The most accessible Colombian glacier summit inside Los Nevados National Park!
From $233 USD
The snow-capped Santa Isabel volcano is one of the highest mountains in the Colombian central Andean mountain range. The highest summit is 5100m, on the dome or south summit. Climbing Santa Isabel is relatively easy and requires very little technical experience – great for mountain hikers wanting a first experience on ice. The hike starts at the farm ‘Potosí’, in Santa Rosa de Cabal and continues on the trail known as ‘Conejeras’ (the rabbit house). The trail can also start from El Cedral, near Pereira, going through the cloud forest and the El Bosque trail until the Otún lake.
6am: Pick up from the city of Pereira or Manizales in a 4WD jeep. It’s a 55km route on an unpaved road and takes approximately 3.5 hours.
10am: Arriving at the farm (4000m), we’ll enjoy a delicious mountain breakfast before heading to the National Park entrance, where we will complete registration and receive a welcome talk by park rangers.
11am: From the farm, we’ll hike to the Lake El Otún. This will be our first acclimatization walk above 4000m lasting about 3.5 hours.
1pm: We will stop for lunch on the way, taking in the view of the El Otún lake.
3pm: There will be time to prepare our equipment and its proper use will be explained.
5pm: After enjoying a warm meal, it will be time to rest and have an early night in order to prepare for the summit attempt early tomorrow morning.
1:30am: We’ll have a hot drink and some energy bars before making the 30 minute car journey to reach the starting point of the summit attempt hike, (4100m), known as ‘Conejeras’.
2:45am: We will start the trek along the path Conejeras that will take us to the central glacier (4700m). Distance: 3.5km. Estimated time: 3 hours.
6:30am: Arrival at Conejeras Central Glacier. We’ll set up the equipment and start the summit attempt to the central summit, glacier trekking along the Santa Isabel. We’ll enjoy the views from the top before starting our descent around 9am. We’ll hike back to the vehicle and return to the refuge to have some lunch before we return to the city.
(It is also possible to descend to the hot springs, if booked in advance, which has a small extra charge).
- Sunglasses with high-quality UV filter (not using them can cause eye damage and temporary blindness from the glacier).
- Water bottle and any other hydrating beverage.
- Appropriate clothing following the three layers theory for mountain climbing.
- A cap to protect against the sun.
- A warm hat, gloves, spare socks.
- High-SPF, high quality sunscreen (SPF 30+).
- Trekking poles (optional).
- Mountain or trekking boots.
- A day backpack between 20 to 40 liters.
- Any personal medication you require and personal health care items.
NOTE: Please try to pack as lightly as you can.
- Emergency assistance insurance.
- Private transport from Pereira to Los Nevados National Park and back to Pereira (or Manizales or Santa Rosa de Cabal).
- All meals for the two days, plus snacks, hydration and hot beverages.
- Los Nevados National Park entrance fee.
- Local mountain guides.
- One (1) night in shared rooms.
- All required glacier equipment (helmet, harness, ice pick, crampons, carabiner).
Any extra items or individual purchases not specified above.
- A tour of a traditional coffee farm.
- A visit to some hot springs.
- A visit to Filandia, one of the most beautiful traditional towns in the coffee triangle.
- Hiking or horse riding through the cave tunnels to the Boquia waterfall.