Tolima snow mountain is perhaps the most interesting climbing in Colombia. Its shape of volcanic cone, make it the perfect scenery and a unique location for the outdoors sports practice. It is located in the National Natural Park Los Nevados and it reach an altitude of 5220m. The experience of attempting the summit gather several unique Colombian ecosystems, having the opportunity to enjoy an discover the best of the high Colombian mountains.
7am. Starting point from Cocora Valley (Salento). Trekking along the cloud forest passing by the Acaime natural reserve and keeping up until Estrella de Agua (Water star 3100m). Estimate time 3.5 hours. 9 km
12.30 pm. After the lunch we start again the path from Estrella de Agua to the farm La Primavera where we will sleep for the night (3750m) Estimate time 3 hours. 9 km
8am: After the delicious breakfast we start the trek from the farm La Primavera in the way to the Base Camp at (4350m). Estimate time 5 hours, 8 km. This day is a little bit of a relaxed walk, it is useful to acclimatize the body to the altitude. After midday we are arriving to Base Camp to have some rest for the day and prepare ourselves for the next day summit attempt. The glacier equipment will be organized and instructions about proper use will be given.
2:00 am. We will get up very early, have some tee and have something to eat, then start the way to the glacier in order to complete the summit attempt (5220m). Estimate time go and back to base camp 7 hours.
1pm: After having a short break at camp we will pack things up and start descending to the farm La Primavera. Estimate time 2 hours.
8am: Descending to Cocora Valley, taking a different rout as the ascent, along the cannon of the Cardenas River, plenty and with and infinite richness of fauna and flora. Estimate time: 7 hours. 19 km.
For all of our plans and itineraries the ideal is to have experience in short and long treks, this way each person will know best their body and how it adapts to the altitude. The Tolima summit is a non-technical mountain, it doesn´t have a glacier. However, it is not to take it easy, like with any other mountain. This itinerary has been planned for people with some mountain experience, it is required to have a considerable physical condition and that depending on a medical diagnosis (sent by us by email) the person doesn´t have health problems to undertake the itinerary. If in any case do you feel that maybe you are not prepared, there is no problem, we can plan according with your characteristics a more suitable itinerary.
- ALTITUDE EXPERIENCE
No prior experience at altitude required.
- TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE
No technical climbing experience required.
TO HAVE IN MIND:
UIAA Participation statement: The UIAA recognize that climbing and mountaineering are activities that represent the risk of suffer personal injuries or death. The participants in this activities must be aware of this risks and accept them, and be responsible of their own actions.
We suggest that you hire a health and emergency insurance in your county, please let us have a copy of this insurance.
¿WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE MONTAÑAS COLOMBIANAS?
A few companies offer Tolima´s Mountain – Why our people choose MONTAÑAS COLOMBIANAS? We offer a personalized and pragmatic Expedition approach, which allows you to enjoy the experience at a maximum. This, combined with a realistic mountain itinerary allows you to have the best altitude acclimatization, enough to give you the best preparation to achieve and reach the summit in the perfect condition to actually enjoy that magnificent moment.
The smallest details are important and MONTAÑAS COLOMBIANAS appreciate and take in account that everyone has different expectations and requirements. For many this is the first big mountain ever climbed so a few nerves and some anxiety is perfectly normal, here is where MONTAÑAS COLOMBIANAS make the difference, our guides understand this and are perfectly aware, they will be always there to help you in the ascension and will always try to be sure that your experience becomes incredible.
MONTAÑAS COLOMBIANAS has the backup of the best logistics and the best Colombian local guides. They are exceptional in the mountain and understand the needs and requirements of all our groups. Most important, before being guides we are mountaineering people, a friend that will join your trip and help you to achieve your dream.