Day 1: La Paz (3600m) – Uyuni (3669m)
We will pick you up from your hotel and drive southeast of La Paz, initially heading up into El Alto and then across the Altiplano (4000m). We will pass through Oruro and then head onto Uyuni. In the evening we will stop at the train cemetery nearby Uyuni.
8 - 9 hours of driving (LD) Hotel 3*
Day 2: Uyuni – Isla de Incahuasi – Uyuni Salt Flats (3660m) – Tahua (3656m)
Today is perhaps the most spectacular. We visit the salt flats of the Salar stopping first stop at Coquesa where we make a short walk to some caves and visit some mummified remains. Next is Isla Incahuasi in the middle of the salt flats where you can explore the island by foot. We will stop for lunch here, so there’s plenty of time to take photos of this natural wonder. Later we head to La Gruta de Galaxias, a fascinating formation of rock in a large cave. We make one more stop at Coqueza to visit a cave with mummies which also has great views out over the Salar
5 – 6 hours driving, with small walks around the area
(BLD) Hotel 4* Hotel de Sal
NOTE: Visiting Gruta de Galaxias depends on conditions of the Salar, early in the season it not possible to cross the Salar in that area near Gruta de Galaxias.
Day 3: Tahua – Salar de Coipasa (3657m) – Sajama Village (4300m)
We head out early for the long drive to Sajama. We will cross the salar de Uyuni and keep heading north passing through the Salar de Coipasa. Here we can see locals extracting the salt from the Salar for making table salt. We will make more stops along the way, at the towns of Sabaya and other villages. In the far distance, we get our first views of Sajama Mountain and the twins; Volcano Parinacota (6330m) and Volcano Pomerata (6222m).
8 – 9 hours driving (BLD) Hostel
NOTE: Some seasons there is too much water to cross the Salar de Coipasa. In this case we would take the road through the land of the Chipayas, the oldest tribe on the Altiplano. This would mean missing the Salar de Coipasa.
Day 4: Sajama Village – La Paz (3600m)
In the morning we have time to visit the village of Sajama and make a stop at the hot springs where we can lie back and admire their stunning view of Sajama and the surrounding peaks. After lunch we drive back to La Paz.
3 – 4 hours driving (BL) Hotel 4*
Day 5: La Paz (3600m) - Tiwanaku (4200m) – Copacabana (3820m)
We leave La Paz early in the morning and drive through the Altiplano (4000m), passing the Cordillera Real on our right. This area is very dry but we will be able to see the campesinos (farmers) herding their llamas. We will make a visit to the ancient ruins of the Tiwanaku, believed to be the birth place of Andean culture. After our visit we drive onto Lake Titicaca, where we will cross the lake by boat. 45 minutes more and we arrive at Copacabana, where we can visit the old Cathedral from the 16th century.
4 – 5 hours of driving (BLD) Hotel 3*
Day 6: Copacabana – Isla Del Sol (3850m) Challapata - Yumani
In the morning we take the boat to the northen end of Isla Del Sol to a village called Challapata. From here we will walk to the southern end making stops along the way to visit Inca runis. Along the walk we have great views of the Cordillera Real from the islands high ridge. The island itself has a great feeling to it and one of the things we notice is there are no noisy cars!
1 ½ hours by boat, 3- 4 hours walking (BLD) Hotel 4* La Estancia
Day 7: Isla Del Sol - Copacabana – Condoriri
In the morning we take the boat back to Copacabana. Here we meet our transport and drive back to Taquina, where we again cross the lake. Before arriving at La Paz we take a road up one of the valleys to the base of the mountains. We meet the mules and start our trek up to Condoriri Base camp. The camp is in beautiful surroundings next to a lake with great views of the mountains and if we are lucky we can have fresh trout for dinner.
1 hour boat, 2 – 3 hours of driving, 1 – 2 hours walking (BLD) camping
Day 8: Condoriri – Maria Lloco (4600m)
We have a climb up to a pass first thing in the morning. From the pass looking back we have great views of the Condoriri group while in front of us is the impressive west face of Huayna Potosi. Later in the day we meet up with an old road that leads to some abandonded mines. We make camp near Cerro Maria Lloco (5222m), below the west face of Huayna Potosi.
7 - 8 hours (BLD) camping
Day 9: Maria Lloco – Paso Zongo, Refugio Huayna Potosí (4700m)
Last day of trekking and we keep heading south and skirting around the base of Huayna Potosi. Later in the day we reach Zongo pass (4700m) where we spend the night in a hut. Today we meet up with our climbing equipment from La Paz.
5 – 6 hours (BLD) Refugio
NOTE: For people not climbing Huayna Potosi can head back to La Paz this day.
Day 10: Paso Zongo (4700m) - High camp, Huayna Potosi (5130m)
Today we head up to our high camp at 5200m where we sleep in the Refugio. We start to feel the altitude as the trail gets steeper. The walk is on moraine on a well used path.
2 – 3 hours (BLD) Refugio
Day 11: High camp – Summit (6088m) – High camp - La Paz (3600m)
An early start as it is a long day and it will be cold. With crampons on we start our day of climbing. Most of the way is following a trail in the Glacier. The last section to the summit is great climbing. From the top we can see from Illimani (6439m) to Illampu (6368m). After we take our photo shoots on top, we head back to high camp. There we pack up and meet the porters to bring all the equipment and personal gear down. We have a short drive back to La Paz. In the evening we have a farewell dinner.
9 - 11 hours, 1 hour driving (BLD) Hotel 4*
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