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  • All hotel/airport transfers in Bolivia
  • All drives using private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (3 star) in La Paz, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
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  • All porterage and support staff
  • B&B in La Paz, all meals elsewhere
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Cordillera Real & Chachacomani Peak, 6,074m / 19,927ft Trekking Peaks

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Bolivia | Trekking Peak

Cordillera Real & Chachacomani Peak, 6,074m / 19,927ft
Expedition Grade

Suitable for those with strenuous trekking experience in high mountain environments.

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One of the best treks in the world combined with some straightforward climbing on spectacular Andean peaks

Highlights

  • Trek in some of the most spectacular scenery in South America
  • Visit Copacabana and the Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca
  • Climb Calzada Peak (5,610m)
  • Reach the summit of Chachacomani Peak (6,074m)

Reviews          

In the summer of 2015 we organised an expedition to the peak of Chachacomani for Eton College. It was a resounding success, 15 students and 2 teachers summited Chachacomani. Eton College were so impressed with the itinerary that they urged us to include it in our brochure for 2016. We thoroughly recommend this trek and climb as being one of the best trekking peaks in Bolivia.
Steve Berry, Mountain Kingdoms

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Bolivia is an extraordinary land, home to some of the highest and least visited Andean mountain ranges ‘cordilleras’, and numerous glaciated 6,000m peaks. Imposing Chachacomani Peak (6,074m) lies in the longest range in the country, the ‘royal’ Cordillera Real, and is rarely climbed.

We fly into La Paz and descend to a lower altitude to spend the first six days carefully acclimatising as we explore La Paz, Lake Titicaca and beyond. From lively La Paz we head to lakeside Copacabana, a pilgrimage town and home to the Virgen de Candelaria, Bolivia’s Patron saint. Here on Lake Titicaca we take three days to explore both the sun and the moon – two beautiful islands with a rich Inca history and perfect for gentle day walks.

Finally, fully acclimatised, we drive toward Sorata to start our trek along the western side of the Cordillera Real, and we are immediately met with astonishing big mountain views.

Most trekking days include a steep pass, and we cross two over 5,000m. Every day brings superb views of new mountain groups, the highlands and Lake Titicaca.This is an almost pristine natural environment, although we may see shepherds herding their llama up and down the valleys, and pass through small isolated farmsteads where the Aymara people cultivate potatoes.

From our base camp on the Chachacomani River we have four days to make the ascent of Chachacomani Peak, traversing glaciers and climbing ice and snow slopes. The summit is one of the highest in the Cordillera Real range, and the views looking down along the wall of glaciated peaks which separate the high Altiplano from the lowland Amazon are superb.


At a glance

Grade: Expedition Grade
Expedition Grade

Max. Altitude: 6,074m / 19,927ft (Chachacomani summit)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: La Paz

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodges, Camping

Meal arrangements: B&B in La Paz, all meals elsewhere. 17 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly London to La Paz. Transfer to your hotel.
3
Acclimatisation hike on mountains surrounding La Paz. Return to hotel.
4
Hike on Penas range. Drive to Copacabana and Lake Titicaca.
5-6
Walks on Copacabana Peninsula and the Isla Del Sol.
7
Boat to Isla De La Luna. Walk across island. Drive to Huatajata.
8-9
Drive to Sorata Valley. Trek to Alto Llojena and Lake San Francisco.
10-11
Trek to Chojña Kota and on to Jistaña. Ascend to Jisca Lluspini.
12-13
Trek to Kelluani River and climb Kelluani Peak. Trek to Chachacomani River.
14-15
Rest day at Base Camp. Climb to High Camp.
16
Ascent of Chachacomani peak, 6,074m/19,928ft, and return to High Camp.
17-18
Return to Base Camp. Trek to roadhead. Transfer to La Paz.
19-20
Transfer to airport. Fly back to London.
Leader: Local leader, Bolivia
Local leader, Bolivia

Your trek leader will normally be either Jose Camarlinghi or Javier Thellaeche (pictured), our colleagues in Bolivia. Alternatively, it will be another experienced guide appointed by them.

