Stunning scenery with amazing snowcapped peaks, beautiful Andean lakes, good altitude training before climbing or simply an easy way to go on a fantastic short trek in the majestic Cordillera Mountain range. Highly recommended for everyone and perfect for those who are short on time but still want to experience the stunning views only Andes can offer.
This is a fantastic trek amongst the Cordillera Real Mountain Range passing through valleys of llama pasture and by pristine lakes. Although at high altitude, it is not a difficult trek and can be achieved by most people without any problems. Perfect for those who are short on time but still want to experience the stunning views only Andes can offer.
– Chiarkota lake
– Splendid view of the highlands, Condoriri mountain
– Condoriri valley
At 8.00 am you will be picked up from your accommodation. The 2-hour-drive passes through El Alto and onto the Altiplano where you start to see the Andean landscape and mountain ranges. We arrive at a place called La Rinconada (4400 mts) and we prepare for the trek.
Immediately you will be witnessing stunning mountain landscapes. The path turns northwards and heads through llama pastures towards the Condoriri Mountain. The walking is easy and gradually climbs in altitude. We will continue along the trail until arriving at Laguna Chiarkhota (4600m) where you will have a well earned rest surrounded by stunning snow capped peaks like “Pequeño Alpamayo”, “Condoriri”, “Aguja Negra”. It should take around 1 hour to arrive there.
From Chiarkota Lake we start going up to the Paso Austria (5000 mts) – takes around 2.5 hours. Next, we start on the trail up to Pico Austria which steadily climbs, winding at first until we reach a ridge that takes us up to the summit. The views from the top look out towards the Condoriri Range and also when clear, across to Huayna Potosi and Lake Titicaca. If you cannot get to the peak, we will just stop at Paso Austria and enjoy the view from there. It takes another 50 minutes from Paso Austria to get to the peak.
After some well earned rest, we will start descending and will pass by the lagoon Chiarkhota, this time on the other side. You should arrive back to La Paz around 18.00 / 19.00 (depending on your trekking speed and traffic).
Chiarkota Lake : 4660 mts
Austria Peak Summit 5300 mts
Austria peak pass: 5130 mts
Total: 8 Km the round trip (half up the other half down)
From la Rinconada to Chiarkota: 2 km
From Chiarkota to the pass: 1,7 km
From the Pass to the Summit: 600 mts
Driving from La Paz to “La Rinconada”: 2 hrs
Private transportation to and from the trek
Pickup from your hotel / hostel in central La Paz
Trekking AGMTB guide
National Park entrance fees.
Any kind of travel Insurance
Good trekking boots
Waterproof poncho – recommended (only needed in Summer)
Trekking poles (can be rented for 25 Bs the morning of the tour – please ask for one when booking)
Sunglasses and sun cream
Hat – recommended
Extra snacks and beverages – recommended