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Nevado del Tolima, 4-day Expedition to the summit via the Shimmer Glacier (Easy route)


Join a certified guide from Ascenso Andino for this unforgettable 4-day hike and summit of Nevado del Tolima. A 5,220m volcano in Los Nevados National Natural Park in the Colombian Andes!



4 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec




* Discover the wild, stunning beauty of Nevado del Tolima and the Colombian Andes

* Summit a stratovolcano over 5200 metres above sea level with its panoramic views

* Join a local and very enthusiastic guide who's passion is sharing this landscape


Welcome to Nevado del Tolima, a spectacular stratovolcano in the Los Nevados National Natural Park in the Andes of Colombia. Here’s your chance to summit this amazing geological treasure!

Tolima’s most recent volcanic activity was in 1943 but the last major eruption was back 3,600 years ago. From atop its peak at 5,220m there are panoramic views of epic proportions!

Our trip will see us ascend via the Cocora valley and ‘Shimmer’ glacier which is an easier option than others and doesn’t require great technical skill or experience.

We will begin the trip in Salento, about 25km southeast of the large city of Pereira, this town has a rich and interesting history. We will also use this day to finalise all our plans for the upcoming trek and summit.

The next morning we set off at 06:30 and head to the valley of Cócora where the horses that will transport our possessions to the camp are waiting. Then we will hike to our camp site at 3,600m, this route provides absolutley breathtaking views over the forested landscape.

On day 2 we head towards our mountain Camp on Nevado del Tolina. Again the views will leave you speachless and we will arrive after about 6 hours, to then prepare for the summit the next day.

The next morning at 2am we begin our summit hike, we will advance up the slopes until we reach ‘Shimmer’ glacier. Here we will get out all the neccessary equipment to continue. The summit is truly remarkable and we will spend some good time here taking in the beauty!

The whole days trekking, including the descent back to the camp, will take about 12 hours in total. Then our last day will see us return to Cócora in one journey and end the trip with a meal in a special local restaurant.

This trip is as amazing as it sounds, sign up now if you want to summit this monumental volcano and discover the wild beauty of the Colombian Andes!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Group porters

- Personal insurance


Day 1: Salento - Cocora Valley

We will meet in the town of Salento and travel to Cocora Valley, from where we will trek for 21km to Finca La Playa (3850m), where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Nevado del Tolima Base Camp

After breakfast, we will trek for 10km to Nevado del Tolima Base Camp, where we will camp for the night.

Day 3: Summit Nevado del Tolima

We will go to the summit via Glaciar Shimmer route, and then all the way down to the Base Camp and Finca la Playa.

Day 4: Cocora Valley - Salento

We will hike out through Cocora Valley, and then drive back to Salento, where the expedition ends.



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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

Meeting point

About the guide

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Ascenso Andino Colombia



Aspirant 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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What people are saying about this trip



Richie was a great guide, pushed us when it was helpful and always aware of our surroundings and pace, always made sure we were hydrated and fed along the way. I can’t say enough good things about Richie, I’ll be using him again for other expeditions

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