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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Cross 8 high mountain passes, including two over 5000 metres
  • Explore the pre-Inca archeological site at Tihuanaco
  • Stay on the Isla del Sol and enjoy 3 days acclimatising beside Lake Titicaca
  • Stunning views of Huayna Potosi (6088m) and Condoriri (5648m)

Stretching 120 kilometres from the Sorata Valley in the north to the Zongo Valley in the south, the Cordillera Real is a truly impressive mountain range, with a host of high peaks, including 6 over 6000 metres. KE's 3 week trekking holiday, which explores the southern section of this ‘Royal' range, is a genuine classic; keeping to high trails where possible and crossing several passes close to and over 5000 metres. During our 3 week walking extravaganza we'll enjoy a great diversity of scenery, including lovely alpine valleys with picturesque lakes, snow-capped andean peaks and scattered Quechua Indian villages. Before setting off on trek, we'll have time to explore La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, and also spend time acclimatising beside the wonderful Lake Titicaca, where we'll visit Copacabana and even enjoy a night in an ecolodge on the Isla de Sol (Island of the Sun) famous for 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. 

Is this holiday for you?

This is a reasonably 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 baggage and camping equipment is carried by pack-animals, so you will only need to carry your day pack each day.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in La Paz (4058m). Transfers from the La Paz Airport are provided.
  • Visit the pre-Inca ruins of Tihuanaco, drive to Copacabana (3810m) on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Sightseeing around Lake Titicaca. Visit to the Isla del Sol.
  • Walk the spine of the Isla del Sol, visit the ‘Garden of the Incas’. Return to Yumani.
  • Return to Copacabana. Cerro Calvario hike. Free time.
  • Transfer to Chulluncani (4400m) at the entrance of the Chachacomani Valley.
  • Trek through the Labrahuani Valley (4600m).
  • Cross a pass (4800m) to reach Kotia Lake (4420m).
  • Trek to Ajwani Lake (4610m).
  • Trek via Milluni Peak (5000m) and the Jurikhota Pass (4943m) to Jurikhota Lake (4720m).
  • Trek across the Apacheta Pass (5150m) to Chiarkhota Lake (4682m).
  • Rest day at the Chiarkhota Lake.
  • Across the Paso Aguja Negra (5010m) and the Zongo Sistana Pass (4930m) to Liviñosa Alto (4550m).
  • Trek to Chacapampa (3560m) and transfer by vehicle to Rinconada (4550m).
  • Across the Telata Pass (4900m) to Sanja (4000m).
  • Descend to Challapampa (2830m).
  • Visit the cloud forest of Challapampa and on to Samanapampa (3980m).
  • Trek across La Cumbre Pass (4900m) and transfer to La Paz
  • A free day to explore the city of La Paz.
  • Departure day. Transfers to La Paz Airport are provided.
2016
Mon 18 Jul - Sat 06 Aug Code BOL /02/16/ Adult$2,580 Status Departed
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  • Traverse of Bolivia's Cordillera Real
  • The departure reference for this tour is BOL /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 18 Jul and departs on Sat 06 Aug
  • This trip has already departed
  • Single Supplement $805 - All group hotel and lodge nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
2017
Mon 05 Jun - Sat 24 Jun Code BOL /01/17/ Adult$2,675 Status Available Book now
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  • Traverse of Bolivia's Cordillera Real
  • The departure reference for this tour is BOL /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 05 Jun and departs on Sat 24 Jun
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $805 - All group hotel and lodge nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
Mon 17 Jul - Sat 05 Aug Code BOL /02/17/ Adult$2,675 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Traverse of Bolivia's Cordillera Real
  • The departure reference for this tour is BOL /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 17 Jul and departs on Sat 05 Aug
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $805 - All group hotel and lodge nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
Mon 07 Aug - Sat 26 Aug Code BOL /03/17/ Adult$2,675 Status Available Book now
More information
  • Traverse of Bolivia's Cordillera Real
  • The departure reference for this tour is BOL /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 07 Aug and departs on Sat 26 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $805 - All group hotel and lodge nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in La Paz. For clients making their own flight arrangements, La Paz airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in La Paz (4058m). Transfers from the La Paz Airport are provided.

