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Bolivia Cordillera Real Trek

From Lake Titicaca to Sky-High Andean Peaks

 

Venture deep into the Cordillera Real, one of the most isolated, unpopulated mountain ranges in the world. Explore the ruins of Tiwanaku, a pre-Columbian city inhabited by an advanced civilization. Travel on to Lake Titicaca, one of the most sacred places in Andean culture. Then, climb above the ruins into the clouds, where you'll cross six mountain passes up to 16,552' and spend seven nights camping under the stars. Experience nature's grandeur and civilization's sacred sites on this unforgettable high altitude Andean adventure.

  • Trek beneath breathtaking 20,000-foot peaks in one of the world's most unexplored mountain regions

  • Discover a pristine wilderness of translucent glaciers, tranquil alpine valleys, and sparkling glacial lakes

  • Visit Tiwanaku, Bolivia's most important archaeological site and the heart of a pre-Inca empire

Arrive:

La Paz, Bolivia

Depart:

La Paz, Bolivia

Duration:

14 Days

Activity Level:

5

Departures:

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Price: from $5,995

  • Arrive in La Paz (11,942')

    Day 1

    Meet your MT Sobek representative at El Alto airport and transfer to your hotel. Later, take a walking tour that starts with a short visit to the cemetery and continues on to several local markets. The tour concludes at San Pedro Square, where the well-known San Pedro prison is located. Afterwards, take an unforgettable ride on the Teleférico cable car for an eagle-eye view of the city.

    Accommodation: La Casona Hotel Boutique – La Paz, Bolivia

    Set in a colonial-style mansion only 50 feet from San Francisco Square, La Casona places you right in the heart of town. Gabled roofs, grotto-like rooms, a courtyard, and warm Spanish décor add to the hotel's historic charm. The excellent restaurant specializes in Mediterranean and regional dishes, and the rooftop terrace is the perfect setting for relaxing with a drink.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike to Cañón de Palca

    Day 2

    Transfer to Valle de Las Ánimas, or "Valley of the Spirits," and begin a 3-hour hike among the eerily eroded canyons and fantastic organ-pipe spires to the Cañón de Palca. The scenery resembles that of Valley of the Moon, but on a larger scale. Lush oases spring up among the dramatic rock formations, adding to this unique landscape.

    Accommodation: La Casona Hotel Boutique – La Paz, Bolivia

    Set in a colonial-style mansion only 50 feet from San Francisco Square, La Casona places you right in the heart of town. Gabled roofs, grotto-like rooms, a courtyard, and warm Spanish décor add to the hotel's historic charm. The excellent restaurant specializes in Mediterranean and regional dishes, and the rooftop terrace is the perfect setting for relaxing with a drink.

    Activity: 3 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,640' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Visit Ruins & Sacred Lake Titicaca

    Day 3

    Witness the highlands and the Aymaran way of life during your drive from La Paz to Tiwanaku, Bolivia's most important archaeological site and the heart of a pre-Inca empire. Visit the fascinating ruins there, including Kalasasaya Temple, Ponce and Fraile monoliths, and Akapana pyramid. Continue driving to Copacabana, a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Visit the church - a Catholic pilgrimage site - and the famous Virgen Morena. Afterwards, boat to the Island of the Sun and see the ruins of Pilkokaina, an Inca temple. Finally, hike to La Estancia with a wonderful view of Lake Titicaca.

    Accommodation: Ecolodge La Estancia – Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

    This unique ecolodge on Island of the Sun features fifteen solar-powered cabins constructed with adobe brick and thatch roofs. Set between pre-Inca agricultural terraces, they offer spectacular views of the lake, Moon Island, and the Andes range. Savor local dishes in the restaurant and bar, and bask in the wonder of one of the most sacred places in Andean culture.

    Activity: 45 minutes/1 mile hiking with 524' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer & 1-hour boat ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Sun & Moon Islands

    Day 4

    Hike to the village of Yumani and catch a boat to the Island of the Moon - believed to be where the deity Viracocha commanded the rising of the moon - and visit the ruins of Iñak Uyu. Continue by boat to Sun Island, the largest of Lake Titcaca's islands. The Incas believed the sun god was born here, and modern life still eludes the island. The rocky hills have eucalyptus trees, but no cars or paved roads. Most of the more than eighty ruins are from the 15th century AD. Roam La Chinkana ruins and take a short hike to Challapampa, then travel by boat to Challa. After visiting a cultural museum, hike uphill to our unique ecolodge. Spend the afternoon enjoying the peace and beauty of this mystical place.

