Cordillera Real Trek

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Cordillera Real Trek

Prices

From $2,995USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Camping

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Highlights

Trek on this guided tour in the stunning Cordillera Real in the Bolivian Andes

Hike high into the Cordillera Real mountains, one of Bolivia’s most impressive ranges.

Trek past remote wonders, including high glaciers, hidden lagoons, and swampy valleys.

Walk under perpetual rainbows formed by the lakes and winds.

Stay with the local Tuni people and learn about their lives in this one of a kind place.

Searching for your next mountain adventure? The Cordillera Real Trek tour should be at the top of your list. There is no better way to experience Bolivia’s magical Cordillera Real mountain range!

The Cordillera Real Trek will get any avid hiker up into one of the most unique mountain ranges on earth. Rising from the ground near the Amazon rainforest, these fascinating mountains are flanked by lakes, lagoons, valleys, and remote landscapes waiting to be found.

Hike under perpetual rainbows caused by nearby lakes, toe around massive glaciers, and ascend near some of Bolivia’s highest peaks. By night, you’ll sleep in alpine lodges and tents thousands of metres above sea level. Meet the local Tuni people and learn about their lives up here by the mountainside, and bond over your mutual appreciation for this unique place.

The guided Cordillera Real Trek tour is an unforgettable trek through the Cordillera Real and undoubtedly one of the most unique ways to experience the beauty of Bolivia.

Cordillera Real Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in La Paz and Sorata

Welcome to Bolivia! After flying into La Paz, you’ll be transferred to Sorata. Keep an eye out the window, you’ll be driving along the mountains into the deep valley where Sorata lies, right at the foot of Illampu. Tonight, rest up for the big trip ahead.

Overnight Location
Ecolodge in Sorata
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Sorata to Laguna Chilata

Begin the day with a hike southwest through rolling fields. Once you get higher, the peak of Illampu comes into focus. Keep that pretty view in mind as the elevation starts to catch up to you- it’s not long before you’ll make camp for the night near Chilata Lake.

Overnight Location
Camping in Laguna Chilata (4,200m)
Distance
6.5 hours, 1520m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to Laguna Glacier and Campo Venado

How are the legs feeling today? You’re just getting started! The next leg of your Cordillera Real hiking tour begins heading southeast, crossing a pass to get onto the contour line of the western slope of Illampu. You’ll end up at the Glacier Lagoon, with fabulous views surrounding you. Take a rocky descent down to your camp and get cozy for dinner.

Overnight Location
Camping in Camp Venado (4,300m)
Distance
6.5 hours, 900m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to Mina Susana and Lojena

Day four begins with an ascent up to a pass that overlooks the Susana mine, where silver and tin were mined. You’ll see the hints of mining activity on the mountain as you hike. Follow the western slope of Achachi Khollu before a descent into Millipaya. You’ll cross a creek and head right back up to the Khota Pata Lake, with the towering Chuto Kalani in the foreground. Walk by a few alpine lakes to Lojena, where it’s time to rest for the night with a view over the Millipaya Valley.

Overnight Location
Camping in Lojena (4,360m)
Distance
6.5 hours, 640m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Laguna San Francisco

Ready for the next adventure? Begin the day with an ascent up to the Chotanlona Pass, where you’re surrounded by Illampu, Chearoco, and Ancohuma peaks. Then, head down to Lake San Francisco, which is bright turquoise and quite tempting after such a long hike. Don’t dive in just yet, there are hot springs nearby! Soak your legs and then relax at camp for the night.

Overnight Location
Camping at Laguna San Francisco (4,520m)
Distance
5.5 hours, 700m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Laguna Chonja Quta

The next leg of your hiking trip in the Cordillera Real beings with three ascents up passes that approach 5000m above sea level. Out of breath a bit? Hopefully it’s the scenery! You’ll head into a valley adorned with two bright blue lakes. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole mountain range, so it’s only natural you’ll be setting up camp here for the night.

Overnight Location
Camping in Laguna Chonja Quta (4,720m)
Distance
6.5 hours, 745m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Laguna Jistana Quta

This morning, you’re welcome to relax for a bit in the sun around the lake, which is going to feel amazing after all the kilometres you’ve put in so far. If you’re still feeling chipper, hike up to Calzeda Pass, which is between Calzeda and Kasiri peaks. What a view! Then, descend back to the lake to enjoy lunch before breaking camp and heading to Lake Jistana, where you can enjoy the sun again for the rest of the evening.

Overnight Location
Camping in Laguna Jistana (4,560m)
Distance
3 hours, 350m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to Laguna Chiscacalliuani

After breakfast, you’ll head west to Niquioyo Kohta Lake. The view of the Condor Kipina is fantastic, so bring that camera! Then, a ridge walk provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca. Enjoy the sights while you cross two passes before scree surfing downwards to the emerald Chiscacalliuani Lake. Enjoy dinner and put your feet up.

Overnight Location
Camping in Laguna Chiscacalliuani (4,820m)
Distance
7 hours, 800m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Rio Chacha Kumani & Jayllawaya Valley

Begin the 8th day of your Cordillera Real hiking journey with a trek past the swampy valley of Chacha Kumani, which is bordered by a large glacier. Hop over soft moss to begin ascending the valley wall, where you’ll enjoy crystal-clear views of the Chachacomani glacier. Then, head down into the Pur Purani Valley, hike over 3 passes, and finally pitch your tent to admire the mountains and enjoy dinner before bed.

