Welcome to the Cordillera Real which will enchant those in love with wild landscapes and delight amateur and experienced trekkers. Crossing the Cordillera Real requires a 14 days trek providing you with spectacular panoramas and wide range of glaciers.
You will leave from the small village of Sorata and arrive at the bottom of Huayna Potosi. The first part is the wildest and most difficult one (away from traditional paths, going down screes etc.) The second part (from the Laguna Khotia to Huayna Potosi) is easier and more popular among trekkers.
The crossing of the Cordillera Real is considered one of the great classics of South American trekking. This circuit will seduce you by the diversity and the beauty of the landscapes encountered. It offers a set of high passes, glacial lakes, and verdant valleys punctuated by isolated hamlets. Because of its duration (14 days) and its altitude (almost all the camps are above 4,000 meters), this circuit is reserved for people in very good physical condition. Shorter alternatives of this trekking are possible.
14 days / 13 nights
April to October
Day 1: La Paz – Sorata (2800 m.a.s.l.)
Day 2: Sorata – Lakhatiya (4000 m.a.s.l.)
Day 3: Lakathiya – Ancohoma (3850 m.a.s.l.)
Day 4: Ancohoma – Cocoyo (3600 m.a.s.l.)
Day 5: Cocoyo – Sarani passage (4520 m.a.s.l.) – Chajolpaya Valley (4100 m.a.s.l.)
Day 9: Hanko Lakaya – Khotia lagoon (4450 m.a.s.l.)
Day 10: Khotia lagoon – Ajwani lagoon (4610 m.a.s.l.)
Day 11: Ajwani lagoon – Jurikhota lagoon (4700 m.a.s.l.)
Day 12: Jurikhota lagoon – Austria passage (5100 m.a.s.l.) – Chiarkhota lagoon (4670 m.a.s.l.)
Day 13: Chiarkhota lagoon – Wichu Khota lagoon (4680 m.a.s.l.)
Day 14: Wichu Khota lagoon – Canal camp (4700 m.a.s.l.) – Casa Blanca refugee (4795 m.a.s.l.) – La Paz (3600 m.a.s.l.)
14 days / 13 nights
1 guide / 5 clients
April to October
Cordillera Real, Lp Bolivia
DAY 1: LA PAZ – SORATA (2800 m.a.s.l.)
Departure from La Paz to Sorata, village located north of the Cordillera Real.
Travel through the most attractive places of this warm zone, at the valleys in the foothills of grand Illampu.
Night at the hostel.
DAY 2: SORATA – LAKHATIYA (4000 m.a.s.l.)
From Sorata village and its tropical weather we will follow a winding path through the little villages of Jumuco and Quilambaya, reaching the village of Lakhatiya where we will set up our camp.
DAY 3: LAKATHIYA – ANCOHOMA (3850 m.a.s.l.)
Reaching 4800 mts asl on this day, we will go down to a small isolated town of Ancohuma (White waters in aymara) located northwest of Illampu’s foothills.
DAY 4: ANCOHOMA – COCOYO (3600 M.A.S.L.)
We will go up to the passage of Korhuasani (4400mts asl), from there we will find the village of Cocoyo situated in a green valley. We will go down to the valley of Korhuasani and arrive in the afternoon to the town of Cocoyo, near where we will set up our camp.
DAY 5: COCOYO – SARANI PASSAGE (4520 m.a.s.l.)– CHAJOLPAYA VALLEY (4100 m.a.s.l.)
By the morning we will go uphill to the Sarano passage, from where we will go down to a valley where we will find the small Chajolpaya town. We will set up our camp in a prairie near town by the riverside.
DAY 6: CHAJOLPAYA – HUARI KHOTA (4350 m.a.s.l.)
In the morning we will go up to the Huari Khota passage, located 4950 mts asl. From there we will enjoy the beautiful view and afterwards we will go down until reaching a valley where we will camp by the riverside.
