1st day: In La Paz you will meet your guide for the Apolobamba Trekking and the car is also ready to take you to Pelechuco. The drive goes mainly over dirt roads in a bad state so it will take you all day to get there. The route is all but boring and goes through breath-taking and hardly touched Andean mountain area. Snow-capped mountains over 5,000 m, wild mountain ridges, green valleys and waterfalls are part of the scenery. Pelechuco (3,500 m) is a village that is hardly mentioned in the guide books and hardly visited by tourists.
You will stay overnight in a very basic hotel where you can get dinner.
2nd day: Over beautiful ancient Inca trails and green fields you will walk from Pelechuco to a pass of 4,000 m. There is a stream along the trail so water is not a problem.
After 5 hours hiking you will reach the camp near the river Illo Illo at 3,800 m. After pitching the tent there is time to wander around, relax or try to catch fish in the river Illo Illo. The cook will prepare you a dinner as well.
3rd day: You will start early today because you are going into thin air. Great mountain ranges determine the mainly untouched surroundings. The Sunchuli pass at 5,100 m is literally the highest point of this trekking with marvellous Andean mountain views. It is a long climb up, but once you reach the pass your efforts will be rewarded with magnificent views and wonderful scenery.
After the pass it goes down into the Sunchuli valley where you will camp close to the old famous goldmines the second night. These mines were already used by the Incas. Today´s hike takes about 6 hours in total.
4th day: The ruins of Inca Kancha are your next goal but first you will have to get over a steep and windy pass, your efforts once again rewarded with beautiful views. From Sunchuli to Inca Kancha takes also 6 hours hiking time. Inca Kancha lies at 4,200 m so it can get very cold at night, but you are well prepared. It is worth it to have a look around the ruins.
Your camp is next to a scenic waterfall where you can take a shower, in the open air of course. The water is accordingly to the outside temperatures, cold. That is exactly what you need after a strenuous hiking day.
At night you can spend time relaxing near the camp fire in front of your tent.
5th day: Once again you have to climb a pass of 5,000 m with magnificent views. The 5,800 m high Akhamani catches the eye. It is one of the many sacred mountains of Bolivia. Very near it towers above us with its icy peak but there are also many other Andean giants nearby. The trail continues and you will be surrounded by snowy and icy peaks until you reach the next camp, Jatun Pampa (4,300 m) after about 5 hours. You will have to withstand the cold once again but have a look at the mighty sky at night above your camp. Millions of stars can be seen in the southern hemisphere; there is no pollution, you are at a high altitude and the sky is clear.
6th day: There are a few small houses in the area around the campsite, the first signs of civilization. So this is how Bolivian farmers live in this area!
Trails full of stones and covered by mountain forests surround our way down to Curva, the first small mountain village since a long time. Curva is situated at a still respectful 3,700 m. There is a small lake. If we are lucky the local shop is open and you might be able to find a bed here. You should reach the village in 4 to 5 hours so there is time left to have a look around here, or just enjoy the scenery and relax. That however would be a shame because you can discover interesting evidence of the Kalawaya culture.
You will probably have dinner somewhere in the village.
7th day: Today you will return to La Paz. Therefore you will have to get to the village of Charazani at the eastern shore of Lake Titicaca. From here it is 280 km to La Paz. Road conditions are better so it will take less time to get back. Still you will have about 8 hours ahead to reach La Paz.
Lake Titicaca is on your right hand side almost all the time and blue as blue can be. You will make some stops on your way to La Paz to stretch your legs once in a while. Tonight you will be in the metropolis La Paz where you can go to a nice restaurant for a good meal.
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