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Dispatches from afar - the Alaska Range. Josh Terrell photo
Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
Writing dispatches in camp on Kilimanjaro. Mark Gunlogson photo
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October 24, 2011

Bolivia's Trans Andean Trek or Climb

The Trans Andean Trek or Climb is one among several of our opportune itineraries that allow our trekkers to explore beautiful mountain ranges with the comfort of porters and pack animals, and offer an optional summit climb for those who want a little extra challenge. This year we had trekkers join us in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru for our "Trek or Climb" programs, some of whom started out the trip as trekkers and came home as mountaineers! 

Stay tuned for next year's addition to the Trans-Andean trip- KAYAKING in Lake Titicaca!

Dawn Wilkinson photo

Dawn Wilkinson, a trekker on our Trans Andean Trek or Climb, shared her photos with us from her experience in Bolivia. She was introduced to the basic skills of glacier travel on this awesome Trek or Climb, a great start to prepare her for an international glacier mountaineering course! 

Dawn Wilkinson photo

Dawn Wilkinson photo

The team met in La Paz, Bolivia where they toured the city, explored the arcaehological site of an ancient Tiwanakan city, relaxed on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the town of Copacabana, and hiked the beautiful Isla del Sol for the first 3 days with a wonderful local guide, Grace.

Dawn Wilkinson photo

Dawn Wilkinson photo

After meeting with the porters and pack animals, the team was off into the heart of the Cordillera Real. They trekked past the beautiful Lago Chiar Khota, an alpine lake surrounded by the spectacular amphitheater of Andean peaks, and set up camp at the Condoriri Base Camp. The team, feeling strong and energized, decided to summit Pico Austria the next day!

Dawn Wilkinson photo

Dawn Wilkinson photo

As all three clients were feeling strong and ambitious on this trip, they decided to attempt a summit climb of Charkini. Although the team had to turn around before reaching the summit, they were excited to have learned some mountaineering skills and to have made the attempt. 

Dawn Wilkinson photo

Dawn Wilkinson photo

"Sebastian was an excellent guide and I really appreciated how much care he gave and how professional he was. He has his act together and made our trip a wonderful memory!" ~ Dawn W.