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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 metre (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"

The porters heading off from camp

"Bright red Colombian flowers"

We come across these brightly lit flowers first thing in the morning

"Humans dwarfed by boulders and mountains"

Humans are dwarfed in this landscape of rocks and boulders

"View up to the glaciated peaks of Sierra Blanca and Norte"

View up to the glaciated peaks of Sierra Blanca and Norte

"Unusually mossy like mounds at an altitude of about 14,000 feet"

Unusually mossy like mounds at an altitude of about 14,000 feet

"In your face glacier views on Sierra Blanca"

In your face glacier views on Sierra Blanca

"Big valley view in Colombia"

The view gets better and better the higher we get

"The view down the valley from the pass - Boqueron de la Sierra"

The view down the valley from the pass – Boqueron de la Sierra

"John and I at the first pass of the day"

John and I at the first pass of the day

"Couldn't get over the colour of this lake"

Couldn’t get over the colour of this lake

"The colour wheel at work - oranges and blues in nature"

The colour wheel at work – oranges and blues in nature

"Back into a land of green"

Back into a land of green

"Native Indians leading horses loaded with potatoes"

Native Indians leading horses loaded with potatoes

"Heading for the second pass of the day - Frailes Pass"

Heading for the second pass of the day – Frailes Pass

"View from Frailes Pass down to our campsite on the lake"

View from Frailes Pass down to our campsite on the lake

"Our tent in yellow is just minutes away"

Our tent in yellow is just minutes away

"View of horses through our tent door"

View of horses through our tent door

"Fog moving in very quickly"

Fog moving in very quickly

After seeing these photos would you like to go trekking in Colombia?

Here are more posts from our trek in the Sierra del Cocuy you might find helpful or interesting.

Leigh McAdam

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