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!




Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip



  • 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!

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Price per person

Group of 1
1100 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
  • Personal Insurance
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 1Start of the expedition

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

  • Day 24,000 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 3Summit

    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 4Return

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

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

  • Day 5Andean Forest

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


Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


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Personal Equipment list:


- Hat for the cold

- Hat for the sun

- Good quality Sun glasses


- 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 of 30/40 litres

- Seperate backpack to be exported by the horses


- Camelback o bottle – 2 litres minimum


- Sun Cream Protection

- Lip Balm

Camping Equipment:

- Bed Liner insulator

- Sleeping Bag (mín. -5oC)

- Plastic plate, glass, and cutlery

- Torch


About the Guide


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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My trip was awesome! Ricardo was super friendly, knowledgeable in his skills, and made me feel safe in all 3 of the activities. Would totally recommend. Thanks! Mariela
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My trip was awesome! Ricardo was super friendly, knowledgeable in his skills, and made me feel safe in all 3 of the activities. Would totally recommend. Thanks! Mariela
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