Los Nevados Trek to Otun Lake

6 Day Hiking Adventure in the Colombian Andes Mountains

Hiking Experience Colombia 6 Days Camping & Coffee Hacienda November to March Private Tour

From US$ 1,128 per person

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Trip Facts: Los Nevados Trek to Otun Lake

Los Nevados NP

Hike in Los Nevados National Park, located in the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes Mountains and one of Colombia's best destinations for hikers.

Paramo Ecosystem

Encounter the Paramo, one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, composed of huge grasses and high-altitude plants like the frailejones, giant flower-like trees that only grow in very few locations of the world.

Otun Lake

Visit the beautiful glacier lake "Laguna Otun", the area's biggest water mass and an important habitat for several Colombian bird species.

Colombian Coffee Culture

Relax from your trek at a beautiful Coffee Hacienda where you can learn about Colombia's coffee production and taste delicious Colombian coffee.


Los Nevados National Park, located in the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes Mountains is one of Colombia's best destinations for hikers. Expect amazing views, stunning mountain scenery and a unique ecosystem, the Paramo, composed of huge grasses and high-altitude plants. This 6-day program is one of the most popular itineraries in the National Park. The trek starts at El Cedral and follows the Otun river, ascending various ecosystems up to the “paramo” area. It will take you to Otun lake, the biggest water mass in the park and then over the high pass of La Asomadera and down to the farming area of Corinto. The close contact with the local population, provides a good insight into the traditional life of these remote regions. To finalize this active program, a final day will be spent at a productive coffee Hacienda with world-class coffee - the perfect spot to rest and enjoy the wonderful weather!

  • Pick-up and transfer along the margins of the Otun River until the trailhead known as “El Cedral”
  • Follow a very nice trail with a moderate ascent rate towards the “La Pastora” refuge, where you will spend the night camping
  • Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your campsite, located in the cloud rain forest
  • After breakfast start hiking on a trails that leads you to “El Jordan” farm, one of the most beautiful trails of the program
  • The trail starts very gently, but slowly the steepness will increase and you will walk through a varied nature
  • El Jordan farm is located at an idyllic place between volcanic hills covered with dense vegetation and decorated with waterfalls of crystal clear water
  • Today’s hike continues up the same river valley, ascending as the landscape changes into dramatic volcanic eroded terrain
  • Reach “El Bosque” crater valley, with its colorful crops and meadows, surrounded by high basalt walls in a semi-circular shape – the perfect place for a stop to grab a quick bite, enjoy the scenery and take some pictures
  • Keep on ascending by the valley, following a series of ridges that lead up to “El Mosquito“ lake
  • On the way you will get a first view of the distant volcanoes: El Paramillo del Quindío and Nevado Santa Isabel
  • Continue to the Otun Lake, the biggest and maybe most beautiful water mass in the national park
  • Enjoy the rest of the day walking by the lake’s shores and get lost in the extent gardens of Frailejones (an endemic plant from the northern Andes) before heading to your tent for a well deserved rest
  • Today your guide will decide which trail to take according to the participants’ physical level and weather conditions
  • The first alternative takes you on a trail/dirt road that follows the Western margin of the lake up to the “La Asomadera” mountain pass, the border between the states of Caldas and Risaralda and the best place to see the Otun lake, then following the same old road/trail descending along pasture fields, loosing gently altitude until reaching the Northern park entrance known as Potosi, a few minutes later the final destination: “Campo Alegre” farm
  • The second alternative is a trail which follows the Eastern shore of the lake and ascents towards a higher point at the Asomadera ridge, passing through well-preserved native vegetation and scenic waterfalls and from the ridge, descends by a series of small lakes down to the lower Asonadera pass, joining the Western trail
  • Upon arrival at the final point, transfer to a coffee farm in the Manizales area
  • Enjoy a relaxing morning at the beautiful hacienda
  • Your hotel is an authentic coffee farm that produces exclusive coffee and features charming paisa architecture farmhouses, now restored to a hotel
  • Join a coffee tour to learn how coffee is produced and processed, as well as how to make really good Espresso
  • Pick up at the coffee farm and transfer to Manizales’ airport

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