Traverse Cedral - Glacier Santa Isabel - 3d / 2 Nights

By Montañas Colombianas
Price is $488per adult


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  • Montañas Colombianas is a local operator specializing in mountain hiking and mountaineering. Certified in Responsible Tourism, we explore culture, friendship and safety.Montañas Colombianas was born in this region where most of his operation is concentrated. We propose to the visitor to discover the charm of this beautiful natural park with the accompaniment of our local guides, certified WRF and who in addition to share the history and culture of the coffee region, maintain intact their passion for its mountains that they know by heart and always go in harmony with local communities. 

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Traverse Cedral - Glacier Santa Isabel - 3d / 2 Nights 06:30


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Price is $487.18 per ticket, price for 1 Adult is $487.18


Price is $487.18
This activity is non-refundable
If you choose to change or cancel this booking you will not be refunded any of the payment

What's included, what's not

  • 3x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Private transportation
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Complete glacier equipment (helmet, harness, ice axes, carabiners, rope)
  • Walking sticks  Water purification Medical assistance insurance
  •  Accommodation 2 nights in shared room (dormitory) in peasant farm of mountain
  • Entrance to the Los Nevados National Nature Park. WFR certified mountain guide
  • Snacks and hot drinks.
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados
  • Entry/Admission - Nevado Santa Isabel
  • Costs not previously specified and load mule for bags

Know Before You Book

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
  • Departure time: 6:30 AM

What you can expect


Day 1: Day 1: Valley of Otún River and beginning of subparamo

Stop At: La Pastora, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
7am: We will have breakfast together on Pereira before joining by 4x4 vehicle the locality El Cedral, gateway to the Regional Park Natural Ucumarí, where the path begins. The trek begins at 2130m above sea level by a mule track that allows the inhabitants of the páramo to reach the city. At around noon we will reach the La Pastora hut at 2500m, where we will have lunch in the middle of the Andean rainforest. It is a place where we can appreciate different species of fauna and flora. 1pm: We will continue our walk towards the farm landscape El Jordán, located at 3150m on the border with the beginning of the subpáramo and overhung by a beautiful waterfall. We will spend the night there and will be able to share the Colombian mountain culture in the middle of the kitchen and heat its stove.

Approximate walking time: 6 hours
Ui Distance: 13.8 km
Initial altitude: 2130 m
Maximum altitude: 3150 m
Final altitude: 3150 m
Cumulative increase in altitude: 1070 m
Accumulated negative altitude difference: 50m
Accommodation type: (Peasant farm of mountain)

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation type: (Peasant farm of mountain)

Day 2: Day 2: Paramo and Lake Otún

Pass By: Lake Otun, Via al Parque Nacional Los Nevados, Pereira Colombia
7am: After enjoying our delicious breakfast we will begin our walk of the day to Lake Otún, crossing the ecosystem of Paramo. During our hike we will be able to observe the Paramillo del Quindio mountains, the Paramillo de Santa Rosa, the San Isabel glacier and its 3 peaks and, with luck, the Tolima glacier. We will pass peasant farms present in the area before the declaration of protection of the area as a natural park.
2pm: Arrival at Lake Otún where we will have a picnic in front of the páramo and the majestic expanse of water dominated by the 3 peaks of the Santa Isabel glacier, whose central summit we will try to reach the next day. We will then continue to the cabin of the National Park of Colombia, where we will make the official entry register.

Approximate walking time: 8 hours
Ui Distance: 18 km
Initial altitude: 3150 m
Maximum altitude: 4100 m
Final altitude: 3900 m
Cumulative increase in altitude: 1100 m
Cumulative negative altitude difference: 150m
Accommodation type: (Peasant farm of mountain)

Stop At: Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados, Eje Cafetero, Manizales Colombia
The Santa Isabel Glacier is one of the highest mountains in the Central Colombian Cordillera (arriving in Colombia the Andes are divided into 3 distinct mountain ranges). Its highest point is at 5100m, at the southern summit. Its authorized rise is that of the central peak, relatively easy and which requires little technical experience. It begins at the farm Potosi then higher by the path known as conejeras. You can also reach it by the El Cedral path, crossing the forest of mist (bosque de niebla) and the El Bosque path until reaching the lake of El Otún.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation type: (Peasant farm of mountain)

Day 3: Day 3: Attempt to climb the Santa Isabel Glacier, central summit

Stop At: Nevado Santa Isabel, Pereira Colombia
2am: we will take a hot drink and some energy bars before going out to our main goal. This hike will take us through 3 zones with distinct characteristics until reaching the summit:

Paramo / superparamo (4100m-4450m): characterized by a wide variety of high altitude plants and many small lakes.  Rocky area / ancient glacier (4450m-4750m): This very rocky area was covered with ice only a few years ago. We can see its decline through the observation of certain brands.

Glacier / Summit (4750m - 5000m): Glacier area with moderate slopes. Ascension as such is not technical but a bit physical. The temperatures can be very low at the edge of the glacier while we prepare our personal equipment. On the glacier it is vital to have good sunglasses and a sun protection. If the sun appears the temperature can reach more than 20 ° C thanks to the reflective effect of the glacier. Ice climbing time: 1h30.

From the mountain farm where we slept we will travel 10km 4x4 to reach the start of the trail at 4100m altitude. We will walk in the middle of the páramo for 3.7 km, lit by our headlamps until sunrise.
Once at the edge of the glacier we will equip with the help of our guides and begin, roped, climbing to the summit, discovering for those who begin the magic of walking with crampons on the ice. With a little luck we will be able to observe the other glaciers of the park and its multiple lakes.

We will go down the same path and will reach our mountain farm for lunch then start our descent by 4x4 to the city of destination.
In case of return by Pereira or Santa Rosa de Cabal, possibility (not included in the price) to stop at San Vicente Thermal Springs.

Approximate walking time: 7 hours
Ui Distance: 10.2 km
Initial altitude: 4150 m
Maximum altitude: 4995 m
Final altitude: 4150 m
Cumulative elevation gain: 845 m
Accumulated negative elevation gain: 845m

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.


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Activity Location

  • Pereira Colombia

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Traveler pickup is offered Hostal Kolibrí Hostal Boreal Hostal Baladar
    • Pereira Colombia

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