Tuni – Laguna Chiarkota – Laguna Esperanza + Climbing Huayna Potosí
5 Days / 4 Nights
La Paz being the synthesis of Bolivia is an appropiate site to undertake endless hikes in the Cordillera Real (mountains), the Yungas Valleys, and the semitropical and tropical zones of this Department.
There are hikes starting in the Cordillera from about 4800 m and descending to 1500 m. They have a great contrast of landscapes and ecological zones that can be observed on the journey. Within these areas there are hikes that are highlighted by the Pre-Columbian roads (Choro, Takesi, Yungas Cruz), where the cobblestone paths that were built and used by pre-Incan cultures in order to trade edible products with the communities in the different geographical zones of the Department are still preserved.
The tour starts at 08:30 when you are picked up from your hotel where we then head in a private vehicle to the village of Tuni (4400 m) which takes 2 hours. Around 11:00 we have lunch in Tuni and after an hour we begin the trek towards Chiarkota Lagoon (4650 m) on a simple path where we see some lagoons surrounded by mountains of the Bolivian High Plateau. After 45 minutes walking we arrive at a plateau where we admire the Andean fauna and around 13:15 following a path we get to a river, a suitable place for a 15 minute rest. Afterwards we continue the tour on the same path until we get to Kallan Kkota Lagoon and finally around 15:00 we arrive at Chiarkota Lagoon (4650 m) which is located in the foothills of Condoriri Mountain. At 16:00 we have a snack and free time to enjoy the views while the guide sets up the tent to spend the night and makes dinner.
We begin at 07:30 with breakfast. An hour later we head to the mountain called Aguja Negra (Black Needle). Around 10:30 we pass the summit of Jisthaña at 5000 meters. Continuing with the hike we arrive at a plateau where we have lunch at midday. After an hour we head towards Esperanza Lagoon and arrive there around 16:30. The guide sets up the tents and prepares dinner while we take advantage of our time to admire the view. At 18:00 we have dinner and then rest.
This day begins at 07:30 in the morning with breakfast. At 09:00 we commence the hike walking up for 2 hours towards Milluni Peak. We pass a summit of 5040 meters and then descend for 1 hour until we come to a lagoon where we have lunch for an hour. Afterwards we continue the hike for 3 hours more to the Base Camp of Huayna Potosi (4700 m) where the guide prepares the dinner. At 18:00 we have dinner and rest in a Refuge.
At 08:00 we have breakfast. After 1 hour we climb to the High Camp at 5200 meters. We arrive there after 3 hours and stay in a simple refuge. After lunch we will have free time. Dinner will be at 17:00 and around 18:00 we rest and sleep until midnight.
This day starts very early at midnight with breakfast. We start the ascent to the summit of Huayna Potosi at 01:00. Starting at the High Camp we climb the glacier, the path has a slope of 35 – 40 degrees on average and the ascent takes 4 to 7 hours on average. The tourist is attached to the guide with a rope; the first part is relatively easy until 5500 meters, from this point we climb a wall of 50 meters of length whose inclination is 55 – 60 degrees on average. Once on 5800 meters you get to a plateau and keep walking on an edge which will take you to the summit.
Around 06:30 we arrive at the summit (6088 m) where we can admire all the beauty of the Cordillera Real of the Andes. After 15 minutes we return to the High Camp in 2 hours, pick up the equipment and after we descend to the base camp in 1.5 hours, from where we return to La Paz arriving at the hotel at 14:00 hours.
The tour includes: Private transportation, complete board on the tour, insulation mat, tent, refuges and guide.
The tour does not include: Sleeping bag, headlamp, 2 liters of water (first day), entrance fees, personal porter.
Price per person: 329 USD (private or shared tour).
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