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Cordillera Central, Colombia

Nevado del Tolima Expedition

When: JAN-DEC

Where: Colombia

Length: 4-10 days

Level: Intermediate

From: $329

Overview

Steep valleys and raging rivers surround this symmetrical volcano

From waterfalls to high-altitude lakes, Nevado del Tolima is full of gorgeous surprises

Nevado del Tolima is an active volcano rising to a stunning 5,215m above sea level and located in the Cordillera Central of Colombia within Los Nevados National Park.

A climb to the top of this volcano brings you face to face with jungle, cloud forests, deep gorges, raging rivers, lagoons, high-altitude lakes, and glaciers. This diverse landscape is dotted with sunflowers and fauna from the jungle to the glacier.

The expedition begins in Medellin, Bogotá or Salento, getting to the Valle de Cocora, home to the famous wax palm of Colombia.

Prepare to be challenged and delighted as you move from the mountain trail to glacier - complete with a few crevasses - for the final climb to the summit.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

SALENTO- LA PRIMAVERA
After breakfast, we will meet at the main park, and head to the Cocora Valley. During the beautiful ascent we will go through the fog forests and the moorland, to later reach the place known as La Primavera, where we will spend the night in a peasant house with a spectacular view of the Nevado del Tolima.

Day 2 -

LA PRIMAVERA- ARENALES
After breakfast we will start a beautiful walk through the moor, to reach our camping site at 4,500m. We will enjoy a spectacular view of the Nevado del Tolima, and other mountains in Los Nevados National Park.

Day 3 -

SUMMIT NEVADO DEL TOLIMA
Very early, we will begin our ascent to the glacier of the Tolima. The tour of the glacier takes about 1.5 hours to the summit, which has a height of 5,240m, and a spectacular view of the other snow-capped peaks in the Park. After the summit we will start our descent and continue the journey until La Primavera.

Day 4 -

LA PRIMAVERA- SALENTO
After breakfast, we will leave our luggage on the cargo mules, and we will begin the descent towards the Cocora Valley and Salento. The road we will take this time will be different from the road we climbed, and in it, we will enjoy the spectacular Andean forest.

What's Included

Can be included

  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • All acclimatisation activities and for the duration of the expedition
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All technical equipment
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • Donkeys or llamas and porters where applicable
  • Sleeping tents
  • Sleeping mats

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • All food during in-town days except the Celebration Banquet
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures

Scheduled Trips

2nd Nov 2018 - 5th Nov 2018

This is a 4- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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11th Nov 2018 - 15th Nov 2018

This is a 5- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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2nd Dec 2018 - 5th Dec 2018

This is a 4- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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7th Jan 2019 - 10th Jan 2019

This is a 4- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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11th Jan 2019 - 14th Jan 2019

This is a 4- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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