Bolivar & Humboldt summits

VEN-11 / 11-day trip / GradeF

Bolivar & Humboldt summits
OVERVIEW

La Sierra de Merida is located in the Venezuelan Andes, and is the last of the high “glaciated” peaks in the north, just before the range disappears into the Caribbean. This small and compact group of peaks is ideal for some very nice trekking and mountain climbing, being much more accessible that those in the neighboring countries due to the lower altitude.

The Pico Bolivar, the highest mountain in Venezuela, with an altitude of 4986 m (previously measured at 5007 m) and Pico Humboldt 4940 m, second highest, are the main goals of this program.

The mountain trip starts and ends in Merida, the famous university town, from where the team will be transferred to the charming mountain village of Los Nevados, from where the mountain activities begins. The program has been design to combined a semi-circular trek with summits ascents, putting special emphasis on acclimatization. The ascent is progressive and with time for rest and adaptation to altitude. On top of that, the campsites are all located in great mountains spots to enjoy the lovely highlands and landscapes of the Northern Andes.

The program is suitable for trekkers and mountaineers, as there are no technical difficulties besides an easy scrambling to the summit of Pico Bolivar. Our guides are very experienced and highly qualified.


Day 1 Arrival in Venezuela
Day 2 Merida – Los Nevados town (2711 m)
Day 3 Chorros Humeosos (3500 m)
Day 4 La Charca (4100 m)
Day 5 Climb: Pico Bolivar (4986 m)
Day 6 Laguna Verde (3900 m)
Day 7 Climb: Pico Humbold (4940 m)
Day 8 Laguna Coromoto (3000 m)
Day 9 Mérida (1700 m)
Day 10 La Guaira
Day 11 Departure
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival in Venezuela
Arrival at Caraca’s international airport, located close to the coastal town of La Guaira. Transfer (30 min) to a close-by hotel.
Night in hotel.

Day 2

Merida – Los Nevados town (2711 m)
Morning transfer (30 min) to airport for a domestic flight (1 h) to the city of Merida, located on the Venezuelan Andes. Merida is well-known for the laid back atmosphere and also as a mountain activities Mecca. It houses also one of the most important universities in the country, making it a very popular place for young people.
The team will meet the mountain guide at the airport and then travel by 4-wheel drive vehicles to the charming town of Los Nevados (2711 m). Afternoon to relax and acclimatize.
Night in hostal.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Chorros Humeosos (3500 m)
Early morning departure from Los Nevados town. The first hiking day follows a well-marked trail that head up to the “Paramos”/highlands. The hike is quite relaxing with a moderate inclination, perfect to begin with. The vegetation and temperature changes mark the day. the campsite will be located at a spot know as: Los Chorros Humeosos at 3500 meters.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 789 m / Highest Altitude: 3500 m / Activity duration: 6-7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 4

La Charca (4100 m)
Today’s hike leads to one of the best known and most iconic places in La Sierra Nevada de Merida: La Charca. This typical Andean lake is surrounded by the native vegetation of this part of the Andes with the famous “Failejon” and the high grass called “Pajonales” all around. At this altitude the landscapes have a more alpine atmosphere and it is possible to see the valleys and lakes that spread to both, East and West.
This high camp is right at the foot of Pico Bolivar, ideal for the summit bid.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 600 m / Highest Altitude: 4100 m / Activity duration: 4-5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Climb: Pico Bolivar (4986 m)
The summit attempts will begin before sunrise, leaving the high camp following a trail that goes first by the high-paramo and then a morraine to the base of the mountain. The itinerary takes the Weys route and then continues by the Domingo Peña’s variant. This climbs has some scrambling easy sections before reaching the summit. If the weather is good, the panoramic view is amazing down into the city of Merida, the neighboring Humboldt & Toro peaks and, on fully cleared days, it is possible to see La Sierra Nevada del Cocuy in Colombia.
The decent follows the same route and, depending on the conditions, some times it is need to do couple of rappels on the steep parts. Back to the high camp for a second night.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 886 m / Descent: 886 m / Highest Altitude: 4986 m / Activity duration: 10-12 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 6

