16 November 2022
Mount Roraima, located on the triple border of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana, is currently one of the most desired mountains in South America. Incredible landscapes of great scenic beauty; long, pleasant and easy walks; inspiring stories and legends are the attractions of this tour.
Famous for Conan Doyle’s novel about the Lost World, Roraima is a mountain unlike any other, with a summit of over 30 kilometers square , home to prehistoric monsters according to the British writer. Despite the fantasy, the summit landscape does inspire a lost world due to many strange geological forms, such as stone towers, caves, deep crevices, waterfalls, icy lakes, and somewhat exotic vegetation, often shrouded in mist.
Even in the middle of the Amazon basin, the Roraima region is not surrounded by forests, but by the “Gran Sabana”, a type of Venezuelan grasslands that extends through Brazil. This landscape will be part of the early days of trekking.
The access and services to Mount Roraima are all Venezuelan. Otherwise, the base of expedition it will be the city of Boa Vista, the capital city of the State of Roraima in the north of Brazil. After all the member join the group in Brazil, we will move by road to the small city of Santa Elena do Uairén, located on the border. Access is through an indigenous village, Paraitepuy, the entry point to Canaima’s Venezuelan National Park.
As Roraima is localted in the border with Brazil, we will not be affected by the Venezuelan crises. So, you don´t need to be afraid by that. Food, and camping equipament will be provided.
Mont Roraima Trekking – 11 days
Distance: approximately 87 km
Accumulated Altimetry: 1920m
Today is reserved for arrival in Boa Vista in Brazil. Our staff will meet you at the airport and then take you to Hotel Uiramutam.
We will have a meeting at 9am at Hotel Uiramutam. Briefing is mandatory and we will cover all aspects of the expedition. The departure from Boa Vista will be at 11am bound for Santa Elena de Uairén (220km). Arrival is scheduled for 6pm at Hotel Gran Sabana in Santa Elena de Uairén.
After breakfast, we will depart from Santa Elena de Uairén in 4 × 4 vehicles to the Paraitepui indigenous community (2 hours trip). On the way we will make the registration in the National Park. We will walk approximately 5 hours (12km) to camp on the Kukenan River. We will set up camp and still have time to get to know the area, take pictures and rest. In a river near the camp we can bathe.
We will have breakfast and leave at about 8am towards the base of Mont Roraima. The route is 9km, with 800 meters of altitude gain, we will also cross the Kukenan River. We estimate 4-6 hours for this. In the evening we will have dinner.
We will only have 5 km of walk, however we will gain 800 meters of altitude. We will have a very winding and steep trail through the woods that leads us quickly to the wall of Roraima. We will walk through a dense forest. This will be one of the most beautiful moments of the trail, with stops along the way for photos and rest. The whole route will take 4 to 6 hours to be done and we will have water at 3 points of the trail. We will reach 2800 meters altitude and for this reason the temperature will drop considerably. If weather alows, we can still visit the Maverick rock which is the highest point of the entire 2820m summit.
After breakfast, we will start the 4-5 hour hike to Camp Coati, which is on the Brazilian side. On the way we will stop at the triple border Brazil / Venezuela / English Guiana. Only 300 meters away we have the Valley of the Crystals. A curious point where there are thousands of small crystals and curious formations. In less than an hour’s walk we reach the Coati Hotel, which is a huge sandstone cave where dozens of tents fit. There is a kind of hall where you can see the sky.
Those who are willing can leave early to watch the sunrise from the Roraiminha lookout (a smaller tepui), located 500 meters from Coati. We’ll have breakfast and a 5km walk towards Gladys Lake, a curious lake at the bottom of a collapsed ceiling cave. On the way we will eat the trail snack and then follow the huge crevice that divides the bow of the Roraima. This will be the northernmost point of our itinerary where we can see beautiful landscapes of Guyana’s equatorial forest. We will return to Camp Coati for dinner and sleep. Those who prefer a little rest, they can stay at camp.
We will visit the curious Ventana, which is a rock formation that resembles a window, where we can see the distant Amazon rainforest. On the way we have the Yacuzis which are pools that resemble jacuzi baths. After walking for 2 hours from Coati, we will be in Foso, which is a large hole 10 meters in diameter and inside has a small lake. You can get inside by a winding path.
After breakfast, we will go for a day of hiking of approximately 7 hours and 1600 altitude loss. The first three hours of descent are quite abrupt and care must be taken. We will eat our trail snack at base camp and then head to the Tek River camp where we will have our last dinner. Before arriving at Tek River we will have 2 rivers to cross.
After a 4 hour walk we will reach Paraitepui, where we will have our 4 × 4 vehicles waiting for us with fruit and cold drinks. We will have lunch on the way and then continue to Santa Elena de Uairen where we will have the Anaconda Hotel booked.
Day 11 – Boa Vista
Return home. Departure from Santa Elena de Uairén will be in the morning with expected arrival before 3pm in Boa Vista. On the way we will stop for lunch near the Brazilian border.
If there is no flight schedule the day before, you can fly today.
**The itinerary available here is subject to change due to weather conditions, group performance or other situations.
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