Javier Thellaeche: Trained by the German Alpine Club (DAV), Javier was certified as a mountain guide’s instructor in 1984 and has been working as a professional mountain guide since then. He has lead groups around the Andes (Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Argentina) and in the Himalayas. In 2005 Javier achieved the highest worldwide certification: the International Mountain Guides Association (IMGA, UIAGM, IVBV) credential. He speaks Spanish, English and Italian. Javier worked for many years as IT specialist. Besides guiding he is the main expert constructor and consultant of “Bolivian Adventure Consultants”.


Jose Camarlinghi: Jose's love of nature and mountains started with his first visit to the Andes when he was 14 years old. Since then the 'Call of the Hills' has not diluted and he has dedicated his life to work as a mountain guide. Proper training for Joe started in 1984 with the aid of the German government and the German Alpine Club (DAV). Then a group of Bolivians were certified as mountain guide’s instructors. After many years of negotiation, Bolivia succeeded in becoming a member of the International Mountain Guides Association (IMGA, UIAGM, IVBV) in 2005. Jose then achieved his international Certification. He has studied film making and holds a Masters degree on script writing and has worked on some documentary projects with the BBC. He has led trekking and climbing groups in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Chile and speaks Spanish, English and French.


Cordillera Real & Chachacomani Peak, 6,074m / 19,927ft Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London to La Paz.

    Fly overnight from London to La Paz.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Rey Palace or Similar
  2. Day 2 - Arrive El Alto International Airport, La Paz, 4,100m/13,452ft. Transfer down to your hotel at 3,600m/11,811ft.

    Depending on the time of day and approach, the views of the mountains as you land at La Paz's airport, El Alto International Airport, will take your breath away. If not, the altitude certainly will. Appropriately named El Alto (The High One), it is the highest international airport in the world: at nearly 4,100m/13,450ft it is higher than the Eiger. The area around the airport on the Altiplano has grown into a city in its own right. Some suggest it is the fastest growing city in South America, its growth primarily driven by peasant migration from the land. Although of no aesthetic merit, it is a colourful and lively city.

    You will transfer directly to La Paz (approx. 30/40 minutes), which lies in a canyon below - at a mere 3,600m/9,870ft. There are tremendous views of the city dominated by Mount Illimani, (6,439m /21,125ft, as you descend. You will be transferred to your hotel.

    The rest of the day is at leisure, but we recommend that you rest and acclimatise. Drink copious amounts of water or coca tea - the traditional preventative for "soroche" (altitude sickness). Careful acclimatisation is important when visiting Bolivia given the high altitude reached immediately on arrival. Any initial discomfort should pass swiftly if care is taken. Do not worry however, the first few days of the itinerary have been carefully planned to allow for good acclimatisation before you begin trekking.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Rey Palace or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Acclimatisation hike on mountains surrounding La Paz, 3,850m/12,631ft. Return to hotel.

    There are several mountains around the city and for an acclimatisation walk today you will be transferred to the lowest part of the city and then hike near a wide ridge that leads a rocky peak, the Muela del Diablo (Devil's Molar). Depending on how the group is feeling your guide will choose either a short or a longer route, either 4.5 or 8.8km (2.8 or 5.3 miles). Either way, you will have great views of the city and the Andes Mountains along your walk. The route ends at barely 3,226m/10,581ft, one of the lowest points of the city. 3 to 5 hours in total.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Rey Palace or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Hike on Penas range. Transfer to Copacabana, 3,850m / 12,631ft, and Lake Titicaca.

    After breakfast you drive north towards Lake Titicaca. Half way there you will have a hike on the Peñas range - a small rocky range in front of Cordillera Real at around 4,329m / 14,199ft. You will have the opportunity to take a look at the route we will follow in the next weeks. Our hike ends near to the village of Peñas from where there are views of Chachacomani mountain. There you will join your vehicle and drive on to Copacabana on the shores of the lake.

