If mountaineering and appreciating rare, natural beauty is your cup of tea, then you better start planning now to climb Sierra Nevada del Cocuy. Pico Iyer listed the mountain range with 18 snow covered peaks as one of the â€ś20 Places to See Before They Dieâ€ť in the May 2007 issue of CondĂ© Nast magazine and a study in 2005 gave some of the glaciers in the mountain range only 25 years until they melt away. This is an especially precarious dilemma since Iyer says that many of the locals in the area depend on the glaciers for a fresh supply of water.
Mountaineering, hiking and trekking in Sierra Nevada del Cocuy is considered one of the top activities in all of Colombia. If you are looking for companies to take you trekking, check out Sierra Nevada del Cocuy at www.sierranevadadelcocuy.com or Climbing, Skiing and Trekking Holidays in the Andes at www.andes.org.uk. The companies will give you time to acclimatize, especially before bringing you on the snow climb up to the highest peak, Ritacuba Blanco at 17,487 feet. The treks all happen in the sunny season, December to March, but youâ€™ll still get to trek on glaciers and use an ice-pick.
Cocuy , Colombia
You should probably only attempt this kind of climb if you have done something similar and simpler before, though the trekking companies should be able to adapt the trek based on your skills and needs.
Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.
You Need to Bring:
Don't bring special boots or ice-pick, the company should provide those necessary items for you.