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Ascent to Nevado del Tolima

Explore the most beautiful of the Colombian Andes with Alex, IFMGA certified guide. 4 days to discover the coffee region, Cocora valley, Los Nevados Park, and going up Nevado del Tolima!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration4 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Type of tripPrivate


Join me for a 4-day trip in the Colombian Andes. We will start trekking in the coffee region, then into the Cocora valley and Los Nevados National Park. Towards the end, we will go up the impressive Nevado del Tolima.

Nevado del Tolima is a 5230 m volcanic peak. It stands in the Tolima department, between the regions of Quindio, Risaralda and Caldas. It is the second highest summit in Los Nevados National Park, after Nevado del Ruiz.

Because of the wide range of landscapes, you can see as you go up, this place is one of the main attractions for mountaineers and hikers in Colombia.

In fact, most of the routes start at a low altitude, so you’ll hike across tropical vegetation first and find glaciers closer to the summit.

Many people consider the ascent to Nevado del Tolima one of the most difficult and technical in the country. The access is not easy, it is quite steep and the glacier makes it even more challenging. Nevertheless, is a great experience!

Below this description, you can look at the itinerary I propose.

Please contact me if you want to join me for this trip in the central Andes in Colombia. You will discover the beautiful coffee region, and also go up one of the country’s most iconic peaks!



More info

If you want to camp before the summit of Nevado del Tolima because you need more acclimatization, we can change the itinerary and go directly from Cocora Valley to Finca La Playa on the first day.

Meeting point





Day 1: Salento - La Argentina or Buenos aires

Our meeting point will be in Salento. We will start walking early because the altitude difference is significant. The hike to La Argentina farm has a duration of 8 hours. We will enjoy a picnic and then have dinner and sleep in a bed on the farm. Depending on the reservations it is possible to sleep in La Argentina farm or to walk 2 hours more to Buenos Aires Farm which is also a great place.

Day 2: La Argentina - La primavera

We will have breakfast on the farm and begin the hike to La primavera (4-5 hours approx). The idea is to rest well in La Primavera and in the middle of the night a big party begins!

Day 3: La Primavera - Summit - La Primavera

The party begins with a hot drink if you want and continues with a challenging hike to the Tolima Summit. It will be about 12-16 hours long. Afterwards, we will come back to the farm for a good meal and take a
deserved rest.

Day 4: La Primavera - Salento

In the morning, we will organize our bag packs on the mules and walk downhill to the Cocora Valley. The trip will end when we reach Salento.

Equipment you will need to bring



Other gear: Hiking boots, pants, rain jacket, gloves.

About the guide

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IFMGA Mountain Guide from Colombia

I was born in Suesca, Colombia in 1986 and started rock climbing in 1999. I’ve been working as a rock climbing and mountain guide since 2006 at the Colombian Mountains, part of the Andes range.

I then continued my formation as a guide in Bolivia, and became UIAGM/IFMGA certified in 2013. I worked as a guide in the Andes in Peru, Bolivia and Colombia, and I also participated in international expeditions to Manaslu Mountain in the Himalayas and to Denali in Alaska.

Some Highlights:

- Rock climbing Guide since 2006
- Certification Mountain Guide with the UIAGMA/IFMGA 2013
- Certification WAFA 2014
- Leader trip children and teenagers in environmental education or outdoor.
- Countries visited for climbing: Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela, USA, and Nepal.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 825 each

Group of 2

USD 516 each

Group of 3

USD 413 each

Group of 4

USD 361 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• You can also take a moderate version of this program if you prefer.

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