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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Due to recent the increase in Nevado del Ruiz’s volcanic activity, the National Park’s authorities have temporary close access to the entire Los Nevados National Park, until the activity drops back to safer levels. We will be constantly monitoring the situation.


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



Due to recent the increase in volcanic activity, all ascents/climbs to Cotopaxi volcano’s glacier/summits have been restricted until further notice. 

We are offering Cayambe volcano (5790 m) as an option instead Cotopaxi (5897 m), being both similar in grading and the required physical preparation.

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