CABEZA DE CONDOR

3 day(s)
2 night(s)

THE MOST TECHNICAL PEAK IN CONDORIRI!

The Condoriri valley holds a stunning group of mountains, with thirteen peaks over 5,000m. Climbs are normally based out of a Base Camp along the north side of the Laguna Chiarkhota, and trekkers normally pass through as well. This makes it a popular (and exciting) camping spot for many outdoor enthusiasts.

High Mountain Climbing

Highlights

This condor-shaped mountain is what gives the Condoriri valley it’s mystical, protected feel. Central to the Cordillera Real, scaling the Head of the Condor provides a beautiful view of the surrounding valley and 13 peaks.

Technicality

The Head of the Condor is a mixed climb (with rock and ice), and much more technical than its neighbor Pequeño Alpamayo. Some areas require climbing rock with crampons and ice axe. In attempting this peak, one should have significant experence in ice climbing, and be comfortable with rappels and how to use climbing equipment.

DIFFICULTY

incluyed

  • UIAGM mountain guide.
  • Private round trip transportation.
  • Technical equipment.
  • Camping equipment.
  • Camping fee/ refuge.
  • Meals.
  • Mules.
  • Entrance fee.

not incluyed

  • Extra drinks.
  • Extra snacks.

itinerary

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DÍA 1.

We drive 2 hours from La Paz through the Palcoco Valley, to La Rinconada. From there, we hike 2 hours through the Condoriri Valley to Laguna Chiarkhota (4,650 m) where we set up our Base Camp

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DÍA 2.

DAY 2: From the Base Camp, we trek across the valley towards Pico Austria 2 hours. From here, we cut across the base of the Left Wing to reach the base of the glacier. From this point on, all climbing gear is used extensively. At the base of the head, we enter a steep, narrow rock couloir (hallway). Once through, we cross a rock ledge and scale the rock and ice surface to the summit (5,720 m). We cautiously descend back to the base camp using rappels.

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DÍA 3.

After the breakfast, we pack up camp and hike 2 hours back to La Rinconada where our vehicle takes us back to La Paz.

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