Meeting the glacier
Glacier travel at over 16,000 ft
We roped up when we got near the ridge with 4000-ft drops on either side. Sometimes the clouds broke for a nice view. (Ritacuba Negro in background)
Summit is just ahead!The sun came out momentarily for us to see the summit looming ahead.
Our guide scooted on up and fixed the ropes for us for our ascent.
LogisitcsOne day travel North-east of Bogota by way of bus: nice seats, bano, food, delayed if mudslide or traffic blocking the often one-lane dirt road.
Bus company is Concordia or Fugadores, 45,000pesos, (too-early-)am and pm departure, 280km
El Cocuy National Park: park station in El Cocuy, trip reports, pay land fees 35,000pesos, amenities
Baked chicken dinner is tasty and inexpensive, their coffee is fresh as can be
Drive to Trailhead (Cabanas Kanwara): 1.5hrs by truck from El Cocuy, tent camp or stay in cabanas, meals and water available (recommend filtering/sterilizing as sheep openly graze at water source), water on trail (might get away without filtering if flowing water)
Use of guide recommended unless fluent in Espanol, previous FARC territory, seems safe today, amazing park area, 32F
Coca Leaves - have enough to share and you'll make new friends