    Rendezvous at group hotel in La Paz. Transfers from La Paz Airport to the hotel will be provided for clients arriving on this day. El Alto Airport is the highest international airport in the world, at an altitude of 4058m and it is with relief that we descend into the great bowl of La Paz to the group hotel. Quite obviously, we need to take it easy for the first few days of this trip, in order for the group to acclimatise to the altitude. Most people will want to rest for a few hours on arrival. In the evening there is no need to venture further than a nearby restaurant, although those who are feeling more energetic can always wander around the fascinating surrounding area. La Paz is a remarkable city, with its steep, narrow streets radiating upwards from the main thoroughfare of the Prado. There are lots of plazas and markets, and a number of museums and grand cathedrals. KE Land Only package services begin with overnight in the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Visit the pre-Inca ruins of Tihuanaco, drive to Copacabana (3810m) on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    Today we will visit the pre-Inca ruins of Tihuanaco. After breakfast in our hotel we make the 1½ hour bus journey across the altiplano to this ancient ceremonial centre of the Tiwanaku Empire. We will spend approximately 2 hours visiting the site and its museum, with lunch taken in a restaurant in a nearby village before continuing to Copacabana (3810m) on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This is a beautiful town and a popular resort and pilgrimage area, with lots to see and several nearby hills, which offer commanding views over the lake and towards the Cordillera Real.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Sightseeing around Lake Titicaca. Visit to the Isla del Sol.

    Before setting off on trek, we will further our acclimatisation by spending a couple of easy days beside the great lake of Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. After breakfast, we will go to the colourful local fish market. As long ago as 1939, trout were introduced into the lake and these are the most important of the many species of food-fish in the lake. We will then take a boat out to the Isla del Sol, passing en route the reed islands of the Urus people in the bay of Bahia Blanca. We land at Pilkokhaina and visit an Inca temple at the southern end of the island. After lunch, we will stretch our legs with an hour`s walk to the Indian village of Yumani where we stay overnight at an ecolodge. In the evening, we can walk up to the high point of the island (4080m) for the sunset views.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

    • Meals bld

  • Walk the spine of the Isla del Sol, visit the ‘Garden of the Incas’. Return to Yumani.

    In the morning, directly from our accommodation, we walk for 3 to 4 hours along the backbone of the island, to its extreme northern end, where we visit the Labyrinth of Chincana. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant in the village of Challapampa. Then, we will take a boat ride back around to the 'Garden of the Incas' on the south side of the island, where we can see an Inca spring considered by locals to be a fountain of youth. From here, we walk back to Yumani and spend a second night at our ecolodge on the Isla del Sol.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

    • Meals bld

  • Return to Copacabana. Cerro Calvario hike. Free time.

    After breakfast, we walk to the boat landing in Japapi Bay and travel back to Copacabana. After checking in at our hotel and having lunch, we will test our improving state of acclimatisation with the hike up steep stone steps to the fantastic viewpoint on the low hill of Cerro Calvario, which rises a couple of hundred metres above the lake on the north side of town. On top of the hill is the religious site of Via Crucis, built by Franciscans and comprising 14 crosses on stone plinths. Returning to the town, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beach or relax at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Transfer to Chulluncani (4400m) at the entrance of the Chachacomani Valley.

    Today we transfer to the Valley of Chachacomani, a highly scenic drive of around 5 hours, crossing the rolling plains of the altiplano with tremendous views of the snow-covered Cordillera Real, the Chiarhoco and Chachacomani massifs. We pass through glacial valleys beneath hanging valley cascades and across several rivers. Arriving at the hamlet of Chulluncani (4400m) at the entrance of the Chachacomani Valley, we meet our team of muleteers and set up our first camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek through the Labrahuani Valley (4600m).

