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This article is about the Venezuelan Peak. For the Colorado fourteener, see Humboldt Peak (Colorado).
Pico Humboldt
Pico Humboldt.jpg
Pico Humboldt as seen from the Coromoto-La Verde trail.
Highest point
Elevation 4,940 m (16,210 ft)
Coordinates 8°32′58.78″N 70°59′46.11″W / 8.5496611°N 70.9961417°W / 8.5496611; -70.9961417Coordinates: 8°32′58.78″N 70°59′46.11″W / 8.5496611°N 70.9961417°W / 8.5496611; -70.9961417
Location Mérida, Venezuela
Parent range Sierra Nevada, Andes
First ascent 1911 by Alfredo Jahn
Easiest route Laguna del Suero

Pico Humboldt is Venezuela's second highest peak, at 4,940 metres above sea level. It is located in the Sierra Nevada de Merida, in the Venezuelan Andes of (Mérida State). The peak with its sister peak Pico Bonpland, and the surrounding páramos are protected by the Sierra Nevada National Park.

It is named after the famous German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.


The summit is surrounded by the Eastern Coromoto glacier and the Sievers glacier, the two largest out of the four glaciers remaining in the country (the other two smaller glaciers are on Pico Bolívar). The glaciers on Humboldt Peak (as most tropical glaciers) have been receding fast since the 1970s and they are forecast to melt completely in a couple of decades.

Eastern Coromoto glacier.


  • Jahn A, Observaciones glaciológicas de los Andes venezolanos. Cult. Venez. 1925, 64:265-80

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Tierra de Gracia

Tierra de Gracia
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:03:54 -0700

-La Laguna Verde, es un escenario natural ideal para meditar, respirar aire puro, acampar y realizar fotografías paisajísticas. -Podrás admirar como el Pico Humboldt te saluda desde lo más alto, admirando su altura que a veces se pierde entre la neblina.
Daily Mail
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:45:58 -0800

Once natural wonders and popular tourist destinations, these are the places it may never be possible to visit again. From a glacier in Bolivia to a lake in Cambodia, and a waterfall made of fire in Yosemite, the attractions have been consigned to the ...

The Independent

The Independent
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:33:45 -0700

They were crawling on hands and knees along a high, narrow ridge that was in places only two inches wide. The path, if you could call it that, was layered with sand and loose stones that shifted whenever touched. Down to the left was a steep cliff ...


Wed, 18 Nov 2015 01:55:01 -0800

From the Humboldt Current running along the coast of Chile and Peru to dozens of monuments, parks and mountains in Latin America including Sierra Humboldt in Mexico and Pico Humboldt in Venezuela. There are mountain ranges in northern China, South ...

Tierra de Gracia

Tierra de Gracia
Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:52:30 -0800

Eso blanco que se ve detrás de mi es el pico Humboldt, si se llama igual que yo! Ya para mi es frecuente subir, pero esta vez fue diferente, estos humanos me cuidaron muy bien, se quitaron parte de sus raciones de comida para darmelas a mí, porque ...

El Tiempo

El Tiempo
Sun, 13 Mar 2016 01:37:14 -0800

Sus parajes también sirven para realizar turismo de aventura: escalar el pico Bolívar, hacer senderismo al pico Humboldt, saltar al vacío o volar en parapente en Tierra Negra. Actualmente existen varias agencias turísticas y empresas de deportes ...


Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:45:00 -0800

If the legacy of the world's great explorers can be measured by the number of times their names appear on maps, then none could be greater than Alexander von Humboldt. Born in Berlin, Germany, 245 years ago, Humboldt was a passionate traveller and a ...


Wed, 16 Mar 2016 06:56:03 -0700

Recientemente, Joanna Di Grigoli y Marcus Tobía despegaron en parapente desde el glaciar La Corona (4850m) del Pico Humboldt, estado Mérida, para hacer un vuelo mágico. No era una competencia, tampoco una exhibición, fue un deseo de ambos ...

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