Cordrillera Real and Choro Trek (Overview)

Hiking 219,8 km in the Cordrilla Real and the Choro Trek (5-19th of August 2018)

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We started our hike 20 km south of Sorata and started hiking on the west side of the Cordrillera, where we hiked 158,3 km in 12 days, and ended this part of the hike in Chaca Pampa. From Chaca Pampa we caught a ride with a local to the Refugio Huayna Potosi. Here we bought a roll of toilet paper (yes we were out and had been rationing it for the last 4 days) from lady in a minibus, and started to hike towards the Choro Trek. From the Huayna Potosi to the end of the Choro Trek (ends in Chairo) we hiked 61,5 kilometers in 3,5 days. In total we hiked 219,8 km in 15 days including half a day of transport in each end. I used my Garmin Fenix 3 to record our route each day, the distance and elevation for each day is in the overview for each individual day further down. When you use the link for www.gpsies.com to check out our route, the hiking in the Cordrillera Real is 132.15 km and the Choro Trek is 52.41 km. The shorter distance is due to simplification (less GPS points) and that it calculates the distance accordingly to the GPS points and the typographic map.

Get the full GPS track and typographic map here over the first 158,3 km here: “The Cordrillera Real

Get the full GPS track and typographic map over the 61,5 km here: “The Choro Trek

Looking towards Huayna Potosí in the clouds

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Get the full GPS track and typographic map here over the first 158,3 km here: “The Cordrillera Real


Overview of the individual days

Day 1, Cordrillera Real: 9.7 km (4 hours and 10 minutes) Ascent 500 meters and descent 500 meters

Start/finish elevation 3900/3900 meters

Highest elevation 4000 meter

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Day 2, Cordrillera Real: 14.5 km (8 hours and 50 minutes) Ascent 980 meters and descent 440 meters

Start/finish elevation 3900/4500 meters

Highest elevation 4870 meter

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Day 3, Cordrillera Real: 11,9 km (6 hours and 25 minutes) Ascent 540 meters and descent 300 meters

Start/finish elevation 4500/4750 meters

Highest elevation 4960 meter

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Day 4, Cordrillera Real: 10,2 km (7 hours and 5 minutes) Ascent 470 meters and descent 660 meters

Start/finish elevation 4750/4520 meters

Highest elevation 5175 meter

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Day 5, Cordrillera Real: 11,2 km (6 hours and 40 minutes) Ascent 560 meters and descent 220 meters

Start/finish elevation 4520/4840 meters

Highest elevation 4850 meter

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Day 6, Cordrillera Real: 11.6 km (8 hours and 35 minutes) Ascent 490 meters and descent 850 meters

Start/finish elevation 4840/4530 meters

Highest elevation 5325 meter

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Day 7, Cordrillera Real: 14.4 km (8 hours and 45 minutes) Ascent 575 meters and descent 550 meters

Start/finish elevation 4530/4520 meters

Highest elevation 5025 meter

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Day 8, Cordrillera Real: 20.3 km (7 hours and 45 minutes) Ascent 400 meters and descent 500 meters

Start/finish elevation 4520/4420 meters

Highest elevation 4605 meter

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Day 9, Cordrillera Real: 13.5 km (5 hours and 25 minutes) Ascent 585 meters and descent 360 meters

Start/finish elevation 4420/4550 meters

Highest elevation 4680 meter

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Day 10, Cordrillera Real: 11.7 km (6 hours and 15 minutes) Ascent 670 meters and descent 500 meters

Start/finish elevation 4550/4770 meters

Highest elevation 5075 meter

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Day 11, Cordrillera Real: 14.1 km (8 hours and 5 minutes) Ascent 860 meters and descent 885 meters

Start/finish elevation 4770/4700 meters

Highest elevation 5120 meter

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Day 12, Cordrillera Real: 15.2 km (5 hours and 25 minutes) Ascent 280 meters and descent 1310 meters

Start/finish elevation 4700/3660 meters

Highest elevation 4890 meter

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Day 12 was split in two, because we finished the hike in the Cordrillera Real in the village, Chaca Pampa to 2 pm. The trailhead for the Choro trek (where we chose to start) was at the Refugio Huayna Potosi, which was 15 kilometers further up the road, and it was pretty much up hill all the way. The 15 kilometers and 1100 meters in elevation would take at least 5 hours to walk, which would be impossible to make today. Since it was just a walk on a gravel road, we decided to wait for a ride. Not many cars are passing by here. During the next hour 4 cars past by, the first was full, the next two turned of the sideroad to Chaca Pampa, but then a silver pickup truck stopped. We explained, that we only needed to go to the Refugio Huayna Potosi, and he was willing to give us a ride. We decided to give him 20 BOB, when we were dropped off, to pay for the gasoline, and in hope off, that he would pick up other hikers in the future. At 3.30 pm we were on the trail leading from Huayna Potosí towards the Choro Trek.

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Get the full GPS track and typographic map over the 61,5 km here: “The Choro Trek

Day 12, Huayna Potosi to Choro Trek: 5.5 km (2 hours and 35 minutes) Ascent 205 meters and descent 330 meters

Start/finish elevation 4760/4640 meters

Highest elevation 4950 meter

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Day 13, Choro trek day 1: 25.6 km (7 hours and 55 minutes) Ascent 140 meters and descent 2425 meters

Start/finish elevation 4640/2370 meters

Highest elevation 4640 meter

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Day 14, Choro trek day 2: 22.4 km (7 hours and 40 minutes) Ascent 720 meters and descent 900 meters

Start/finish elevation 2370/2005 meters

Highest elevation 2300 meter

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Day 15, Choro trek day 3: 8 km (2 hours and 20 minutes) Ascent 15 meters and descent 700 meters

Start/finish elevation 2005/1280 meters

Highest elevation 1960 meter

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Check out our preparations (gear, food and maps) for doing this hike unsupported in the next post. We really hope, that this post will help and inspire you to go on multiday hikes.

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