ROUTE: from Kotia to Coroico
"A Cordillera Real Traverse at its most extremes: From glaciated mountains to the cloud forest. Consequently it is a special blend of: trekking adventure, wildlife viewing and insight into Tiwanaku and Inca Cultures"
Difficulty grade in TREK: DEMANDING
     
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  Rocky passage en route to Cerro Negro (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Our loading llamas (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Transfer Rinconada campsite at the base of HP (P. Barrón)  
     
     
  Entering to cloud forest (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Walk down to Challapampa (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Cloudy forest in Yungas (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Walk down to Choro hamlet (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Campsite in San Francisco (J. Villarroel)  
     
     
  Traverse of pristine forest (J. Villarroel)  
     
Average daily walk: 6 hours

It is a genuine classic, keeping to high trails and crossing two passes over 5000 metres (16400 ft). Our route provides a great diversity of scenery, including lovely alpine valleys with picturesque lakes, snow-capped peaks and scattered Aymara Indian villages. In last days we descend to tropical rainforest valleys to enjoy a different environment. Definitively it is a route of huge contrasts. Considerable amount of ascent and descent. 9 passes to cross almost one every day of the trek. This is an established trekking route, and Azimut Explorer staff and you will be following a good trail throughout, with underfoot conditions ranging from rocky passes and scree, from Inca stone steps to grassy tracks, from cold to warm. All equipment is carried by pack-animals.

TRIP DATES:

1rst trip: From 9 May to 20 May
2nd trip: From 9 June to 20 June
3rd trip: From 9 July to 20 July
4th trip: From 9 August to 20 August
5th trip: From 9 September to 20 September

ITINERARY

DAY 1: TO KOTIA. Car transfer. Camp in a spot surrounded by snowy peaks and moraines.

DAY 2: TO AJWANI. Trek and camp.

DAY 3: TO JURIKOTA. Trek and camp.

DAY 4: TO CHIARKOTA. Trek and camp.

DAY 5: Rest day.

DAY 6: TO ANCOMA. Trek and camp.

DAY 7: TO CHACAPAMPA & TRANSFER TO RINCONADA. Trek, car transfer and camp near the foothills of Huayna Potosi glaciers.

DAY 8: TO SANJA. Trek and camp.

DAY 9: TO CHALLAPAMPA. Trek and camp in the cloud forest of Yungas.

DAY 10: TO SAN FRANCISCO. Trek and camp.

DAY 11: TO COROICO. Humid forest. Trek and hotel.

DAY 12: RETURN TO LA PAZ.

BRING: anorak, sleeping bag, warm gloves, polar jacket, bonnet, thermal underwear, sun glasses, head torch, bathing suit, sun block crème, sun hat, mosquito repellent, Malaria prophylaxis.