Kothia – Huayna Potosi

5 days of hiking through the Cordillera Real.

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Tour Summary

This trek is a great way to get close to the beauty of the Cordillera Real without needing to do any technical climbing.


This is our most popular trek since it can be easily customised to our client’s desires. We can add mountaineering summits onto the itinerary: see the Expeditions section for more information.

Day 1

We leave La Paz and drive to Laguna Kothia (4570m) where we pack our luggage onto the donkeys that will accompany us on our trek. We then progressively gain altitude until we reach our first pass (4820m), from where we can see Lake Titicaca and the altiplano. We start descending towards Ajuani (4580m) which serves as our first camp.

Day 2

After a good breakfast we climb to a pass where we get our first look at the imposing Huayna Potosi (6088m) and the Condoriri Massif. We then descend down a moraine to Laguna Sistaña (4500m), before climbing to our second pass of the day. Finally, we descend to Laguna Jurikhota (4600m) to set up camp and have a well-deserved dinner.

Day 3

We start today by making our way to Laguna Glacial (4900m) at the foot of the Condoriri massif. After a short break we continue to Austria Pass (5150m) and either climb to Pico Austria (5300m) or descend to our campsite at Laguna Chiar Khota (4600m).

Day 4

Today we will only cross one pass, Jistaña (4900m) after which we descend to the Racacha valley, passing through old mining centres. We finish the day at the base of the Western face of Huayna Potosi (6088m) and Maria Lloko (4450m).

Day 5

Today is a short hike of only 3 hours. We climb to Huallatani (4850m), the last pass of our trek, and then descend to Huayna Potosi’s base camp (4700m) where we will have our last lunch in the mountains before driving back to La Paz.

Private transport.

Bilingual tour guide (Spanish- English)

Food during the expedition.

Logistics transport equipment (donkeys / mules)


Cooking utensils


Dinning tent at base camp

National park tickets

Please take with you:

Rucksack (35Lts)

Big Rucksack or Duffel bag (To be carried by porters or mules)

All seasons sleeping bag

Trekking boots

Winter underwear

Waterproof jacket


Sunglasses with UV filter

Bottle of water (NALGENE)

Tour details:

Altittude:Min. 4600m.(15.000 fts.)Max 5350m.(17.550 fts)

Days: 5 days, 4 nights

Season: May to September

Activities: Trekking

Difficulty:  MOUNTAIN HIKE

Location: Cordillera Real

Guide: English /Speaking

Experience: Basic/Medium

Cost: From $ 575