Kukenan Tepui Trek

VEN-22 / 10-day trip / Grade: T2

Kukenan Tepui Trek
OVERVIEW

Kukenan Tepui (flat-topped mountain with vertical walls) is located in the “Gran Sabana” in the southeast of Venezuela. This is one of those hidden jewels standing just beside its famous neighbor: Roraima tepui. Kukenan is seldom visited due to its difficult and demanding access and the logistics it implies. But is a well-rewarded effort, standing in such a pristine place. The endemic flora and fauna, plus the astounding views from the summits are a lifetime experience.

Kukenan has an altitude of 2300 meters with an amazing 675 meters waterfall, one of the highest in the Gran Sabana. The weather can be quite extreme and changeable on this mountain; therefore it is advisable to choose the dry period for the trek.

This trip is worth every step of the way, specially for those looking for an off-the-beaten trail adventure!


Day 1 Arrival in Venezuela’s Gran Sabana
Day 2 Paraitepui
Day 3 Tokwono Camp
Day 4 Kukenan’s Base Camp
Day 5 Kukenan’s high plateau
Day 6 Hike to “La Gran Grieta” (The Big Gorge)
Day 7 “La Gran Grieta” – Rest day
Day 8 Back to Kukenan’s base camp
Day 9 Paraitepui – Puerto Ordaz
Day 10 Caracas & Departure
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival in Venezuela’s Gran Sabana
Arrival into Caracas from city of origin – Transfer to domestic airport – Domestic flight to Puerto Ordaz.

Day 2

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 3

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 4

Kukenan’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 a place called: “Campamento de los españoles” (Spaniard’s camp), the place where the first rock climbers that ascent Kukenan’s rock face established their camp. From this point and after a good rest, continue until the base camp “Campamento Base”.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 450 m / Highest Altitude: 1750 m / Activity duration: 4 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Kukenan’s high plateau
After breakfast departure from base camp, following an ascending trail that goes through a cloud rain forrest, passing huge boulders and quite long sections covered by tree roots, until reaching the tepui’s summit plateau. Once on the top, a camp will be established in a rock shelter known as the hotel.
Night in tents.
Ascent: 550 m / Highest Altitude: 2300 m / Activity duration: 7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 6

Hike to “La Gran Grieta” (The Big Gorge)
Today the hike will be on the tepui’s plateau heading westwards over an extensive rock bed, characteristic of the Guyanas’ shield. The path finds its way through a maze of gorges and canyons carved by ancient rivers, some still to be seen with their amazing colors and cristal waters. This amazing day, ends by the place known as: La Gran Grieta (The Big Gorge), where the is an spectacular view to the neighboring tepuis of: Yuruani, Wadakapipue, Ilú and Tramen.
Night in tents.
Highest Altitude: 2300 m / Activity duration: 5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 7

“La Gran Grieta” – Rest day
A well deserved resting day at this lovely spot, having time to explore some other areas of the tepui.
Night in tents.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 8

Back to Kukenan’s base camp
In the morning, the staff will pack up the camp and slowly start heading back to base camp. It is a quite long day, not so much due to the distance, but because of the terrain. The hike is really pleasant and most of the way downwards, back over the rock bed and down through cloud rain forrest.
Night in tents.
Descent: 550 m / Highest Altitude: 2300 m / Activity duration: 5-6 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

Day 10

Caracas & Departure
Transfer out to airport for domestic flight to Caracas and then international flight.
Included meals: Breakfast

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • Mountain guide thought-out the entire program
  • Domestic return flight from Caracas – Puerto Ordaz – Caracas
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • 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

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Local porter services for carrying personal equipment (Available upon request – carry up to 15 kilograms)
  • Personal camping gear
  • Personal expenses
  • insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
HOTEL LIST

PUERTO ORDAZHotel Roraima Inn or similar

MAP

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Gran Sabana – Kukenan Tepui:

Tags: Trekking, Venezuela, T2, Gran Sabana, Kukenan, Kukenan tepee, Parai tepui