extend this trek so you can attempt the summit of Huayna Potosi. Returning to La Paz, you can bask in a well-earned sense of accomplishment and perhaps enjoy a few days of rest and recuperation!

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Hike one of the best hikes in the Southern hemisphere
  • Trek beneath the snow-capped in Condoriri National Park
  • Walk to a glacier to spot viscachas (relatives of the chinchilla)
  • Camp by the shores of Ciara-Khota lagoon
  • Reach several passes above 4,500m
  • Get spectacular views of Huayna Potosi Mountain
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief

  • 3 nights camping

 

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.  

Info

May to October is the best time to go as the weather will be drier and the skies clearer, however, this will also mean colder temperatures at night.    

We've made a similar trip

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post Southern hemisphere: 5 of the best hikes in the world, written by one of our consultants who has been here.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • 3 nights camping
  • Camping gear, including a 2-person tent
  • Thermal rest, inflatable mattress
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Entrance fees to National Park
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide
  • Mules to carry equipment and necessities
  • Climbing gear

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Medical expenses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp
  • Any kind of insurance
  • An international airport tax of $25.00 per person (subject to change)
  • A domestic airport tax of $2.5 per person (subject to change)
Accommodation

Three nights camping with equipment provided except for a sleeping bag. You can rent sleeping bags for an extra charge.

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