Colombia & Ecuador’s Snowcapped Volcanoes

COEC-47a / 16-day trip / Grade: PD

COLOMBIAN VOLCANOES: Paramillo del Quindío (4745 m) – Nevado del Tolima (5221 m)
ECUADORIAN VOLCANOES: Cotopaxi (5897 m) – Chimborazo (6268 m)

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Los Nevados National Park, located in the central Andes range and in the traditional coffee area of Colombia, is one of the highest mountain parks in the country. The protected area covers an area 583 km2 and four states: Caldas, Risaralda, Quindio and Tolima. There are three major snowcapped volcanoes: Nevado del Ruiz (5321 m), Nevado del Tolima (5221 m) and Nevado del Santa Isabel (4965 m) and two minor craters: Paramillo del Quindio (4745 m) and El Cisne (4750 m), plus many high altitude lakes. The treks and climbs are of extraordinary beauty, as many of them pass through the different thermic floors, where it is possible to appreciate the biodiversity that characterizes the country. The ascents are not technically difficult, but the area is known for the long distances to be covered during the daily hikes.

The goal of this program is to attempt the Nevado del Tolima volcano (5221 m), and for this purpose the itinerary includes a trek and climb of Paramillo del Quindío (4754 m) before the major summit. The Colombia section of the program provides a perfect acclimatization for the climbs in Ecuador, while enjoying a great place and myriad activities.

Day 1 Arrival in Bogotá (2660 m)
Day 2 Bogotá – Full day city tour (2660 m)
Day 3 Pereira – Trek: “La Pastora” (2536 m)
Day 4 Trekking: “Berlin” farm (3848 m)
Day 5 Climb: Paramillo del Quíndio (4745 m)
Day 6 Trekking: Tolima’s high camp (4345 m)
Day 7 Climb: Nevado del Tolima (5221 m)
Day 8 Trekking: Salento (1919 m)
Day 9 Salento (1919 m) – Bogotá
Day 10 Departure from Bogotá – Fly to Quito (2850 m)


Well-acclimated, we land in Quito at 2800 m for the second part of the trip. The Ecuador program is full of spectacular climbs, giving the chance to attempt some of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world and to reach the two highest summits in the country: Cotopaxi at 5897 m and Chimborazo at 6312 m. Surrounded by gorgeous nature and exotic indigenous villages and cultures, this climbing trip is the experience of a lifetime. We provide professional guides, excellent equipment, good accommodation, transportation and food.

Day 11 Cotopaxi – Glacier for training (4680 m)
Day 12 Climb: Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 m)
Day 13 Town of Baños de Santa Agua (1820 m) – Rest day 
Day 14 Chimborazo – High Camp (5330 m)
Day 15 Climb: Chimborazo Volcano 6268 m
Day 16 Departure
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