Climbing: Cerro Tunari (5035m) (1 day, from Cochabamba)

The Cerro Tunari (or Pico Tunari) is a summit in the Tunari Mountain Range (Cordillera Tunari) and towers imposingly above the valley and the city of Cochabamba with its 5,023 meters above sea level. It is also one of the highest elevations in Central Bolivia. You can climb the Cerro Tunari from the south (2 days) or from the north (1 day, combined with transport in a four-wheel drive vehicle).
The trekking is characterized by the impressive view of the valley of Cochabamba and a majestic alpine mountain landscape with rugged peaks, crystal-clear mountain lakes, and pastures for the llamas and alpacas living here. From the summit of Cerro Tunari (5,023 m) there are spectacular views over the Tunari Cordillera, the entire valley of Cochabamba, and distant views to the glaciated peaks of the Cordillera Quimsa Cruz and the Cordillera Real to the east.

Description

In the early morning we leave Cochabamba in a private transport towards the suburb of Quillacollo, where we turn from the main road onto a road up to the Tunari Cordillera. This road takes us into a graceful mountain landscape not far from the thermal springs of Liriuni. During the ascent to the mountains, we will also drive through a forest of endemic Kewiña (or Queñoa) trees and, with a little luck, see the majestic condor that inhabits this region flying in the sky. The road also leads through small villages with thatched mudbrick houses, the home of local llama herders. The higher we get, the more the grass-covered mountains turn into rugged rock formations whose peaks are sometimes covered with snow. We leave the main road and turn onto a 4WD track that brings us very close to our starting point ascending the summit. Here we pass crystal-clear mountain lakes and local llama herders, who let their animals graze here. We start our three-hour ascent to one of the highest peaks in central Bolivia from the shores of the beautiful Laguna Macho at 4500m. We circle the mountain lake and climb over steep mountain meadows into a challenging gravel slope that leads us to the ridge of the summit. Before we reach the summit, the path leads us through rugged rock formations with some small obstacles that are easy to overcome, which makes our ascent to the summit even more interesting. We reach the summit at over 5000m and enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view. If we are lucky, we can see the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real and the Cordillera Quimsa Cruz on the horizon. On the other side, the valley of Cochabamba lies at our feet.
After a rest on the summit, complete our circuit descending quickly over steep mountain meadows and gravel fields further east to the mountain lake of the Laguna Macho, where our vehicle is waiting for us to take us back to Cochabamba. (Walking time approx. 5-6h, 600 m ↑↓). (-/BL/-)

Requirements

Good physical fitness

Included in the package

- English-speaking trekking guide (from/to Cochabamba)
- Private transport
- Meals according to program (B= breakfast; L= lunch; D= Dinner)

Reservation

Please do not hesitate to contact us for price requests, reservation, general question, and individual tour inquiries, at: contact(at)landmarktravelbolivia.com

Link

https://www.landmarktravelbolivia.com/bergsteigen-cerro-tunari

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