From 31 May to 13 June or al 18 June 2019

Far away places untouched by mass tourism, lonely valleys surrounded by 6000m peaks will be the background to our trip. In the second part of the travel, during the last 5 days, we’ll move south for a breathtaking adventure in the world’s largest salt flat: deserts, vulcans, natural thermal baths, gaysers, coloured lagoons and others from the most extraordinary spectacles in nature.

From La Paz, seat of Bolivia’s government, we’ll move north west, into the Cordillera Real, where our trek begin. Our path will lead us, through 5000m high passes, to Cerro Condoriri (5680m) base camp and, finally, we’ll reach laguna Milluni, near Huayna Potosì base camp. During our trip we’ll be able to climb Pico De Austria 5310m: these days of high altitude hiking will be essential in order to get a proper altitude acclimatization and be fully prepared, after a resting day in La Paz, for the challenging climbing of Nevado Huayna Potosì 6088m

Travel Program

1stDay

International flight Milano Malpensa – La Paz

International flight Milano Malpensa – La Paz

2ndDay

Landing in La Paz

Landing in La Paz and transfer to the hotel

3rdDay

La Paz - Ajwaki Lagoon

Private bus transfer to Q’ara Quta (2h), where we’ll begin our trekking: on this first day we’ll walk 6h and get Ajwaki lagoon 4670 (6h). Accomodation in bivouac, breakfast at the hotel, packed lunch, dinner at the bivouac camp

4thDay

Ajwaki lagoon - Juri Quta lagoon

Hiking for 6 hours, reaching 5000m of altitude, we’ll get our next camp, located at Juri Quta lagoon 4690m. Accomodation in bivouac (6h). Packed lunch, dinner and breakfast at the camp

5thDay

Juri Quta lagoon - Pico de Austria - lake Ch' yaira Quta

We’ll hike up along the lagoon toward Ventanani Glaciar; after having climbed Pico de Austria 5310m, we’ll descend to Condoriri base camp, at the side of Ch’yiara Quta lake 4650m. Packed lunch, dinner and breakfast at the camp. (6h)

6thDay

Lake Ch’yiara Quta - Maria Lloco Camp

During this long hiking day, we’ll walk up 5000m passes, we’ll go across lonley valleys and, finally, get Maria Lloco camp 4700m, in front of Huayna Potosì impressive NW wall. Packed lunch, dinner and breakfast at the camp. (8h)

7thDay

Maria Lloco Camp - Milluni lagoon - La Paz

we’ll hike up a 5000m pass, turning around the south face of Huayna Potosì and, in a few hours, we’ll get Milluni Lagoon, near its base camp. From here, we’ll come back to La Paz with private bus. Breakfast at the camp, packed lunch, dinner in La Paz.

8thDay

Resting day in La Paz

Resting day in La Paz. In the morning we’ll pack our stuff for the next day Huayna POtosì climbing and, in the afternoon, we’ll have a guided tour of the city. Breakfast, lunch, dinner in La Paz.

9thDay

La Paz - Huayna Potosi base camp

Privare bus transfer to Huayna Potosì base camp 4750m. Breakfast in the hotel, lunch and dinner in the refuge. (2h)

10thDay

Base camp - High camp m 5150

following the path we’ll hike on the east face of the mountain and get the high camp at 5150m, next to glacier we’ll have to climb the next day. (elevation gain 400m - 3h). Breakfast, lunch, dinner in refuge.

11thDay

High camp - Summit of Huayna Potosì 6088 - La Paz

It will be still dark when we’ll start the climbing: very early in the morning, we’ll start walking up the glacier, going across Argentinian Camp we’ll continue toward the est face. We’ll climb it directly in order to get the summit of Nevado Huayna Potosi (6088 metri). The sun will rise in front of us, lightning up the peaks of Cordillera Real. In few hours we’ll be back at the base camp, where we’ll cacth a private bus back to La Paz. Accomodation in hotel. (Elevation gain 900 m – ore 6/7 uphill). Breakfast in refuge, packed lunch, dinner in La Paz.

12thDay

Rest day

Rest day

13thDay

International flight back - Transfer to Uyuni

International flight from La Paz - SALARES TURISTIC TOUR: Trasfer to Uyuni with a visit of Obrajes termal baths. Breakfast in La Paz, lunch in Oruro, dinner in Uyuni. (12h)

14thDay

Landing in Milan Malpensa or Uyuni - Atullcha

Early in the morning we’ll move from Uyuni on our 4x4 jeeps and, after the visit of the train cemetery, the village of Conchan and its salt mines, we’ll enter the Salares of Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. In the middle of Salar de Uyuni we’ll stop for a visit to the Inchahuasi island with its gigantic cacti and, later, to the Pia Pia Island. The day will end in Atullcha, where we’ll spend the night in a salt guest house.

15thDay

Atullcha - Colored Lagoon - Polques

We’ll drive toward Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa. On the way we’ll visit the stone tree, Altiplano, Salar de Chiguana, Ollagüe Vulcan and Colored Lagoon. We’ll spend the night in a guest house located in Polque.

16thDay

Gayser Sol de Mañana - Green Lagoon - Villamar

We leave very early in order to admire an astonishing sunrise from the gayser Sol de Mañana. Once at the guest house again we’ll have breakfast and the opportunity to relax in the hot spring in front of the guest house. We’ll continue our journey with the visit of the Green Lagoon, at the foot of Licancabur vulcan; we’ll go across the Dalì valley, stop for lunch in the village of Villamar and, passing through the Rocas valley we’ll continue to Uyuni, where we’ll spend the night. Estimated arrival time 18.00. Accomodation at hotel.

17thDay

La Paz

Transfer to La Paz.

18thDay

International flight from La Paz

International flight from La Paz

19thDay

Landing at Milan Malpensa

Landing at Milan Malpensa

More details

The schedule may be subject to change under unforeseen circumstaces

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Info Ascensione

Basic skills in using crampons and ice axe are required for the Huayna Potosì climbing as we will climb a 40° slope in order to get the summit. Length and elevation gain of the summit day, combined with high altitude, require good physical shape.

Difficulties

PD / A little difficult

Skills required

The mountain climb does not present technical difficulties, but the length and the altitude require a good acclimatization and good physical shape

Duration, Participants and Deadline

Duration Min Max Deadline
14 days 6 10 29/04/2019

Equipements

Expedition equipment. The full list will be provided with the detailed informations

Documents

Passport expiring six months after the date of return

Vaccination

no vaccinations are required

Prices

Rate details

WHAT’S INCLUDED: support and assistance of a Mountain Guide UIAGM certified. Services provided by local tourist agency: trekking and climbing permits fees, half board in double/triple room in La Paz, full board during Salares touristic tour, during the hiking and the ascension of Huayna Potosì (packed lunches). Entrance tickets feesto the touristic areas and parks. Transfer from and to the airport, inland transports. Travel insurance (luggage, medical assistance, repatriation) provided by Innovation Viaggi or other italian travel agency.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: International return flights, lunches at La Paz, tips, drinks, personal equipment and gears, other optional insurance (high mountain injury, travel cancelation), everything is not mentioned in “WHAT’S INCLUDED”.