High Mountain Hiking – Intent Nevado del Tolima

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4 Days 3 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

9 people



Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with our High Mountain Hiking excursion to Intent Nevado del Tolima. With a local guide endorsed by National Parks, a naturalist, mule-supported luggage transportation, and all necessary equipment, you’ll have everything you need for a four-day trek through the stunning landscapes of Valle de Cocora and beyond. Plus, with medical assistance insurance and hot drinks and snacks provided, you can focus on enjoying the breathtaking vistas and creating memories that will last a lifetime.


  • The level of difficulty of the hike is 10/10
  • For this experience, you need good physical condition and a lot of energy. The landscape character is of roads with very steep slopes.
  • You should be prepared for some rain during these four days.

Day 0

Meeting, socialization and delivery of equipment

Day 1

Our adventure begins in Salento, Quindío, at 5:00 am. There, we will have breakfast before boarding a Jeep Willys or van to Valle de Cocora. We'll hand over our luggage to the mule driver, who will load it onto the animals. Then, we'll start walking on the trail towards the Fog Forest. After about 3 hours and 30 minutes, we'll arrive at Estrella de Agua, located at 3,100 meters above sea level, where we'll have our lunch, recharge our energy, and filter water. After that, we'll walk for approximately 4 more hours towards the Romerales Páramo, until we reach Finca La Playa, our accommodation at 3,700 meters above sea level.

Day 2

At 7 am, we'll have breakfast and prepare the mules with our luggage to take it to the base camp at 4,450 meters above sea level. We'll walk for 4 hours through the Romerales Páramo towards Nevado del Tolima, while enjoying the distant views of Laguna del Encanto, Paramillo del Quindío, Nevado de Santa Isabel, and Nevado del Ruiz (if the day is clear). When we reach the base camp, we'll set up our tents, have lunch, and participate in a talk to get to know and learn about the use of climbing equipment on snow and a brief description of the third day (summit ascent).

Day 3

We'll wake up at 12 am and have a cup of coffee or sugar cane water with some food at 1 am before we start walking for around 5 hours towards the summit. We'll pass through a rock balcony where we'll use our body to hold on and transit with caution. We'll reach the edge of the glacier where we'll prepare our high mountain equipment (helmet, harness with carabiner, ice axe, and crampons). We'll be only 1 km away from the summit where the peak of the Nevado will be pronounced. The weather will change as we'll be at an altitude of over 5,000 meters above sea level with a perceived temperature below 0. We'll reach 5221 meters above sea level, celebrate for a few minutes (if weather and mountain conditions allow it), and then descend from the summit following the same route. We'll dismantle the camp at 11 am and head to Finca la Playa to have lunch, rest, have dinner and sleep.

Day 4

Once we have breakfast at 7 am, we will leave Finca La Playa towards Valle de Cócora through the same trail we walked on the first day or, if we have more time, we can take a different but longer route via Finca La Argentina. We will be returning to Valle de Cócora at around 3:00 pm. Then, we will board a vehicle that will take us back to the town of Salento, Quindío, to have lunch, chat, return the equipment, and conclude this extraordinary tour and experience.

  • Entrance and registration to the National Park.
  • Local guide endorsed by National Parks.
  • Naturalist for the entire itinerary.
  • Transportation from Salento to Valle de Cocora and back to Salento.
  • Medical Assistance Insurance Policy with Emergency Air Rescue.
  • Mule-supported luggage transportation for 4 days.
  • Accommodation:
  • 2 nights in a cabin (shared rooms).
  • 1 night camping (tent, insulation and sleeping bag - 21°C).
  • High Mountain Equipment (helmet, harness, carabiner, ice axe and crampons).
  • Trekking poles.
  • Hot drinks (sugar cane water, coffee and tea).
  • Snacks for 4 days.
  • Filtered water.
  • Accommodation in Salento
  • Services not mentioned above.
  • Other personal expenses and tips for the local Guide, Campesinos, and Vehicle Drivers.

Tour's Location

nevado del tolima

What are the daily distances and the total height we will hike?

Day 1: Valle de Cócora - Finca La Playa (18.54 km)
Day 2: Finca La Playa - Campamento Campo base (8.17 km)
Day 3: Campamento Campo Base
-Cumbre Nevado del Tolima - Finca La Playa (19.34 km)
Day 4: Finca La Playa - Valle de Cócora (18.54 km)

Minimum Height: 2.374 M.A.S.L.
Maximum Height: 5.221 M.A.S.L.

Minimum Temperature: -3ºC
Maximum Temperature: 18ºC

What Equipment do we need?

• Trekking backpack (20-30) liters for hikes.
• Pantaneras or rubber boots.*
• Container or bottle for 1 or 1.5 liters of water.
• Frontal flashlight with spare batteries.
• Dark glasses with UV protection.
• Sunscreen or protector.
• Lip protector.
• Waterproof (rain poncho).
• Trekking poles.
• Personal hygiene kit (toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Plastic bags to pack clothes and trash.

What Clothing should I take?

• Thermal shirt.
• Quick-dry shirt.
• Fleece jacket or Down jacket.
• Waterproof jacket.
• Thermal pants.
• Waterproof or quick-dry pants.
• 4 pairs of socks.
• Waterproof Trekking boots.
• Lightweight shoes for resting.
• 2 pairs of gloves.
• Ear protection hat.
• Buff or Neck gaiter.


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