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CORDILLERA REAL AND TROPICAL YUNGAS TPHE 13

La Paz, like Lake Titicaca, is dominated by the Cordillera Real, a seemingly impassible barrier of snowed-in peaks. A nice surprise awaits us on top. It is as though the Cordillera was brutally falling into the Amazon Basin.
During this circuit, we will cross this incredible region between the mineral landscape of the high summits and the tropical plains of Beni. This outdoor takes us on the vertiginous slopes where the fruits and vegetables that will be sold on the markets of the Altiplano are cultivated: mangoes, papayas, bananas and coffee grown amongst the parrots and monkeys. And let’s not forget coca, here a traditional crop!

Difficulty, altitude trek with numerous passes over 4.500 m.a.s.l. for the three days. Five to seven hours walking a day. Good physical condition is required.
PROGRAM

Day 01: La Paz – Botijlaca – Uma Palka (3.800 m): Departure from La Paz city  at 8 a.m. in a private vehicle for the village of Botijlaca (3.830 m.) by 2 and half in the Zongo Valley, at the foot of Huayna Potosí, where we meet our team of muleteers.
The trek starts by up-hill hike on the slopes of Tikimani (5.519 m.a.s.l.) for 4 hours. We clear a pass 4.600-meter high before descending for 3 hours towards Uma Palka ( 3.800 m.), where we set up camp.

Day 02: Uma Palka – Sanja Pampa (3.850 m.): For about 2 hours we ascend the slopes of Cerro Matilde (5.000 m.) to reach the altitude of Laguna Chiar Khota (4.550 m.) We then descend (2 hours and half) towards Sanja Pampa (3.850 m.) to set up our tents.

Day 03: Sanja Pampa – Chukura – Challapampa (2.900 m.): The trek continues, on the mountain slopes for about 3 hours before reaching Laguna Khota Kuchu. We then descend towards the hamlet of Chukura (2h) where we meet the itinerary of the Choro trek. Now, We  follow the magnificent paved Inca trail towards the village of Challapampa (about 2 hours). The environment change as we loose altitude: luxuriant vegetation, heat and humidity replace the harsh climate of the higher ground. Night camping.

Day 04: Challapampa – Choro – San Francisco (2.000 m.): After breakfast We continue our descent leaving the Andean countryside behind us. The vegetation is now subtropical. At around noon, we arrive in the village of Choro. Small ascents and descends alternate all the way until we reach our camp at San Francisco ( 6 hours hiking).

Day 05: San Francisco – Chairo ( 1.300 m.) – Coroico: In the morning, we cross the Coscapa River then we start up the “Devil’s Hill” that will take us to the village of Sandillani at the beginning of the afternoon (2000 m.). After a walk of a few hours we finish the trek in Chairo (el. 1300 m.a.s.l) where a 4WD awaits us to take us to Coroico, the pearl of the Yungas, where we will take a well-deserved rest. Night in a hotel.

Day 06: Coroico- Vagante River – La Paz: After breakfast, a private vehicle takes us to Rio Vagante for the river descent (4 hours). We discover a pristine nature where the fauna abounds and the flora is luxuriant. A vehicle picks us up in Santa Barbara to take us back to La Paz city. Arrival to your hotel and end of our services.

The Organized Service Includes

  • Exclusive round trip transport.
  • Professional English speaking guide during the whole trekking.
  • Full board pension during the trek. (Lunch, dinner and breakfast).
  • Camping equipment (bi-personal tents).
  • Dining and kitchen tent, tables and chairs.
  • Cook/ cooking equipment.
  • Porters to carry the heavy things.
  • Mules & Llamas to carry most of the equipment.
  • Communications by handies and mobile phone during the trek.
  • General Assistance.
Not included:
  • Personal camping equipment: sleeping bag, headlamps, mattress and clothing. (All the equipment we have for hire).
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Any expense due to a rescue operation.
  • Tips,
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone or mail.

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Season: April – October
Contact: info@highexpeditionsbolivia.com
Phone: 591-2-2461902
Movil.: 591-79530949 / 73030569