    Accommodation: Ecolodge La Estancia – Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

    This unique ecolodge on Island of the Sun features fifteen solar-powered cabins constructed with adobe brick and thatch roofs. Set between pre-Inca agricultural terraces, they offer spectacular views of the lake, Moon Island, and the Andes range. Savor local dishes in the restaurant and bar, and bask in the wonder of one of the most sacred places in Andean culture.

    Activity: 2.5 hours/1 mile hiking with 524' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1.5-hour boat transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey Across the Altiplano

    Day 5

    Hike to the village of Yumani. From here, take a boat ride to Copacabana and then drive for 6 hours across the expansive high altiplano with views of snowcapped mountains, eventually culminating in the spectacular Illampu-Ancohuma massif (the northernmost section of the Cordillera Real), which looms above Sorata. Explore Sorata's steep stairways and quaint cobblestone streets, all in the shadow of Illampu (20,892').

    Accommodation: Hotel Altai Oasis – Sorata, Bolivia

    The Altai is a family-owned eco lodge offering charming architecture and amazing views of snowcapped Illampu. The onsite restaurant is renowned for its delicious cuisine - including home-made jam and T-bone steaks - sourced mostly from the lodge's own organic farm. Relax in a hammock, swim in the pool or stroll the beautiful grounds at this secluded, peaceful oasis!

    Activity: 45 minutes/1.5 miles hiking with 524' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour boat transfer & 6-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Lakatia

    Day 6

    After a hearty breakfast, begin a 5-hour trek toward the village of Lakatia (12,960'). The views here are exceptional, and many travelers find them similar to the Himalayas. Cross the Rio Lakatia and continue zigzagging uphill to Lakatia, where you will camp under the stars in an open meadow.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    Trek off the beaten path, stopping each night at your camp set up below the Andes' Royal Range. With spacious Timberline SQ tents, sleeping pads, and a tranquil setting, adventurers can enjoy a comfortable camping experience. Enjoy a selection of authentic Bolivian food and drink each night before retiring to your tents for a good night's rest, far from civilization.

    Activity: 5 hours/6 miles hiking with 4,964' elevation gain & 1,201' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Aguas Calientes

    Day 7

    Leaving the lowland vegetation behind, hike steadily uphill and enter the typical environs of the Andean cordilleras. Cross the high pass of Huila Khota (16,030') and descend to camp at 15,100', the base camp for Illampu ascents.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    Trek off the beaten path, stopping each night at your camp set up below the Andes' Royal Range. With spacious Timberline SQ tents, sleeping pads, and a tranquil setting, adventurers can enjoy a comfortable camping experience. Enjoy a selection of authentic Bolivian food and drink each night before retiring to your tents for a good night's rest, far from civilization.

    Activity: 5 hours/9 miles hiking with 4,154' elevation gain & 4,639' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Cocoyo

    Day 8

    Enjoy diverse scenic views of the Andes. After about two hours of hiking in the surroundings of Illampu, continue on to Cocoyo Pass (15,720'), then descend to a beautiful plain above the village near a stream confluence.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    Trek off the beaten path, stopping each night at your camp set up below the Andes' Royal Range. With spacious Timberline SQ tents, sleeping pads, and a tranquil setting, adventurers can enjoy a comfortable camping experience. Enjoy a selection of authentic Bolivian food and drink each night before retiring to your tents for a good night's rest, far from civilization.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/6 miles hiking with 2,542' elevation gain & 3,671' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Chajolpaya

    Day 9

    Cross Paso Sarani (15,580') while enjoying amazing views of the Cordillera Real. Descend in the direction of the valley that divides the hills of the Calzada and Umma, Jalanta, and Kasiri peaks. Camp on an isolated plateau (13,214') in the middle of this splendid valley.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    Trek off the beaten path, stopping each night at your camp set up below the Andes' Royal Range. With spacious Timberline SQ tents, sleeping pads, and a tranquil setting, adventurers can enjoy a comfortable camping experience. Enjoy a selection of authentic Bolivian food and drink each night before retiring to your tents for a good night's rest, far from civilization.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/7 miles hiking with 4,081' elevation gain & 2,323' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Laguna Chaca

    Day 10

    Traverse the eastern massif, moving up and across Paso La Calzada (16,552') along the Calzada Road. When you reach the southeast side of the Cordillera, take in a spectacular view of most of the altiplano and Lake Titicaca on the opposite side. We'll camp close to Laguna Cacha (15,214'), our destination for the evening.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    Trek off the beaten path, stopping each night at your camp set up below the Andes' Royal Range. With spacious Timberline SQ tents, sleeping pads, and a tranquil setting, adventurers can enjoy a comfortable camping experience. Enjoy a selection of authentic Bolivian food and drink each night before retiring to your tents for a good night's rest, far from civilization.

