Bolivia:Pequeño Alpamayo Cordillera Real-Huayna Potosí

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The Cordillera Real is a mountain range in the Bolivian altiplano. This folding mountain range, mostly granite, is located southeast of Lake Titicaca, and east of the city of La Paz, measuring 125 km in length and 20 km in width.

Attractions

  • A trip to the Roof of South America – it will be authentic and breathless!
  • You will see the sunrise on the top of the six-thousander Huayna Potosi 6088m – the culmination of a fantastic trekking! \
  • Trekking in the virgin Cordillera Real mountains – the Royal Cordillera, the name itself sounds like a promise. You will not be disappointed!
  • The fascinating culture of the Incas – the historical one from the museum and eternally alive, every day!
  • Isla del Sol – The Mysterious Island of the Sun – here, according to Inca beliefs, the sun was created!
  • Holy lake of the Indians – Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world!
  • Magical La Paz – a real cultural hodgepodge, and the highest located capital in the world!

TREKKING IN BOLIVIA – CLIMBING ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD – HUAYNA POTOSI 6088 m

Fabulous Bolivia – sometimes called the roof of South America, more deserves the title of throne due to the majestic mountains of the Cordillera Royal / Cordilera Real. The peaks rise at the foot of the highest navigable lake in the world – Titicaca.

It is here that the sun was born and the Inca culture was established. Bolivia is an amazing country with many adjectives beginning with ‘naj’: The highest capital, the largest salt pan, the most beautiful mountains.

All this, apart from the rarefied air, can lead to dizziness – but don’t worry. We will get to know Bolivia from its best side – pristine mountains and incredibly rich culture. After an acclimatization visit to the legendary Lake Titicaca, we will go on an unforgettable trekking leading through the Condoriri Massif, reminiscent of a flying condor, to the breathtaking Huayna Potosi.

The ascent of this six-thousander will be crowned by our trekking and the success will be sealed in La Paz – a city full of Indian culture, full of colorful market streets, but above all beautifully situated at the foot of the mighty Illimani massif.

We guarantee a number of fantastic landscapes that will not leave your memory for a long time. Today we invite you to magical Bolivia, with us you will get to know this country from the kitchen – safely, but adventurous!

The most beautiful peaks of the Andes within your sight – and lens! Experience a great adventure in one of the oldest mountains in the world!

Travel Program

Meeting at the airport 2 hours before departure. Flight to La Paz – the capital of Bolivia.

Arrival in La Paz, the city is located at an altitude of 3600 m and is the highest capital of the world, so we start the trip with Andean breathlessness. After checking in at the hotel located in the heart of the city, we will go for a short walk to feel the atmosphere of this amazing place, overlooked by the massive 6,438 m Illimani massif.

Today we will see what the magic of this city really is. In addition to colonial buildings and small markets filled with the dialect of Indian women selling here, we will take a look at the witches’ alley where authentic drugs and talismans are sold.

Early in the morning, we will set off by rented transport to Copacabana – a town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. On the way we cross the Altiplano plateau (4000 m) passing the Cordillera Real on our right. This area is extremely dry, but we will certainly see farmers grazing their llamas more than once. After reaching Copacabana, we have time for lunch and we can also visit the old Cathedral from the 16th century. Then we will go by boat to the largest of the islands – Isla del Sol, this is where the sun was born and with it the Inca empire. We will stop to see the ruins of Pilko Kaina and Yumani, where we will see another Inca – Escalera Del Inca.

In the morning we will do an easy 2-3 hour trekking along the island admiring the fantastic range of the Royal Cordillera. This is where the peak that we will be climbing is located – Huayna Potosi. After about 2 hours of hiking, we will reach the next ruins – Chincana located on the island. We take a short break here and then head to the village of Challapampa from where we will return by boat to Copacabana. In the afternoon we will drive to La Paz, where we will stock up for trekking and rest with batteries charged on the island of the Sun.

We set off by rented transport to the small village of Tuni located in the heart of the Royal Cordillera. This is where we will start trekking Condoriri base camp (2-3h) located on the Chiarcota lagoon. Thanks to the mules carrying the luggage, we will be able to freely admire the views. The amazing massif resembles a Condor soaring into the air. If we are lucky after dark, we will witness an unbelievable performance performed by the starry sky.

