Trekking in Colombia: Day 5 in the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy
On our second to last day of trekking in Colombia in the remote Sierra Nevada del Cocuy range we hiked up and over two passes to arrive at Laguna Grande de los Verdess.
We had lucked out again with sunshine for most of the day though the temperatures were all over the map. It seemed as though we were either removing clothes or putting them back on every 15 minutes. Fortunately it wasn’t until we arrived in camp that the fog rolled in.
The day ended up being one of my favourites. A quick look at the pictures will show you why. From the moment we left camp the scenery was outstanding. I’d give the day a 10/10.
The trekking was steady, especially with two passes to climb including the 4,550 meter (14,469 feet) Boqueron de la Sierra but it passed all too quickly. There were places I wanted time to stand still so I could etch the views in memory forever.
All told we hiked about six hours. Our final campsite didn’t have the remote feel of the others. In fact nearby was a family who owned the land and looked after an assortment of sheep and horses. But it was still very beautiful; you just didn’t get the wilderness feeling or the sense of isolation that we’d had over the past four days.
Here’s a look at the outstanding scenery we experienced over the course of the day.
The porters heading off from camp
We come across these brightly lit flowers first thing in the morning
Humans are dwarfed in this landscape of rocks and boulders
View up to the glaciated peaks of Sierra Blanca and Norte
Unusually mossy like mounds at an altitude of about 14,000 feet
In your face glacier views on Sierra Blanca
The view gets better and better the higher we get
The view down the valley from the pass – Boqueron de la Sierra
John and I at the first pass of the day
Couldn’t get over the colour of this lake
The colour wheel at work – oranges and blues in nature
Back into a land of green
Native Indians leading horses loaded with potatoes
Heading for the second pass of the day – Frailes Pass
View from Frailes Pass down to our campsite on the lake
Our tent in yellow is just minutes away
View of horses through our tent door
Fog moving in very quickly
After seeing these photos would you like to go trekking in Colombia?
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