Cordillera Real Trek or Real Mountain Range is the most popular trek to do in Bolivia because it contains the most famous mountains in the country. It extends for approximately 150 km (93 miles). On this journey, you will venture in the discovery of a large number of peaks culminating at more that 6000 meters (19,685 ft.) and in very distinctive slopes. To the west, the peaks disappear into the Altiplano (plateau) and to the east the mountain range plunges low into the Amazon river and the Paraguay river. From start to end, the sceneries are impressive, every day is different and this makes the trip so interesting! The crossing of the Cordillera Real will satisfy the lovers of large areas, with experience in demanding high altitude hikes and off the trails. Join us to descover the Cordillera Real in a trek of four days and three nights that will leave you astonished! people!
We start our journey leaving the capital of La Paz heading towards the town of Tuni, the place where our team is ready to welcome us (cooks, muleteers and mules) and give the proper instructions for the adventure. We will begin the hike at this point, walking a simple road while we observe some lagoons surrounded by mountains very typical of the Bolivian high plateau. We will continue our walk until we reach the Kallan Khota Lagoon and finally the Chiar Khota Lagoon, place for our first camp located at the skirts of the snowy-mountain Condorini (5648 m // 18,530 ft.). Dinner and overnight at the camp.
The second day will be the most challenging of the journey. After breakfast, we will leave our camp behind to continue our journey bordering the Chiar Khota lagoon and start the ascent to the Jallayko pass (5,025 m // 16,486 ft.), there we will be able to have the first glance of the amazing Huayna Potosí (6090 m // 19,980 ft.) After a little rest we will start descending to the beatiful Jistaña Valley, where we will be appreciate the variaty of flora and fauna such as moss and lichens of an intense green color, llamas, andean geeses and even big lizards. We will continue our experience going uphill in a very steep and narrow path to the Tillipata pass (5000 m // 16,404 ft.). Our efforts will be rewarded with the impressive views of the valleys and a a large number of mountains and lakes. Finally, we will descend to the Wichu Khota Laggon, located at the skirts of the María Lluco (5522 m // 18,116 ft.) and also where our camp will be for the night. Arrival and overnight at the camp of the Wichu Khota.
Today, our hiking will take us between the high-altitude lakes to the old mine of Santa Fe. We will take a short detour up a hill to an overlook that will give us the chance to admire the views of the mountains and lakes. We will start to gradually climb to our next camp, surrounded by mountains such as the Imila Apacheta (5184 m // 17,007 ft.), Maria Lluko (5522 m // 18,116 ft.) and Huayna Potosí (6090 m // 19,980 ft.) Arrival and overnight at the camp of the Wichu Khota Lagoon.
Optional: You can extend the hike to the Huayna Potosí glacial lake. The path is an old water channel made of stone on the side of the mountain, now dry, this place offers us an impressive view of the surrounding landscapes (2h roundrtrip)
On our final day, we will start our hike to the Milluni pass (5000 m // 16,404 ft.) observing for afar the Titicaca Lake, the Sajama snow peak (inactive volcano) and other peaks of the Real mountain range, standing out the spectacular view of the Huayna Potosí. We will descend to the Milluni Valley and be able to visit the Milluni cemetery, formed by hundreds of stone tombs and cruces, where miners where buried in 1965. Then, we will go around the Huayna Potosi mountain by its left side, before reaching the refuge, where our transportation will be waiting to take us back to La Paz. End of the hike and return to the city of La Paz.
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