Condoriri & Huayna Potosi

BOL-12 / 9-day trip / Grade: F

Condoriri & Huayna Potosi

Huayna Potosi is probably the most iconic mountain in Bolivia, due to its beauty and the proximity to the capital of La Paz. Located in between La Paz and the Titi-Caca Lake, is a high quality climb offering not only a physical challenge, but also some of the best landscapes.

Our 9 days program, includes a very good acclimatisation previous to the summit attempt, where we visit the Titi-Caca lake, the beautiful Condoriri massif, climb Punta Austria (5300 m) and hike from Jurincota Lake to the settlement of Botijlaka over “El Mirador” pass (5000 m), archiving in this way, a good acclimatisation and training with the aim of making the climb of Huayna Potosi and enjoyable experience with good summit options.

Day 1 Arrival in La Paz (3600 m)
Day 2 Copacabana (3900 m)
Day 3 The Sun’s island (4065 m)
Day 4 Condoriri massif – Base camp (4650 m)
Day 5 Climb: Punta Austria (5300 m)
Day 6 Botijlaka – Huayna Potosi’s refuge (4790 m)
Day 7 Huayna Potosi’s high camp (5180 m)
Day 8 Climb: Huayna Potosi (6094 m)
Day 9 La Paz – Walking city tour – Departure
Day 1

Arrival in La Paz (3600 m)
Arrival in La Paz at El Alto’s airport (4000 m) and transfer to hotel (3600 m). La Paz is the highest capital in the world with an stimated population of 2,3 millions. Decorated with its iconic Ilimani (6462 m) snow capped mountain in the background. It is located in the La Ollada valley, built on the slope of the mountain from 4000 meters down to 3600 meters, with a notable increase in temperature at the lower section, being the most privileged social classes the ones living there.
Once at the hotel, meeting with our staff who will give you a short introduction and briefing about the next day’s activities.

Day 2

Copacabana (3900 m)
Pick up in the morning for a 4 hours drive from La Paz to the famous Titi-Caca Lake and the harbor town of Copacabana, located by the shores of the lake. The road trip is an experience in itself, after leaving El Alto (popular neighborhood in upper La Paz), the first mountains will be visible and the one that stands out first is Huayna Potosi (6094 m), after that the Condoriri massive and then the Cordillera Real starts to vanish in the distance. After about 3 hours drive over the “Puna” (highland desert), will reach the San Pedro de Tiquina channel, were a rustic ferry will sail the vehicle to the other side. From this point 45 minutes to Copacabana.
Upon arrival, visit to the Copacabana’s church, which houses the black Virgin Mary and then a short hike to the pilgrim’s hill of Copacabana known as Cerro Calvario (4018 m). Sunset from this spot are once in a lifetime experience, don’t miss it!
Night in hostel
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

The Sun’s island (4065 m)
Early morning departure from Copacabana’s harbor in a local tourist boat, sailing Northwest to the Northern end of the Sun’s Island called Challampa. Once on land, will take a trail that crosses the island from North to South passing ancient and more modern ruins along the way. During the hike, there are some great vintage points over to the Lake. About half way, there is the highest point, a hill called Palla Khasa (4065 m). Then the trail begin to descent towards the Southern end, where lunch will be held in one of the nice typical restaurants of the island. After lunch, a short hike down to the harbor called Yumani and then sail back to Copacabana, while enjoying the evening lights.
Night in hostel
Ascent: 265 m / Descent: 265 m / Highest altitude: 4065 m / Activity duration: 2-3 h / Distance: 11 Km.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Condoriri massif – Base camp (4650 m)
After a good breakfast, the group will start a 3 hours road trip to the Condoriri’s massive, which lies in between La Paz and the Titi- Caca lake. The last part of the trip will be crossing over the “Puna” (highland desert) until a place know as “El Rincon” (the corner), where the pack animals and the local staff will be waiting. The hike follows a valley surrounded by many of the massive’s peaks with the Condoriri standing out beautifully. The hike takes about 3 hours to the campsite on the shores of the Juricota lake. The camp is placed on a privilege spot with a great panoramic view to the massive.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 150 m / Highest altitude: 4650 m / Activity duration: 3 h / Distance: 2,9 Km
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Climb: Punta Austria (5300 m)
Morning start from the camp heading Northwards across a moraine field up to a narrow valley on the Southern flank of Punta Austria. The ascent follows the valley, progressively gaining altitude until the a col. From this point, there is one of the best view over to Huayna Potosi and Condoriri. It is possible to get a glimpse of the extension of the Cordillera Real to the North. The last section of the climb, goes over a trail close to the ridge, ending on the summit. The 360 degrees view is breathtaking, on one side to the mountain range and to the other side the “”puna” and in the back ground the Titi-Caca Lake. The descent traces back the same trail back to camp.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 650 m / Descent: 650 m / Highest altitude: 5300 m / Activity duration: 5-6 h / Distance one-way: 2,9 Km
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 6

