Cordillera Central, Colombia

Nevado del Tolima Expedition


Where: Colombia

Length: 4-8 days

Level: Intermediate

From: $329


Steep valleys and raging rivers surround this symmetrical volcano

From pristine tropical jungle to high-altitude lakes and parámo Tolima is full of gorgeous surprises

Nevado del Tolima is officially 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.

Although it last erupted in 1943, the last major eruption if thought to have been 3,600 years ago, and today it certainly feels very sturdy. The volcanic ash of yesteryear, however, has meant for an abundance of plant life today.

A climb from valley floor to the top brings you face to face with dense tropical jungle, higher cloud forest, deep river gorges, raging rivers, stunning parámo eco-sytems - Colombia is home to 95% of these rare habitats - glacial lagoons, high mountain scree and rock faces, and of course those famous glaciers.

All landscape are literally covered in flora and fauna from jungle to the glacier, including many wild animals. Huge condors, buzzing humming birds, beautiful paramo parrots, all await.

The expedition begins in Medellín, Bogotá or Salento, with trekking starting in the famous Valle de Cocora, home to the famous wax palm of Colombia - the tallest palm trees in the world.

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.

Planning your trip to Colombia? Be sure to read this short Colombia guide!

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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
  • 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

27th Dec 2018 - 31st Dec 2019

This is a 5- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima that includes one day on the hotsprings after the summit. Price: $396.

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7th Jan 2019 - 10th Jan 2019

This is a 4- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima. Price: $329.

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11th Jan 2019 - 14th Jan 2019

This is a 4- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima.

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21st Feb 2019 - 24th Feb 2019

This is a 4- day expedition to the summit of Nevado del Tolima. Price: $329.

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