Join IFMGA certified mountain guide Alex on an 8-day hiking trip in Los Nevados National Park uphill to three impressive volcanic peaks in the Colombian Andes.
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Dec
Parque Nacional Los Nevados (Los Nevados National Park) is located in the heart of Colombia’s coffee region, in the Central Range of the Colombian Andes. It stretches over 58,300 hectares and contains a variety of climates and landscapes, including volcanoes, glaciers, valleys, and wetlands.
Our tour will begin in Pereira (1,400 m), the main cities of the Risaralda Department. We will drive to the entrance of the National Park and then hike for around 3 hours to the Laguna del Otun (3,950 m). With a surface of 1,5 square kilometers and a depth of 70 meters, it is the greatest lagoon in the area.
The following day we will hike during 8 hours up to the Nevado de Santa Isabel (4,950 m), a glacial, snow-capped volcano, whose melting feeds the Laguna de Otun. The descent will take us 6 to 8 hours, heading to Finca Berlin.
Our route will then take us 6 to 8 hours up to the Paramillo del Quindio (4,750 m), an inactive volcano located on the south of Parque Nacional Los Nevados. Although it has lost its once eternal snowcap, it is one of the most visited peaks in the area. We will spend the night at Finca La Playa (1,895 m), a typical cattle farm in the Quindio Department.
Finally, we will hike to the Nevado del Tolima (5,200 m), the second highest volcanic summit in the park. Given its conical shape, with high steep slopes, and a small glacier at the top, climbing this peak is pretty challenging. The ascent will take us from 12 to 15 hours.
During the descent we will traverse the Cocora Valley heading to the city of Salento (1,895), our final destination before returning to Bogota. The Cocora Valley is the main location of Colombia’s national tree and symbol, the Quindio wax palm. In fact, it is one of the only places in the world where these trees can be seen in their natural habitat.
The best time of the year to go on this trip is from December to beginning of April. I often do it in June, August and September as well, although the weather during these three months tends to be a little bit unstable.
Join me in this unique adventure in the magical Colombian Los Nevados National Park. Book your trip now!
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
The price includes transportation from Manizales/Pereira to Santa Rosa de Cabal.
We will meet in Pereira City and drive or 4-6 hours to Potosi Farm, at 3.900 meters above sea level. The first night will be in a bed and we will share dinner on the same farm.
We will hike for 4-6 hours while the mules we will help us carry the big bag packs. We will share a picnic and then have dinner in a camp. The altitude reached by the end of the day is 3.900 (m,a,s,l).
This is an acclimatization hike. Breakfast and dinner will be taken in a camp. Lunch may be taken at the Santa Isabel summit.
Our hike will start early and we will move our equipment by mules to the next farm. Dinner and night in Berlin.
After breakfast, we will start the hike to our next goal. Our objective is Paramillo del Quindio, with 4.750 meters of altitude. This will be a long day. We will cover approx 24 km to the next farm, La Primavera. We will have dinner and sleep in a bed there (10 hours approx).
This day is easier. Our next camp to climb will be the Tolima Volcano. We will go slowly for 4 hours and take a good rest in the high camp at 4.400 meters approx.
We will wake up at night and go for the summit! After some tea or coffee for breakfast, we will start walking. We will the summit after 5-7 hours and return to the farm for a well-deserved rest in the evening. We will have dinner and sleep in a bed on the farm (10 – 12 hours approx. in total)
We will organize all the bag packs for the mules and begin a hike until Cocora valley (6 hours approx.). In Cocora we will have lunch and then take a transport until the hotel in Salento.
If you want and have time in your itinerary you may have one coffee tour in Salento and then you can take a transfer to the airport in Pereira or Armenia.
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.
- 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.
Our tour was great and Alex is an awesome, well prepared and experienced guide. He told us a lot of interesting information not just about national park and its flora but also about Colombia culture, history and etc. My wife and I can definitely recommend him and the tour itself.
Trip was perfect. Amazing landscape I've never seen before in my life and great adventure. Alex is a perfect guide you want to have in such trip. He knows region very well. Alex is attentive to details and adjust route and speed to your conditions. If I go to mountains in Colombia again, it would be with Alex. Thanks for such amazing trip.
Me and my girlfriend took 4 day ascent to Nevado de Tolima. Our guide- Alex Torres was very friendly, helpful and responsible. I can highly recommend him as guarantee of safe and enjoyable hiking.
The trip to the summit will challenge you even if you consider yourself fit and healthy. The feeling at the summit is insane - like winning a sports championship. You really have to push through mentally and physically to make it
Alex was a wonderful guide. He prioritized safety and suited the day’s activities to match our ability levels and interests. Climbing in Suesca was a Highlight of our vacation
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