The Apolobamba mountain range is a little traveled path despite its natural beauty that combines a high plateau, valleys and snowy mountains. It is a mystical region, where world-renowned native healers known as Kallawayas live. It is a magical place of perpetual snow mountains and few native inhabitants.
Day 1.- LA PAZ – PELECHUCO.
Departure from La Paz early towards the town of Pelechuco (3,300m). The trip takes us beyond the little visited side of Lake Titicaca and near the border with Peru. It is a long journey in a 12-hour vehicle. We will sleep in a local accommodation in Pelechuco.
Day 2.- PELECHUCO – PALCA.
After breakfast, we leave Pelechuco (3,900 m) to the Keansani Pass (4,739 m), then we descend to the banks of the Keansani River and arrive at the community of Palca, where we will camp. Palca is a small community that survives mainly from the cultivation of llamas and alpacas.
Day 3.- PALCA – SUNCHULLI.
Early departure from Palca to the community of Sunchulli. If the weather is clear today, you can enjoy the views of El Cuchillo I and II (5,600m).
The road continues between two mountains to the highest step of the walk, at 5,100 m. Going down on the other side, we will pass the glaciers of the mountain. Our camp tonight is the Sunchuli gold mining community.
Day 4.- SUNCHULLI – JUTUMPAMPA.
Two passes to tackle today. The first takes us to the village of Viscachani where we can visit an abandoned gold mine. Continuing from there to our second step (4,700 m), we descend to an immense pampa called Jatunpampa (4,200 m) where we will camp.
Day 5.- JUTUMPAMPA – LAGUNILLAS.
A short climb to today’s pass, after which we descend to the villages of Lagunilla and Curva (3,780m).
These villages are well known as the center of Kallawaya culture, a culture of traditional healers who have moved very little away from their pre-Inca ways.
Day 6.- LAGUNILLAS – CHARAZANI – LA PAZ
A short walk today from Lagunillas to Charazani (4-5 hours). Return to the city of La Paz.