- Altitude: 5,100m - 5,700m
- Duration: 5 Days
The Condoriri area is a particularly attractive zone to practise climbing. Although the summits are not as high as other peaks, the variety of different terrains encountered and skills needed makes for a very exciting experience. This itinerary also allows for those with less experience on the ice to gradually gain more and more technical knowledge and skill.
Early departure from La Paz to the Estancia Tuni (4,400m) where the vehicle drops us off. We then have a 3 hour trek to the Chair Khota Lagoon (4,630m), where we will set up our base camp.
Early departure (5.00am). Our first route is to climb the Pico Tarija (5,300m) beyond which we will continue down then back up to PEQUEÑO ALPAMAYO (5,350m). We then return to base camp.
Early start to reach the summit of Pico Ilusion (5,350m). It is not a high climb but the approach gives us the the opportunity to practise different skills (eg. glacial traverse) and helps in our preparation for the Cabeza del Condor the following day.
A long day to reach the summit of the Cabeza del Condor. The terrain begins on very loose rock until we reach the ice. The ascent starts relatively gently (40-45º) until we enter into a ice canyon where the climb becomes more technical. Once reaching the summit, we return by the same route to our base camp. All in all about 13 hours.
Time to break camp and return to Estancia Tuni, where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to La Paz.
Did you know?
The range is called Condoriri because part of the mountains form the shape of a condor. This is why we have the summits of "Condor's head", "left wing" and "right wing".
"I'll be back!"
Colin Chisholm, Condoriri July 2005