The Cordillera del Condoriri is possibly one of the most varied “minicordilleras” of the Cordillera Real. This walk gives you a strong sample of its diversity. Crossing four mountain passes, one each day, and passing through three beautiful and extensive lagoons, is truly an assault on the senses. The high altitude requires that you be reasonably well acclimatized to enjoy this hike, but it is not extremely physically demanding.
Day 1.- LAGUNA AJUANI – LAGUNA JURI KHOTA.
Early departure from La Paz by car to the Ajuani Valley, where we begin our trek (4,700 m). The road is winding but attractive until we reach the Sistaña lagoon, where we take a break for lunch.
At this point, the road begins to climb towards the top, the panoramic view is very beautiful. Then we descend until we reach the Juri Khota lagoon, beautiful and secluded, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Camp on the shores of Lake Juri Khota.
Day 2.- LAGUNA JURI KHOTA – AUSTRIA PASS – LAGUNA CHIAR KHOTA.
From Juri khota Lagoon we begin by a steep slope to reach Glacial Lagoon, a jewel nested at a height of 4,900 meters at the foot of the Condoriri glacier.
From there we continue climbing to a second step (Paso Austria, 5140 m.). The climb to Pico Austria (5,350 m.) Is recommended, its summit is an excellent viewpoint of the entire Cordillera, after a photo session we descend to the Laguna Chiar khota (4,630 m.) Where we will establish our camp.
Day 3.- LAGUNA CHIAR KHOTA – JISTAÑA PASS – MARIA LLOCO.
Today’s passage is the Jistaña pass, with an altitude of 4,900 m, which leads to the valley of the Racahcha valley.
We continue through the valley until we reach a small town where we establish our camp. At the bottom of the valley we can see the mountains of María Lloco and the west face of Huayna Potosi.
Day 4.- MARIA LLOCO – HUAYNA POTOSI.
Our last step is the Huallatani pass (4,850 m). From here, on a clear day, we can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Maria Lloco mountains and the mighty Huayna Potosi. In the afternoon we arrive at Base Camp of Huayna Potosi.
Day 5.- BASE CAMP – HIGH CAMP HUAYNA POTOSI.
After breakfast, we will begin the ascent to the Rocas camp (5,135m), where we will camp in the refuge of the place. Hiking time for 2-3 hours moraine.
Day 6.- HIGH CAMP – SUMMIT HUAYNA POTOSI – RETURN TO LA PAZ.
This day we will start very early to reach the summit (6,088 m). From the top of the peak we can enjoy views of the altiplano, La Paz, the valleys that enter the jungle, Lake Titicaca and the entire Cordillera Real. Then we will begin our descent back to the high camp and then to base camp where our vehicle will be waiting for us to return to La Paz.