The Otún lake is a natural water reserve that makes part of the National Natural Park Los Nevados, located at 3950 m, in the unique Páramo ecosystem. Shaped by the volcanic and glacier action, is fed mainly by the melting of the glacier of the Santa Isabel Mountain. It is in the jurisdiction of the department of Risaralda, Colombia.

Panoramica Laguna del Otún

Day 1

7am: Meeting point from Pereira city, in a traditional transport (Chiva or Jeep)
9am: Arrival to Cedral, The door of the Regional Natural Park Ucumarí, trek start. The trek starts at 2130 m of altitude, on an old cow-people path, where a whole people history has been developed, and it can be seen along the way of the expedition.
11am: Arrival to the Pastora refuge. At this point we will take a delicious lunch in the middle of the Andean tropical Forest. It is a unique place where different kind of flora and fauna can be appreciated. (2500m)
1 pm: We keep our way to the farm El Jordán, located at 3100m, at the beginning of the Subpáramo. In this farm we will rest for the night and we will have the opportunity to see and learn more about the Colombian mountain culture. (3100m) You can choose to sleep on a dorm or in tents.

Fact of the first day route

Altitude gain: 970m

Maximum high: 3100m

Minimum high: 2130m

Estimate time: 6 hours

Distance: 9km

Terrain: Andean Forest/ (cow stone path)


Day 2

7am: After having a nice mountain breakfast we start the trekking to Otún Lake, passing by the Páramo ecosystem. Along this trek we can see some mountains like the Paramillo of Quindío, the Paramillo of Santa Rosa and the Snow mountain of Santa Isabel. Also we can see some farms that has existed from more that 50 years in a protected area, this farms daily generate special practices that make these communities unique.

11am: Arrival to the Otún Lake. Here we will register into the Nacional Park and we will receive a talk from the Park Officers. After setting up the camp we will eat lunch, prepared by our guides and in the afternoon we will make a short trek around and visit the Otún lake viewpoints.

 Facts of the second day rout

Altitude gain: 1000m

Maximum high: 4100m

Minimum high: 3100m

Estimate time: 4 hours

Distance: 9km

Terrain: Páramo/(cow stone path) 

 Day 3

7am: The descending starts to the farm El Jordán where we will take lunch.

11am: Go out from El Jordán to La Pastora. There we will take a nice “aguadepanela” Cain-juice sweeten drink with cheese. Keeping on to El Cedral just in time to get into the Chiva that will take us to Pereira city. We estimate as a maximum arrival time to Pereira at 7pm.

Distance: 18km 
Estimate time: 6 hours.





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. Otún hiking is a non-technical mountain. 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.


    No prior experience at altitude required.


    No technical climbing experience required.


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.


A few companies offer Otún hiking – 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.