Condoriri and Huayna Potosi combined
Jiwaki - 5 days
- Condoriri and Huayna Potosi combined
- 5 days / 4 nights
- Difficulty: Easy
Overview> Spend 2 nights at the Huayna Potosi refuges
> Reach Austria peak
> Camp at the base of the imposing west face of Huayna Potosi
This program combines 2 ½ days of trekking through the Cordillera Real, an afternoon of basic mountaineering instruction and practice, and a 2-day climb of Huayna Potosi (6088 meters). Our trek begins in the scenic Condoriri region of lakes and glaciated peaks and includes the opportunity to summit Pico Austria.
We then continue through the Andean highlands along the spine of the Cordillera Real and camp at the base of the imposing west face of Huayna Potosi. We make the transition to the Huayna Potosi base camp and spend an afternoon practicing techniques on the glacier on the lower slopes of the mountain. We then spend our final two days in the summit attempt of Huayna Potosi.
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1: La Paz to Condoriri - Pico Austria - Base Camp of Condoriri
We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am and we will drive for around 3 hours out of the city and through the Andean highlands until we reach Rinconada (4500 meters) from where we start the trek.
After an hour of gentle uphill trekking past several small lakes, we arrive at the larger lake of Chiar Khota (4700 meters). From there we begin the steeper ascent of Pico Austria (5350 meters) for around an additional 3 hours until we reach the summit.
From the top of Pico Austria, we have a spectacular view of Mt. Condoriri, with its shape of a Condor with its wings spread wide, Lake Titicaca, the west face of Huayna Potosi, and numerous other peaks of the Cordillera Real. Our descent to Chiar Khota will take around 1 hour.
We will spend the night at Chiar Khota.
We will breakfast by the lakeside and break camp before beginning our trek to Maria Llocko. During our trek, we will cross over two passes, the first with an elevation of 5000 meters and the second with an elevation of 4900 meters. Along the way, we will observe the typical fauna and vegetation of the high altiplano.
After around 7 hours of trekking, we will arrive at our second camp, Maria Llocko (4700 meters). Maria Llocko is a scenic spot at the base of the mighty west face of Huayna Potosi and is where we will make our camp for the second night.
Today our 4-hour trek will take us from the west side of Huayna Potosi and over a pass of 5100 meters. After crossing over into the next valley, we will arrive to the base camp of Huayna Potosi (4700 meters).
We will have lunch at the base camp lodge and then walk 40 minutes to the base of the Old Glacier where we will practice basic mountaineering techniques and ice climbing. Later we will return to the base camp for dinner and overnight lodging.
Breakfast at 8:00 AM consisting of fruit salad, milk, butter, jam, bread, and various hot drink options.
We will have lunch at the base camp, pack our backpacks with all of our technical climbing equipment and personal items, and then hike for 2 hours to our high camp, located at 5170 meters. Upon arrival at our high camp, we will have hot drinks, snacks, and dinner and go to bed around 6:00 PM.
Our day will begin very early. Wake up time will be around midnight and we will get dressed with the climbing clothing and equipment and have breakfast.
Around 1:00 AM we will begin the ascent. We will have short breaks to rest and eat chocolates and drink water during the ascent.
We plan to arrive at the summit around sunrise in order to appreciate the wonderful view of the highlands, the surrounding Cordillera Real, Lake Titicaca, and the ever unique sunrise itself.
Our descent to high camp will take 2 – 3 hours and upon arrival, we will have vegetable soup and hot drinks. At the high camp we will re-pack our backpacks and make the 1-hour descent to base camp.
We usually arrive at our office in La Paz around 1:00 PM.
All private transport required during the trek is included. On the first day, we will pick you up from your hotel in central La Paz and we will drive you to Rinconada. On the last day, we will drive you back to La Paz.
√ Professional guide
You will be accompanied at all times by a professional English speaking mountain guide. During the Huayna Potosi climb, there will be 1 guide every 2 trekkers. A cook will be in charge of preparing the meals during the trek.
All meals mentioned in the itinerary, including drinks at camp, are included in the price of the trek. The guide will be in charge of preparing your food. If the group has more than 4 trekkers, a cook will join you on the trek.
You will spend the first 2 nights camping on the mountain. Your trekking company will provide all the camping equipment necessary. The 2 remaining nights you will spend at the Huayna Potosi refuges. The Refuges are simple in nature, but strong enough to keep you safe and warm during the night. Sleeping bags are not included.
√ Trekking Poles
Your trekking company will provide you with trekking poles. These will help you during your Condiriri climb.
√ Entrance and Camping Fees
For this trek you need to pay an entrance fee to the Condoriri area and a camping fee for the nights you will spend camping on the mountain. These fees are included in the price of the trek.
Mules will be joining you during the Condoriri trek. The mules will carry the food and camping equipment necessary for the trek.