    This will be our first day of proper trekking. Our time in La Paz and the walking on the Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca now pays off, as we start our hiking at 4400 metres! We follow a trail which climbs very gradually for 5 easy hours along the valley of Labrahuani until we reach our camp at the other end (4600m). We are now in the Warawarani massif, and the landsape is one of deep valleys, dotted with lagoons, which are home to several species of Andean waterfowl. There is a splendid backdrop of snow-covered peaks, such as Chachacomani and Chiarhoco.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Cross a pass (4800m) to reach Kotia Lake (4420m).

    We follow an undulating trail, which crosses several ridges and spurs and then climbs steadily to our first pass (4800m). We are treated to spectacular views here before we descend towards the long blue Kotia Lake below in the broad valley of Jichukhota (4420m) where we will camp for the night.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Ajwani Lake (4610m).

    We cross the river and follow a high traverse path above the lower lake to a pass at 4720 metres. We then descend steeply to a river and down further to a small hamlet and the remains of the Mina Ventilla, an old tin mine, (4 hours from camp). We will take our lunch here and then, after a little siesta and recharging of the batteries, we climb steadily up the valley to Lago Ajwani (4610m). This small lake, located on a high plateau, is the perfect place to make camp. Aiming to reach this lovely spot relatively early in the day, we can chill out and enjoy the sun until late in the afternoon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Milluni Peak (5000m) and the Jurikhota Pass (4943m) to Jurikhota Lake (4720m).

    We ascend to the ridge to the north of our camp and follow this easily to reach Milluni Peak (5000m). From the summit, we have fantastic views of Huayna Potosi, the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca. We now descend scree slopes to Sistena Lake where we take lunch. After lunch the trail contours above Sistena Lake before climbing steadily up to the Jurikhota Pass (4943m). Traversing from the pass, the trail now leads to another good viewpoint for Huayna Potosi and Condoriri. Finally a perfect scree run takes us straight down to our campsite beside Jurikhota Lake (4720m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek across the Apacheta Pass (5150m) to Chiarkhota Lake (4682m).

    Today`s objective is to cross the Apacheta Pass. But, first we must contour around Jurikhota Lake and then ascend to a lake below Condoriri. This is a stunning landscape with lots of opportunity for photographs. We have a steep ascent to the valley above and reach the summit of the Apacheta Pass (5150m) after 3 to 4 hours. For those who have energy to spare, it is an easy 45 minute ascent from the pass to the summit of Apacheta Peak (5330m). Apacheta means 'cairn' and it is a tradition to add a stone to the cairn on the top. The view from the summit is spectacular, encompassing all of the Condoriri peaks, the Cordillera Real as far back as Illampu, the altiplano and, of course, Lake Titicaca. Today’s camp is a further hour down from the top of the pass and we put our tents up beside Lake Chiarkhota (4682m), the 'black lake'.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Rest day at the Chiarkhota Lake.

    A rest day at Chiarkhota Lake. For those with energy to spare there is an option to visit the glacier of Illusion mountain.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Across the Paso Aguja Negra (5010m) and the Zongo Sistana Pass (4930m) to Liviñosa Alto (4550m).

    Today we cross two passes. It is an hour and a half from our camp to the first of these, the Paso Aguja Negra (5010m), where we may be lucky enough to be able to spot climbers on Condoriri. From here, we descend one hour Piedra Grande (big stone), passing through a remarkable moonscape, before climbing again up to the Zongo Sistana Pass (4930m) where we gain more excellent views of peaks such as Huayna Potosi. We take lunch beyond the pass and then descend into the green Livinosa Valley where we set up our camp at 4550m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Chacapampa (3560m) and transfer by vehicle to Rinconada (4550m).

    We walk along the shoreline of Livinosa Lake (set in an impressive alpine landscape) to the cultivated fields of the village of Ancoma which we should reach within a couple of hours. Here, there are the first trees we have seen since La Paz. In a further hour we reach the village of Chacapampa (3560m) where we meet the support vehicles bringing a re-supply of fresh food. Using the support vehicles, we make a short transfer (20 minutes) to the base of Huayna Potosi and set up camp at Rinconada (4550m). With only a small distance of trekking, this will seem almost a rest day!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Across the Telata Pass (4900m) to Sanja (4000m).

