Bolivian Trekking Peaks (TPCONDACOT)

Code: TPCONDACOT Duration: 6 days
Price: US$ 675
Single Room Supplement: US$ 60
Technical Difficulty:
Accommodation Type:
Camping
Trek Type:
Location:
Bolivia / Cordillera Real & Sajama National Park
Duration Days: 6
Duration Nights: 5 camping
Suggested Seasons: Autumn - Winter - Spring

It is not necessary to be an accomplished mountaineer to get to altitudes above 5,000m and even 6,000m. This is a program to get you climb three trekking peaks in Condoriri and Sajama National Parks; two of the most representative mountain ranges of Bolivia.

When visiting Condoriri mountain valley, it is not difficult to understand why it has become one of the most popular places among mountaineers who are looking for an arena where to either attempt technical routes or get acclimatized climbing moderated peaks. The main mountain of this group is Condoriri, which reminds a Condor attempting to take off with its extended wings. The head of the Condor resembles the Matterhorn to some European mountaineers.

The main goal of this trip is to hike up to two peaks called Austria and Jaillaico by trekking through grassy hills, moraines and scree slopes. Neither climbing experience nor specialized equipment is required. Our base camp will be located on the shores of the beautiful lake Chiar Khota. Both ascents will also be part of the acclimatization process your body needs to cope with the higher altitudes at Acotango.

Acotango is an inactive volcano located on the border between Bolivia and Chile. Together with its two brothers Maria Capurata and Guallatire (the only smoking volcano in the area) are known as Quimsa Chatas (meaning the triplets). This group is located within the boundaries of Sajama National Park in Bolivia and Lauca National Park in Chile.

To climb it from the Chilean side is a real dangerous task as there may still be landmines planted by the military during the dictatorship of Pinochet. Fortunately, Bolivian Army is not as aggressive and our side is free from such a hazard. This is certainly the easiest climb volcano in Sajama and probably one of the easiest 6000m in the whole world; the ultimate trekking peak experience.

Please note that to take this trip alone, you must already be acclimatized to the highlands. This means that you must have spent at least 3-5 days at the highlands doing light physical activity. For more information about this subject, please refer to the page acclimatization at our website. 

Short Itinerary

Day 1. Transp.to Condoriri trailhead. Trek to Chiar Kota. Camp.
Day 2. Climb of Jaillaico. Camp.
Day 3. Climb of Austria peak. Camp.
Day 4. Trek to Condoriri trailhead. Transport to Sajama camp.
Day 5. Climb of Acotango return to Sajama. Camp
Day 6. Transport to La Paz. 

Highlights

  • Non technical ascents to Austria 5,396m, Jaillayco 5,152m and Acotango 6,056m.
  • Extraordinary views of the highlands, Condoriri valley, Sajama National park (Bolivia) and Lauca national park (Chile)

Services Included

  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Full land transportation during the trip.
  • Common camping equipment: 3 season tents, dinning and kitchen tents & tableware.
  • Common climbing equipment: short emergency rope
  • Bilingual guide during the trip.
  • Luggage transportation with porters and/or animals (15 kg/33 lb per person max weight).
  • Cook when camping.
  • National Park entrance fees.

Services Not Included

  • International & local flight tickets & fees.
  • Transfers IN/OUT to airports.
  • Meals & accommodation while in La Paz.
  • Personal camping equipment: sleeping bag, mattress, headlamps, and clothing.
  • Personal climbing equipment: plastic boots, crampons, ice axe
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Any expense due to a rescue operation (rescuers fee, transportation, or medical cost).

Day to day details

Day 1. Transport to Tuni-Condoriri trailhead. Trek to Chiar Kota. Camp.

Early in the morning we take the high road towards the majestic Andes Mountains that overlook Lake Titicaca. After a short car transfer we will reach the trailhead in Condoriri, there the muleteers and their animals will be waiting to transport our gear to the campsite located at the shores of a lovely lake called “Chiar Kota” (dark Lake). We can help and have a look at them while they prepare the animals and gear for the trek. Immediately after departure, we will get incredible views of Mt. Condoriri. Lunch will be on a spot with magnificent views over the Condoriri Massif. While we approach we will be all surrounded by beautiful peaks of all levels of technical difficulty, Condoriri resembling a condor with its wide open wings projecting from the rest. For those bursting with energy it is possible to take a short walk around the area.

