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- time: 7:45 – 2:15
- distance: 11.5 kilometers
- high point: 5038 m with the second just a bit below 5000
- campsite: Laguna Khotia
- route: kml file here
The day began with a walk up the valley from our campsite. We were headed for the glacial lake – Laguna Warawarani. It proved to be a very scenic spot and we stayed for a while, pointing our camera lenses in every direction! Then it was time to head to our high point of the day at 5038 meters, gradually at first but with a bit of a steep final ascent. This was followed by an equally steep and longer descent down into the Lawrawani valley, which we traversed to reach our second high point of the day. The reward would be one of the trek’s many stunning views – that of Laguna Khotia sitting at the bottom of another slice of the Cordillera Real. The mist added to the atmosphere of the scene.
Check out the web pages of various trekking agencies and you will find a variety of names and spellings for the lake that many sources name Laguna Khotia. Among others, I have found Lake Quta Qutia and Quota Khotia. The Yossi Brain Trekking In Bolivia book names it Lago Khotia while the O’Brien map has it marked as Quta Thiya! The KE Adventure Travel website has it as Kotia Lake. It can get pretty confusing at times!
As we came down the final steep scree slope to the Laguna a jeep drove by, the driver honking the horn madly. There is a road here that runs clear through the mountain range to the east side. Our goal was the bottom of the lake where our trekking team was already at work setting up the camp.
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