Aymara Trekker

Tour Overview

Our Aymara Trekker trip focuses on climbing Huayna Potosi 19,968ft (6,088m), and visiting the Cordillera Real region. We begin our program with a hike into the beautiful Chiarkhota Lake District. This trek is a genuine classic, keeping to high trails and crossing 3 passes over 16,728ft (5,100m). Our route provides a great diversity of scenery, including lovely alpine valleys with picturesque lakes, snow-capped peaks and scattered Aymara Indian villages.The rewards of this hike are numerous and incluce incredible solitude, beautiful natural phenonmena and very rewarding cultural interactions. This is the most beautiful treking region in the Bolivian Mountains. We finally move on to our climb of Huayna Potosi, this incredible mountain may very well be the most accessible 6,000 meter peak in the world. Our reward is a spectacular view of the entire Cordillera Real mountain range laid out below us.

    Land costs include:

  • Transportation. Boivian Journeys has a private driver to provide in country transport, thus ensuring our safety and facilitating an independent schedule that does not depend on public transportation.
  • Food. We eat high quality meals using fresh local ingredients.
  • All group climbing gear.
  • Mountaineering tents (Mountain Hardware, North Face, MSR).
  • Mules and porters.
  • Professional mountain guide.
  • Land costs do not include:

  • Meals except while climbing.
  • Camp fee to: Condoriri National Park, Huayna Potosi
  • Personal gear.
  • Gratuities to guides and staff.
  • Insurance.
  • Rescue or medical expenses that may occur during the trip.
  • Day 1

    We depart LaPaz in the morning bound for trailhead at 4,500m (14,760ft). The drive in takes us across the broad and expansive high altiplano, passing the original sight of the city of La Paz. Free afternoon to explore the area.
  • Day 2

    Today we meet our team of ¨arrieros¨ (muleteers) and we will begin the trek to discover the south west side of the Cordillera Real. We will cross a first pass at 4,800m (15,744ft) before crossing a swamp area in the vicinities of our next camp.
  • Day 3

    We begin our day walking through the foothills of the mountain. We will cross a second pass located at 4,900m (16,072ft) before arriving to a beautiful colorful lake. We will begin the ascent up a steep slope to reach a glacier, a jewel located at the foot of big mountain. We cross a third pass at 5,100m (16,728ft) before descending again to 4,650m (15,252ft).
  • Day 4

    After a hardy breakfast, we slowly work our way up toward our next pass at 5,000m (16,400ft) where you will see the Huayna Potosi and the Condoriri group mountains, and after crossing a number of silt laden streams arrive at Maria LLoco. We make camp right in front of the impressive Huayna Potosi´s west face; great photographic opportunities.
  • Day 5

    We begin our trek moving up and out of Maria Lloco valley on a steep trail for the last pass at 5,100m (16,728ft) next to the Huayna Potosi mountain 6,088m (19,968ft). In the afternoon arrive to Laguna Milluni.
  • Day 6

    A short 3 hours hike to High Camp 5,300 m (17,384 ft). We have the whole afternoon to "rest", at this altitude you should drink as much as you can, digestion works very slowly, so don't eat so much. A good advice "try to sleep".
  • Day 7

    Early wake up as our ascent can take up to 6 hours. Setting off from that camp with sunrise over the Amazon Basin to our east, we climb a beautiful route which includes serious glacier travel and intermittent sections of moderately steep ground - challenging climbing. With Huayna Potosi's summit a well-defined point at the end of a beautifully sculptured ridge, the last few steps to the top provide an exhilarating finish to a great climb. Around 8:00 am, on the summit already, you'll be rewarded with beautiful views of Lake Titikaka, the Amazon basin, and the Cordillera Real. Two hours descent to high camp, and one more to base camp. Finally after a short drive you'll be in La Paz around 16:00.


  • 1 Lightweight, long sleeve polypropylene shirts.
  • 1 Medium weight fleece shirt or wool sweater.
  • 1 Fleece jacket.
  • 1 Outer shell jacket with hood. *
  • Bottoms

  • 1 Pair long underwear bottoms.
  • 1 Pair wind pants. *
  • Footwear

  • 1 Pairs wool socks.
  • 1 Pair light weight trekking.
  • Boots

  • 1 Pair trekking boots.
  • 1 Pair plastic expedition boots. *
  • 1 Pair gaiters. *
  • Hand wear

  • 1 Pair fleece mittens.
  • 1 Pair overmitts.
  • Head gear

  • 1 Wool hat.
  • 1 Pair glacier glasses.
  • 1 Sunhat.
  • Sleeping gear

  • 1 Down or synthetic sleeping bag (rated to 15 F). *
  • 1 Full length closed cell foam pad.
  • Pack

  • 1 Daypack for approach hike and possible use on summit day and carry-on bag.
  • 1 Large (7,500+ cu.in.) duffle bag for gear, include small padlock.
  • Climbing Gear

  • 1 Climbing harness. *
  • 1 Pair crampons. *
  • 1 Ice axe (60-70 cm). *
  • 1 Locking carabiner. *
  • 1 Regular biner. *
  • 1 Equipment sling (1" tubular webbing, approx. 6' long).
  • 1 Helmet. *
  • Misc

  • 1 First-aid kit.
  • 1 Headlamp, include extra batteries. *
  • 1 One quart water bottle.
  • Lip balm (spf 30) and sun screen (spf 40) .
  • Pocket knife.
  • Adjustable ski poles (highly recommended). *

( * ) Items can be rented from Bolivian Journeys.

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Tour details:

Days: 7 days

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: Altiplano