Overnight Location
Camping in Jayllawaya Valley (4,480m)
Distance
7.5 hours, 905m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Laguna Khotia

Day 10 begins with a steep hike up to a plateau, where you’ll enjoy the briefly flat ground as you approach the Wara Warani lagoon, which sits at the foot of the Wara Warani glacier. To your delight, the glacier feeds a lovely turquoise lake where you can splash your face if you’d like. It’s beautiful here, so take some time to soak it up before climbing to a steep pass at 5500m that overlooks the Kunu Pampa glacier. You’ll drop down across an ice field to a remote valley, where the Minchin Pass is the only thing standing between you and your campsite (and dinner!) at the Khotia lagoon.

Overnight Location
Camping in Laguna Khotia (4,450m)
Distance
7.5 hours, 810m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek to Laguna Ajwani

Good morning! Today begins with a hike to Chiarkhota Lake, which is not very technical and thus nice and relaxing. You’ll then head south towards the Contador Pass, which has a lovely view of the surrounding mountains. Pass swampy areas and smaller lakes before ascending to Ajwani Lake, a little blue gem filled with ducks. They might even try to share your dinner.

Overnight Location
Camping in Laguna Ajwani (4,615m)
Distance
5 hours, 550m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to Laguna Jurikhota

Day 12 begins with breakfast by the lake before hiking alongside the mountains to the Milluni Pass, there the huge Huyana Potosi peak seems close enough to touch. Head down to Sistana Lake and enjoy a breather before hiking up to Janchallani Pass, where the views of Condoriri Massif, one of the largest glaciers in the area, are sublime. When you’re ready, descend to Jurikhota Lake to make camp and kick back.

Overnight Location
Camping in Laguna Jurikhota (4,700m)
Distance
4 hours, 530m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 Trek over Austria Pass to Tuni

There’s an exciting day ahead! Climb up to Congelada Lake, which is pure magic. You’ll never want to forget the views up here. Then, continue on to Austria Pass, which is nowhere near Austria but very splendid. Hike down to Chiarkhota Lake, which serves as basecamp for several climbs in the sea. You’ll arrive at Tuni, where the locals are excited to welcome you. Spend the evening enjoying music, food, and visiting.

Overnight Location
Ecolodge in Tuni (4,450m)
Distance
7.5 hours, 525m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Tuni Community & Departure

All too soon, the end of your Cordillera Real adventure has come. Before you rest your feet (for a long time, hopefully!), you’ll enjoy a traditional breakfast with the Tuni people before learning about their day to day life, helping them make a traditional “huatia” meal for lunch, and then heading to La Paz after you’ve bid your new friends farewell

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Cordillera Real Trek Price and Dates

This guided hiking tour of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia is always run as a private tour for your group only, and the price depends on the number of travellers in your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 4: $2,995USD per person

Please note that the pricing might change depending on your group size.

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Accommodation on the Cordillera Real Trek Tour

This tour is based in mountain ecolodges and campsites. The lodges offer pleasant rooms with unique mountain settings. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement. All camping supplies are included.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $50USD to have a private room while staying in a hotel and have a single tent while camping. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up where possible.

Altai Oasis in Sorata

This relaxing lode features hammocks, barbecues, and great mountain views. Some bathrooms are private, and some are shared.

Night 2-12

Camping in the Bolivian Andes

You will spend most nights of this trip camping under the stars in the Cordillera Real. All camping supplies will be provided for you.

Ecolodge de Tuni in Tuni

This cozy ecolodge has simple rooms, fields full of llamas, and friendly owners.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Cordillera Real Trek Tour?

Meals

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 13 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

All required private and luggage transfers are included.

Also Included

  • English speaking trekking guide
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Camping equipment
  • Cook on trekking days
  • Porter services for individual and group equipment (llamas, mules)

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Flights to and from La Paz
  • Visa if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Domestic airport tax ($3 USD per person)

Optional Extras

  • Extra night at any point of the travel
  • Tips for the crew

Frequenty Asked Questions about Cordillera Real Trek

How hard is the Cordillera Real Trek Tour?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. You will hike 6-8 hours per day at elevations exceeding 4000m above sea level. This tour is best suited to more experienced hikers with great stamina.

Do I need a visa to travel to Bolivia?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Cordillera Real Trek Tour?

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 12 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes. You will need to acquire travel insurance that covers hiking/walking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to La Paz to start this tour?

You can fly into the La Paz El Alto International airport (LAP), where you will be greeted to begin the tour.

Is the Cordillera Real Trek tour guided?

Yes, an English-speaking guide is included.

Where does the Cordillera Real Trek tour end?

The tour ends in Tuni, where you will be transferred back to La Paz for your flight.

Are equipment rentals included?

Camping equipment is included, but please bring any hiking and personal equipment desired.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Bolivia?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Bolivia?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Bolivia for this tour?

The best time to travel to Bolivia for the Cordillera Real hike is from May through September when the alpine weather is the mildest.

Thaki Travel is a boutique tour operator based in Bolivia. Thaki aims to show you the best of Bolivian landscape, cuisine, and adventure. They are known for their professionalism, reactivity, and deep knowledge of each corner of Bolivia.

Thaki Travels aims to go the extra mile and surprise their guests with unexpected experiences and places. They use high-quality equipment to make mountain trips as safe and enjoyable as possible.

They offer exciting alpine adventures and vibrant city tours, providing an unforgettable journey through Bolivia with a serious dose of adventure.

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Prices

From $2,995USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Camping

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. You will hike 6-8 hours per day at elevations exceeding 4000m above sea level. This tour is best suited to more experienced hikers with great stamina.

Local guide

Eldy

La Paz, Bolivia

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+1 (587) 327-9828

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