    Starting the day with a 3 hour climb to the Telata Pass (4900m) is a good way to clear the cobwebs of a night’s sleep. The trail is quite steep and narrow in places to the summit and on the other side we have a long descent into the Sanja Valley. Walking down through open grazing land, we follow the trail to the hamlet of Sanja (4000m) and set up camp nearby.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Descend to Challapampa (2830m).

    A day of descent, as we trek down through the Sanja Valley to reach the meadows at the edge of the cloud forest or 'Yungas'. The final part of our trek today is on a paved trail, which pre-dates the Incas. It will take us until early afternoon to reach our camp at Challapampa (2830m), which is in a tropical and verdant environment.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Visit the cloud forest of Challapampa and on to Samanapampa (3980m).

    In the morning, we have the opportunity to hike into the cloud forest of Challapampa and discover a great variety of birds, butterflies and flowers. We return to our camping place of the previous night for an early lunch and then walk for possibly as much as 5 hours on a pre-Inca trail via the community of Chucura and on to the final camping place of the holiday at Samanapampa (3980m). We may be able to visit a local family and learn a little of their way of life.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek across La Cumbre Pass (4900m) and transfer to La Paz

    Our last day of trekking takes us along more paved Inca trail to the pass of La Cumbre (4900m) which we cross and then descend to our waiting vehicle. We transfer to La Paz (1.5 hours drive), for a well earned shower at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • A free day to explore the city of La Paz.

    A free day in La Paz. There are many options for exploration in this wonderful Andean capital. We can visit the Mercado de Hechiceria (witches market) where herbs and folk-remedies are sold. The Mercado Lanza (food market) is also very colourful and definitely worth a visit. Options for excursions away from La Paz (at extra cost) include visits to the Vallee de la Luna, with its maze of canyons and typically desert vegetation, the Vallee de las Animas which affords excellent views of Illimani, or a bike trip on the ‘Death Road’. Today is also an opportunity for souvenir buying and there is no shortage of local crafts and produce in the markets and shops of bustling La Paz. After the trek you will be amazed at how much easier it is to walk around this high altitude city.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Transfers to La Paz Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to La Paz Airport are provided.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local tour leader
  • La Paz Airport transfers (on group arrival and departure dates only)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described the trip dossier
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel insurance
  • Bolivian airport departure tax (if applicable)
  • La Paz Airport transfers other than on group arrival and departure dates
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

A wide range of restaurants is available in La Paz and in Copacabana on Lake Titicaca. On trek, the food is a mixture of local and international dishes, cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate diet with foods which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. Breakfasts include fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and jam, and tea or coffee. Lunch is normally a picnic consisting of fresh fruit, salad plus bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado with juices, tea and coffee. Dinner will be a three course meal of a variety of dishes freshly prepared by the trek cooks.

Where there is a wide range of dining options available it makes sense to leave the choice of what to eat and how much to spend to you and we have therefore not included in the holiday price, meals other than breakfasts, while staying in hotels in La Paz and Copacabana.. All breakfasts, 15 lunches and 13 dinners are included. We recommend you budget between US$15 to US$25 per meal including wine for none included meals. Whilst on trek all meals are provided.
All clients arriving in La Paz on day 1 of the itinerary will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. This applies whether KE has booked your international flights or you have made your own arrangements. Clients booking a Land Only Package MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if La Paz Airport transfers are not required. At the end of the trip airport transfers are provided on Day 20 to all clients who need them. Independent La Paz Airport transfers can be arranged to meet clients arriving prior to Day 1 or departing later than Day 20 at an additional cost. Please contact the KE office if you wish to arrange an independent transfer. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in a comfortable hotel in La Paz, 2 nights in comfortable hotel accommodation in Copacabana beside Lake Titicaca and 2 nights in basic ecolodge accommodation on the Isla del Sol. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 12 nights camping. All accommodation is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 7 hotel nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in La Paz are also available.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A typical day starts with an early morning cup of tea or coffee. After a hot breakfast during which camp will be struck and the pack-animals will be given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. We usually walk for about 3 to 4 hours in the morning. Lunch is normally a picnic - and a chance for more excellent food from our cook team - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats and plenty to drink. Lunch takes about an hour or so and offers a chance for a little siesta! We aim to pitch camp for the night well before dusk. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a delicious three course meal. The cooks never fail to impress! During dinner is a good time to socialise and to talk over the events of the day. We are usually in bed by 9 p.m. - plenty of time to re-charge the batteries ready for the next day.

