> Spend 2 nights at the Huayna Potosi refuges
> Reach Austria peak
> Camp at the base of the imposing west face of Huayna Potosi
This program combines 2 ½ days of trekking through the Cordillera Real, an afternoon of basic mountaineering instruction and practice, and a 2-day climb of Huayna Potosi (6088 meters). Our trek begins in the scenic Condoriri region of lakes and glaciated peaks and includes the opportunity to summit Pico Austria.
We then continue through the Andean highlands along the spine of the Cordillera Real and camp at the base of the imposing west face of Huayna Potosi. We make the transition to the Huayna Potosi base camp and spend an afternoon practicing techniques on the glacier on the lower slopes of the mountain. We then spend our final two days in the summit attempt of Huayna Potosi.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am and we will drive for around 3 hours out of the city and through the Andean highlands until we reach Rinconada (4500 meters) from where we start the trek.
After an hour of gentle uphill trekking past several small lakes, we arrive at the larger lake of Chiar Khota (4700 meters). From there we begin the steeper ascent of Pico Austria (5350 meters) for around an additional 3 hours until we reach the summit.
From the top of Pico Austria, we have a spectacular view of Mt. Condoriri, with its shape of a Condor with its wings spread wide, Lake Titicaca, the west face of Huayna Potosi, and numerous other peaks of the Cordillera Real. Our descent to Chiar Khota will take around 1 hour.
We will spend the night at Chiar Khota.
We will breakfast by the lakeside and break camp before beginning our trek to Maria Llocko. During our trek, we will cross over two passes, the first with an elevation of 5000 meters and the second with an elevation of 4900 meters. Along the way, we will observe the typical fauna and vegetation of the high altiplano.
After around 7 hours of trekking, we will arrive at our second camp, Maria Llocko (4700 meters). Maria Llocko is a scenic spot at the base of the mighty west face of Huayna Potosi and is where we will make our camp for the second night.
Today our 4-hour trek will take us from the west side of Huayna Potosi and over a pass of 5100 meters. After crossing over into the next valley, we will arrive to the base camp of Huayna Potosi (4700 meters).
We will have lunch at the base camp lodge and then walk 40 minutes to the base of the Old Glacier where we will practice basic mountaineering techniques and ice climbing. Later we will return to the base camp for dinner and overnight lodging.
All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.
During your trek, you stay in refuges. These are simple in nature but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.
During your trek, you will stay in tents. The crew will take care of setting up all camping equipment.
This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.
All mountain equipment necessary such as crampons, harness, plastic boots, windproof pants and jacket, ice axe, gloves, gaiters, helmet, and balaclava are included in the price of the trek.
The cost of permits to enter the national park during your trek is included in the price.
A muleteer will be there to assist with transporting all the necessary equipment, luggage, food, etc.
This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.
You must bring your own sleeping bag with you. You can rent a sleeping bag from your trekking company.
Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.