Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba

Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba

Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba

Prices

From $3,325USD

Difficulty

Guided

Camping, Hostels

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Highlights

Join this guided trekking tour in Bolivia’s stunning Cordillera Apolobamba

See the tallest peaks in the Cordillera Apolobamba, one of the most beautiful parts of the Andes.

Ascend to high-altitude passes for miles and miles of views over the surrounding summits.

Explore unique lagoons, geological features, valleys, and more.

Camp next to serene lakes in the company of local llamas and sheep.

The Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour is an exciting opportunity to call the Andes home for 9 days, exploring all that makes this mountain range so special. If you like stunning scenery, Bolivian culture and great trekking, then this is the trekking tour for you!

The Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour is all about the elevation. You’ll reside above 4000m for the duration of the tour, hiking from one stunning pass to another.

Cross under Chaupi Orco, the highest peak in the region, while you find your perfect camping spot for the night. Pass fields of llamas and sheep while you follow flowing streams and ascend valley walls. Skirt around massive glaciers hugging imposing summits. Picnic at the shores of Laguna Chuchuja while you admire the tall peak of Condoriri. Then, local Andean deer hop past you while you circle Palomani Grande. Everywhere you go on the Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour, the mountains envelop you.

Adventurous travellers, this once in a lifetime hiking tour of the Cordillera Apolobamba is calling you!

Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in La Paz and Hot Springs

Welcome to Bolivia! You’ll be picked up from the airport in La Paz or at your downtown hotel to begin the drive into the Cordillera Apolobamba. Along the way, you’ll twist and turn as you gain elevation, passing beautiful Lake Titicaca. When you make it to Charazani, take a break to enjoy the nearby hot springs. Then, it’s onwards to Lagunillas for a lunch break and then to Kanisaya, where you’ll be spending the night.

Overnight Location
Refuge in Kanisaya (3,870m)
Distance
None
Meals
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Trek to Laguna Chuchuja

Ready to get trekking in the Bolivian Andes? Enjoy breakfast and then head up to a tiny hamlet with great stone houses. You’ll hike up along a steep slope to an overlook atop a plateau that holds Laguna Chuchuja. What a view! Set up camp at the base of Akamani, an unforgettable spot.

Overnight Location
Camping near Akamani (4,230m)
Distance
3.5 hours, 360m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to Laguna Kanuhuma

Today, you’ll enjoy breakfast under the mountains before packing up your tent and heading northwest to a high pass above the lake. You’ll follow a contour to a huge valley where a stream rushes through the bottom. Follow the stream to a high plateau where you can start to see the tall peak of Ullakaya in the distance. Descend into the valley once more to set up camp at Lake Kanuhuma for the night.

Overnight Location
Camping near Laguna Kanuhuma (4,720m)
Distance
8 hours, 900m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to Laguna Pujo

How are the legs feeling so far? Today, you’ll continue your trek in the Bolivian Andes as you trek across a plateau in a swampy glen. It overlooks a unique geological feature called a “bofedal”, or a humid elevated land. Keep your feet dry as you pick your way across to a glacial pass that divides two mountains. Beautiful! Then, head up to a pass at 5110m that enjoys views of Condoriri and Ullakaya. You’ll descend briefly to a sandy area that leads to Lake Pujo, where you can spend the evening relaxing.

Overnight Location
Camping near Laguna Pujo (4,655m)
Distance
7 hours, 470m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Cololo Camp

You’re halfway through your trek into the Cordillera Apolobamba! Today, begin with an easy hike north that leads to a high pass that offers fabulous views of the Huanacuni and Cololo glaciers and surrounding range. You’ll head down into a wide valley, cross the stream, and head up the other side towards two large lakes. This is camp for the night, and you’re in luck because it’s one of the most beautiful spots in the Apolobambas. Before the day is done, you have the option to head up to a glacial lake at the base of Cololo. It’s not a tough hike, but it’s certainly rewarding.

