Hiking in PN Nevados, is it possible?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2013 1:39 PM Last Post By: ParamoTrek
Mar 9, 2013 9:11 AM
Hiking in PN Nevados, is it possible?I've been dreaming to hike Los Nevados with my wife for some time, but now with the park closed due to lack of an operator and with the volcano showing signs of activity we wonder if it is possible to go hiring an official guide privately? Would it be reasonably safe? Is it legal? If so, who should I contact, and any recommendations? I would like to go in the second half of the year, so I could allow for conditions to change, but would they change??? Thanks!
Mar 9, 2013 3:15 PM
Mar 10, 2013 5:36 AM
Mar 10, 2013 7:06 AM
Mar 10, 2013 8:42 AM
4I would have to concur with #3. The hike from the Valle del Cocora is pretty accessible and puts you in some pretty amazing surroundings high up in the Paramo. You can do the trek without a guide and there is accommodation available at La Finca Primavera. From the Finca you can do longer trips inside the park (depending on how well equipped you are) and an ascent of Navado del Tolima. The young guy who runs the Finca has the equipment for the climb and regularly guides people to the top.
Not sure whether the official entrance via Manizales is open or not. I heard that it was opening soon, then I heard that it wasn't. I have yet to get a definitive answer. However, a guy chimed in on a previous post, claimed he was a park ranger stationed in Los Nevados. Maybe he will see this thread and shed some light on the official status of the park.
The high country in and around the park can be accessed from Pereira, Ibague, Manizales (if open) and El Valle del Cocora. Maps are pretty hard to come by, but I did find a personal step by step account of how to get to the Finca Primavera. I used it on my hike and found it to be pretty spot on. The trail in the Paramo is marked with orange tape, so getting lost isn't too much of a problem.
The guide was written in 2006 and mentions FARC activity. Those guys are long gone; security is not an issue.
Mar 11, 2013 12:57 AM
Mar 12, 2013 7:19 AM
Mar 12, 2013 7:48 AM
1. La primavera is not inside the National Park.
2. German, the guide in la Primavera is a ILEGAL GUIDE, he doesn't not know how to make a pulley system, so if you carry a lot of climbing equipment but you don't know how to use it is stupid. And he don't know nothing about first aid or navigation, German is a really nice person and is a best friend of mine but is not a guide.
3. National Parks of Colombia is studying the idea that everyone that enter in the park must hire a legal guide.
finally, I'm one of the Legal Guide authorized to be a trekking guide inside Los Nevados.
if you want more info, just ask.
p.d: excuse my english.
Mar 12, 2013 7:52 AM
Mar 13, 2013 5:27 AM
Mar 13, 2013 10:43 AM
10I don't really think that 38000 (US$20) counts as a very expensive entry fee but I do agree that obliging hikers to have guides is wrong. I don't enjoy hiking with a guide as much as I do on my own and I am sufficiently experienced to do without.
I spent time in Los Nevados and El Cocuy recently. Both are spectacular. As mentioned above parts of Los Nevados are open, others not.
Mar 19, 2013 8:23 AM
11Each park and country has particular rules, and national parks is not particular interested in promoting the park as a place that you can come alone. The park has water for 4 million of persons in 33 cities around the park, and a lot of the plants and animals are protected because are in danger of extinction. Most of the hikers don't respect the official camping areas and walk over the fragile Páramo vegetation and hike in the virgin areas, don't dig cat holes. Most of the 56 parks in Colombia are closed to the tourism. If you think going with a guide is wrong is your particular opinion, but Colombia is the country with the highest biodiversity in the world and NP prefer to had virgin areas that tourism. And lonely hikers don't leave money in the area for the conservation, don't learn nothing about the ecosystem and don't respect most of the rules.
p.d: excuse my English.
Oct 8, 2013 12:56 PM
Oct 8, 2013 1:39 PM
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