THE LOS NEVADOS TREK, SALENTO, COLOMBIA
The Los Nevados Trek will take you through a variety of landscapes up to the Colombian highlands of the Andes.
Parque Nacional Los Nevados is located in the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes. There are variety of treks and entrance points within the Los Nevados National Park.
The standard Los Nevados Trek from the Cocora Valley to Finca Primavera / Finca La Playa is a three day / two night trek in the Los Nevados National Park.
There are more treks and routes to do once you reach the top, some only accessible with a tent, but the minimum recommended time frame is 3 days / 2 nights.
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This article will show how you can hike from the Cocora Valley up to Finca Primavera and Finca La Playa without a guide. We did not explore much further, but if you do, it is recommended that you take a tent and food supplies.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU WALK THE LOS NEVADOS TREK
The Los Nevados Trek to Finca Primavera is a relatively demanding trek due to the elevation gain of 1500m and maximum altitude of 4000m.
The following list and maps show approximate distances from Valle De Cocora and the altitude (m) at each destination:
- Cocora Valley - 0km - 2300m
- Estrella De Agua - 8km - 3250m
- Finca Primavera - 14.5km - 3800m
- Finca La Playa - 16km - 3700m
- Termanles Canon - 30km - 3900m
- Finca Mesetas - 35km - 3600m
- Juntas - 50km - 2000m
From the Cocora Valley you will pass through Acaeme – Estrella De Agua – Finca Primavera and Finca La Playa. From here it is possible to continue for day hikes and more overnight hikes.
It is possible to hike from the Cocora Valley up to Finca Primavera in one day, or if you like you can sleep at Acaeme for a night to break up the trek.
There are signs to mark the way as well as trail maps to show you how far you have to go.
It is recommend to stay at Finca Primavera of Finca La Playa for two nights. That will give you time to explore the surroundings on your free day and plenty of time to get back on the next.
WHAT TO BRING ON THE LOS NEVADOS TREK
It is possible to stay at the fincas and they have all the supplies you will need such as a bed and freshly cooked meals to purchase.
If you plan on walking and spending any nights further than Finca Primavera or Finca Playa then bring a tent and food supplies.
- Good walking shoes
- Poncho / rain jacket
- A Trekking Buddy
It is highly recommended that you trek with others. I recommend a Swede and an American. The Swede will give you Snuz to celebrate milestones such as reaching the top of a hill and the American will over use superlatives and make everything seem better than it is.
HOW TO DO THE LOS NEVADOS TREK WITHOUT A GUIDE
To start, the choice to either take a guide or not is up to you. If you choose not to, it is highly recommended that you do not trek alone as the weather can change quickly, meaning you can get lost and disorientated.
The Los Nevados Trek can be accessed from the Cocora Valle. More information on getting to the Cocora Valley can be found in this article.
Continuing from the junction at the end of the Cocora Valley the path leads up to the high mountain plains with the sleeping destinations for the day being with Finca Primavera or Finca Playa. If you have a tent there are smaller campsites in the high plains.
Along the way there are various rest stops, the most significant being 'Estrella De Agua', which can also be used as a place to camp if you wish to spread the hike over more days.
The path is well marked and there aren’t any opportunities to wander off the path until you get to the highplains. Even on the highplains the paths are well defined. The only chances of getting lost or disorientated are in poor visibility conditions when the clouds or fog pass by.
WHERE TO SLEEP ON THE LOS NEVADOS TREK
If you don’t have a tent, there are two sleeping options when you reach to top, Finca Primavera or Finca Playa, numbers below. It is recommend that you call and book a day or two in advance to make sure you are not stranded when you arrive. If you have a tent you can camp in any of the designated campsites.
It is also possible to stay at Acaime to break up the length of the trek.
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