CORDILLERA REAL Sorata to Coroico 18 days

Day 1.- LA PAZ – SORATA – LACHATHIYA

At 07:00 am we leave La Paz, passing along the beautiful landscape of the Cordillera Real, close to Lake Titicaca. Then through the towns of Achacachi and Warisata, from where the imposing nevadas of Ancohuma and Illampu can be seen. Then we reach the beautiful mountain town of Sorata, altitude  2,700m, where we pack the mules and start the trek through beautiful rural scenery around Sorata, and enjoying many views of the imposing nevada  Illampu. Then we reach the first camp at Lachathiya, altitude  3,850m, where we rest for the second night.

Day 2.- LACHATHIYA – JANQ’U UMA

We leave in the morning and continue climbing up to the Ancohuma pass, altitude 4,749m, from where the scenery of the high valleys of Sorata, a lot of Andean flora and fauna can be seen. Then we descend to 3,900m, camping at Janq’u uma.

Day 3.- JANQ’U UMA – COCOYO

A two-hour walk takes us to the Kurahuasi pass, altitude 4,479 m, before we descend to the river, and pass through the village of Cocoyo, continuing to the campsite at altitude 3,850m, a total six hours of trekking.

Day 4.- COCOYO – CHAJOLPAYA

With a 2-hour ascent to 4,500m, we reach the Sarani pass. From where we can see the nevadas of Warani Wara (Negruni) and also the river Chajolpaya. From there we can see the nevado Calzada, and a variety of flora and fauna of the area.

Day 5.- RIO CH’AJOLPAYA – NEGRUNI.

After breakfast, we continue the trek for 3 hours up to the Warawarani pass, altitude 4,900m, near the glaciers of these mountains, overlooking Chajowara, then down to the campsite near a lake at altitude 4,100m, where we rest for the third night.

Day 6. NEGRUNI – LLOCO LLOCONI

Six hours following the river Chiquini down to the church of Palca, then up through the Waraco cerranías, to reach the campsite in the Tres Marias mountains.

Day 7. LLOCO LLOCONI – VENADA

After breakfast we start to walk towards another pass, altitude 4,800m, passing by small lagunas with a chance to see Andean fauna, then descending through the gorge to the little river which is near the cart road, heading in the direction of Venada.

Day 8. VENADA – KOTIA

After breakfast we head up to Mollo pass, altitude 4,900m, and from there we descend to the valley of Janq’u Quta, passing vaious lakes and glaciers in these mountains, and mines and thus descend to the camp at Quta Thiya, altitude 4,650 m.

Day 9. KOTIA – AJWANI

After breakfast we continue up the hillside to Chacapa where abandoned gold mines and the beautiful scenery of the plateau are observed. Then we continue down to the grasslands, and on up to the camp at Ajwani, altitude 4,700 m.  A total of six hours of trekking.

Day 10. AJWANI – JURI QUTA

In another six hours of trekking through the Janchallani pass, altitude 4,860m, we reach the second pass at Juri Quta, altitude 4,900 m, then we descend to the camp at Laguna Juri Quta, altitude 4,700 m.

Day 11. JURI QUTA – PICO AUSTRIA – CONDORIRI

We continue to the Apacheta pass, reaching the highest point of the trek, which is the summit of Pico Austria, altitude 5,300 m. From here we have spectacular views of the whole group of Condoriri mountains. Then we descend to laguna Chiara Quta, altitude 4,700 m. This is the base camp for climbing the several mountains of the Condoriri massif.

Day 12. CONDORIRI REST DAY.

This rest day we spend in the vicinity of Laguna Chiyara Quta, altitude 4,700m, a beautiful place where the scenery is wonderful.

DAY 13. CONDORIRI – MARIA LLOCKO.

After breakfast we prepare the camping gear, and continue to walk towards the pass at 5,100m, then we descend and continue climbing again up to another pass at 5,000m, from where we are treated with views of a number of scenic gorges. Continuing, we trek to the campsite at Maria  llocko. A total of  6-7 hours walk.

DAY 14. MARIA LLOCKO – HUAYNA POTOSI BASE CAMP.

In the morning after breakfast we head over to Milluni, altitude 5,000m, and then descend to the laguna Quta Pata, before continung up to Huayna Potosi base camp which we each after around six hours.

Day 15. HUAYNA POTOSI BASE CAMP – ZANJA PAMPA.

From here, we begin to climb up the 4,600m pass, where we first smell and feel the moist air coming up from the forests below. Then we start to descend the high valleys to reach the campsite at Zanja Pampa after around 6 hours of walking.

DAY 16. ZANJA PAMPA – CHALLAPAMPA.

After breakfast we continue to the Chucura pass, we start to descend though the vegetation of the area and so in 6 hours reach the campsite at Challapampa.

DAY 17. CHALLAPAMPA – SAN FRANCISCO.

The next morning, after breakfast, we start descending along the river to reach Chucura Choro, a beautiful place to stop for lunch. Then we continue with the walk up to the site of San Francisco.

18. DAY SAN FRANCISCO – CHAIRO – COROICO.

On this last day of trekking, we start early in the direction of Chairo, altitude 1,000m, with beautiful scenery characteristic of this part of the Yungas. From Chairo we take private transport to Coroico where we end our epic journey.

 

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