CONDORIRI – FULL DAY
At around 7.00 am you will be picked up from your accommodation. The 2-hour-drive passes through El Alto and onto the Altiplano where you start to see the Andean landscape and mountain ranges. We arrive at a place called La Rinconada (4400 mts) and we prepare for the trek.
Immediately you will be witnessing stunning mountain landscapes. The path turns northwards and heads through llama pastures towards the Condoriri range. The walking is easy and gradually climbs in altitude. You we will continue along the trail until arriving at Laguna Chiarkhota (4600m) where you will have a well earned rest and eat lunch surrounded by stunning snow capped peaks. It should take around 1 to 2 hours to arrive here.
After eating, we start going up to the Paso Austria (5000 mts) – takes around 2.5 hours. Next, we start on the trail up to Pico Austria which steadily climbs, winding at first until we reach a ridge that takes us up to the summit. The views from the top look out towards the Condoriri Range and also when clear, across to Huayna Potosi and Lake Titicaca. If you cannot get to the peak, we will just stop at Paso Austria and enjoy the view from there. It takes another 30 minutes from Paso Austria to get to the peak.
After some well earned rest, we will start descending and will pass by the lagoon Chiarkkhota, this time on the other side. You should arrive back to La Paz around 18.00 / 19.00 (depending on your trekking speed and traffic).
CONDORIRI TREK 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS
LA PAZ – RINCONADA – LAGUNA JURIKOTHA
Departure from La Paz at 8:30 a.m. in our private vehicle for the village of Tuni, starting point of our trek (2 ½ hrs trip) After skirting the lake of the same name, we go over a pass at 4900 m. altitude, before descending to Laguna Jurikhota (4-hour walk). From there we have a very beautiful view of the “Cabeza de Condor”, or the Head of the Condor also known as El Condoriri, dominating the scenery (el.5648 m. a. s. l.). It forms, with the two adjacent summits, the Condoriri range, in the shape of a condor with tucked wings. Camp at Jurikhota lagoon
JURIKHOTA – PICO AUSTRIA – CHIARKHOTA
From Laguna Jurikhota we begin by ascending up a steep slope to reach Laguna Congelada, (two glaciers literally fall into its icy waters), a jewel nested at an altitude of 4900 meters at the foot of El Condoriri (el. 5650 m. a. s. l.). From there we keep climbing to a second pass (Paso Austria, 5300 m. a. s. l.) before descending on the other side towards El Condoriri and El Pequeño Alpamayo base camp, at the edge of Laguna Chiarkhota (el. 4670 m. a. s. l.) Camp at Chiarkhota
CHIARKHOTA – LAGUNA TUNI – LA PAZ
We cross one passes (Jallayko el. 5025 m. a. s. l.) before the long descent that will take us to Laguna Tuni. From there we will see the imposing Huayna Potosí (el. 6088 m. a. s. l.), dominating. We continue our descent. We finally arrive to the village of Tuni 5 – 6 hours of walk. In the town our car expecting us to take us back to La Paz. Car back 3 ½ hours