Overnight Location
Camping near Cololo (4,680m)
Distance
8 hours, 480m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Huanacuni Camp

You’ll sadly have to leave your beautiful camping spot this morning, but it’ll be worth it! Trek along to the foot of the Huanacuni glacier, and then take an easy descent into a valley of ashy soil. There are some exciting technical parts are you climb up to a plateau that sits at the foot of the glaciers around Huanacani. It’s a beautiful spot, and you’ll make camp next to three green lakes with the mountain in sight.

Overnight Location
Camping at Huanacuni (4,750m)
Distance
7 hours, 580m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Pelechuco Pass and Palomani Grande

Today, begin your Apolobamba adventure with a trek up to a pass at 5120m. It’s not very difficult, so you can fully enjoy the amazing views that surround you. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a herd of local llamas! Head down to the lakes near Pelechuco Pass, where you have a great view of the Cerro Presidente, Palomani Grande, and Azucarani peaks. Enjoy a lakeshore picnic before heading upwards to a rocky tower where the surrounding peaks seem close enough to touch. You’ll be able to see the Chaupi Orco summit, the highest peak in the region. Andean deer, or venado, may keep you company as you hike down to camp. The descent is stunning all the way to the valley where you’ll spend the evening.

Overnight Location
Camping near Palomani Grande (4,730m)
Distance
9 hours, 770m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to Chaupi Orco Viewpoint

Enjoy breakfast before setting out to follow a meandering stream to a stunning turquoise lake, which marks the start of your climb. You’ll head up and over a rocky barrier, and the view of the stunning Chucuyo Grande that you’ll be treated to is unforgettable. It’s a series of peaks leading up to the highest in the Cordillera on the far left. Perfection! Then, head back to Palomani Grande camp for another evening under the stars.

Overnight Location
Camping near Palomani Grande (4,730m)
Distance
4.5 hours, 260m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Departure from Bolivia

Sadly, the end of your trek through the Cordillera Apolobamba has come. Enjoy breakfast before a private transfer to La Paz and the airport comes to pick you up.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

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Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Price and Dates

This guided tour of the Andean region of Bolivia is always run as a custom tour for your group only, therefore the price depends on your group size.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 4: $3,325USD per person

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

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Accommodation on the Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour

This tour is based in campsites and hostels. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hostel (please enquire to find out the prices). Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up where possible.

Night 1

Refuge in Kanisaya

This remote refuge is full of Andean mountain spirit and surrounded by the stunning views.

Night 2-8

Camping along the route

Enjoy sleeping under the stars! You’ll camp next to several alpine lakes, where all necessary equipment will be provided.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour

Meals

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 8 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

All required private and luggage transfers are included. Mule or llama carrier for equipment during trekking is included too.

Also Included

  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to national parks and museums
  • Cook for trekking part
  • Entrance fees to national parks, historical sites, museums, etc.
  • Camping equipment

Not included

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

Optional Extras

  • Extra night before or after the tour
  • Tips for local guides

Frequenty Asked Questions about Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba

How hard is the Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You will regularly hike 3-8 hours per day at elevations exceeding 4,000-5,000m above sea level. Travellers with hiking experience will be best suited for this tour. We recommend spending at least 3 days in La Paz beforehand to acclimatize.

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 Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour?

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, you will need to acquire travel insurance that covers hiking. 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 and transferred to begin the tour.

Is the Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour guided?

Yes, an English-speaking trekking guide is included.

Where does the Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour end?

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

Are equipment rentals included?

No, please bring any personal items or equipment desired for the tour.

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 Trekking in the Cordillera Apolobamba Tour is from May through August 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.

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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 $3,325USD

Difficulty

Guided

Camping, Hostels

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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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You will regularly hike 3-8 hours per day at elevations exceeding 4,000-5,000m above sea level. Travellers with hiking experience will be best suited for this tour. We recommend spending at least 3 days in La Paz beforehand to acclimatize.


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Local guide

Eldy

La Paz, Bolivia

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+1 (587) 327-9828

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