Roraima Tepui Trek

VEN-21 / 11-day trip / Grade: T2

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OVERVIEW

Roraima is an extraordinary and mysterious table-shaped tepui, with a flat summit and astonishing vertical walls. It is located at the southeastern extreme border of Venezuela, marking the place where our territory meets Brazil and the Esequibo. The extensive southern section of the plateau belongs to Venezuela, being the highest tepui in Venezuelan territory at 2,810 m. The rainfall waters over Roraima flow with the small Arabopó River, among others, into the river Kukenan, which in turn is one of the sources of the Caroní River. Black, abundant waters that finally feed the huge Orinoco River. Roraima is also known as the Crystal Mountains, due to the “valley of the crystals” that lies on its summit, which in due to an abundance of quartz.


Day 1 Arrival in Venezuela
Day 2 La Guaira – Puerto Ordaz
Day 3 Paraitepui
Day 4 Tokwono Camp
Day 5 Roraima’s Base Camp
Day 6 Roraima’s high plateau
Day 7 Hike on Roraima’s summit
Day 8 Base camp & Tokwono Camp
Day 9 Paraitepui – Puerto Ordaz
Day 10 Puerto Ordaz – Caracas
Day 11 Departure
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival in Venezuela
Arrival in Caracas’ international airport at La Guaira costal town and transfer to a nearby hotel.
Night in hotel.

Day 2

La Guaira – Puerto Ordaz
After breakfast road trip (9 – 10 h) to the city of Puerto Ordaz. The group will stay at central hotel in this important city right at the heart of La Gran Sabana.
Nights in hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Paraitepui
Early departure from Puerto Ordaz to travel into the beautiful region of la Gran Saban. We take a 4×4 off-road vehicles for about 10 hrs to the indigenous settlement of Paraitepui, located in front of Roraima and Kukenan tepuis.
Night in rustic community lodges.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Tokwono Camp
After breakfast we take 4×4 vehicles to the indigenous community of Parai-tepuy (1hr); at this point (1300 m) we make preparations for the trek, selection of porters and load organization. Start trekking until we reach the  Kukenan river and Tokwono camp site (1300 m), where we will camp.
Night in tents.
Ascent: sloppy but no major ascent / Highest Altitude: 1300 m / Activity duration: 4-5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Roraima’s Base Camp
Today we continue to hike over the wide open Gran Sabana, crossing some amazing rivers and enjoying the smooth gradual ascent until reaching the base camp “Campamento Base”. Night in tents.
Ascent: 600 m / Highest Altitude: 1900 m / Activity duration: 4 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 6

Roraima’s High Plateau
Departure about 8 AM, starting right way with a steep climb thought the characteristic flora of the Guayana shield: roots, high trees, lots of dense vegetation and amazing sights over the Gran Sabana. The trail is quite well-marked but there are strenuous passages along the way. Finally we will pass under a high waterfall and ascend the last steep section until reaching the high plateau – another world! It is like stepping back several geological areas into the Dinosaurs times. From the edge it will take about 45 min. hike on the solid rock surface to reach our camp “Hotel el Guacharo”. Night in tents.
Ascent: 500 m / Highest Altitude: 2400 m / Activity duration: 5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 7

Hike on Roraima’s summit
The day’s hikes will take us to some of the most remarkable places of Roraiama as the “Jacuzzis”, beautiful water holes with rounded shaper in a landscape of bedrock and spiral towers. Then we will continue to the Kukenan’s Window “La Ventana de Kukenan” an spectacular place right by the cliffs edge that looks to the neighboring Tepui known as Kukenan, The view is just from another time and if clear you will get a glimpse into the extension of the Gran Sabana. If we have time, we will visit “el Foso” and “El Valle de Los Cristales”.
Highest Altitude: 2400 m / Activity duration: 5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 8

Base camp & Tokwono Camp
Start the descent back to “Campamento Base”, after a good rest and much, continue descending over the Sabana to Kukenan River. From there a short hike to the first camp Tokwono.
Night in tent.
Descent: 900 m / Highest Altitude: 2400 m / Activity duration: 6-7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 9

Paraitepui – Puerto Ordaz
Last trekking day in the Gran Sabana. Hike back to Paraitepui where the 4-wheel drive vehicles will be waiting to take the group back to Puerto Ordaz. Spend the night at the same hotel as on arrival.
Night in hotel.
Highest Altitude: 1300 m / Activity duration: 4-5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Puerto Ordaz – La Guaira
Morning departure by bus from Puerto Ordaz to La Guajira costal town, close to the Caracas’ international airport of Maiquetia. The road trip takes 9-10 hours. Upon arrival in La Guajira, the team will stay at a very nice and comfortable hotel.
Night in hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Departure
Transfer out to Maiquetia’s airport (30 min) for international flight.
Included meals: Breakfast

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • Mountain guide thought-out the entire program
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms in hotel in La Guaira town (close to Caraca’s airport
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms in hotel in Puerto Ordaz town
  • Entry fee to the National parks
  • Local porter services for carrying group equipment
  • Quality mountain tents – 2 PAX per tent
  • Group common campsite equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Cook during the trek
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Local porter services for carrying personal equipment (Available upon request – carry up to 15 kilograms. The bag/backpack has to be provided by the client)
  • Personal camping gear
  • Personal expenses
  • insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
HOTEL LIST

LA GUAIRAHotel Ole Caribe or similar

PUERTO ORDAZHotel Roraima Inn or similar

MAP

Overview:


Gran Sabana – Roraima Tepui:

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Tags: Trekking, Venezuela, T2, Roraima, Roraima Tepui, Gran Sabana