CATEGORY: Mountaineering / Aventure
DURATION: 2 DAYS
NAME OF THE ROUTE: Nevado de Santa Isabel Summit
The unique Nevado Santa Isabel Glacier or “Poleka Kasue” in the ancestral language is found in the Central Andean mountain range in Colombia. This tropical glacier, due it’s rapid rate of retreat is studied and investigated international (IDEAM) to establish the effects of Global Warming. With a highest point of approximately 5,100 meters, 80km2 area and a deepest point of 50km2 the Santa Isabel Glacial is perfect for those with little time to spare but the skill and prior experience to attempt this summit. In just 2 days, you could find yourself on top of the world at 5000 meters above sea level. In just two days you can experience everything from the city to the top of a glacier, with tropical forests, cloud forests, sub-paramo, paramo and super paramo ecosystems in between. A unique experience, that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
LEVEL 5. VERY DEMANDING
Only suitable for people physically and psychologically prepared for experiences of great effort and who want to go beyond their own limits. It is necessary to have previous experience in mountaineering. The activities can last more than 12 hours a day, with distances of up to 19 kilometers (≈12 miles) and a change in elevation of 2,800 meters (≈9,000ft). The terrain is rugged, with steep slopes, irregular roads or even without a path (exploratory), some sections with mud, others rocky, others sandy and without shade; Sometimes it may be necessary to use your hands for support and balance. The altitude is above 4,000 meters (≈13,000 ft) with a maximum of 5,212 meters (≈17,000 ft). The luggage will be carried by mules, only the daily equipment will be carried.
DAY PRIOR TO THE TREK: We arrange for your guide to meet you at your hostel in Manizales the day before the trek in order to give a full pre-departure briefing. We double-check you are adequately equipped (hiking shoes, clothes for the cold, waterproofs etc.) as well as complete any outstanding payments. The time and location is to be arranged at an earlier date.
Day 1: Leaving at 6:00 a.m. from the city of Manizales in a private, off-road 4X4 we first head towards nearby town of Villa María to take the unpaved, bumpy road to our basic accommodation for the night. Following our initial two hour drive, we have breakfast before we start out acclimatisation 5 hour walk. We have a picnic lunch once we have reached the Lagoon Otun view point. Following an early dinner we give an equipment briefing before heading to sleep, normally by 7pm.
Day 2: This day starts at the early hour of 2am. We provide a hot drink and light breakfast to help start our challenging day get off to the best start! We then have a 1 hour 4×4 ride to the start of our trek. The first part of the trek will start in the páramo heading up to the super paramo until we reach the glacier edge of the Santa Isabel Nevado, a distance of just 3,7 kilometers, but with an altitude gain of over 1,000 meters. At this point we prepare our ice-climbing equipment, with your guide/s ensuring that everything is fitted correctly and safely. Around 2 hours later you will find yourself on top of the world at 5,000 meters. We then descend back to our transport before starting the journey back to Manizales around 5pm, after a delicious celebratory lunch en route. Typically, groups spend a total of 10 hours trekking on this day.
Paramo Trek works according to the Colombian Law 300 that reserves the right to consider compelling reasons and circumstances for non-participation in the reserved and/or contracted activity and the respective reimbursement.
Once the booked activity/service has started, there is no reimbursement of the paid amount.
For cancellation of the booking prior to the agreed start date and time, without cause, will incur a 50% charge of the total value of the booked activity.
In case of a failure to use the service for extreme causes (death, hospitalization, accident duly certified), we will reimburse 80% of the paid amount.
Paramo Trek, due to the very nature of the tours we offer, have to be flexible and constantly evaluating all aspects of safety for our clients. Some of the places we visit are difficult to access with a lack of urban amenities, as well as subject to unpredictable and variable environmental conditions. We therefore consider these experiences to be for the adventurous, with our clients prepared to adapt and to be positive in the face of unexpected change.
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