The Sierra Nevada del Cocuy is one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in South America. More than 25 mountain peaks are permanently snow-covered and with 5300 m the Ritacuba Blanco is the highest mountain. The national park attracts with white glittering glaciers, deep blue lakes and a unique vegetation, which contains ethnic mountain forest on the plateaus, Andean forest and treeless alpine tundra (span. Páramo). In addition, the vegetation here features about 700 species of vascular plants, representing 83% of the high-mountain species in Colombia and herewith it is the most diverse high-mountain vegetation in the world! But also the wildlife has rarities to offer, like the elk, the Andean bear, the Andean condor or the Páramo deer. The temperatures are between 4°C and 20°C depending on the altitude and solar irradiation. In higher regions, the temperature can drop below cero at night.
To savor this experience to the fullest, one should at least calculate to spend one week. The list of the points of interest is long and depends on being a professional climber or just a nature enthusiastic adventurer.
Transport from Bogotá via Capitanejo to the Village Guican; overnight-stay in Cocuy.
Cocuy - Sisuma (3900m) - Cuisiripass (4400m) - Sisuma Laguna
Drive to the park entrance and hike to the Sisuma Cabañas to 3900m. Afternoon hike to Cusiri pass on 4400m. and again back to the Cabañas Sisuma. Accomodation in Cabañas at 3900m.
Sisuma - Paso del Conejo (4600m) - lagoon Grande de la Sierra (4400m)
Hike to Laguna Grande de la Sierra by the Paso del conejo, up to 4600m. You can see the Pan de Azucar and the Pulpito del Diablo, then go down through a moraine to the Laguna Grande de la Sierra. Camping at 4400m.
Lagoon Grande de la Sierra (4400m) - La Esperanza (3700m) - Cabañas Kanawara (3900m)
Hike down to La Esperanza to 3700m. Lunch and go to the north to the Kanwara Cabañas on 3900m
Cabañas Kanawara (3900m) - Ritakuwa Blanco (4800m and 5330m) - Trekking in the end Kanawara (3900m) - Cocuy (2800m)
Hiking and climbing the peak of Ritak`uwa Blanco to 5330m. or alternatively only to snowline at about 4800m. Then again back to the Kanwara Cabañas and return to Cocuy or Guican for the last night at 2800m.
Transport from Cocuy to Bogotá
• Experienced English guide
• Transfer from/to Bogotá.
• Kitchen utensils, meals.
• Entry permissions and fees.
• Accommodation in simple Cabañas or tents.
• Minimum 2 people.
• Personal expenses and tips
• Services not mentioned
Participants should be in a very good condition. Please also note that everyone carries his own luggage as sleeping bag, tent, Isomat, food etc. (for an additional fee a baggage service can be booked)