Overnight: Camping

Day Elevations: 

La Paz 3,650m (11,972ft)
El Alto: 4,100m (13,450ft)
Condoriri trailhead: 4,400m (14,432ft)
Chiar Kota: 4,650m (15,252ft)

Timing: 

Driving: 3-4Hrs (65km)
Walking: 2-3Hrs (9km)

Meals: 

L,D

Day 2. Climb of Jaillaico. Camp.

Jaillaico (F) also known as “Mirador” is an easy trekking peak that can be reached via grassy hills, moraines and rock slopes with no technical difficulty. Sometimes there may be some snow on the slopes and gaiters may be required. No climbing equipment is required. It will be a good opportunity to enjoy one of the best views of the Cordillera Real while we get acclimatized.

Overnight: Camping

Day Elevations: 

Jaillaico: 5,152m (16,899ft)
Chiar Kota: 4,650m (15,252ft)

Timing: 

Walking: 4-5Hrs (7km)

Meals: 

B,L,D

Day 3. Climb of Austria peak. Camp.

Cerro Austria(F) also known as “Cerro Negro” is an easy trekking peak that can be reached via moraines and rock slopes with no technical difficulty. Sometimes there may be some snow on the slopes and gaiters may be required. No climbing equipment is required. The views form this summit tops the views of yesterday’s peak.

Overnight: Camping

Day Elevations: 

Austria: 5,396m (17,698ft)
Chiar Kota: 4,650m (15,252ft) 

Timing: 

Walking: 6-7Hrs (8km)

Meals: 

B,L,D

Day 4. Trek to Condoriri trailhead. Transport to Sajama. Camp.

We will retrace our steps towards Condoriri trailhead where our vehicle will be waiting.

A pleasant drive traversing the flat highlands will take us to Sajama National Park to enjoy a great landscape in this microclimatic high-altitude valley dotted by thousands of Alpacas, Vicuñas and Llamas, and surrounded by the highest volcanoes in Bolivia. Despite its height this protected land host a bizarre forest of Keñua trees (Polilepsis Tarapacana), some of them subsist up to 5100m (16728ft) or higher, according to some scientists being the highest forest in the planet.

On the way, if we can find the key keeper, we may visit the church of Curahuara de Carangas, considered the “sixteenth chapter” of the Bolivian Andes because of its magnificent mural paintings. Before getting to our lodge we will make a short visit to the geysers and the hot springs; those who want can enjoy a relaxing bath (the local community charge a small extra cost). Our campsite will be located relatively close to the hot springs.

Overnight: Camping

Day Elevations: 

Condoriri trailhead: 4,400m (14,432ft)
La Paz: 3,650m (11,972ft)
El Alto: 4,100m (13,450ft)
Sajama campsite: 4,260m (13,973ft) 

Timing: 

Walking: 1-2Hrs (4km)
Driving: 6-7Hrs (354km)

Meals: 

B,L,D

Day 5. Climb of Acotango. Camp

An early start will be required to drive from our campsite to the trail head located at an elevation of 5300m (17,384ft) following a secondary dirty road to a sulfur mine.

The route from this point it is not technically difficult but quite demanding and requires to be well acclimatized to the altitude. To get to the summit we basically follow the rim of an old and almost completely eroded crater, walking either on snow, ice or soft sandy terrain.

From the top of the ridge from where we can admire both national parks at each country side: Sajama and Lauca. The summit has normally a small ice or snow field, and sometimes late in the season there can be “Penitentes”.

On the descent we will get into the crater and follow the frozen stream towards the vehicle and return to the campsite in Sajama.

Overnight: Camping

Day Elevations: 

Acotango road-head: 5300m (17,384ft)
Acotango: 6,056m (19,863ft)
Sajama campsite: 4,260m (13,973ft) 

Timing: 

Driving: 3-4Hrs (120km)
Walking: 8-10Hrs (7km)

Meals: 

B,L,D

Day 6. Transport to La Paz.

No more walking today. Since we have plenty of time, we will spend some time having a well-deserved relaxing hot bath before having lunch and heading back to La Paz.

Overnight: None

Day Elevations: 

El Alto: 4,100m (13,450ft)
La Paz: 3,650m (11,972ft)

Timing: 

Driving: 5-6Hrs (284km)

Meals: 

B,L