The Transcordillera trek takes you through some of the most amazing landscapes of the Cordillera. The trek is solely in high altitude and filled with multicoloured high altitude Lagunas and a flora and fauna specific to this area. A truly amazing trek that is going to take your breath away – in more than one sense!!
1. La Paz - Sorata (2700m/8.858ft)
We leave La Paz in a private vehicle around 8h00. Our destination is the small village of Sorata situated at the bottom of a green valley at the foot of the imposing Illampu Massif (6368m/20.892ft). When the weather permits we can see its snow clad peak from the main square in Sorata. We spend the night in Sorata.
2. Sorata - Laguna Chilata (4.200m/13.780ft)
We get up early to meet our team of mule drivers and their animals because we have a long trekking day ahead of us (5-7 hours). We encounter a few obstacles on our way like small climbs on the slopes of the Illampu. After passing by an inca cemetery surrounded by Chullpares (pre-Colombian burial chamber) we arrive at the Laguna Chilata where we set up camp for the night.
3. Laguna Chilata - Lacatiya - Paso Illampu - Utjaña Pampa
We start early by climbing to the Paso Illampu (4.750m/15.580ft) from where we can see the Pico Norte (north peak) of the Illampu and the Pico Schulze (5.950m/19.520). We walk down the north-east slope of the Illampu until we reach the Estancia Utjaña Pampa an area in which we can find many gold mines still being exploited.
4. Estancia Utjaña Pampa - Jiska Cocoyo (3.600m/11.811ft)
We start our hike after breakfast, around 8h00, by passing the Khorvasini mountain pass (4.475m/14.682ft). From here we descend to the village of Cocoyo close to the Candelaria mines, from where we can see the Sarani valley to the east. To reach our camp we have to ascend another 400m/1.312ft. before we can relax.
5. Jiska Cocoyo - Paso Sarani - Valle Negruni (4350m/14.272ft)
After breakfast we start by passing the Sarani mountain pass (4.520m/14.829ft) on the slopes of Wiluyu Janq’uma. From here our descend takes us through a large valley to reach the village Chajolpaya from where we continue through the valley of Negruni, deeply embanked between the massifs Warawarani (5.390m/17.684ft) and Filo Rumca (5.510m/18.077ft), to finally arrive at our campsite in the middle of the valley.
6. Valle Negruni - Paso Negruni - Palca (3.985m/13.074ft)
After breakfast we start by passing the Negruni mountain pass (4930m/16.175ft), covered in snow 9 months out of 12. From here a long descend along the rivers Chiquini and Waraco awaits us until we reach our campsite on the river bank.
7. Palca - Paso Waraco - Vinuara (4.540m/14.895ft)
In the morning we leave for the small lake Cotapata (4.685m/15.371ft), before making a small detour to see the Laguna Leche (the milk lake) and the majestic Chachacomani (6.047m/19.839ft). Before we walk down the road to Jankho Laya (3.380m/11.089ft) we pass the Waraco mountain pass at 4.775m/15.666ft. We walk up the valley until we reach our campsite, in front of the Ankhohoyo (white wall) at the foot of the massif Jankho Laya.
8. Vinuara - Paso Moro Khala - Laguna Kotia (4.540m/14.895ft)
A new ascend is waiting for us and after breakfast we climb to the Paso Moro Khala (5.000m/16.404ft), to cut across the Cordillera between Cerro Jankho Laya and Cerro Mullu Apachita. We continue on the south-west mountainside and start descending in an area filled with small lakes until we reach the Laguna Kotia.
9. Laguna Kotia - Laguna Sistaña (4.660m/15.092ft)
After breakfast we start by passing the mountain pass Contador (4.660m/15.289ft) before we enter a muddy zone between the Lagunas Sorakhota and Ajwani. Later we pass a second mountain pass (Milluni 4.920m/16.142ft) before arriving at the Laguna Sistaña where we install our camp on the banks.
10. Laguna Sistaña - Laguna Jurikhota - Laguna Chiar Khota (4.670m/15.322ft)
Today we also pass two mountain passes and the first is the Janchallani mountain pass (4.910m/16.109ft), that we cross in order to reach the Laguna Jurikhota. A steep slope brings us to the small Laguna Congelada at the foot of the Condoriri and we pass the second mountain pass of the day, the Austria mountain pass (5.160m/16.929ft), before we walk down to the Condoriri base camp by the Laguna Chiar Khota.
11. Laguna Chiar Khota - Laguna Wichu Khota
We leave the surroundings of the Condoriri and walk to the foot of the Aguja Negra crossing the mountain pass Jallayko (5025m/16.486ft). In the Jistaña valley we change mountainside and we climb to the Thipala mountain pass (5000m/16.404ft). After having enjoyed the wonderful view of the lakes we walk down to the Laguna Wichu Khota where we set up camp in front of the Maria Lloco (5522m/18.117ft).
12. Laguna Wichu Khota - Cerro Santa Fe – Maria Lloco
We advance in between the lakes until the old campsite for the Santa Fe mine, at the foot of the Imilla Apachita (5184m/17.008ft). From the headland above the abandoned mine we have a wonderful view of the lakes, and from here we walk down to our campsite at the feet of the summits Imilla Apachita, Maria Lloco and Huayna Potosi.
13. Maria Lloco – Huayna Potosi Shelter – La Paz
In the morning we go to the glacier lake of Huayna Potosi. The trail leading there is a dried out canal on the mountain slope, and it is one long viewpoint (2½ hrs return). We then return to the path that brings us to the Milluni mountain pass (5000m/16.404ft) and from here we walk down to the valley which we follow to the Huayna Potosi shelter. From here we can see how the river literally falls into the green and tropical Yungas. This is also where our trek ends. A car will be waiting for us to take us back to La Paz in the afternoon and the evening is free to relax after our long trek.
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IMPORTANT: Itinerary can change as a result of weather conditions and some sights are not accessible at all times – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.
High altitude trek
High altitude trek
Tent (2 people per tent)
Between 3600m/11.810ft and 4500m/14.760ft
Specialised Spanish or English speaking guide depending on chosen option
11 nights in tent (2 people per tent) and one night in hostal
Attention: No possibility for single tent during this tour
from 2 people
2 to 8 people
Your luggage will most likely be carried by mules or in some cases porters. Your personal equipment should not exceed 10kg/22lb. You will have to carry the personal equipment you need during the day.
Included in the price:
- Transfers and transport as indicated in the day to day program
- Private trek with local Spanish speaking guide or local English speaking guide (depending on availability Spanish speaking guide and English speaking translator) depending on chosen option
- Collective camping equipment
- Meals mentioned
Not included in the price:
- Obligatory personal travel insurance
- Entrance fees to parks, sites and museums (allow for approx. 50 Bs, Bolivian national currency - this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, tips, drinks and other personal expenses
- Personal equipment
- Accommodation not mentioned