Botijlaka (3700 m) – Huayna Potosi’s refuge (4790 m)
Today the team will hike out of the Juricota Lake about 9:00 AM, heading up a moraine that gently ascents to the “El Mirador” pass (5000 m). During the ascent, there is the best view to the Condoriri massive in all its extend. Once on the pass, the trail descent by a very nice open valley to the isolated settlement of Botijlaka (4000 m) and from where the transport (1 h) will take the group to Huayna Potosi’s lower hut (4790 m). Evening for rest and preparations.
Night in mountain hut’s dormitories.
Ascent: 350 m / Descent: 1300 m / Highest altitude: 5000 m / Activity duration: 7 h / Distance to the pass: 1,6 Km / Distance from the pass to road: 11,3 Km.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 7

Huayna Potosi’s high camp (5180 m)
After preparing all the need equipment for the next day’s climb, the porters divide the loads and begin the ascent to high camp. The group will follow shortly, hiking (4 h) by a good trail that swing through the moraine. Most of the way is quite easy with short section of steep terrain. High camp is located at a platform beside a hut with a real high mountain atmosphere. Upon arrival the group will get their tents and cargo, to settle in their tents and rest before the summit bid. The guide will do a throughly briefing and check all the gear for the climb. Early dinner and rest.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 390 m / Highest altitude: 5180 m / Activity duration: 4 h / Distance: 2.3 Km
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 8

Climb: Huayna Potosi (6094 m)
Wake up call will be around 1:00 AM. The staff will provide a light breakfast while the team gears up for the climb. The team will be divided, according to the physical shape and acclimatisation level. Once on the way, the first part follows a relative steep moraine until reaching along traverse, which leads to another steep step. Once on top, the climb follows a series of ascending snow fields that leads to the huge Pyramid below the summit. By this time dawn has begun and it would be possible to get a good overview of the section ahead leading to the summit. The final Huayna Potosi’s ridge is one of the most spectacular climbs in Bolivian and an experience of a life time. The trail follows the narrow ridge, offering an incredible view to the neighboring mountains, the great Titi-Caca Lake, the Ilimani mountain, La Paz City and, if cloud clear, it is possible to see the Parinacota and Sajama volcanoes in the distance. A summit not to be missed!
The descent will be done by the same route, once at high camp, a short break to pack down and recover the strength for the last section down to the lower hut. The vehicles will be waiting for a 2 hours transfer back to La Paz and a well deserved rest.
Night in hostel.
Ascent: 914 m / Descent: 1304 m / Highest altitude: 6094 m / Activity duration: 10-12 h / Distance to the summit: 2.2 Km / Distance to the lower hut from the summit: 4,5 Km.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic

Day 9

La Paz – Walking city tour – Departure
In the morning a half day city tour in La Paz, visiting some of the most iconic places in the colonial downtown like: Plaza Murillo (La Paz’s main square), Calle Jaen, Plaza de San Francisco, the exciting “witch market” in Calle Linaza, street food markets and ending the souvenir market at Calle Sagarnaga.
After city tour, transfer out to La Paz’s Airport (1 h) for international flight.
End of services.
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local culture guide from Day 1 to 4
  • Local main UIAGM mountain guide from Day 4 to 8
  • Assistant guide from 4 people during the mountain itinerary from Days 4 to 8
  • Climbing assistant guides: for Huayna Potosi 1:2
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • Shared boat to the Sun Island
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms in the city of La Paz
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms in the town of Copacabana
  • 2 night in share dormitory in the lower huts at Huayna Potosi
  • Entry & climbing fees to the National parks and natural reserves
  • Quality mountain tents – 2 people per tent during the trek/climb
  • Group common campsite equipment
  • Porters and mule/horses for group campsite equipment and personal equipment
  • Cook during the trek and climb
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic and international flights
  • Separate airport transfers in case of multiple arrival/departures
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal camping & climbing gear
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

LA PAZHostel Naira or similar

COPACABANAHostel Onkel Inn or similar

HUAYNA POTOSI: Lower hut: No website



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Tags: Bolivia, La Paz, Copacabana, Cordillera Real, Potosi, Titicaca, F, Condoriri, F grade, Pequeño Alpamayo, Huayna Potosi, Austria peak, Punta Austria, Austria