La Paz - Sorata - La Paz
- 1. La Paz - Sorata (2700m/8.858ft)
We leave La Paz around 08h00 for Sorata, a small village at the bottom of a green valley by the foot of the imposing Illampu (6368m/20.892ft). If the weather permits we can clearly see the snow clad summit from the main square in Sorata.
2. Sorata - Lacatiya (3900m/12.795ft)
After breakfast we meet our team of muledrivers just outside Sorata. Our trek starts with a long ascend to Estancia de Lacatiya which will be our first camp. The Illampu is practically overhanging us with its 6368m/20.892ft all day.
3. Lacatiya - Paso Illampu – Estancia Utjaña Pampa (3900m/12.795ft)
We start early by hiking to the Illampu mountain pass at 4750m/15.584ft from where we can see the north peak of the Illampu (6370m/20.899ft) and the Schulze Peak (5950m/19.521ft). We then walk down the northeast slope of the Illampu until the Estancia Utjaña Pampa. In this area you can find plenty small gold mines that are still exploited.
4. Estancia Utjaña Pampa - Aguas Calientes (4200m/13.780ft)
In the morning we start by following the river Janq´u Uma (White Waters). We then ascend to the base camp of the Illampu, called “Aguas Calientes” (Warm Waters).
5. Aguas Calientes – High Camp (5500m/18.045ft)
From Aguas Calientes we climb to the High Camp at 5500m/18.045ft. It takes approximately 5 hours and we set up camp here for the night.
6. High Camp (5500m/18.045ft) – Summit Attempt Illampu (6368m/20.892ft) – Aguas Calientes
The ascent of the Illampu takes around 8 hours and is undertaken on rock face and ice. The descent to the high camp at Aguas Calientes takes another 5 hours where we can relax.
7. Aguas Calientes - Laguna Glaciar (5038m/16.529ft) - Laguna Chilata (4200m/13.780ft)
While our mules are walking slowly down to our evening camp we set forth on a trail leading to the Laguna Glaciar. This lake, surrounded by the giants Illampu and Ancohuma, and where the glaichers fall into its waters, offers us a beautiful view on the Lake Titicaca and the valley of Sorata. We then walk down to the Laguna Chilata, to our camp.
8. Laguna Chilata - Sorata - La Paz
We walk down to Sorata in the morning and in the afternoon the car takes us back to La Paz (3-4hrs). End of our services
Important: Itinerary can change as a result of weather conditions and some sights are not accessible at all times – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.
- General Information:
Highlights: Illampu, Sorata, Royal Cordillera
Support Team: Spanish speaking mountain guide
Optional; English speaking translator
Accommodation: 6 nights camping (2 people per tent) and 1 night in hostel
Guaranteed departure: From 2 people
Group size: 2 to 8 people
Porterage: Your equipment will be carried by mules or porters and should not exceed 10kg/22lb. You will have to carry any personal equipment which you might need for the day.
Included in the price:
- Transport and transfers as outlined in the program
- Private tour with certified (ENSA/IFMGA) Spanish speaking mountain guide or certified (ENSA/IFMGA) Spanish speaking mountain guide and English speaking translator depending on chosen option
- Collective camping material
- Meals mentioned
Not included in the price:
- Obligatory personal travel insurance
- Entrance fees to parks, sites and museums (allow for approx. 50 boliviano per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, tips and drinks
- Personal equipment
Expenses during the tour:
- Drinks, tips and all other personal expenses
- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation not mentioned
- Possible rental of mountain climbing equipment if you are not bringing your own material