Tourism, Trekking and Mountaineering in Bolivia

  • La Paz, Potosí and Sucre, Lake Titicaca, Apolobamba Range Trek & Huayna Potosí(6.020m) climb

    • SEASON May to July
    • DURATION 19 days La Paz – La Paz
    • PARTICIPANTS
    • RATES
      • Currently this trip is available only for private groups. Please contact us to receive your customised program with rates.

Description

Join us for an amazing journey through the mystic highlands of Bolivia! This expedition will allow you to discover the beauty of this rather unexplored country from many different perspectives: explore local culture and life in the bustling cities of La Paz, Sucre and Potosí; trek through the beautiful unspoiled Bolivian Andes; and climb Huayna Potosí, a 6,000m peak.

Our journey first takes us to La Paz and Sucre, Bolivia’s two capitals. Here you will be able to experience two completely different facets of Bolivia: La Paz is the country’s bustling political capital and is home to the National Congress and the country’s most important universities; Sucre, on the other hand, is the historic and constitutional capital of Bolivia and still shows many traces of its old colonial heritage. From there we continue our journey to Potosí. This beautiful colonial town is one of the highest towns in the world (4,090m) and is the location of the most important silver mine during Spanish colonial domination and the famous Cerro Rico, which remains an important supplier of silver.

The journey continues with an amazing trek through the rather unknown Cordillera Apolobamba, located north-west of La Paz in the Cordillera Reale. This 5-day trek takes us through one of the most primeval areas of Bolivia. Here we can enjoy the beauty of the breathtaking landscapes around us: the Bolivian high plateaus, the Yungas forests and the snow covered mountains of the Andes.

Apolobamaba is a mystic region and is home to the Kallawaya, a group of Bolivian native healers. The trek takes us to the foothill of Las Muñecas Range and Akamani, the sacred mountains of the Kallawayas. Only few people inhabit this remote area. In exchange, many rare animals including alpacas live in these regions and we will almost certainly catch sight of these Andean camels who are still of major importance for those people living in the plateau. Additionally, some of the few villages we pass offer an outstanding architecture, mostly in the form of ancient colonial churches.

Back to La Paz, the climb of Huayna Potosí (6,020m) provides the perfect end for our expedition. This mountain is heavily glaciated and remains one of the most accessible six thousand meter peaks in Bolivia. On this climb we will be able to take advantage of the optimal acclimatization we have developed along the expedition.

Highlights

– Explore La Paz with its stunning scenery, bustling life, ancient museums, and the famous Witch Doctor’s Market.
– Wander through Sucre’s colonial center and the Cal’Orcko Cretaceous Park.
– Potosí: discover this sleepy Andean town with its silver mines, the Cerro Rico, and the museum Casa de la Moneda.
– Discover the Titicaca Lake and the beautiful Sun Island by foot and by boat.
– Five-day trek through the stunning Apolobamba range.
– Climb of one of the most beautiful summits of the Cordillera Real: Huayna Potosí (6,020m).

Difficulty

Trekking and overland expedition in Bolivia. The 5-day Apolobamba trek is physically challenging with 7 to 8 hours of hiking every day. The climb of Huayna Potosi (6,020m) is optional since it is physically demanding. This ascent also requires some prior experience in walking on glaciers and you need to be familiar with the use of crampons, ice axes and ropes.

Included in the price

– Private transportation throughout the entire trip.
– Bilingual professional mountain guide(s).
– Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
– Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
– All activities and entrance fees as mentioned in the program.
– High quality communal camping gear, including tents as well as full base camp infrastructure and services.
– Airport arrival/departure transfers.
– Local staff during the treks and on the mountain such as: cook, camp assistants, porters, and local guides.
– Mules and/or lamas for the luggage when required.
– First aid kit including pulse oximeter.
– VHF radio communication.
– Satellite phone (on pay per minute basis).

Not included in the price

– International and/or domestic flights.
– Personal equipment (e.g. mattress, sleeping bag, backpack).
– Compulsory travel insurances (accidents, repatriation) and other insurances of any kind (e.g. medical, trip     cancellation – strongly recommended).
– Meals not mentioned in the itinerary (lunch and dinner in La Paz).
– Personal expenses.
– Tips.
– Extra costs for early departure.
– Bolivian airport fee (currently US$25.00).
– Bolivian entrance fee (currently US$25.00).
– Any service/cost not mentioned in the program.

Reference price for the flight La Paz – Sucre – La Paz: US$130.00 (not included in the price).

ChileMontaña reserves the right to modify the prices published on this web site when the EURO or the DOLLAR suffers important changes in values.

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