We will go up to the Keakeani passage in the morning (4450mts asl). From there, the view over the snowed mountains of the Real mountain range (Cordillera Real) are amazing. We will keep on going downward through the Amanguaya valley to our camp near the Palca village.
DAY 8: PALCA – HANKO LAKAYA (4600 m.a.s.l.)
We will go hillside the mountain until reaching the Hanko Lakaya passage, located at 4750 mts asl. Then we will follow a pre inka road until reaching our camp in the Hanko Lakaya valley.
DAY 9: HANKO LAKAYA – KHOTIA LAGOON (4450 m.a.s.l.)
We will pass through the occidental slope in the mountain range at the Wita Llojeta passage (4900mts asl.) Downhill trek to the Hichukhota valley, through the west hillside of the mountain range. We will arrive to the Khotia lagoon in the afternoon where we will set up our camp.
DAY 10: KHOTIA LAGOON – AJWANI LAGOON (4610 m.a.s.l.)
We will go uphill from Khotia Lagoon to the Contador passage (4750mts asl). Then we will continue downward through the valley near the Surakhota lagoon and upward again by the hillside of the mountain towards the beautiful Ajwani lagoon, which in aymara means “the bird’s lagoon” (There are many ducks in that lagoon). We will camp by the lagoon side and be able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in that beautiful place.
DAY 11: AJWANI LAGOON – JURIKHOTA LAGOON (4700 m.a.s.l.)
On day 11 we will get even closer to the magnificent Condoriri. A rise awaits us to get to the Miluni passage located at 4880 mts asl. We will continue going down to the Sistana lagoon and will go through another passage, the Janchallani passage, located at 4900 mts asl. From this passage we will be able to admire the beautiful Condoriri, one of the most beautiful of the Real mountain range, which calls to contemplation. We will go down to the Jurikhota lagoon where we will set up our camp, this amazing place where the head of the condor guards us!
DAY 12: JURIKHOTA LAGOON – AUSTRIA PASSAGE (5100 m.a.s.l.) – CHIARKHOTA LAGOON (4670 m.a.s.l.)
We will spend a beautiful day walking to the Condoriri and the Chiakhota lagoon. We will climb until reaching the frozen lagoon (4880mts asl.) and its turquoise waters. From there we will be able to see clearly the condor head of the Condoriri. We will go up to the Austria passage (5100mts asl.) the highest and most breathtaking balcony from where we can take a look at Condoriri, the view is exeptional and unique. From there we will go down to the Chiakhota lagoon, located between the peaks of Condoriri and the base camp for the climbing of the mountain. Set up of the camp.
DAY 13: CHIARKHOTA LAGOON – WICHU KHOTA LAGOON (4680 m.a.s.l.)
We will leave the Condoriri Mountain to go to the foothill of Aguja negra and down to the Jallayko passage (5025mts ASL.).Descent to the the Jistaña valley before climbing the Tillipata passage (5000mts asl.). We will discover numerous lagoons and a view over the Huayna Potosi. After that we will descend to the Wichu Khota lagoon where we will set up our camp, at Maria Lloco foothill (5522mts asl.).
DAY 14: WICHU KHOTA LAGOON – CANAL CAMP (4700 m.a.s.l.) – CASA BLANCA REFUGEE (4795 m.a.s.l.) – LA PAZ (3600 m.a.s.l.)
We will walk in between the lagoons until the old camp of Santa Fe mine. After we will climb by a track until Canal camp, surrounded by the Maria Lloco and Huayna Potosi mountain range. After that we will climb to the Miluni passage, located 5000 mts asl. From there, the amazing west of Huayna Potosi can be seen. We will surround the Huayna Potosi, passing through the east slope that way we will reach the Casa Blanca refugee, base camp of Huayna Potosi. Our long adventure will finish there, the bus will be waiting to take us to the city of La Paz to take a weel deserved hot shower.
For those who are willing, the adventure can continue with the climbing of Huayna Potosi.