    Traveling through this land it is easy to understand how important the shores of Lake Titicaca have been in the development of Andean cultures. Surrounded by desert-like hills and snow-capped mountains, the lake offered, and still offers, rich lands and a mild climate. On the way to Copacabana you go by Aymara villages where Indians have been living in the same way for centuries.

    Drive 3 hours. Walk 2-4 hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Rosario Del Lago or Similar, Copacabana
  5. Day 5 - Walk on Copacabana Peninsula and the Isla Del Sol – 4 hours.
    cordillera real and chachacomani peak island of sun a harrison.

    In the morning you will drive to Sampaya (1½ hours), your journey taking you over a 4,000m/13,120ft ridge. After a brief stop in the village you will trek downhill to Yampupata, 3,810m/12,500ft, (2½ hours) - this walk takes you along a peninsula and the views of the lake and mountains beyond are tremendous.

    In Yampupata you will meet your boatman who will take you by motor boat across to the Island of the Sun, a short journey of about 30 minutes. It is difficult to believe that these cobalt-blue waters are 3,810m/12,500ft above sea level. To the east the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real appear to rise out of the lake. Because of the clear sky and thin air they appear much closer than they actually are. In the evening the snow peaks glow with the sun's setting rays.

    The original name for the Island of the Sun was 'Titi Karka' or 'Titi Kachi' meaning "The rock of the Puma"; the Spanish adopted this and used it to refer to the whole lake. You will land by the Inca ruins of Pilcocaina Palace, supposedly the "Summer" Palace of the emperor, and then walk about 1½ hours to your destination for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: La Estancia Ecolodge or Similar, Isla Del Sol
  6. Day 6 - Trek Isla Del Sol, 4,065m/13,336ft – 3-4 hours. Return to Eco Lodge, 4,000m/13,123ft.

    Today you will trek the length of the island admiring the Inca terraces, many of which are still used, passing through villages and walking along sandy beaches. Do not be tempted to swim here unless equipped with a wet suit or goose fat to ward off the cold of the water at this altitude.

    Your objective is to reach the northwest end of the island where you can visit a sacred rock, which was worshipped as the birthplace of the first Incas, Manco Kapac and Mama Oclo, son and daughter of Viracocha, you will also have time to visit the ruins of Chincana.

    The walk to the northern end of the island takes approximately 3-4 hours (all walk times include provision for breaks). Given that you are not yet fully acclimatised your boatman will be waiting for you here to take you back to the southern end of the island - however the option exists to walk back too. (Highest point on trek: 4,065m/13,333ft.)

    Although more frequently visited these days, the island is a quiet and beautiful place. It is a great location in which to continue your acclimatization.

    Overnight iconOvernight: La Estancia Ecolodge or Similar, Isla Del Sol
  7. Day 7 - Boat to Isla De La Luna (Moon Island). Walk across island – 1-2 hours. Drive to Huatajata.

    After breakfast you will make a short boat crossing of less than an hour to visit the Isla de la Luna (Moon Island - whose original name is Koati). Here you will visit the ruins of the Temple of the Nustas, where once Inca virgins spent their lives adoring the Sun God Inti. Although they may have been occasionally sacrificed, they probably spent most of their lives involved in less sacred tasks like chewing corn to make chicha (an alcoholic drink still made in the Andes using the same technique), weaving cloth and acting as concubines for Inca royalty.

    Later you will climb to the top of the island and descend to the village on the other side. Then you will transfer back to mainland.

    Your vehicle will take you to another Indian Village, Huatajata, at the lake shores. The mountains dominate the landscape and the glaciers will be lit by the late afternoon light as we return to our hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Inka Utama or Similar
  8. Day 8 - Drive to Sorata Valley - 3 hours. Trek to Alto Llojena, 4,019m/13,186ft - 5-6 hours.

    You begin the day with an exciting drive towards the mountains. From Lake Titicaca the Cordillera Real appears to lie just across the Altiplano, however there is a set of deep hidden valleys between the two and we will drive down into these. You will leave your vehicles after the pass (4,260m/13,976ft) and we will be "hit" by the magnificence of the views.

