On this 2-day high-altitude trek to the summit of Pico Tunari, follow llama paths along high mountain ridges, witness Andean condors soaring over the outstanding landscape, and admire the snow-capped Cordillera Real towering on the distant horizon.
If you’re trekking Bolivia, Tunari Mountain is one of the lesser known, and most exciting and ecologically diverse mountain experiences the country has to offer. From the city of Chochabamba, ascend over 10,000 feet (3000 meters) to the majestic peak of Pico Tunari. On this 2-day trek, witness Andean condors soaring over the outstanding landscape as you trek along jagged spires. Follow llama paths along the crest of the Pairumani River Basin, and admire the snow-capped Cordillera Real towering on the distant horizon.
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Start location: Trail head near Pairumani and Combuyo communities
End location: City of Cochabamba
Day 1 –The Ascent
Begin trekking Bolivia near the small communities of Pairumani and Combuyo at an altitude of around 9,500 feet (2900 meters). From here, you’ll follow llama paths up the southern face of the mountain, and experience the rapidly changing ecological zones and climate as you ascend. Stop for lunch along the trail, and marvel at the panoramic Cochabamba Valley below.
In the afternoon, you’ll cross the tree line as you reach altitudes in the alpine zone. Here, in the highland zone, you’ll reach your picturesque campsite along the waters that feed the Cajón lagoon thousands of feet below you. Relax and set up camp as your guides prepare dinner. Bask under the breathtaking southern sky before you head to your tent to prepare for the morning.
Day 2 — The Summit
Today, you’ll cross the massive mountain ridge and get a new look at the high mountain peaks to the northwest. You’ll continue along the llama paths that crest the ridge and travel along a steep wall of about 1600 feet (500 meters) that plummets to Pairumani River Basin below.
After crossing the ridge, you’ll ascend the final rocky incline to the summit of Pico Tunari, which stands over 16,500 feet (5,035 meters) above sea level. From the summit, you’ll get a singular view of the entire valley below you. On days with low clouds, you can admire the distant peaks of the Quimza Cruz, Mururata, Illimani, and the Cordillera Real Mountains — nearly 250 miles (400 kilometers) away.
You’ll end the day with a 1,500 foot (400 meter) descent to Laguna Macho. Take a bus from the lake back to the city of Cochabamba where you’ll enjoy a well-earned lunch.
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