El Choro Trail
Climbing South America - 3 days
- El Choro Trail
- 3 days / 2 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Visit the Yungas and the cloud forest
> Enjoy breathtaking views of the Cordillera Real
> Visit small communities in the Andes
This trek starts just east of La Paz in the Cordillera Real and ends near Coroico, in the Yungas, a transition ecosystem between the dry Andes and the humid Amazon Basin. You will be following what is probably a Tiwanaku path which pre-dates the Incas but which was undoubtedly used by the Incas as well. The trek is approximately 56 km long and you will pass through a variety of climates. From Coroico you will have views of forested canyons and snowy peaks.
Important: the guides for this tour speak Spanish. If you need an English speaking guide, you can hire one at an extra cost. Ask our trekking experts!
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1: La Paz (3600m) - La Cumbre (4725m) - Challapampa (3000m)
We will pick you up early from your hotel, and we will drive to La Cumbre, the start of the trek. There will be a short rise for about an hour to reach the pass of Abra Chucura (4859m), from there we will start to walk downhill. For part of the day, we will be following a pre-Inca road into the village of Challapampa, where we will make camp for the first night.
1-hour drive, 5 - 6 hour trek
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Challapampa - Sandillani (2000m)
We will start to see the difference between the dry arid landscape where we came from to the sub-tropical vegetation into which we will start to descend. After 2 hours of walking we will cross Rio Chucura, and then Rio Jucumarini. The trail continues through several hamlets such as Buena Vista before we stop to make camp at Sandillani.
6 - 8 hour trek
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 3: Sandillani - Chairo (1280m) - La Paz (3600m)
We will follow the pre-Inca paving from Sandillani to Chairo, where we will finish the trek and where we will meet our transport back to La Paz. At the end of the trek, you can choose to stay in Coroico or go back to La Paz with the transfer. Drop off at the hotel.
2 - 3 hour trek, 3 - 4 hour drive
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
All private transport required during the trek is included. On the first day, we will drive you from La Paz to La Cumbre. 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. There will be 1 guide every 4 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. T
You will spend 2 nights camping. Tents and cooking equipment are included in the price of the trek. Bear in mind that sleeping bags are not included.
√ First Aid kit
A first aid kit will be available during the whole trek in case it is needed.
Porters will join you during the trek. They will be the ones in charge of carrying all the camping and cooking equipment, as well as all the food needed during the trek.
√ Entrance and camping fees
In order to enter the Choro area and camp, you need to pay the corresponding fees. These fees are included in the price of the trek. Your trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.
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.
× Personal Clothing
Personal trekking clothing such as trekking boots, pants and jacket are not included in the price of the trek.
× Backpack and Sleeping bag
You must bring your own backpack and sleeping bag with you. These won't be provided by your trekking company. You can rent a sleeping bag from Climbing South America for USD 4,- per night.
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 through the Choro Inca Trail, 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 Climbing South America for USD 4,- per night.
Porters will join us during the trek. The porters will carry the camping equipment together with the food for the tour.
What is El Choro Trail
El Choro trial is a pre-Columbian, mostly paved road built by the Inca Empire for the transport of food and goods. The trail starts at almost 4900 meters above sea level and goes downhill up to 1300 meters. On the way down you will walk across varied and contrasting environments. From barren and cold landscapes, to the cloud forest and subtropical areas, this trek shows you the different regions of the Bolivian mountains.
The most recommended season for this trek is between May and October. Bear in mind that there are several climate zones along the trek and that you need to be prepared for all of them. The higher part is windy and cold, while the lower regions are humid and warmer.
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.
El Choro trail is not a hard trek and can be done by beginners, but you will still spend 3 days walking in the mountain. This trek is mainly downhill, but it also has some steep climbs along the way. Always remember that the more in shape you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. If you want to do this trek, start training a few months in advance. Trek a couple of hours a day, climb stairs, train with a backpack, and if you can trek in the mountains, that is even better. Always get to your trek as fit as you can.
Packing ListPacking List
No matter where you go trekking, the right clothing is always key. Here is a list of essential equipment to help you to get ready for your Choro trek:
Essential trekking equipment:
- Extra snacks
- Trekking shoes
- Trekking Clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Guide tips
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.
Climbing South AmericaClimbing South America
Climbing South America was born of Jeff Sandifort’s passion for climbing and adventure. Jeff arrived in South America almost 20 years ago as a backpacker and fell in love with the wild places of this exotic continent and especially the vast Andes mountain range. Later having left South America to climb peaks all over the world, Jeff couldn’t resist the temptation to return.
Initially settling in Sorata, a town and base camp for expeditions in the north of Bolivia, he worked as a guide for some years both in Bolivia and neighboring countries. Jeff quickly saw the potential for an agency that offered unique climbing expeditions to and other off the beaten track adventures. Using his contacts in the industry Jeff has assembled a team of highly skilled and professional individuals, some of whom are internationally certified mountain guides.
Drawing on his team’s and his own in-depth knowledge of the continent, Climbing South America has developed a range of once in a lifetime climbs (Huayna Potosi climb), treks, 4x4 tours and much more throughout South America. Currently covering 6 countries we aim to expand even further over the coming years.
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How does it work?
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