Laguna Verde (3900 m)
After a good rest and breakfast, the group will pack get on the move leaving the high camp towards another of the known spots: Laguna Verde or the Green Lake in English, one of the major lakes. The hike starts with a short ascent to a mountain pass. The day is a lot easier than the day before and very enjoyable as it is mostly downwards. The idea is to recover while on the move, walking at a slow pace and taking good breaks and lunch.
The Laguna Verde camp is a really alpine place, located between the highest peaks on the range and at the shores of this characteristic mountain lake.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 400 m / Descent: 600 m / Highest Altitude: 4500 m / Activity duration: 5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 7

Climb: Pico Humboldt (4940 m)
Humboldt summit day is a long day, having to cover 1040 meters in altitude, but the terrain is quite friendly and the are no technical sections beside an easy glacier crossing between to rock bands.
An early start is important to have chances of good weather and views. The trail is not that easy to find and there are some rocky parts where it disappears completely until the glacier. This is a dying ice mass and quite short after all, once on the other side, the route follows a ridge up to the summit. The panoramic view form the summit is great, having on one side the mountaineaus Andean region with other summits like Pico Bonpland, Sucre and Condor. To the other side the forrest of the lowlands. The descent is done by the same route back to the Laguna Verde’s campsite.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 1040 m / Descent: 1040 m / Highest Altitude: 4940 m / Activity duration: 8-10 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 8

Laguna Coromoto (3000 m)
Easy going morning at the campsite, getting things packed for the descent. The hike heads down into the super-Paramo and paramo, with a notorious increase in vegetation and oxygen as altitude is lost. The aim is to reach one of the biggest water masses in the park and a fantastic scenery called: Laguna Coromoto. Afternoon to enjoy the lake and its surroundings.
Night in tent.
Descent: 900 m / Highest Altitude: 3900 m / Activity duration: 5-6 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 9

Mérida (1700 m)
Last hiking day, descending down from the sub-paramo into the dense cloud rain forrest and later on to the farming lands. An notorios increase in temperature is clear while approaching the nice warm weather of the city of Merida.
Free afternoon to see the city and enjoy the nice bars and restaurants.
Night in hostel.
Descent: 1300 m / Highest Altitude: 3300 m / Activity duration: 5-6 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic

Day 10

La Guaira
Morning to enjoy and relax in Merida after the mountain trip. There are very nice handy-craft shops, due to the many artisans and artist living in the city. On the afternoon transfer to airport and domestic flight (1 h) back to Caraca’s airport at La Guaira. Upon arrival transfer to a close-by hotel.
Night in hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Departure
Transfer out to Maiquetia International airport at La Guaira for the international flight.
Included meals: Breakfast

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • Local English speaking mountain guide from day 2 to 10
  • Domestic return flight from Caracas – Merida – Caracas
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms in hotel in La Guaira
  • 1 night in shared double rooms in hostel in Los Nevados town
  • 1 night in shared double rooms in hotel in Merida
  • Entry fee to the National parks
  • Mountain assistant guides from 4 people ratio: 1:3
  • Quality mountain tents – 2 people per tent
  • Group common campsite equipment
  • Porters and mules/horses for group campsite equipment, food and personal gear
  • Cook during the trek
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Separate airport transfers in case of multiple arrival/departures
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
HOTEL LIST

LOS NEVADOS: Guesthouse Posada Bella Vista or similar (no website)

MERIDAPosada Tramontana or similar

CARACASHotel Ole Caribe or similar

MAP

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Tags: Climbing, Los Nevados, Pico Bolivar, Valle de Indio, Venezuela, F, F grade, Merida, Sierra Nevada de Merida, Pico Humboldt, Charca, Chorros Humeosos, Laguna Verde, Coromoto