Trek Chachacomani - Huayna potosi (7 days)
We head much further north and begin our journey in the community of Alto Cruz Pampa. It’s an adventure and a unique route; in some sections, the trail may not be easily noticeable, but it’s incredibly beautiful. The Wara Warani lagoon boasts a variety of colors, and the rest of the route is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty including lakes, diverse fauna and flora, and a sense of freedom.
Day 1.- LA PAZ – ALTO CRUZ PAMPA – JALLAHUAYA RIVER.
Departing early from the city of La Paz, we head towards the town of Peñas. On the way, we pass through various towns until we reach the town of Alto Cruz Pampa in the Chachacomani Valley.
We start our trek with an ascent to «Condor Jipiña» (4.810 m.), continue on the route passing through the Pura Purani river and finally descend to the Jallahuaya river where we will set up camp.
Day 2.- JALLAHUAYA – LAGUNA WARA WARANI – LAGUNA KHOTYA.
We ascend towards the mountain, at the base of which is the Wara Warani lagoon, a lagoon of three colors. We continue our ascent until we reach the lookout point (5,030 meters), an excellent viewpoint.
Then, we descend into the valley and continue ascending gradually until we reach the next plateau. During our descent, we can see the Khotia lagoon, near which we will set up our next camp.
Day 3.- LAGUNA KHOTYA – LAGUNA AJUANI.
Khotia Lake (4,470 m.). We start the trek towards the slopes at a slow pace. Upon reaching the first plateau, we begin a descent into the valley where the Taipichaca lagoon can be observed. After crossing the river, we ascend until we reach the Ajuani lagoon.
Day 4 .- LAGUNA AJUANI – LAGUNA JURI QUTA.
The road is winding but picturesque. After crossing the first pass, we descend to the Jistaña Lagoon, where we take a break for lunch. From there, the road begins to climb towards the peak which represents our second pass. In the valley, we see the beautiful and secluded Juri Khota lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
We camp on the shores of the lake.
Day 5.- LAGUNA JURI QUTA – PASO AUSTRIA – LAGUNA CHIAR QUTA.
From Juri Quta Lagoon, we begin by gradually ascending the shore of the lake to reach Glacial Lagoon, a gem located at an altitude of 4,900 meters at the foot of the Condoriri glacier.
From there, we climb up to the Austria pass (5,140 m.). The ascent 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 Chiar Quta Lagoon (4,630 m.) where we will set up our camp.
Day 6.- PASO JISTAÑA – MARIA LLOCO.
Today we cross the Jistaña Pass, which is located at an altitude of 4,900 m, and leads to the Racahcha Valley. We travel through the valley until we reach a small town where we set up our camp. At the bottom of the valley, we can see the mountains of María Lloco and the west face of Huayna Potosí.
Day 7.- MARIA LLOCO – HUAYNA POTOSI – RETURN TO LA PAZ.
Today we’ll cross the Huallatani Pass (4,850 m). On a clear day, we’ll be able to admire the stunning views of the Maria Lloco Mountains and the towering Huayna Potosi. Our vehicle will be waiting for us here to take us back to La Paz.