Jiwaki - 3 days
- Condoriri Trek
- 3 days / 2 nights
- Difficulty: Easy
Overview> Reach Austria Peak
> Have breakfast by the lake
> Visit the base camp of Huayna Potosi
This short trek takes place on slopes of the mountain in Royal Range, where you can enjoy the spectacular landscape, breathe pure air, see wildlife like LLama, donkeys, vizcacha, allkamari etc… and many lagoons with their unique own colors. Join us and get to know the local flora and fauna, have breakfast by the lake, and trek through the west face of Huayna Potosi.
This short trek is recommended to acclimatize, if you are thinking to climb any mountain in Bolivia over 6000m, like Huayna Potosi. Join us on this trek and get to know the Cordillera Real!
RouteWhat's the Plan?
Day 1: La Paz to Pico Austria 5350m, and sleep at Chiar khota Lagoon 4700m.
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 at the base camp of Huayna Potosi (4700 meters).
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.
All meals mentioned in the itinerary, including drinks at camp, are included in the price of the trek.
You will spend 2 nights camping on the mountain. Your trekking company will provide all the camping equipment necessary. 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 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 trek. The mules will carry the food and camping equipment necessary for 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 this 3-day trek to 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. If you don't have your own sleeping bag, you can rent one from Jiwaki for USD 10,-.
Mules will join you during the trek. The mules will carry the camping equipment together with the food for the tour.
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.
You can do the Condoriri climb all year round. However, there are some months that are most recommended. 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.
Condoriri is not a hard climb, and it can be climbed by beginners. However, it should not be taken lightly. Always remember that the more in shape you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. If Condoriri is in your plans, 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.
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 climb:
- 2 liters of water for the first day of the trek
- Extra snacks
- Trekking shoes
- Trekking Clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Guide tips
You can rent at their office:
- Sleeping bag (- 8 º c): USD 10,-
- Backpack (50 – 70 liter capacity): USD 10,-
- Headlamp: 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.
How to Book
How does it work?
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You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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