This is the ride with the World’s Greatest Loss of Altitude in a single day!
Start way up, above the clouds and among the glaciers at Mount Chacaltaya (once the world’s highest ski resort) at 5,345m of altitude (that´s a breathtaking 17,500 ft.) and wind your way down an extreme, swooping, switch-backing road deep into the Zongo Jungle: A total descent of over 4,300m of altitude! Yes, you are reading correctly: That means over 14,000 feet of vertical descent done in one day on the best mountain bike rides in South America. And best of all, it´s nearly all downhill! We’ve yet to find a ride that compares, and we’ve been riding all over the Andes since 1998!
• Ride the World’s Greatest Loss of Altitude on a mountain bike in a single day!
• Start from a breathtakingly high glacier (5,345m/17,500 ft) and ride down to the steaming Amazon Jungle (1,000m/3,280 ft). 4300m of Altitude loss!
• Get off the beaten path and see the beautifully varied landscapes of Bolivia as you ride through different eco-systems.
• Have a look at the ever-changing views as you wind your way down giant glacier-covered mountains, ancient colored glacial lakes, beautiful waterfalls, jungle vegetation, a serene river and much, much more…
Anyone with a sense of adventure, who wants to go high, get low and have one hell of an adventure in between. Also a great warm up or cool down ride for your MTB cycling holiday in Bolivia.
An amazing and exciting ride involving high altitude, snow, steep gravel roads, fantastic water features and, eventually steaming jungle. This ride includes a visit to Chacaltaya, once the world’s highest ski slope at 5,345m of altitude.
After meeting at 7:30am we drive up to the ski field and unload the bikes. Here, we have time to snack, marvel at the ski slope, and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding Andes Mountains: Illimani, Mururata and Huayna Potosí.
From the ski lodge we head down the Chacaltaya ski field access road and then turn off to join the Milluni-to-Zongo road. Once we have joined this gravel road we are driven through an undulating (but largely upwards) section before reaching the incredible Zongo Pass.
At the Zongo Pass and Dam (the access point for those climbing Huayna Potosí) we can take a rest and soak up the views before setting off again.
From Zongo Pass (4,780m) we ride on, descending rapidly down this switch-backing gravel road towards the jungle. As we descend, the temperature rises and the scenery becomes steadily greener and lusher. The lowest point we reach is Zongo Village (1,000m) where we can celebrate the completion of an extreme 4,300m of downhill altitude loss!!!!