Paramillo del Quindío 4745 M

COL-35 / 6-day trip / Grade: T3, F

Trekking: Los Nevados National Park & Cocora Valley
Climb: Paramillo del Quindio (4745 m)

Paramillo del Quíndio 4745 m 2

Los Nevados National Park located in the central Andes range and in the traditional coffee area of Colombia, is one of the high mountain parks in the country. Our South-North trail program covers the central section of the park, which is one of the most beautiful. The trail elapses four states: Tolima, Quindío, Risaralda and Caldas, over high mountain passes and with the option to climb/hike a very nice summit called Paramillo del Quindío (4745 m), the highest summit in that state, located right in the middle of the National Park. The Paramillo has one of the best 360º panoramic views, overlooking the three major snow capped volcanoes: Nevado del Ruiz (5321 m), Nevado del Tolima (5221 m) and Nevado del Santa Isabel (4965 m). On top of all this, the hikes are of extraordinary beauty, as many of them passes through different thermic floors, where it is possible to appreciate the biodiversity that characterizes the country. The hikes are not that difficult, but the area is known for the long distances to be cover during the daily itineraries.

Day 1 Pereira – Trekking: “El Jordan” farm (3195 m)
Day 2 Trekking: “Berlin” farm (3848 m)
Day 3 Climb: Paramillo del Quíndio (4745 m)
Day 4 Trekking: Salento (1919 m)
Day 5 Salento (1919 m) – Coffee tour
Day 6 Armenia – 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: “Berlin” farm (3848 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 by the Quebrada Blanca (3606 m). From the “Quebrada” starts a gentle ascent up to the Berlin’s pass (3964 m) and then descent to the day´s goal: the Berlin mountain farm (3848 m) located at the bottom of a deep valley.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 764 m / Descend: 116 m / Highest altitude: 3964 m / Distance: 9,60 Km / Activity duration: 4-5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 3

Climb: Paramillo del Quíndio (4745 m)
Today is the main climb of the program and, therefore, a very early start is necessary. The hike begins ascending “El Agrado” River valley up to the mountain pass called “La Angustia” (4193 m), the border between the states of Risaralda and Quindío. A gentle descend to the Quebrada Cardenas’ valley and a short re ascent, on the northern flank of the valley, to the beautiful “humedales” wetland area (4193 m). It is in these wetlands that the Rio Quindío is born, and much of the water provided to the lower regions comes from here. After a good break for lunch, the team will climb the extinct Volcano of El Paramillo del Quindío, the highest summit in the Quindío state. The ascent is quite demanding due to the steepness of the terrain and the altitude. Most of the trail is over slippery scree that goes in an almost direct line up to the ridge called “El Caballete”, from where the climb follows a very spectacular red colored sand ridge up the main summit (4745 m). El Paramillo has one of the best views in the park, as it is located almost in at the center of the park with a 360º panoramic view. On clear days it is possible to see all three main summits: to the north Nevado Santa Isabel (4965 m) and Nevado del Ruiz (5321 m) and to the south Nevado del Tolima (5221 m). The descent is done by the same trail.
Note: if some people are tired or do not wish to climb this summit, it is possible for them to take a rest at the base while the others ascend the volcano, and then be reunited on the descent.
Once back at the wetlands, the team will hike down by the “Quebrada Cardenas” river valley. The trail goes on the north margin of the river and passes the abandon “Buenos Aires” farm, heading into a narrow gorge where the “Argentina” farm (3483 m) is located.
Night in tent.
To the Humedales area: Ascent: 345 / descend: 710 m / Highest Altitude: 4193 m / Distance: 14,7 Km / Activity duration: 7-8 h
To the summit of Paramillo del Quindío: Ascent: 897 / Descend: 1282 m / Highest Altitude: 4745 m / Distance: 18,56 Km / Activity duration: 9-10 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 4

Trekking: Salento (1919 m)
Last day in the mountains, descent through beautiful landscapes and rainforest, making a semi-circular ascent ending the trail at the famous Cocora Valley, an spectacular valley located at 2425 meters adorn with Colombia’s national tree: The Wax Palm. Once in the Cocora Valley, the group will be picked up and transferred to the lovely town of Salento, by the traditional Willies jeeps (25 min.) that are a symbol of the coffee area´s coffee culture. Upon arrival in Salento, the group will be taken to a hotel located in the colonial part of the town. There will be good time to enjoy the town and drink some of Colombia’s best coffee!
Night in hotel.
Descent: 1058 m / Highest Altitude: 3483 m / Distance 10,7 Km / Activity duration: 4-5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Salento (1919 m) – Coffee tour
After a well-deserved rest and an easygoing morning, the group will have a coffee tour in one of the traditional coffee farms of the area. The coffee tour shows the entire coffee production from the seed to the final product. It also includes a very pedagogic coffee tasting to learn about the different types and qualities of the local coffee. Lunch will be at one of Salento’s typical restaurants and then there will be some free time to enjoy this lay back town and the wide offer of handy-crafts and local products.
For the active traveller, there are plenty of extra tours options like “La Kasa” botanical tour guided by experts in the fauna and flora, horse back riding itineraries, mountain biking routes, between so many others.
Night in hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Armenia – Bogotá
After breakfast transfer out to Armenia’s airport (30 min) and flight (1 h) to Bogotá. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
End of services.
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local English-speaking mountain guide from day 1 to 5
  • Local assistant mountain guide from 4 people
  • Private transfers in and out in Bogotá
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • National Park entrance fee and park’s insurance
  • 2 night in shared double rooms in hotel in Salento
  • 3 nights in shared tents at campsites
  • Coffee tour in Salento
  • Quality mountain tents – 2 pax per tent
  • Group common campsite equipment
  • Mules for group/personal 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
  • Personal camping equipment
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

SALENTO: Hotel Salento Real or similar


Finca El Jordan (no website) or similar
Finca Berlin (no website) or similar
Finca La Argentina (no website) or similar



Los Nevados:

Tags: Climbing, Colombia, Los Nevados, Cocora, F, T3, F grade, Paramillo del Quindi