September 19, 2015
This is part of a 5 day/4 night trek with Bolivian Journeys in the Condoriri Mountains outside of La Paz. For a full review of the company and our experience click here.
Day 5 – 2 hour hike up a 4950 meter/ 16240 ft. pass.
The weather has decidedly changed and we awoke in a cloud bank.
As the sun climbs, portions of the mountains become visible, but nothing like the previous wonderfully clear mornings.
Breakfast is the usual with the addition of fresh mandarins. Thomas had run out of instant coffee, but luckily we had brought our own. When you are a coffee addict you need to be prepared!
We were told the previous evening that we would have to carry our own packs for the 2 hour hike out. What Thomas didn’t tell us was that it was all up hill to a pass at 4950 meters/16420 ft. This wasn’t a big problem since we had packed very light, but if we had brought all of our luggage, expecting the promised porter service, we would have had an issue.
In clear weather there would be great vistas over the valley with the Maria Lloca Peak at the center flanked by Huayna Pototsi and Imilla Apachita.
In the foggy conditions it was still atmospheric with llamas and alpacas grazing on the golden hills, Maria Lloco visible and glimpses of the other two peaks emerging from time to time.
By the time we reached the pass a cloud bank had moved in and there was nothing but white behind us.
Before us was the road through a mining valley that would take us back to La Paz, only no trace of the promised taxi.
We walked along the road for about 40 minutes and then stopped to wait. A few minutes later the taxi showed up.
All the way to La Paz along bumpy dirt roads the weather continued to alternate between snow and rain. Again the snowy peaks would be spectacular in clearer weather.
Spent the rest of afternoon just chilling in La Paz and cleaning up after our trek.