ROUTE: from Kotia lake to La Cumbre
"A Cordillera Real Traverse across its extremes: From glaciated mountains to 'cloud forest'. Consequently it is a special blend of trekking, wildlife viewing and insight into Tiwanaku and Inca Cultures"
Difficulty grade in TREK: DEMANDING (-)
     
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  Sun Island, Pilkokaina (P. Barrón)  
     
     
  Rocky passage en route to Cerro Negro (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Descent from Cerro Negro (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Walking down to Jurikota valley (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Jurikota lagoon (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Our loading llamas (J Villarroel)  
     
     
  Transfer to Rinconada campsite at the base of HP (P. Barrón)  
     
     
  Walking down to campsite in Challapampa (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Walking up to La Cumbre (P. Barrón)  
     
     
  Monolith Ponce (P. Barrón)  
     
10 nights camping
7 nights hotels and lodges
9 days trekking
Daily average walk: 6 hours

Before setting off on the trek, we will acclimatize beside the stunning Lake Titikaka and hike on Sun Island. Consecutively, we will cover a genuinely classic trekking route, keeping to high trails and crossing two passes over 5000 metres (16400 ft). Our route offers a great diversity of scenery, including lovely alpine valleys with picturesque lakes, snow-covered peaks and scattered Aymara Indian villages. There are 8 passes to cross almost one every day of the trek. The Azimut Explorer staff and you, will be following a good trail throughout, with underfoot conditions ranging from rocky passes, scree and Inca stone steps to grassy tracks. The last days we will experience an unforgettable descent from the glaciated mountains to the green and warm cloud forest.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN LA PAZ. Reception and transfer to hotel.

DAY 2: CITY TOUR. Half day to discover the town of La Paz and its indigenous markets, museums, viewpoints and the eroded landscape of Moon Valley.

DAY 3: DRIVE TO COPACABANA CITY & LAKE TITIKAKA. A series of cultural highlights to visit en route. By boat we with get to Sun Island to find unique traditions and folklore. Lodge.

DAY 4: HIKE ON SUN ISLAND. Archaeological remains and typical hamlets. Return to Copacabana. Hotel.

DAY 5: DISCOVER COPACABANA. Walk through indigenous markets, streets and viewpoints. Visit the prehistoric Urus artificial islands, and the church of Copacabana. Hotel.

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO KOTIA LAKE. We will reach a beautiful spot surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Cordillera Real. Camp.

DAY 7: TO AJWANI. Trek and camp.

DAY 8: TO JURIKOTA. Trek and camp.

DAY 9: TO CHIARKOTA. Trek and camp.

DAY 10: REST DAY

DAY 11: TO ANCOMA. Trek and camp.

DAY 12: TO CHACAPAMPA & TRANSFER TO RINCONADA. Trek, car transfer and camp near the foothills of Huayna Potosi glaciers.

DAY 13: TO SANJA. Trek and camp.

DAY 14: TO CHALLAPAMPA. Trek and camp in the cloud forest of Yungas.

DAY 15: TO SAMAÑA PAMPA. Walk up to alpine meadows. Trek and camp.

DAY 16: TO LA CUMBRE & RETURN TO LA PAZ. Trek and transfer by car to La Paz.

DAY 17: TIWANAKU. Half day tour to visit Pre Inca temples and Palaces.

DAY 18: DEPART LA PAZ. Transfer to the airport. End of our package service.

BRING: anorak, sleeping bag, warm gloves, polar jacket, thermal underwear, sun glasses, head torch, sun block, sun hat, mosquito repellent.