La Paz - Laguna Tuni - Laguna Juri Khota - La Paz
This trek takes you from the Altiplano to the subtropical Yungas in 12 days. We start by trekking on the Isla del Sol (Sun Island) and around the Copacabana area of the Lake Titicaca. From day 4 we start in 4700m/15.420ft and by the 12th day we arrive in 2700m/8.858ft. The transition is rather slow so we have the opportunity to really enjoy the scenery.
1. La Paz - Laguna Tuni - Laguna Juri Khota (4700m/15.420ft)
We leave the hotel at 7h00 and a private 4x4 brings us to the small village Tuni (3hrs) from where we start our trek. First we follow the Laguna Tuni and we then pass a mountain pass at 4900m/16.076ft on the slopes of Kuntur (4926m/16.161ft) before we walk down to the Laguna Juri Khota. From here we have a beautiful view on the "Cabeza del condor" (the head of the condor, 5648m/18.530ft), and the Condoriri massif.
2. Laguna Juri Khota - Laguna Congelada - Laguna Chiar Khota (4760m/15.617ft)
From Juri Khota we climb a rather steep slope before reaching the small Laguna Congelada that gets its name from the 2 glaciers that fall into it. Later we pass the Austria mountain pass at 5160m/16.929ft and from here we descend to the Laguna Chiar Khota, base camp for the Condoriri climb and other climbs like the Alpamayo or the Tajira.
3. Laguna Chiar Khota - Laguna Liviñosa (4270m/14.009ft)
We first have to pass two successive mountain passes (Jallayko 5025m/16.486ft and Jistaña 4930m/16.175ft) before we start, what seems like a never-ending descend towards the Laguna Liviñosa. The Huayna Potosí (6088m/19.974ft) is now unveiled before us while we enter the Torini valley.
4. Laguna Liviñosa – Botijlaca – Uma Palka (3800m/12.467ft)
The landscape changes as we descend into valleys more and more deeply embanked between the mountains. We see how rocks and stones give way to the vegetation, and feel how the cool air gives way to a more temperate climate when we arrive at Botijlaca. From here we climb during 3-4hrs, and we pass a high altitude lake on the slopes of Tikimani (5519m/18.107ft). Finally we pass a mountain pass at 4600m/15.092ft before we walk down to Uma Palka.
5. Uma Palka - Zanja Pampa (3850m/12.631ft)
From Uma Palka we continue on the slopes of the Cerro Mathilde (5000m/16.404ft) in order to reach the Laguna Chiar Khota (4550m/14.928ft). After this small ascend we walk down, for 2-3hrs until we reach Zanja Pampa where we set up camp.
6. Zanja Pampa - Chukura - Challapampa (2900m/9.514ft)
We continue our trek on the slopes of the Cerro Picacho Popusani for around 3 hours before we arrive at the Laguna Khota Kuchu. From here we head towards the Estancia Chukura to rejoin the part of the Inca path more known as the Choro. These paved pre-Colombian paths take us to the small village Challapampa. The humidity, the heat and lush vegetation are now part of our surroundings. We install our camp at the banks of the river Chukura.
7. Challapampa - Choro - San Francisco
Our surroundings are getting greener. While we descend we reach a subtropical zone, mixed with heat, altitude and vegetation before arriving at the village Choro. A few ascends and descends take us to the village San Francisco where we set up camp.
8. San Francisco - Chairo - Coroico
In the morning, after breakfast, we cross the river Kuskap before we climb the "the ascend of the devil" to reach the village Sandillani. Around 13h00 we arrive to the small village Chairo (1300m/4.265ft) where a car awaits us to bring us to Coroico a small village in the midst of the Yungas.
9. Coroico - La Paz
The morning is free to explore the surroundings of Coroico either on foot or on horseback. After lunch a car brings us back to La Paz. 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: Royal Cordillera
Support Team: Specialised Spanish or English speaking guide depending on chosen option
Accommodation: 7 nights in tent (2 people per tent) and 1 night in hotel
Attention: No possibility for single tent during this tour
Guaranteed departure: from 2 people
Group size: 2 to 8 people
Porterage: Your luggage will most likely be carried by mules or in some cases porters. Your personal equipment should not exceed 10kg/22lb. You will have to carry the personal equipment you need during the day.
Included in the price:
- Transfers and transport as indicated in the day to day program
- Private trek with local Spanish speaking guide or local English speaking guide (depending on availability Spanish speaking guide and English speaking translator) depending on chosen option
- Collective camping equipment
- Meals mentioned
Not included in the price:
- Obligatory personal travel insurance
- Entrance fees to parks, sites and museums (allow for approx. 20 Bs, Bolivian national currency - this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, tips, drinks and other personal expenses
- Personal equipment
- Accommodation not mentioned