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Nevado Del Tolima

Our  Nevado Del Tolima and Borde Glaciar excursions begin at 6:30am from the Armadillo Tours office in Salento. Your group and guide will travel up into the magnificent Valle Del Cocora by Willy, a classic Paisa jeep. Here you will embark on your trekking adventure!

Day One: We reach a distance of 18km on our first day and an altitude of 3700 meters. The ascent begins from the entrance of Valle Del Cocora. This world famous Valley is located in the Central Cordillera of the Andean mountains. “Cocora” was the name of a Quimbayan princess, daughter of the local chief Acaime, and means “star of water.” Valle Del Cocora is known for its spectacular scenery and for Colombia’s national tree, the Wax Palm, who’s heights reach up to a towering 70 m, making it the tallest palm tree in the world. Once you reach the cloud forest, you will be introduced to a variety of exotic birds and flowers, intricate ecosystems and waterfalls. At 3200 meters above sea level you will be amazed by the flourishing Orchids, Bromelias and the brilliant green moss that carpets the land. At 3500 meters,  you will discover the high mountain Frailejones, which strive to an age of 900 years. Here you will be exposed to the crest of the Central Mountain Range that divides the departments of Quindio and Tolima. The final leg of the journey will lead us to La Playa, a high mountain ranch refugio, where we will spend the night.  At 3700 meters we are truly in a different world.

Day Two: We begin the morning at 6:40am with a delicious “Paisa” breakfast. The day begins with another 20km ascent  toward the Paramillo Del Quindio.  Along the way we will explore beautifully contrasting ravines and wetlands in this delicate ecosystem. Before reaching the 4800 m border of Quindio, Tolima and Riseralda, our guide will explain much about this spectacular volcanic zone. If weather permits, we will gaze upon the blessed snow capped mountain peaks of Tolima, Ruiz and Santa Isabel from an altitude of 5221 m.  Once we have taken in the enormity and beauty of these mountains, we will retrace our steps to La Playa or continue on 11km to Finca Argentina, where we will enjoy a massive meal and a good nights sleep.

Day Three: We begin another glorious morning at 6:30am. We look forward to ascending to 3750m. We will travel a path that is bordered by streams for 4 km. From there we begin to ascent through flooded landscapes of Frailejones that adorn the path then we reach 4200m as we arrive to “The Calvito” The Calvito is at 4200 meters above sea level. and it can be used as a mountain camp This will allow us time to acclimatize, rest and enjoy the beautiful landscape framed by rugged mountains ful of volcanic rock ad the beginning of the glacier. The Arenales del Novado del Tolima begins at 4,400m. At this point we are at a climbing level of 9 or 10. We continue to 4,800m.We will continue to climb amongst rock until until we reach the edge of the glacier at 5,000m.

Day Four: We depart our shelter at 1:00am, we must reach the summit between 8:00am and 9:00am. One kilometer before we summit we will prepare ourselves with the proper ice climbing equipment.Enjoy your accomplishment, bask in the morning sunlight and marvel at the snow capped mountains that are brothers to Los Nevados. The steep-sided, glacier-clad Nevado del Tolima volcano contrasts with the broad profile of Nevado del Ruiz volcano to the north. The andesiticdacitic younger Tolima volcano formed during the past 40,000 years, rising above and largely obscuring a 3-km-wide late-Pleistocene caldera. The summit consists of a cluster of late-Pleistocene to Holocene lava domes that were associated with thick block-lava flows on the northern and eastern flanks and extensive pyroclastic-flow deposits. The summit contains a funnel-shaped crater 200–300 m deep. We begin our descent at 3:00pm.

Nevado Del Tolima Inclusive Extra

Tour Package includes: private, airport and bus terminal pick up from Armenia or Pereira and two nights stay at El Mocambo guest hostel pre and post trek. Luggage storage, hot water showers, private bathroom, wifi and breakfast are included. Prices include: guide, transportation to the beginning of the trek and return, accommodation at the mountain refugio, meals and snacks during the excursion, insurance, headlamps, walking sticks, rain gear.

 

 

 

 

 

Nevado Del Tolima 1 person 3 days 2 nights $570.00 USD

Nevado Del Tolima 2 person 3 days 2 nights $760.00 USD

Nevado Del Tolima 3 person 3 days 2 nights $960.00 USD

Nevado Del Tolima 4 person 3 days 2 nights $1100.00 USD

Nevado Del Tolima Inclusive

Prices include: guide, transportation to the beginning of the trek and return, accommodation at the mountain refugio, meals and snacks during the excursion, insurance, headlamps, walking sticks and rain gear.

Nevado Del Tolima 1 person 3 days 2 nights $450.00 USD

Nevado Del Tolima 2 person 3 days 2 nights $620.00 USD

Nevado Del Tolima 3 person 3 days 2 nights $800.00 USD

Nevado Del Tolima 4 person 3 days 2 nights $920.00 USD

Glacial Border Inclusive Extra

Tour Package includes: private, airport and bus terminal pick up from Armenia or Pereira and two nights stay at El Mocambo guest hostel pre and post trek. Luggage storage, hot water showers, private bathroom, wifi and breakfast are included. Prices include: guide, transportation to the beginning of the trek and return, accommodation at the mountain refugio, meals and snacks during the excursion, insurance, headlamps, walking sticks, rain gear

Glacial Border 1 person 4 days 3 nights $480.00 USD

Glacial Border 2 person 4 days 3 nights $650.00 USD

Glacial Border 3 person 4 days 3 nights $950.00 USD

Glacial Border 4 person 4 days 3 nights $1180.00 USD

Glacial Border Inclusive

Prices include: guide, transportation to the beginning of the trek and return, accommodation at the mountain refugio, meals and snacks during the excursion, insurance, headlamps, walking sticks and rain gear.

Glacial Border 1 person 4 days 3 nights $360.00 USD

Glacial Border 2 person 4 days 3 nights $610.00 USD

Glacial Border 3 person 4 days 3 nights $790.00 USD

Glacial Border 4 person 4 days 3 nights $1000.00 USD