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“Nevado del Tolima” is a volcano that has a conic form in a steep summit formed by wash which ends in an snow capped layer on its peak. In order to be able to appreciate its awesomeness it is necessary to do a challenge of 62 kms by one of the most majestic places of Colombia naturally talking.
During our expedition that begins at 2,400 m.a.s.l. you will pass by different ecosystems of the Colombian geography in order to get to the ice level, doing an attempt of summit climb at more than 5.200 m.a.s.l.
➡ Transportation Bogotá – Salento – Bogotá (or from any other city), which we can help you to coordinate by ground or plane.
➡ Option of hiring donkeys for transportation of your own baggage (100.000 COP per day, with capacity of 3 backpacks).
➡ Accommodation the night before or the night after to the expedition in Salento area. (We deeply recommend good rest before the expedition).
➡ Optional private trails and special activities at the area.
(07:00) – Meeting in Salento main square (or pick up in your accommodation in Salento), after that a Jeep ride towards Cocora Valley. Once you received the final previous recommendations from our team and from the authorities we will start the trek towards “La Primavera” farm. On the way up you will optionally pass by the “Colibrí house” and have lunch on the way at a point called “Estrella de agua”. This will be a challenging trek (specially in rainy season) and will end with accommodation in bunk beds in a farmers cabin at 3.400 m.a.s.l.
(07:00) – Breakfast at the hotel and after that you will be take in boats in order to do the whale-watching in open sea in the sorrounding area of the island, once it is over the boat will head to “Playa Palmeras” (Palms beach), after that you will be taken to the hotel where you will have lunch, later on you will hike the trail to “the aquarium” area (Perfect place for snorkeling), once you get back you will have dinner and rest at the hotel.
(02:30) – Beginning of the trek towards the snow-border line (4900 m.a.s.l.) Once there you will have breakfast and prepare all the gear and ice equipment in order to make it to the summit of the snow-capped mountain. The ice climb is done maximum in groups of 4 travelers and one expert mountain climbing guide and done it to the summit preferably before 7:00 AM. If somebody feels altitude sickness at any point of the expedition the guide will give the recommendations. After the summit the group will head back towards the “Primavera farm” where will have rest and the meals of the day sleeping again in bunk beds.
(07:30) – Breakfast in the cabin and then trek back towards the Cocora Valley where you will pass again by “estrella de agua” point, a place where the Quindio river is originated, having lunch there and during this day you will go at your own pass in order to enjoy the trail and the last part of the expedition before arriving to Cocora Valley and be taken back to Salento in a traditional jeep.