    From the trailhead (3,937m/12,913ft), the trek will start on the opposite slopes of the massif formed by Jankouma (6,427m/21,080ft) and Illampu (6,362m/20,769ft) Mountains. The route for today will be relatively gentle since you will only gain a couple hundred meters in altitude and walk a moderate distance. The views of the hanging glaciers of the massif (the largest in Cordillera Real) and the "Nepal-like" intensively farmed valleys below are really astonishing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Lake San Francisco, 4,639m/15,220ft - 6-7 hours.
    cordillera real and chachacomani peak trek to lake san francisco j camarlinghi.

    Today's route will also follow easy terrain ascending gradually along the valley of Sorata river towards the pass (4,888m/16,033ft). Along the your way you will follow both on and off llama paths traversing areas of low grass where. If you look closely, you can spot the paths of ancient, almost disappeared, aqueducts.

    Along today's walk you will enjoy great views of the mountains: Jankouma, Wakana, 6,200m/20,336ft, Kasiri, 5,857m/19,211ft, and Janko Piti, 5,725m/18,778ft. Each one of them is part of very complex group of mountains; each one with its own valley systems, glaciers and several peaks (some of them still unclimbed). To the west the views of the immense, open high lands of the "Altiplano" with Lake Titicaca in the background are overwhelming. You can clearly distinguish the town of Achacachi in the plains, main settlement in the area, and the Islands of the Sun and the Moon in Lake Titicaca. The Indigenous people of this land belong to an ancient ethnic group named "Omasuyus".

    Our campsite, 4,639m/15,216ft, will be located in a grassy spot in a valley leading towards the southern slopes of Jankouma Mountain. It is this same valley that in 1900 was explored by Sir.Martin Conway during the first attempt to climb Ancouma Mountain, whose height at that time was still uncertain and estimated to perhaps be higher than Aconcagua. Approximate 12km of walking.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Chojña Kota, 4,685m/15,367ft - 5-6 hours.

    There is normally so much water in this valley that the swampy grass basically covers the whole valley from side to side, which makes crossing the short distance to the other side a real challenge. The contrast of the yellow valley and the colourful slopes of the mountain with the white of the glaciers deserves a picture stop. Once on the other side, you start the ascent to a magnificent view point, 4,944m/16,216ft, on a rocky ridge on the south-eastern flank of Kasiri Mountain, 5,875m/19,270ft. From this point you will have a superb view of the huge Jankouma massif and the mountains of Cordillera Real. On a clear day you can see Sajama volcano, 6,549m/21,480ft - an extinct volcano - is Bolivia's highest mountain, 6,549m/21,486ft, lying almost 250km to the south. The topography of the ridges and valleys on the western slopes of Cordillera Real is quite complex, this means that although every day we will mention one or two mountain passes to cross, in fact we will cross several side valleys and therefore ascend to several high points on the way.

    Camp will be set near the shores of Ajoyani lagoon, 4,685m/15,367ft. This valley leads towards Calzada pass; the only mountain pass in the Cordillera Real in the region. Approximate 11km walking.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Jistaña, 4,629m/15,187ft, and ascend to Jisca Lluspini, 5,209m/17,086ft - 4-5 hours.

    A short day after the three previous exhausting days. Your way towards your campsite, located in a grassy flat area called Jistaña, 4,629m/15,183ft, will not follow the easy way but will take a little more interesting one, ascending to the spectacular view point of Jisca Lluspini, 4,936m/16,279ft. The reason to have a short day is to allow you to have some rest, do some laundry, read a book and enjoy the campsite but if you still have energy this valley is so beautiful that it deserves a short hike to explore the campsite surroundings with great views of new mountains: Calzada, 5,650m/18,532ft, Chearoco, 6,127m/20,101ft, and Chachacomani, 6,074m/19,922ft; two of the six 6,000ers in Cordillera Real. Approximate 7km walking.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Kelluani River, 4,685m/15,357ft - 6-7 hours.

