Ajuani – Huayna Potosí
Ajuani – Huayna Potosi. (4 days)
The Condoriri range is arguably one of the most varied “mini-ranges” in the Cordillera Real. This trek gives you a strong flavour of its diversity. Crossing 4 mountain passes – one each day – and passing three beautiful and vast lagoons, it really is an assault on the senses. The high altitude requires that you be reasonably well acclimatised to enjoy this trek, but it is not extremely physically demanding.
Day 1.- LAGUNA AJUANI – LAGUNA JURI KHOTA
Early departure from La Paz in vehicle to the valley of Ajuani where we begin our trek (4,700m).The path is winding but appealing until we arrive at Sistaña lagoon, where we take a lunch break. In this point, the path starts ascending toward the summit. We arrive at Juri khota lagoon, beautiful and isolated, surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
Camp on the shores of Lake Juri Khota.
Day 2.- LAGUNA JURIKHOTA – LAGUNA GLACIAL – PASO AUSTRIA – CHIAR KHOTA
From Laguna Jurikhota we begin by ascending up a steep slope to reach Laguna Glacial a jewel nested at an altitude of 4900 meters at the foot of El Condoriri.
From there we keep climbing to a second pass (Paso Austria 5,200 m.) before descending on the other side towards base camp, at the edge of Laguna Chiar khota.
Day 3.- PASO JISTAÑA – BASE DE MARIA LLOCO.
Today’s pass is the Jistaña pass, with an altitude of 4,900m, taking us into the valley of Racahcha valley. There we will camp at the edge of the Hichukhota, at the civilised altitude of 4,450m.
Day 4.- PASO MILLUNI – HUAYNA POTOSI – RETORNO A LA PAZ.
Our final pass is the Huallatani pass (4,850m). From here, on a clear day we can enjoy the stunning views of the mountains Maria Lloco and the mighty Huayna Potosi. It is also from here that our vehicle awaits us for our return to La Paz .