√ Mountain and climbing equipment
All mountain equipment necessary such as crampons, harness, plastic boots, windproof pants and jacket, ice axe, gloves, gaiters, helmet, and balaclava are included in the price of the trek.
You have to make your way to La Paz. The total amount is exclusive of flights to and from Bolivia.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
× Sleeping bag
You must bring your own sleeping bag with you, it won't be provided by your trekking company. You can rent a sleeping bag (- 8 º C) from Jiwaki for USD 10,-.
Tipps for the guide are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.
During the first 2 days on Mount Condoriri, you will spend your nights camping. Your trekking company will provide all the camping equipment necessary for the trek, except for sleeping bags. Mules will join you during the trek. The mules will carry the camping equipment together with the food for the tour.
During the Huayna Potosi climb, you will spend your night at the Huayna Potosi refuges: Base Camp and High Camp, at 5200 meters. From the High Camp refuge, you can see the summit and other peaks of the Cordillera Real. The Refuges are simple in nature but strong enough to keep you safe and warm during the night.
You will spend the night in dormitory rooms with bunk beds. There can sleep 10 or more people in each room. Bear in mind that you will have to bring your own sleeping bag. If you don't have your own sleeping bag, you can rent one from Jiwaki for USD 10,-.
Where is Huayna Potosí
Huayna Potosí, 6088 m, is an emblematic mountain that is part of a bigger mountain range, the Cordillera Real. This huge and impressive massif is located in the western side of the country, close to the Peruvian border, and is one of the icons of the city of La Paz.
La Paz is one of Bolivia’s main cities, together with Sucre. Which of the two is the capital of the country has been a heated debate for years. According to the Bolivian Constitution, Sucre is the Capital City of Bolivia. However, the president an administration of the country reside in La Paz.
Where is Condoriri
Condoriri is part of the Real Mountain Range and goes up to 5.648 meters above sea level. This impressive and picturesque massif is found close to La Paz and northeast of Huayna Potosí. Condoriri mountain gets its name because of the shape of its peaks, which resemble a Condor's head and the 2 folded wings. On your way to the top of this massif, you will get to know the locals and their way of life.
If you are planning your Huayna Potosí ascent, you must choose your dates carefully, especially if this is the first time you will be climbing at high altitude. The best months for trekking in the Cordillera Real mountain range are from April to November. During these months it rains the least and the skies are clearer. However, you must know that during these months, days are shorter, and temperatures can get as low as -20°C. During the rest of the year, temperatures are warmer, that is true, but rainfall is quite abundant, and winds tend to blow stronger.
Tipping your guide and porters after the trek is not customary in Bolivia, however, it is always appreciated. There is no rule as to how much you should tip your crew, but USD 10-15 for each, per trekker, is what the trekking companies recommend.
Although Huayna Potosí is usually deemed as the easiest climb over 6000 meters, it should not be taken lightly. Huayna Potosi can be climbed by complete beginners, that is true. It is also true that it is a great way to get ready for higher mountains, but you need to be ready for it.
If you choose to climb Condoriri first, your body will be better acclimatized to the higher altitudes. Also, your muscles will be warmed up by the time you attempt the Huayna Potosi summit. Anyway, it is a good idea to train before the trek. After all, you will be trekking in the mountain for 5 days.
If Condoriri and Huayna Potosí are in your plans, then start training a few months in advance. Trek a few hours a day, climb stairs, train with a backpack, and if you can trek in the mountains, that is even better. Get to your trek as fit as you can. That will rise your chances of making it to the top, as well as making the whole journey more enjoyable.
No matter where you go trekking, the right clothing is always key. The Jiwaki team prepared a list of essential equipment to help you to get ready for your Condoriri and Huayna Potosi climb:
Essential trekking equipment:
- 2 liters of water for the first day of the trek
- Extra snacks
- Trekking shoes
- Trekking Clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Guide tips
- Sleeping bag (rated to – 5 º c)
You can rent at their office:
- Sleeping bag (- 8 º c): USD 10,-
- Backpack (50 – 70 liter capacity): USD 10,-
- Headlamp: USD 7,-
- Walking sticks: USD 7,-
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.
Welcome to Jiwaki. Kiwaki means "Beautiful" in Aymara, the native language of the Bolivian Andean Highlands. We created Jiwaki to share the beauty of the Bolivian Andes, including Huayna Potosi, with you. We have a passion for mountains, trekking, and unique adventures. Our priority is sharing Bolivia with you through trips that are scenic, fun, and challenging; all while caring for your safety.
Our agency offers a variety of programs that highlight some o our favorite trip in the Bolivian highlands. Your security and happiness is our priority! Jiwaki allows you to travel with an expert staff, to give you confidence at every step and get where you have never been before.
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