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The Apolobamba Trek is a challenging multi-day route in the Andean high country.


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Map Key

73.8

Miles

118.8

KM

Out and Back

16,480' 5,023 m

High

11,893' 3,625 m

Low

20,675' 6,302 m

Up

20,675' 6,302 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

71%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

The Apolobamba trek offers stunning landscapes and cultural experiences. Ascend through high-altitude grasslands, cross the challenging Paso de Austria, and enjoy panoramic mountain views. Traverse rugged terrain and spot unique wildlife. Engage with indigenous communities, learning about their customs and weaving techniques.

Description

Depart from Peleluco, following the trail that ascends through the high-altitude grasslands. Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys as you make your way uphill.

Continue hiking through the picturesque landscapes, passing by remote Andean villages and observing the traditional agricultural practices of the local communities.

Reach the first major landmark, the stunning Laguna Chillata. This glacial lake is known for its crystal-clear waters and offers a serene spot to rest and take in the natural beauty.

Ascend further along the trail, navigating challenging sections and possibly encountering wildlife like vicuñas and bird species native to the region.

Reach the renowned Paso de Austria, a high-altitude pass standing at approximately 5,100 meters. Take your time to appreciate the breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and glacial valleys.

Descend from the pass, making your way through rugged mountain terrain. Be cautious while navigating steep sections and uneven paths.

Continue along the trail, passing through clouds filled with lush vegetation and unique plant species adapted to the high-altitude environment.

Interact with local indigenous communities along the route, learning about their customs, traditional weaving techniques, and the significance of the land to their way of life.

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Russell Hobart

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Photos

View from the Sunchulli Pass.
Jul 20, 2023 near Amarete, BO
A look down the River Kotani Valley.
Jul 20, 2023 near Amarete, BO
Looking down the 'Descent of 1000 Cutbacks'
Jul 20, 2023 near Amarete, BO

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