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PELECHUCO - APOLO - ALTO MADIDI TPHE 06

The Apolobamba National Park (Parque Nacional y area de manejo integrado Apolobamba) is located at the extreme north west of La Paz highlands at the border with Peru. In the last year this National Park territory has been increased, and has changed to its actual name from “Ulla Ulla National Park. It has mainly two ecological steps: the Puna and the mountain valleys. It was created to protect the Vicunas. In this region lives the well-known ethnic group of healers: the Kallawayas

This is a demanding and sometimes technical trek that takes you from the spectacular Andes through cloud forests to the tropical steaming jungles below passing glacial valleys, pristine lakes, grassy valleys, many fruit plantations and quaint villages. Much of your journey is through beautifully deserted landscape with only the twitter of birds and the flutter of colorful butterflies to further enhance the splendor of your surroundings. The ever-changing environment is a wonderful vision and the many river crossings, including through rapids, only adds to the adventure.
PROGRAM

Day 01: La Paz – Pelechuco (3.650 m. – 3.800 m.): Departure frtom La Paz city by 4WD will pass through the nice scenery of Lake Titicaca, and the Apolobamba Natural Area of Integrated Management, where vicuñas, highland lagoons, and snow peaks can be observed. Around mid-afternoon, the road will pass a high pass over 4,800 m before descending to the Pelechuco Valley, night in a local accommodation.

Day 02: Pelechuco – Sánchez High Pass- Keara – Muña Machaya: Early breakfast. Departure by 4WD drive to the Sánchez High Pass (4,750 m). Nice views of distant snow peaks over 5,000 m. Later descent through a glacial valley with small lakes. Some fauna such as vizcachas, condors and other medium and small size birds could be seen. Arrival to Keara, where Madidi National Park begins. Our camp will be at the Quimsa Cruz campsite.

Day 03: Quimsa Cruz – Tocoaqui: This day we descend a careful walk is recommended. Orchids, bromeliads, colorful flowers, amazing butterflies of all sizes and views of steaming forests are the highlights of the day. Before the arrival to the Tocoaqui campsite the trail becomes wet and muddy, since this area is one of the rainiest parts of the trek.

Day 04: Tocoaqui - Río Yanalomas: After breakfast we will descend deeper in the Madidi’s cloud forests, heading towards the lower part of a valley, and under tree canopies until the Yanalomas River. Night camping.

Day 05: Río Yanalomas – Mojos: We will cross a small bridge over the Yanalomas River, to start a steep ascension for about 3 hours in the cloud forest valley and grassy hills. Arrival to Mojos, one of the oldest towns in Bolivia, located in the confluence of cloud forests and dry or semi-dry forests, where locals produce rice, plantain, banana, citric, corn, and pineapple. Camp in the Mojo´s soccer field.

Day 06: Mojos – Soriani: Today we will reach the first dense Amazonian rainforests of Madidi National Park covering the last Eastern Andes. The trail will continue along one side of the Mojos River. Our campsite will be near this river, at Soriani.

Day 07: Soriani – Chaquisapa: We will be the pre-Inca stone path, but will continue further as old mule trails along the right side of the Mojos passing the first very warm dry forests located below 900 m. More developed Amazon rainforest could be observed, and with luck, you might see the troops of the Common Wholly Monkey and Black Spider Monkey, also more birds such as large macaws. Night near the Mojos River.

Day 08: Chaquisapa – Virgen del Rosario: The trail will contours the rocky forested hills and slowly descends to the refreshing white waters of Tuichi river. Arrival to Vírgen del Rosario in the mid-afternoon. Night camping.

Day 09: Vírgen del Rosario – Pata – Apolo: After crossing to the other side of the Tuichi River, with the help of local people, experts in crossing this river and rapids, there will be a series of zig-zags leading ascension through very dry forest hills until Pata 1.400 m. Transfer by 4WD, for 2 hrs, to Apolo, the largest town located in the Upper Savannah region at 1,430 m. Night in a hotel.

Day 10: Apolo - La Paz: Departure to La Paz. The 4WD drive will be around 11 hrs. The scenery along the trip is very nice, crossing through valleys before the arrival to Charazani (3,600 m). This village is home of the famous local healers or kallawayas. By now, the trip will return us to the punas of the Apolobamba and Lake Titicaca. 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.
  • Night hotel accommodation.
  • 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 assistance to carry the heavy things.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Comunications by handies and mobile phone during the trek.
  • General Assistance.

Not included:

  • Personal camping equipment: sleeping bag, headlamps, mattres 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: 10 Days / 09 Nights
Season: April – October
Contact: info@highexpeditionsbolivia.com
Phone: 591-2-2461902
Movil.: 591-79530949 / 73030569