    Activity: 6-8 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 5,755' elevation gain & 3,484' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Laguna San Francisco

    Day 11

    Enjoy breathtaking lake and mountain views as we cross another challenging 16,000-foot pass and set up camp above Laguna San Francisco, a beautiful lake near Rinconada and Condor Jahuira. After today's tough hike, Laguna San Francisco is the perfect spot to rest our tired feet.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    Trek off the beaten path, stopping each night at your camp set up below the Andes' Royal Range. With spacious Timberline SQ tents, sleeping pads, and a tranquil setting, adventurers can enjoy a comfortable camping experience. Enjoy a selection of authentic Bolivian food and drink each night before retiring to your tents for a good night's rest, far from civilization.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,238' elevation gain & 4,255' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Alto Lohena

    Day 12

    Trek northwest toward Laguna San Francisco, cross your last pass at 15,600', and continue in the foothills of the mountain called Jankohuma. Descend to the head of the Millipaya Valley, enjoying a colorful view of the terraces, the altiplano, and Lake Titicaca. Arrive at your campsite located just above Alto Lohena (12,770'), close to Millipaya village.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    Trek off the beaten path, stopping each night at your camp set up below the Andes' Royal Range. With spacious Timberline SQ tents, sleeping pads, and a tranquil setting, adventurers can enjoy a comfortable camping experience. Enjoy a selection of authentic Bolivian food and drink each night before retiring to your tents for a good night's rest, far from civilization.

    Activity: 6 hours/3 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain & 2,800' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer to La Paz

    Day 13

    Take a 4-hour drive to La Paz, where a festive and well-deserved farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: La Casona Hotel Boutique – La Paz, Bolivia

    Set in a colonial-style mansion only 50 feet from San Francisco Square, La Casona places you right in the heart of town. Gabled roofs, grotto-like rooms, a courtyard, and warm Spanish décor add to the hotel's historic charm. The excellent restaurant specializes in Mediterranean and regional dishes, and the rooftop terrace is the perfect setting for relaxing with a drink.

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from La Paz

    Day 14

    Transfer to La Paz airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.

    Meals: Breakfast

Bolivia Cordillera Real Trek

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been designing pioneering high-altitude trekking adventures across the globe for 50 years and is a trusted leader in mountain exploration.

Reason #02

This ultimate challenge adventure has been carefully designed to test your mettle in one of South America's most beautiful and unexplored mountain ranges.

Reason #03

We work with expert local guiding teams who have over 45 years' experience leading groups through the Cordillera Real.

Meet your guides

Sergio Fitch Watkins

Sergio Fitch Watkins

Sergio is a legendary trekking guide with over 30 years of experience and 300 trips to his name! Besides leading our expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina's Aconcagua, he also loves to lead some of our more challenging treks in Nepal and Peru. His recent expeditions include leading our 50th Anniversary Base Camp Trek, Chile's Dientes de Navarino mountains, and an epic hiking adventure in the Dolomites. Sergio has acquired a loyal following, and is one of our most respected guides.

Activities

Strenuous high-altitude hiking between 6 to 8 hours a day, plus boat rides to the islands of Lake Titicaca.

Lodging

Enjoy seven nights in comfortable camps with spacious tents and sleeping pads, bookended by stays in charming, comfortable hotels.

Climate

Summer temperatures are moderate, but it will be cooler higher with potential snow above 13,000'. Daytime temperatures are between 40°F-65°F with nighttime temperatures below 32°F.

FAQ

Is this trek supported or do I have to carry all my gear?

This trek is supported! We have pack animals and porters to transport our gear so all you'll need to hike with is a daypack.

When is the best time to go and what is the weather like?

Trekking or dry season in Bolivia is May-September. Temperatures don't fluctuate much throughout the year, but rain and snowfall does. The fluctuations in temperatures are more closely tied to the elevations — the higher you hike, the cooler it gets!

What are the MT Sobek camps like and will there be toilets?

We will be tent camping in roomy but basic 3-person tents, and will also have a dining tent and a toilet tent set up at each site.

What happens if I get altitude sickness?

We design our treks to maximize altitude conditioning in the early part of the trek.

Can I have a single tent?

It is based on availability - the sooner we know, the more likely we are able to confirm the single tent. There will be an additional cost.

Do I need visa to travel to Bolivia?

U.S. citizens do not need to get a tourist visa for Bolivia.

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Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $300 Single Supplement (Hotels Only)

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner (hotels only)
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • 1 dinner on Day 2
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $300 Single Supplement (Hotels Only)

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner (hotels only)
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • 1 dinner on Day 2
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

1.888.831.7526

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.