Apolobamba

There are a whole host of alternatives in the Apolobamba range, most of which you will have completely to yourself (apart from the farmers) - a very remote part of the Bolivian Andes.

Difficulty
5,000m
7 days
Price per person (USD)
Groups of 2 $1150
Groups of 3 $1050
Groups of 4 $985
Groups of 5+ $900
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Itinerary

DAY ONE

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.

DAY TWO

After breakfast we set off from Pelechuco (3,900m) towards the Keansani pass (4,739m), after which we drop to the banks of the Keansani River and arrive at the community of Palca, where we will set camp. Palca is a small community which survives mainly from llama and alpaca farming.

DAY THREE

The day here begins downhill, as we descend to the Usipala river. Then it’s back up again towards the community of San Juan de Hilo Hilo (4,010m). This mining community, which consists of about 60 families, a school, clinic and of course a football pitch, is found on the edge of mount Cuchillo (4,719m). Camp at San Juan.

DAY FOUR

Today we cross three passes – 4,833m, 4,597m and 4,181m – as you can probably gather we have a day of mostly downhill. From the passes though we have some breathtaking views of Akhamani and Illampu and we pass by a number of lakes and lagoons. Camp at Incacancha.

DAY FIVE

Today we will be passing one of the most sacred passes in the region the Apacheta Tambillo pass. It is considered sacred as it affords the most dramatic view of Mount Akhamani (5,700m) and was the site where the locals would offer a sacrificial llama for the mountain. After paying our respects, we continue towards Jatumpampa to camp.

DAY SIX

From Jatumpampa we follow the rivers Jatumpampa and Llujlla towards the village of Curva. This last day is a gentle day, with little up or down, the prefect warm down before our return to La Paz the following day.

DAY SEVEN

Meet with vehicle for the return journey to La Paz (7 hours approx).

Equipment

Trekking Kit List

Provided by Bolivian Mountains

  • Tents (2 person, North Face or similar)
  • Thermarest and roll mat
  • Cooking utensils (stoves, pans, plates, cups etc.)
  • Dining tent.

Recommended Personal Trekking Kit List

  • Backpack (25-30lts recommended size)
  • Kit bag or larger backpack for bulk of kit (porters, mules or llamas carry)
  • Sleeping bag (3-4 seasons)
  • Walking boots
  • Torch/flashlight (with spare batteries)
  • Waterproofs – tops and bottoms
  • Sun hat/cap and warm headware
  • Gloves
  • Clothes for temperatures from -5ºC to 26ºC (treks generally vary from high to low altitudes)
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera.

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Difficulty rating

Quite demanding. It is important to be in good shape to fully enjoy this trip.