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Nevado de Tolima, 6-day Expedition to the summit via the Totare Glacier (Challenging route)

Join a UIAGM certified guide from Ascenso Andino for this once in a lifetime 6-day ascent of Nevado del Tolima. This stunning 5,220m high volcano is in Los Nevados National Natural Park of the Colombian Andes!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Discover the breathtaking Nevado del Tolima mountain in the Colombian Andes

  • Summit a 5200m stratovolcano and enjoy 360 degree panoramic views

  • Join a local and highly enthusiastic guide who knows all the regions secrets


This is Nevado del Tolima, a monumental stratovolcano in the Los Nevados National Natural Park in the Andes of Colombia. This is your opportunity to ascend this giant and look over the world!

Although not extinct, Tolima’s last eruption was 3,600 years ago and the most recent volcanic activity recorded here was in 1943.

The views from its 5,200m peak are outstanding, 360 degree panoramic vistas over the Colombian Andes, including other volcanoes, glaciers, forests and more!

Our trip will see us ascend the mountain via the ‘Totaré’ glacier which is a technically difficult route that requires you have both glacier and mountaineering skill and experience.

We will meet in the settlement of Juntas, about 50km southeast of the large city, Pereira. We will use this day to cement the details of our plans for the summit. We will also explore this beautiful countryside.

On the second day we will undertake a long hike and reach the altitude of 3,700m. The third day we will visit the volcanoes thermal baths and hike a long distance.

Our fourth day will be a rest day, to recuperate and re-energise for the summit hike the next day.

The fifth day will see us set off at 2am towards the summit. When we reach the Totaré glacier we will put the proper equipment to use and ensure a safe ascension.

Once atop the summit you will have time to really absorb what an amazing and breathtaking view it is and what an acheivement you have made.

The last day we will return to Juntas in one trek and then enjoy a special meal in a local restaurant to cap off a wonderful expedition.

As you can imagine this trip is one of those once in a lifetime experiences, sign up now to summit this Andean volcano, witness stunning beauty and join a fun and dedicated guide!

If you would prefer a less demanding ascent then consider this ascension of Nevado del Tolina via the shimmer glacier instead!

More info

Personal Equipment list: Head: - Hat for the cold - Hat for the sun - Good quality Sun glasses Body: - Waterproof Jacket (Goretex or similar) - Waterproof Trousers (Goretex or similar) - Winter Coat (Polar) - Base layer thermals - Walking Trousers (Windproof, softshell or similar) - Warm winter Jumper - Waterproof Poncho (optional) Hands and Feet: - Thermal and/or Waterproof Gloves - Hiking Boots, warm and waterproof - Walking Cane - Walking Socks x 2 pairs -Thermal socks Backpack: - Backpack of 30/40 litres - Seperate backpack to be exported by the horses Hydration: - Camelback o bottle – 2 litres minimum Miscellaneous: - Sun Cream Protection - Lip Balm Camping Equipment: - Bed Liner insulator - Sleeping Bag (mín. -5oC) - Plastic plate, glass, and cutlery - Torch




Day 1: Start of the expedition

Bus transfer Bogotá – Anzoátegui. 4×4 transfer to Palomar. Night at the Hostal Villa Lucía (lunch and dinner included).

Day 2: 4,000 meter traverse

We will start the 17-kilometer trek to Termales del Cañón, visit the Laguna Bombona and spend the night in tents (breakfast, snacks and dinner included). Luggage transferred in horses.

Day 3: Summit

We set off this morning from Termales de Cañón towards the summit.

We will use our technical equipment once we reach the Totare glacier.

This day, along with the descent from the summit, will involve about 14 hours on the move (breakfast, snacks and dinner included).

Day 4: Return

Today make the descent to La Escuela (8 kilometers).

Night in camping (breakfast, snacks and dinner included).

Day 5: Andean Forest

Descent from La Escuela to Juntas. Return to Bogotá (breakfast and lunch included).

Equipment you will need to bring



Water bottle

Other gear: Cap, waterproof jackent and pants, sunscreen, lip balm, gloves, trekking boots, socks, camping equipment.

About the guide

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Ascenso Andino is a rock climbing and high mountain agency based in Suesca, Colombia. Our staff of guides is professional, with more than 10 years of experience climbing and in expeditions in different mountains around the world.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1135 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Personal Insurance

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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