Los Nevados: Classic trail

COL-33 / 5-day trip / Grade: T2

Los Nevados: Classic trail

Los Nevados National Park is located in the central Andes mountain range, in the traditional coffee area of Colombia. The protected area covers an area 583 km2 and four states: Caldas, Risaralda, Quindio and Tolima. There are three major snow capped volcanoes: Nevado del Ruiz (5321 m), Nevado del Tolima (5221 m) and Nevado del Santa Isabel (4965 m) and several alpine lakes and amazing colourful landscapes.

Our 5-day program trekking the classic trail to the Otun lake, the biggest water mass in the park and then over the high pass of La Asomadera and down to the farming area of Corinto, is one of the most popular itineraries in the National Park. The trek starts at El Cedral and follows the Otun river, ascending various ecosystems up to the “paramo” area. The close contact with the local population, provides a good insight into the traditional life of these remote regions.
To end this active program, there is a final day at a productive coffee Hacienda with world-class coffee and perfect spot to rest and enjoy the wonderful weather!

Day 1 Pereira – Trekking: “El Jordan” farm (3195 m)
Day 2 Trekking: El Otun Lake (3933 m)
Day 3 Trekking: “Corinto” farm (3652 m) – Coffee farm
Day 4 Coffee farm: Coffee tour
Day 5 Bogotá
Day 1

Pereira – Trekking: “El Jordan” farm (3195 m)
Pick-up at hotel and transfer to domestic terminal for a flight (1 h) to the city of Pereira, located at the heart of the Coffee area. Before heading into the mountains, there will be a short stop in Pereira to buy some snacks and any last minute things, people might need. Then the drive takes about 2 hours by the margins of the Otun River, passing the rural areas of “La Florida” and “La Suiza”, until the head of trail known as “El Cedral” (2132 m). From this point, the group will follow a very nice trail with a moderate ascent rate for 2.5 h to “La Pastora” farm, then the steepness will increase for 3.5 h, reaching the day’s goal “El Jordan” farm, located at an idyllic place between volcanic hills covered with dense vegetation and decorated with waterfalls of crystal clear water.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 1090 m / Highest altitude: 3195 m / Distance: 13,6 Km / Activity duration: 5-6 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 2

Trekking: El Otun Lake (3933 m)
Today’s hike continues up the same river valley, ascending as the landscape changes in to dramatic volcanic eroded terrain. After 2 hours, “El Bosque” crater valley opens up with its colorful crops and meadows surrounded with high basalt walls in a semi-circular shape. Here the group will take a short break to enjoy such scenery and grab a quick bite. The trail will keep on ascending by the valley, following a series of ridges that lead up to “El Mosquito “ lake. On the way, it is possible to get a first view of the distant volcanoes like: El Paramillo del Quindío and Nevado Santa Isabel. Once at the Mosquito Lake, the terrain will be much gentler until the Otun Lake’s drain. The Otun Lake is the biggest water mass in the national park and one of most beautiful too. From the drain, the hike will take about 35 min. to Otun’s camping spot (3933 m), which is located by the National Park’s huts.
The rest of the day is to enjoy the place, walk by the lake’s shores and get lost in the extent gardens of Frailejones, an endemic plant from the northern Andes.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 738 m / Highest altitude: 3933 m / Distance: 9 Km / Activity duration: 5-6 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 3

Trekking: “Corinto” farm (3652 m) – Coffee Farm
Today’s itinerary can be done by one of the two trails that depart from the Otun Lake’s camping place. The guide will decide which trail to take according to the physical and weather conditions.

1. By the Western lake’s trail:
Morning hike back to the lake’s drain and then walk on a trail/dirt road that follows the Western margin of the lake up to the “La Asomadera” mountain pass (4139 m), the border between the states of Caldas and Risaralda and the best place to see the Otun lake, from this point another trail descend by a scenic gorge passing by a few local farms and pasture fields, losing altitude until reaching “Corinto” farm. There will be a transport waiting to take the group down (3 h) to a coffee farm in the Manizales area.
Night at coffee farm.
Ascent: 206 m / Descend: 478 m / Highest altitude: 4139 m / Distance: 13.5 Km / Activity duration: 5-6 h

2. By the Eastern lake’s trail:
This trail follows the Eastern shore of the lake and ascents towards higher Asomadera ridge, passing through well-preserved native vegetation gardens and scenic waterfalls. Once on the ridge, the trail descends by a series of small lakes down to the lower Asonadera pass, joining the Western trail, as described above, descending to “Corinto” farm. There will be a transport waiting to take the group down (3 h) to a coffee farm in the Manizales area.
This trail is more demanding than the other one, in time and physical effort, not in distance.
Night at coffee farm.
Ascent: 304 m / Descend: 585 m / Highest altitude: 4237 m / Distance: 13.2 Km / Activity duration: 6-7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 4

Coffee farm: Coffee tour
Relaxing morning at the beautiful Hacienda Venecia, an authentic coffee farm with exclusive coffee production. The farmhouses now restored to a hostel and a hotel, featuring charming paisa architecture. The Venecia Coffee farm has won several prizes for its excellent coffee and for this day, it is included a coffee tour to see how the coffee is produced and processed, as well as how to make really good Espresso!
Night at coffee farm.
Activity duration: 3-4 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Bogotá (2660 m)
Pick up at the coffee farm and transfer out to Manizales’ airport (45 min.). Upon arrival in Bogotá, transfer to hotel – End of services.
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local English-speaking mountain guide from day 1 to 3
  • Local assistant mountain guide from 4 people
  • Private transfers out and in in Bogotá
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • National Park entrance fee and park’s insurance
  • 2 night in shared double rooms at Coffee farm in Manizales
  • 2 nights in shared tents at campsites
  • Shared coffee tour at coffee farm
  • Quality mountain tents – 2 pax per tent
  • Group common campsite equipment
  • Mules for group campsite equipment, food and pax personal gear (Packing and weight allowance – Information will be sent)
  • Included meals specified in the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic and international flights (see domestic approx. price above)
  • Personal camping and climbing equipment
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list


Finca El Jordan (no website) or similar
Otun Camping (no website) or similar

MANIZALES: Hacienda Venecia – Guesthouse or similar





Tags: Colombia, Trekking, Los Nevados, T2