Cordillera Real Trek Day 2: Alto Llojena To Lago San Francisco

Previous Post: Day 1 – South of Sorata To Alto Llojena

  • time: 7:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • distance: 10 km.
  • highlights: walk up to the pass (Rinconada); more Illampu Massif views; the view of Lago San Francisco from the day’s high point
  • high point: 4889 m
  • campsite:  above Lago San Francisco  in what initially  seemed like an unlikely place to put  up the tents. Somehow it all worked out just fine!
Day 2 - distance and elevation

Day 2 – distance and elevation.  N.B. all images enlarge with a click.

Route: download day’s kml file here; you can open it in the Google Earth app.

Trans-Cordillera Real Day 2 (Alto Llojena to Lago San Francisco)

Trans-Cordillera Real Day 2 (Alto Llojena to Lago San Francisco)

As the altitude chart illustrates, the day’s walk involved a fairly gradual ascent to the point labelled Rinconada on the Google map. Then it was down to our campsite above Lago San Francisco. The vehicles were able to drive up to the top of the lake via a round-about route. To speed things up, everyone helped to put up the tents and distribute the duffel bags and within a half-hour we were all able to crawl into our tents and do what would become an afternoon ritual – unpack the duffel and set everything back up again.

looking back at our Alto Llojena campsite

looking back at our Alto Llojena campsite –

In the photo above you can see the vehicles still at the campsite. Visible further down in the valley is the village of Llojena. We headed off by 7:45, having sat down for breakfast by 7.

Day 2 - on the way to Lago San Francisco

Day 2 – trekkers on the way to Lago San Francisco a Javier T. shot

Jankuma mountainscape above Alto Llojena

Jankuma mountainscape above Alto Llojena

Not as breathtaking as looking at the changing face of the Cordillera Real – but still a wonder to behold – was the Altiplano to the west.  For the first few days we would be able to see a bit of Lake Titicaca in the distance and even make out the Isla del Sol!

looking west to the Altiplano and Lago Titicaca

looking west to the Altiplano and Lago Titicaca

the Rio Uma Jalanta coming into Lago San Francisco

the Rio Uma Jalanta coming into Lago San Francisco

Rio Uma Jalanta coming into Lago San Francisco

Rio Uma Jalanta coming into Lago San Francisco

looking up the Uma Jalanta valley

looking up the Uma Jalanta valley

looking into the Cordillera Real from the Rinconada above Lago San Francisco

looking into the Cordillera Real from the Rinconada above Lago San Francisco

one of our two

one of our two “donkeys” above Lago San Francisco

late afternoon view of Lago San Francisco

late afternoon view of Lago San Francisco from the top of the lake

dining tent with a view - tea time above Lago San Francisco

dining tent with a view – tea time above Lago San Francisco. (Thanks for the shot, Tony.)

Day Two - Lago San Francisco campsite

Day Two – Lago San Francisco campsite

tent up at Lago San Francisco campsite

tent up at Lago San Francisco campsite

Cerro Casiri (west face) behind our campsite above lago San Francisco

Cerro  Wakana behind our campsite above Lago San Francisco

Next Post: Day 3 – Lago San Francisco To Chojna Khota

2 thoughts on “Cordillera Real Trek Day 2: Alto Llojena To Lago San Francisco

  1. Ramblin’ boy, Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your posts and use your blogs to plan trips. My husband and I travel as a couple and he teases me about our adventures getting physically harder and harder. Perhaps we were not prepared last year for our 40th anniversary Machu Picchu trek but we definitely were in better shape after our knees recovered. I wish we had also done the Cordilleras circuit. Instead we did day hikes out of Yungay(near Huarez) which really limited us. I am reading this post about the Bolivia Andes with great interest. Might be a future trip. In 2016 we head to Tasmania to do the Overland Track. Not high altitude but still adventuresome for us mid-60 couple. Thanks again for keeping your post current and educational, especially for those of us involved in similar activities: hiking, biking, canoeing… Michelle Z

    • Michelle, thanks for the positive review! From my own web surfing habits I know that most people stick with a web page for maybe ten seconds so it is great to be reminded occasionally that someone is making it beyond that ten-second mark!

      My wife’s mother had a saying that I have made my own. She used to say – “You have to keep moving” and she was proof that it worked!

      I must take a look at the Tasmania Overland Track for details. I had looked at Tasmania for a bike tour but the problem of getting my bike there in one piece dissuaded me. Maybe the thing to do is rent a bike once I got there.

      Re: being in the mid-60’s. That is exactly where I am at too. We’ve just got to keep on moving!

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