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3d2n Pequeño Alpamayo 5.450m, climbing

3 Días| Camping| Transport| Feeding
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Pequeño Alpamayo 5.450m, climbing

Technical facts:

Length: 3 days
Height difference: 750 m.a.s.l
Technical difficulties: AD (difficult) AI 2
Medium slope angle: 40/ 50 / 55 degrees.
Base Camp: at 4,620 m.a.s.l

Highlights:

  • Solitary landscape which treasures pristine lakes and Andean fauna such as geese, ducks, ibis, and lots of llamas and alpacas.
  • Climbing Pequeño Alpamayo mountain
  • Enjoy the great views of the landscape as well as the pyramidal shape of this glacier
  • Attempt to reach the top

The Condoriri National Park displays a great natural potential. Beautifully preserved, it is tucked away in the mountains dotted with crystal clear mountain lakes, a product of the constant thawing of the glaciers. Observe stunning ice stalactites forming their unique shapes down cascading waterfalls.

As you ascend the mountain chains around La Paz, the Andean landscape appears to become even more brilliant due to the presence of numerous lakes of various colors. In its frigid waters live trout of great sizes that can easily be fished with simple equipment.

The surroundings are very interesting because it ascends completely solitary mountains; the complete silence of the mountains is only disturbed when passing llamas break up the ice underneath their hooves, creating small trickles while they wind their way down to Lake Titicaca. From these altitudes you can observe the silvery shimmer of light reflected by the world’s highest navigable lake, while trekking in the company of numerous llamas, the occasional alpaca (they are shy) and many smaller animals such as chinchillas, lizards, ibises and gulls.

DAY 1:  La Paz- Chiarkhota lagoon

In order to arrive at this magical place, we will first arrive at Palcoco village. From this point we will take the secondary access dirt road, until it ends. It takes about two hours by car from La Paz. Here we will be met by our muleteers who will carry all the essential necessities on the backs of their mules or llamas. The trek commences at a height of 4.300m where we will trek progressively to an altitude of 4.620m until we reach our base camp, on the shores of the beautiful Chiarkhota lagoon at 4.620m. Here we will have an impressive view of Tuni Condoriri mountain 5.648m. and there will also be time to enjoy the scenery while our cook prepares a delicious meal.

Meals: lunch and dinner

Night: Camping or basic lodge

DAY 2: Attempt to reach the top

We begin this day with an early breakfast at 01:00am and around 02:00am we leave towards the Pequeño Alpamayo (5.370m.). The first part goes through a rocky path that do not require the use of crampons, yet after 1 and a half hours of walking we reach the glacier and from this point we use the crampons, ice axes and ascend with our guide on ropes. The central part of the glacier is a bit difficult, going through the peak of Tarija at 5.300m 2 hours after the initiation of our ascent. After a short descent we approach the Pequeño Alpamayo, 80m of technical climbing with a slope of 55 ° to reach its peak, and after another 2 hours we will attempt to reach its top, after this effort, we will get back  to base camp, along the same route.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Night: Camping or basic lodge

Day 3: Chiarkhota lagoon, back to La Paz

We start with a good breakfast to recharge our energies, then we will need about 2 and a half hours trek and 2 hours by private vehicle to bring you back to La Paz.

Meals: breakfast and box lunch

Night: Camping or basic lodge

Please contact us at this email to discuss budget: info@pukinatravel.com or via WAPP+591 73088333

 

Included in the program:

  • Private transportation round trip
  • Professional mountain guides (one guide for every 2 climbers)
  • Fresh and tasty meals during the expedition.
  • 2 nights camping in mountain tents or in a basic lodge
  • Camping gear (foam mattress, two person high mountain tents)
  • crampons, gaiters, harness, and ice axe, mountain helmet
  • Dining tent.
  • All the entrance fees to the national park.
  • Mules for carrying the gear to base camp and back.
  • Oxygen bottle in base camp

Excluded:

  • Warm clothes, sun glasses, and personal cleaning items.
  • Mountain plastic boots, sleeping bag (optional for rent)
  • Insurances of any type, medical expenses, cost of evacuation.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays and itinerary changes beyond the control of  Pukina Travel, we recommend travel insurance to cover any unforeseen costs.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Alcohol and/or bottled drinks
  • We recommend limiting your bag weigh to 8kilos/17pounds
  • Extras.

 

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