This is a fantastic trek, not difficult, it can be achieved by most people without any problems. The Chiarkhota lagoon is a beautiful place, and for a little more demanding tour it’s possible to get to the Pico Austria Mountain summit. An excellent viewpoint of the entire Cordillera Real Mountain range.
We pick you up from your hotel around 8 a.m. It takes about 2,5 hours to get to the starting point of the trek. From here to the lagoon, it’s about 1,5 hours of walking. At the lagoon we have a light lunch and enjoy the views.
There’s also the option of trekking from the village of Tuni, where we can observe some settlements in the Bolivian highlands. From Tuni to the lagoon it’s around a 3-hour trek.
After lunch at the lagoon, 1,5 hours of walking back to our vehicle from where we go back to La Paz, arriving between 3 and 6 p.m. depending on the route we took.
The tour takes around 8 hours.
NOTE: For ascending Pico Austria, you should be acclimatized to the altitude of La Paz. Please contact us for prices and more information if you’re interested in that.
What to bring?
- A bottle of water
- Money for snacks and tips
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat
- Warm clothes
- In rainy season, raincoat
- Private guide (Spanish/English)
- Private transport
- Box lunch
- Entrance fee (20 bolivianos, 3 USD)
Cancelation policy: Coca Travels reserves the right to cancel the tour if we believe circumstances could put passenger(s) in danger, i.e., civil unrest, road blockades or weather conditions. If Coca Travels cancel the tour, there will be a 100%. refund. If customer(s) cancel the tour due to whatever reason refunds are as follows: 24 hours or less before the tour: 0% refund. 48-24 hours before the tour: refund 50%. 48 or more hours before the tour: refund 100%. Credit card charges of 5% are excluded from refunds if cancelation is made on behalf of customer(s). In case of illness or family conditions, Coca Travels can provide a letter if needed for insurance claims.