    Most of the valleys on this side of Cordillera Real are intensively used by shepherds who take their llama herds up and down the valleys to graze. We start the day ascending and traversing on a steep slope following narrow secondary Llama paths towards the pass of the day. Further ahead, going down to the next valley, we make a stop at one of the most extraordinary viewpoints at 5058m/16590ft, from where we can see Chiaroco, 5,085m/16,683ft, and Chachacomani, 6,064m/19,923ft, mountains.

    At the bottom of the grassy valley near Kelluani river (the river of the Sea gulls), we will set our campsite in front of the glaciers. You will be very deep inside the Cordillera Real, surrounded by elegant mountains, rock and ice faces.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  13. Day 13 - Climb Kelluani Peak. Trek to Chachacomani River, 4,459m/14,629ft - 6-7 hours.

    Following llama paths on the opposite side of the valley you will rapidly ascent until you will find yourselves in rocky and sandy terrain near to the Kellhuani peak. Although not a technical climb, the last few meters to the summit will require all your concentration to walk over steep terrain with some loose rocks. All the effort will be compensated for with one of the most astonishing views of the whole trek. From this point you can see a great part of the mountain range and particularly the whole route up to Chachacomani. After the obligatory pictures, you will slowly descend steep scree into a large hidden valley at the opposite side of the mountain. At the end of this beautiful valley, dotted with many Llamas and semi-wild horses, you will reach the edge, from where you can see your campsite, still another 600m/1,968ft down at the bottom of the next valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  14. Day 14 - Rest day at Base Camp.

    Today is rest day of well earned relaxation before the climb. You may do some washing, read a book or generally relax.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  15. Day 15 - Climb to High Camp, 5,123m/16,803ft – 6-7 hours.

    With the help of your porters who will carry most of the luggage, you will climb almost 700m following a faint trail that leads to the high camp located in a rocky area just at the foot of the glacier

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  16. Day 16 - Climb to Chachacomani summit, 6,074m/19,928ft, and return to High Camp - 10-12 hours.
    cordillera real and chachacomani peak summit e russell.

    A long day traversing glaciers and snow and ice slopes will lead to the final summit face. The last few steep meters at around 6000 m, are the hardest. The middle part of the glacier is a problem to resolve as it is tricky to find the right way between the seracs and the crevasses. Once you have negotiated the labyrinth of ice and snow and depending on the conditions of the glacier you will go directly to the summit or to the ridge leading to it.

    Return to high camp is by the same way.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  17. Day 17 - Return to Base Camp at Chachacomani river.

    Following the same way down as coming up you will descent to the Base Camp which you should reach just after midday, turning this day into a sort of half-rest day - well deserved after a strenuous summit day.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  18. Day 18 - Trek to roadhead - 5 hours. Transfer to La Paz.

    After breackfast you will hike down the Chachacomani valley. The hike is along the flat of the valley, easy but long. In 5 hours you will reach the road head. Our vehicle will take you back to La Paz in 3 hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Rey Palace or Similar
  19. Day 19 - Transfer to El Alto Airport.

    You will be at leisure today until it is time to go to the airport.

    You will be transferred you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight. Do not be unnerved by the amount of time it takes your plane to get airborne, at this altitude you need to rumble down the runway for ages (you will not run out of runway - it is 7km long). Long-distance flights out of the country have to route via Santa Cruz in the Bolivian lowlands, an hour away, to refuel since it is not possible for some aircraft to get airborne with a full complement of fuel and passengers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  20. Day 20 - Arrive back in London.

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What’s included

  • A fully qualified local UIAGM Mountain Guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All hotel/airport transfers in Bolivia
  • All drives using private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (3 star) in La Paz, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kit-bag
  • All porterage and support staff
  • B&B in La Paz, all meals elsewhere
  • Carbon offset (flight inclusive)

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In the summer of 2015 we organised an expedition to the peak of Chachacomani for Eton College. It was a resounding success, 15 students and 2 teachers summited Chachacomani. Eton College were so impressed with the itinerary that they urged us to include it in our brochure for 2016. We thoroughly recommend this trek and climb as being one of the best trekking peaks in Bolivia.


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