Bearing in mind that Huayna Potosi is a 6088 m high mountain, we will work on our acclimatization and reach the peak of Pequeno Alpamayo 5370 m. Early in the morning we start the ascent and after about 1 hour we will reach the glacier. We put crampons on and continue our glacier hike. The road to Pequeno Alpamayo goes through another peak Tarija 5200m. After reaching the top, beautiful views of Huayna Potosii 6088 will appear. After a short break, we will go down to the lagoon base to rest.

Early in the morning, after breaking the camp, we set off for trekking through the pass to the neighboring valley. From the pass, looking back, there will be a beautiful view of the Condoriri group of peaks, and in front of us will be the impressive west face of Huayna Potosi – 1000m. Continuing the hike, we will reach the base camp of Maria Lloco Mountain adjacent to the breathtaking west face of Huayna Potosi.

Today we are hiking again, after a few hours of trekking around Huayna Potosi we will reach the shelter of the same name located on the Zongo Pass.

After a short, two-hour ascent, we will reach the glacier, where we will teach you basic glacier techniques, rope climbing and team communication. After this important day, we will rest at the hostel.

With the first rays of the sun, we will go towards the Cahrquini peak measuring 5392m, from its top there is a fantastic view of the area, especially our goal – Huayna Potosi. After returning to the shelter, we gather strength for the next 2 most intense days.

Today we start the ascent of Huayna Potosi. After 3-4 hours, together with a local guide, we reach the upper shelter (tent) at an altitude of 5300m and then we prepare for the night attack on the summit.

At night, by the light of headlamps, we will set off to the top. The road will take us 7 to 8 hours. If we are lucky, our faces on the ridge will be illuminated by the rising sun. Fantastic views from the top leave an indelible mark in the memory. Then we will descend all the way to the Zongo Pass and return to La Paz by hired transport for a well-deserved rest. This is the end of our adventure with the Royal Cordillera.

The last day in La Paz is a great time to buy unique handicrafts. Such beautiful ponchos or characteristic Chullos hats are only available in Bolivia.

Transfer to the airport in El Alto, departure to the country.

Accommodation

Accommodation in atmospheric and unique high-standard hotels. While trekking in shelters and high-quality mountain tents. You haven’t seen such starry nights yet!
Attention! We always avoid accommodation in low-standard places.

Remarks

Huayna Potosi’s difficulties are similar to those of the culminating climb of Mont Blanc and all center on the day of the summit push. Besides, on the only day during the entire trip, there are no technical difficulties. This is NOT trekking for adventurers! You don’t have to climb, you just need to learn the basics of moving on the glacier during the expedition. During the summit push on Huayna Potosi we will use the services of local guides.
Bolivia is one of the highest countries in the world – the airport in El Alto (part of La Paz) is at an altitude of 3700m. We’re not likely to get out of breath. Meals in cities are breakfast and dinner – 2 meals. During the trekking, full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by the expedition’s cooks.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Return flight (the flight route is determined in such a way as to minimize costs and at the same time not to tire participants)
  • Local travel according to the program of
    equipment and mules for the duration of trekking in Cordillera Real and during climbing Huayna Potosi
    during trekking and climbing care of local guides
    organization of the expedition ( including full equipment of the base: dining room, tents, etc. for the duration of trekking)
  • Admission to the Island of the Sun on Lake Titicaca
    admission tickets, guides to monuments and other places provided for in the program
    during trekking accommodation in tents/shelters
    accommodation outside the Cordillera Real mountains in hotels
  • Meals during trekking – 3 meals a day
  • Apart from trekking half
  • Board – breakfast and dinner
  • Participation of the Polish leader of the expedition – with many years of experience mountain KL and accident insurance with the extension of high-risk sports

Not included:

  • Attractions not included in the program, as well as optional trips (entrance tickets, guides to monuments and others)

  • Drinks with meals outside of trekking

  • Personal expenses

  • Excess baggage (usually we do not pay

  • Tips

  • Departure tax – $ 25

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Country / Location: Bolivia
Mountain Guide: Eric Raul Albino Lliuya
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