Ajuani – Huayna Potosi (6 days) – Bolivian Mountain Guides

Ajuani – Huayna Potosi (6 days)

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.- Ajuani Lagoon – Juri Khota Lagoon

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.- Juri Khota Lagoon – Glacial Lagoon – Austria Pass – 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.- Jistaña Pass – Maria Lloco.

Today’s pass is the Jistaña pass, 4,900 m high, which leads to the Racahcha valley.

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 room where we set up our camp. At the bottom of the valley we can see the mountains of Maria Lloco and the west face of 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.


After breakfast, we will begin the ascent (mainly in rock) to the Rocas camp (5,135m), where we will camp in the refuge of the place. Hiking time for 2-3 hours moraine.


After a very early breakfast, we will begin to climb the glacier, pointing towards the east face and reaching the Pala. Then we continue to the top reaching the top of the mountain. Huayna Potosi (6080 meters), after about five hours of ascent. Once at the top, we can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Andes mountains and sunrise. Then we will begin our descent back to the high camp and then to the Alto Camp where our vehicle will be waiting for us to return to La Paz.

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