- Duration: 8 Days
This is a fantastic trek, covering land so far unmapped by anyone and largely uninhabited. For that reason it is an ideal place to view wildlife - llamas, vizcachas and wild horses. The trek travels over a number of passes and many camp sites are over 4,000m in altitude. Quite a demanding trek
Depart from La Paz early for the village of Pelechuco (3,300m). The journey takes us past the little visited east side of Lake Titicaca and close to the border with Peru. It is a long day with the drive taking on average 12 hours. We will sleep in local accommodation in Pelechuco.
After a three hour walk we arrive at the first pass of the trek (4,900m), after which we descend via a stone bridge to the village of Illo Illo. Camp.
Early departure from Illo Illo to the community of Piedra Grande. If the weather is clear today, you can enjoy views of the mountain El Cuchillo (5,600m).
The path continues between two mountains up to the highest pass of the trek, at 5,100m. Descending at the other side, we will pass on of the mountain's glaciers at close quarters. Our camp site tonight is the gold mining community of Sunchuli, where you will also have the chance to visit some ancient Spanish construcions.
Two passes to tackle today. The first takes us to the village of Viscachani where we can visit an abandoned gold mine. Following on from there to our second pass (4,700m), we then descend to an immense pampa called Jatunpampa (4,200m) where we will camp.
A short climb to the pass today, after which we descend into the villages of Lagunilla and Curva (3,780m). These villages are well known as the centre of the Kallawaya culture, a culture of traditional healers who have strayed very little from their pre-Inca customs.
A short trek today from Curva to Charazani (4-5 hours). This village has many archaeological sites from the Mollo culture, including the tomb of Jaramillo and the ruins of Mallku Janalaya.
Another short trek, from Charazani to Amarete, along which there are several archeological sites to visit. A vehicle awaits us in Amarete for our return to La Paz.
Did you know?
The only existing map of this area is one sketched by a German explorer in the early 1990s. As it is close to the border with Peru and due to the dispute over the true border, it is unlikely there will be any commercial maps of this area for some time.