Day 1: Mérida
At 8:30 am we leave Merida and drive to La Mucuy (2,000 m) in the Sierra Nevada National Park - an area of dense vegetation, imposing ferns, bromeliads, bamboo, trees covered with a variety of other plants, mosses, hanging vines, and an abundance of winged creatures. On this segment of the trek, we will pass several streams and small waterfalls. We will camp at Coromoto Lake (3,200 m), a cool alpine lake teeming with trout (5.5 hours hiking; 9 km). Overnight in tents. Includes: (L, D).
Day 2: Mérida
Today we head to Laguna Verde (4,000 m) named for its brilliant emerald color and located at the base of the impressive Humboldt (4,992 m) and Bonplaud Peaks (4,890 m). The way to Laguna Verde is steeper and rockier than the previous day, and the scenery is much more open as you hike the valley upwards. We will set-up camp at Laguna Del Suero (4,200 m) which is nestled in the tranquil surroundings of these infamous peaks (5 hours hiking; 6km). Overnight in tents. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Mérida
After breakfast we pack up the camp and start the climb up a steep rocky slope called “Morrena.” Once we reach the glacier, we’ll put our crampons on! We’ll enjoy excellent panoramic views as we cross rock and snow. When we reach the Humboldt’s summit (4,945 m), we will be blessed by an incredible view of the Colombian Andes in the distance and Pico Bolivar at only 5 km from us in the other direction. We’ll return down to Laguna del Suero to relax and enjoy our Andean descent. Camp will be at Laguna Verde for the night(6-7 hours hiking/climbing). Overnight in tents. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Mérida
From beautiful Laguna Verde we will hike west to Laguna Timoncito and face a steep uphill on loose rocks called “Chomahoma.” Once on top we will enjoy excellent views and we have reached the traverse altitude. We will cross through a rock and snow landscape to Laguna Timoncito. We will camp at the base of Pico Bolívar (4,400m, 6 hours hiking). Overnight in tents. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Mérida
We will get an early start in order to climb to the top of Pico Bolivar (5,007 m). Once we have completed the climb and have had a chance to admire the splendor of the surrounding mountains we shall descend back down to the base of the camp for the night (6-7hours hiking/climbing). Overnight in tents. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Mérida
After breakfast, we will hike up to Pico Espejo (4765 m), which is the final station for the highest cable car system in the world. We will continue our trek down to the third cable car station, Loma Redonda (4000 m), where we will continue to descend until we reach a house where we will spend the night (3452 m). Overnight at a basic house/camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Mérida
After breakfast, we continue descending from Los Calderones to Mucunutan and from there to Merida. (3452 m - 1600 m, 4 hrs trekking). Includes: (B, L).
- Warm clothes for the mountain
- Gortex rain jackets and pants
- Good waterproof boats
- Bugs spray
- Sun block/sun glasses
- Sneakers or trekking shoes
- Camera and films
- Jeans or long trousers.
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