Roraima (Table Mountain) Trekking
expedition through the Guayana Highlands takes you into the heart
of the Gran Sabana. Highlight of this tour is the trek to the Monte
Roraima Tepuy ( tepuy = Table Top mountain of Limestone), the highest tepuy
(9.216 feet), situated in the three-country-triangle formed by Venezuela,
English Guayana and Brazil. On the top of these tepuys, adventurers
and scientists have discovered plants and animal species, which were considered
extinct or never have been observed elsewhere on earth. This geological
formation is around 600 million years old and is considered one of
the oldest rock on earth. The name RORAIMA stands for "mother of all waters"
and any kind of river that we are going to cross here, and there will be
a few, have their source on one of these tall mountains. When tourism became
a hazard to spoil this unique territory, Inparques, the National Guard
members of the Pemon tribe decided to toughen up permits to go up the mountains
and if so, only with one of the Pemon Indios as a guide. Such measures
are understandable if one thinks that this area should remain unaltered.
day: Drive to Parai Tepui. (-/L/D)
day: Hiking to Kukenan River (ca. 5 hrs.)
day: Hiking to our Base Camp, at the foot
of the Roraima (ca. 4,5 hrs.) (B/L/D)
day: Ascend the Roraima (ca. 4,5 hrs.)
day: Exploring the Roraima (B/L/D)
day: Hiking back to the Tek River (ca.
day: Hiking to Parai Tepui and ride to
day: Transfer to the airport.(B/-/-)
/ L=Lunch / D=Dinner Subject
day: Drive from Sta. Elena to Parai Tepui
(Optional: Flight from Caracas
or Puerto Ordaz or Canaima to Sta. Elena - see more information at end
of this page).
Our tour starts in Sta. Elena.
From here we drive by jeep to San Francisco de Yuruani, turn off into a
partly dirt road which will take us to another Pemon village called Parai
Tepui. We camp in tents and contact our local friends, which will help
us to carry our tents and other equipment (you may hire one of them personally
if you prefer to hike without weight on your back). Overnight stay in tents.
day: Hiking to Kukenan River (about 5 hours)
with spectacular sunrise - we can see in the distance the mountain
which we will climb, accompanied by its somewhat smaller brothers, the
Kukenan- and Warao-Tepui. After about 5 hours of steady hiking through
the hilly Gran Sabana we will reach the Kukenan river. Well done! We plunge
into its refreshing waters and set up camp.(B/L/D)
Hiking to base camp,
day: Ascend to the Mountain (about 4,5 hours)
this stretch on continued
Savanna will take us another 4 to 5 hours and bring us to the very foot
of Mount Roraima. Luckily another refreshing stream awaits us here and
we set up camp right under the impressing steep face of the mighty mountain.
2.600 Meters! (B/L/D)
Impressed by the vertical
wall in front of us, we enter into wild woods and a narrow pass takes us
deeper and higher into a world of surprises. Orchids, Bromeliads, Mimosas
and other some unknown plants will make us stop many times and we will
admire small water sources which form beds for carnivorous plants and give
the tiny ugly frog (Oreophynella),
its habitual residence. This is quite steep here and at some point we come
to a narrow bypass called “Paso de los Zamuros”, which means: “Vulture
pass”. Don't worry, it sounds more dangerous than it actually is! From
there we will enter at last the plateau of Roraima and stand amazed of
what we see: Giant rock formations almost like big sculptures rise in front
of us. We will cross the plateau to some big rock and make camp under its
protecting overhang. (B/L/D)
day: Exploring the Roraima
Exploring this fantastic
world will be on the agenda today. There is a valley of pure crystal rock
shimmering in small puddles and surrounded by carnivorous plants, orchids
and other strange vegetation. Besides that,
fantastic rock formations have formed small basins and waterfalls where
you can enjoy a dip. All in all, this unknown world is worth the effort!
We camp another night here. (B/L/D)
day: Hiking back to Tec River (about 7,5 hours)
The descent of Roraima is
somewhat faster than coming up here, therefore we cross the river Kukenan
and continue to the next place, where we camp, near the river Tec. This
is our last night here, where we can contemplate from afar once more the
ancient mountains in all the mystery which surrounds them. (B/L/D).
day: Hiking back to Parai Tepui (about 3,5 hours)
where we will leave our
local porters behind and continue by jeep to Sta. Elena. On the way we
will stop at one of the beautiful waterfalls called: "Quebrada de Jaspe",
with its riverbed of pure semiprecious Jaspe stones. Very impressing indeed.
In Sta. Elena we will stay at a small hotel in rooms with private bath.
day: Transfer to the airport
In the morning we drive
you to the airport. (B/-/-)
is subject to changes! B=Breakfast
/ L=Lunch / D=Dinner
Trekking: 8 days / 7 nights (from/to
have divided our reservations in three groups as follows:
dates (we already have people)
dates (our suggested dates)
dates (you suggest a departure date)
departure dates for 2003
/ Spanish speaking guide (for groups on request any other language)
tents and all kitchen equipment
to and from Sta. Elena
Porters for your personal luggage (on request)
to bring along:
walking shoes, sneakers, light cotton trousers for hiking, sleeping back
mat, long-sleeved shirt, sweaters, rain protection, bathing suit, sleeping
bag, sun protection/sun blocker, hat or scarf, insect repellent, water
bottle, flashlight, back-pack
trip tickets to Santa Elena from: (prices
are a daily charter flights (small planes from Ciudad Bolivar to Santa
Elena or vice versa, (important to make previous reservation!).
about $ 88 per one way.
the path to Roraima