The Condoriri range is possibly one of the most varied «mini-ranges» of the Cordillera Real. This walk gives you a strong taste of its diversity. Crossing 4 mountain passes, one each day, and passing three beautiful and vast lagoons, is really an assault on the senses. The high altitude requires that you are 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 vehicle to the Ajuani valley, where we started our trek (4,700 m). The road is winding but attractive until we reach the lagoon of Sistaña, where we take a break for lunch. At this point, the path begins to ascend towards the top. We arrive at the lagoon of Juri Khota, beautiful and isolated, surrounded by snowy mountains. Camp on the shores of Lake Juri Khota.
Day 2.- LAGUNA JURIKHOTA – GLACIAL LAGOON – PASO AUSTRIA – 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.- CHIAR KHOTA – PICO TARIJA – SMALL ALPAMAYO.
On this day we will start with an early departure (4:00 a.m.). Our first route is to climb the Tarija Peak (5,350 m). This first part is technically easy, when we reach its summit we will continue downhill and then climb to the SMALL ALPAMAYO (5,425 m). The return to our camp is by the same route, it is a long day.
Day 4.- PASO JISTAÑA – BASE DE 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 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.
Day 5.- PASO MILLUNI – 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 6.- BASE CAMP – HIGH CAMP.
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.
DAY 7.- HIGH CAMP – SUMMIT – LA PAZ.
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.