Traverse of the Cordillera Real Trek

Bolivia, Trek & Walk, 20 days - from $2,465 (land only)

Trek & Walk
Adventure trekking in Bolivia's Cordillera RealAdventure trekking in Bolivia's Cordillera Real

  • One of the finest mountain walks in the world
  • Two 5000 metre passes and several only slightly lower
  • The pre-Inca archaeological site at Tiwanaku
  • Three days of acclimatisation beside Lake Titicaca
  • Stunning views of Huayna Potosi and Condoriri

Stretching 120 kilometres from the Sorata Valley in the north to the Zongo Valley in the south, the Cordillera Real is a most impressive mountain range, with a host of high peaks, including 6 over 6000 metres. KE's trekking holiday through the southern section of this ‘Royal' range is a genuine classic, keeping to high trails and crossing several passes close to and over 5000 metres. Our route provides a great diversity of scenery, including lovely alpine valleys with picturesque lakes, snow-capped peaks and scattered Quechua Indian villages. Before setting off on trek, we acclimatise beside the fabulous Lake Titicaca and spend a night on the Isla de Sol (Island of the Sun) with its Inca temples and pathways. Bolivia is the jewel in the crown of the Andean countries, with its spectacular landscapes, fascinating history and the friendliest people in South America. In recent years, KE groups have met just a handful of other trekkers on this absolutely outstanding holiday.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a quite long and continuous trek, with a considerable amount of ascent and descent. The complex nature of the route, linking high mountain valleys, gives this trek a great deal of character, but it also means that there are several passes to cross - almost one every trekking day. Having said that, we have allowed plenty of time to complete the route, with a couple of extra days being included within the schedule to allow for any contingency. This is an established trekking route, and we will be following a good trail throughout, with underfoot conditions ranging from Inca stone steps, to easy grassy tracks, to rocky passes and scree. All equipment is carried by pack-animals.

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