The group will be accompanied by an professional English-speaking local leader plus a local guide and a full trek crew including cooks, camp staff and baggage animals or porters.

We estimate that US$350 will be sufficient to cover your personal spending including the above mentioned non-included meals. This amount should also cover tips for the llama drivers and other trek staff (we recommend US$50 - 60). It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Bolivianos) before you travel. Credit and debit cards can be used to obtain cash at ATMs in La Paz .If you are bringing your travel money with you, we recommend that you do this in the form of cash US dollars, as you will be changing the majority of your money on the day of your arrival. Note that travellers cheques can sometimes be difficult to exchange and normally have a poorer rate than cash. Credit cards can also be used to purchase some goods and at some restaurants in La Paz.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and lama drivers. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. We recommend that you give a tip to your local staff if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. This is best done from the group as a whole rather than from individual group members. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of US$50 - 60 (converted to local currency) for these tips. Lots of small denomination notes are useful as we need to change llama herds and their drivers every few days. Your trek leader will advise on how much and when to give these tips.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts

  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Daypack 30 to 40 litres

  • Head torch with spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 2 x 1 Litre

  • Sleping bag (comfort rating -15°C) *

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat *

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers or similar for traveling and camp use

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Scarf or neck buff

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Trekking poles

  • Travel clothes

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

Notes

*Available for hire/rent through KE Adventure Travel

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

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UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. You do require a return or onwards ticket.

USA passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $135 and is easily obtained on arrival. Payment must be in cash.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Zika

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The symptoms are generally mild and self limiting usually lasting 2 - 7 days. 80% of people exposed to the virus for the first time experience no symptoms. Pregnant women are advised to avoid areas where the zika virus is active. For the latest information, please see our 'KE Safe' Updates

The unit of currency in Bolivia is the Boliviano.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Running and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Bolivia’s dry and sunny winter season lasts from the end of April to October, and during this period the weather can be expected to be excellent for trekking and climbing. The days are relatively warm, up to a maximum of 20 degrees centigrade - although it can feel warmer than this in the strong sunlight. Night-time temperatures will drop to around freezing point above 3500 metres, and above 4500 metres the temperature can vary from 20 degrees centigrade to minus 20 degrees centigrade during a 24 hour period.

  • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper.

  • Bolivia - a Travel Survival Kit. Lightbody.

  • Eight Feet in the Andes. Dervla Murphy.

  • South American Handbook.

  • Latin America Spanish phrasebook - Lonely Planet.

BOCR Liam O`Brien. 1:135,000 Cordillera Real.

This map covering the entire route can be Purchased in La Paz.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Huayna Potosi Climbing Extension

Huayna Potosi is Bolivia’s most straightforward and accessible 6000 metre peak. Located about 30km north of La Paz its snowy peak, visible from the city, towers above the skyline. About 1000 climbers make it to the summit every year, and it is said to be an "easy" peak. However, some previous alpine or general winter mountaineering experience is needed. The normal ascent route is a fairly straightforward glacier climb, with some crevasses and a steep climb to the summit. From the summit, climbers are rewarded with unobstructed views of the Cordillera Real, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon Basin.

Huayna Potosi Climbing Extension

From $730 per person

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