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Cordillera real
Sorata Region
 

- Trek Laguna Glaciar 5-6 days
- Trek Ancohuma 6 days
- Illampu tour 7 days

   
Between Condoriri and Huayna Potosi
  - Trek Maria Lloco 3 days
- Trek Maria Lloco 4 days
- Laguna tour 4 days
   
Cordillera Apolobamba
  - Exploring Healing Traditions 6 days
   
Other treks and Mountaineering
  - Long treks / Mountaineering
   
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- Cordillera Real, between heaven and earth

 

- Fiche Cordillera Real, technical information


CORDILLERA REAL : Base camp Condoriri
   
CORDILLERA REAL : people
   
CORDILLERA REAL
   


TECHNICAL INFORMATION CORDILLERA REAL
 
The Royal Cordillera: Technical information
 
ACCESS

The Cordillera Real starts to the North near Sorata (Illampu – Ancohuma range) and stretches to the South all the way to Illimani.

 * For the Illampu-Ancohuma range, go to Sorata:
in 4WD, from La Paz take the direction of Lake Titicaca and at Huarina, head towards Sorata and the Cordillera. After that, there is only one road.

* For the Condoriri range, go to Tuni:
in 4WD, from La Paz take the direction of Lake Titicaca and in the village of Patamanta, take the road towards Tuni (via Chunawi), on the right. When you reach Tuni, follow the track on the right of the lake then head, on foot, towards the base camp of laguna Chiar Khota (3-hour walk– clear water).

* For the Huayna Potosi range :
in 4WD from La Paz, reach the Milluni-Zongo dam where is located the Huyana Potosi shelter is located (comfortable). There is another shelter, just before the dam, the shelter of San Calixto (more simple)

* For the Illimani range:
in 4WD from La Paz, take the direction of the Southern part of town, Calacoto, towards the Cumbre (name of the pass) and then after the pass, follow the only road as far as Ventilla and then go right (towards the South) to Pinaya (4-hour trip from La Paz). Beware, the superb road is not in good shape and the driver must be experienced.

* For Jankho Laya:
No public bus. The trip must be done with a 4WD from La Paz. Take the road to Lake Titicaca. At the village of Penas, take the direction of the Hichukhota Valley, in front of the Cordillera.
The track skirts numerous lagunas, the first one being laguna Khara Khota. The itinerary, which is impressive and beautiful, eventually reaches the upper part of the valley. There, take the newest road heading to the left (to the right the track leads to the ancient mine Fabulosa). Once on the pass (4980 m.a.s.l.), follow the winding track, to the area called “Paso Mullu Apacheta” (3 ½-hour trip from La Paz)

 
CLIMATE

Good season: from April to September (even mid-October), blue sky in general on the Titicaca side and chances of showers on the Amazon side (sunny days, -15/-20°C during the nights at altitude). The nights are cool at altitude.
The rest of the year (from November to end of March), often rainy, a lot of snow and fog at altitude, and the rare shelters are closed. Nonetheless, the ascents remain possible (5/6-day windows of good weather are not unusual) and the classics are empty of people.

 
TIPS “acclimatization”:
- Laguna Huayna Khotia. In 4WD, take the road to Lake Titicaca from La Paz. Then head towards the village of Penas (map required) and follow the track climbing towards the Cordillera. You will drive by numerous colorful lagunas, in one of the most beautiful settings the Cordillera offers. This off-the-beaten-path excursion will give you a taste of adventure and a real approach to the great Cordillera without even having to carry your backpack and a tent. You will not be disappointed, not a bad way to acclimate.
- Laguna Mururata. Even further off-the-beaten-path. Take the track to Ventilla (towards Illimani) and clear the pass before Lambate. The first village as you go down is called Tutural Pampa. Head on foot towards the lagunas you will have noticed on the way down. Good hikers will reach the last laguna, at the foot of glacier Mururata. We have seen hikers cry upon arrival, stunned by the beauty of the scenery crossed that have nothing to envy from Patagonia and its fjords. Or could it have been from exhaustion?… 
 
ORGANISATION
- The Cordillera Real is a vast and still mostly untouched playground. Consequently, shelters are mostly unheard of. There is not shelter (except for the Huayna Potosi), it is not possible either to stay with local hosts, except in very rare occasions, There are few villages and of course no stores along the way. As a matter of fact, very often, the trails are not clearly marked and it is always reassuring to have a local muleteer or a guide along, as much for his knowledge of the area as for his services.  Not to mention the local rescue means (or lack of) in case there is a problem. All the more reasons the Cordillera Real is incredibly attractive to the trekker /mountaineer in search of solitudes.
 
SECURITY
La Paz does not possess a rescue helicopter. You will need to leave your itinerary and program at the shelter and if there is no shelter, at the closest village or in one of the travel agencies in La Paz. Cellular phones (available for sale or rent in La Paz, calle Guachalla) function on the Altiplano side of entire Cordillera Real. However there is no signal on the Yungas side. Most of the classic routes are located on the Altiplano side.
- Security: Avoid camping near the Laguna San Francisco (Illampu range) at any rate. You will be exposed to potential theft perpetrated by the unfriendly Aymaras from the nearby community. And for trekkers, only the Choro Trek can cause problems. For the rest, the Cordillera Real is very safe and quiet.
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY

- “Sommets Incas”, Edition Glénat, 2005, Fabrice Pawlak (Terra Andina associate) and Patrick Wagnon
- Cordillera Real, Western, Apolobamba guides (in Spanish!): Los Andes de Bolivia, Guia de escaladas, Alain Mesili, 2002, Producciones Cima, the best climbing guide for the Cordillera. Very complete and available in La Paz.
- Guide books of the classic Bolivian summits (in English): Bolivia a climbing guide, Yosi Brain, 1999, good technical information. Complete and available in La Paz.
- Guide of the most known summits of the South American Cordilleras: The Andes, mountaineering guide, by John Biggar, Nevicata, 2000.

 
MAPS

- Illimani, IGM 6044 III, 6043 IV or Cordillera Real, Sur, Illimani, Club Alpino Aleman.
Huayna Potosi, IGM Milluni 5945 II, Walter Guzman Cordova.
- Janko Laya, IGM Lago Khara Khota 5945 IV ou Walter Guzman Cordova Negruni-Condoriri.
- Condoriri, WALTER Guzman Condoriri-Negruni (but some of the names of the summits are incorrect), or 4 maps IGM: Milluni 5945 II, Penas 5945 III, Zongo 5945 I, Lago Khara Khota 5945 IV.
- Ancohuma, DAV Cordillera Real Nord (illampu) ; ou IGM Sorata 5846 I et Warizata 5846 II..

 
   

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