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Colombia Caribbean to Glacier

Explore the Isolated Santa Marta Range and Visit With the Kogi Tribe

Get your Indi­ana Jones game on for this mag­i­cal adven­ture climb and trek in north­west­ern Colombia’s Sier­ra Neva­da de San­ta Mar­ta, where you’ll find what’s con­sid­ered the coun­try’s high­est peak — Neva­do Colon, and a lit­tle-trav­eled par­adise in which to trek and climb. Your adven­ture begins in trop­i­cal forests, sur­round­ed by pre-Colom­bian ruins; and in a mere 26 miles / 42 kilo­me­ters from the sea, the glac­i­er heights of the peaks are reached, mak­ing the moun­tains here the 5th most promi­nent in terms of its ele­va­tion rel­a­tive to the sur­round­ing terrain. 

After vis­it­ing with the gra­cious Kogi peo­ple, who per­mit us access to their land and the sacred grounds of the high peaks, we dive in the the rich trop­i­cal forests and what is con­sid­ered one of the most bio­log­i­cal­ly diverse places on the plan­et. As we emerge from the forests we ascend to our base­camp amidst the azure lakes and glac­i­ers of the alpine zone. From there we ascend the glac­i­ers of Pico Sim­mond, the coun­try’s sec­ond high­est peak at 18,618 ft / 5675 m, and quite pos­si­bly the coun­try’s high­est peak giv­en the often dis­put­ed and con­flict­ing ele­va­tions assigned to the peaks.

This trip has a trek or climb option to accom­mo­date var­i­ous skill and fit­ness lev­els, so bring your cram­pons or leave them at home; either way, you’re in for an amaz­ing adven­ture in this wild place. And if this is not enough, it’s pos­si­ble to con­clude the adven­ture with a vis­it to the bustling Caribbean port of San­ta Mar­ta and include a stay in some upscale bun­ga­lows at Tay­rona Nation­al Park, where uncrowd­ed, white sand beach­es and excep­tion­al seafood are the per­fect finale to one of Moun­tain Mad­ness’ most intrigu­ing and diverse trips.


  • Colum­bia Caribbean to Glacier

    $5,100 – 15 Days / Includes trav­el time


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Flight Information

The total num­ber of days for your trip includes all trav­el to and from your des­ti­na­tion, with some excep­tions. Dates list­ed on the web­site start with a depar­ture date from the U.S. and include the day you arrive home. For this trip you will need to arrive in Bogo­ta, Colom­bia on Day 1. You will be met at the air­port by a Moun­tain Mad­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive and trans­ferred to your hotel.


  • Colum­bia Caribbean to Glacier


    15 Days / Includes trav­el time

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Pico Sim­mond 18,618 ft / 5675 m


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Depending on the objective, climbers should be comfortable on steeper snow/ice slopes and/or 5.5-5.7 rock climbing experience. You should have a past climbing experience with proven skills. Certain climbs may require only snow/ice skills, but not require rock skills; and vice-versa.

Trekking involves 5-8 hours per day with large elevation gains of 1,000-2,000+ feet / 305-610+ meters per day. Multiple days of this level of trekking will occur throughout the trip. You should be in great physical shape and participating in 4, 1-hour workouts per week before the trek. At least 1 to 2 days should include hiking with a small pack, leading up to several walks of 5-7 hours, with altitude gain if possible.

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