||No mountain climbing experience required, good physical condition
||Transfer, Guide (sp./eng.)
||Rates on request (from/to Santa Elena)
Most of the Table Mountains of the earth are found in Bolívar state -east from Venezuela. These Mountain formations which go from the flat land up to 2000mts are called Tepuys by the local Pemón Indians. The Tepuys have an important significance for the Indians: they are the Houses of Gods. Roraima is the house of Gods next to heaven.
The descent to Roraima at 2.810mts is an absolutely ambitious venture which last 6 days. The difficult descent will be rewarded by its worldwide unique flora and fauna which has been developed apart from the rest of the plants and animals of the planet since millions of years. Most of them are still unknown species. It’s estimated that 70% of all beings on the Table Mountains are endemic. Apart from this, the surface of Roraima is fissured in some parts like a labyrinth and with the additional breathtaking view the visitors will fantasize facing the strange stone formations.
In the morning we leave Santa Elena for a 2 hours drive to the last Indian Village before Roraima. Paraitepuy is 1600 m above sea level and will be our starting point for the trekking to the Lost World. We will walk about 5 hours through open savannah before reaching the Kukenan Camp at a height of 1050m. We need to cross two rivers, which can be tricky because the Kukenan River grows after rainfall to a respectful stream. Our experienced guides will help with the first adventure crossing the river.
After a good breakfast we start a five-hour walk to the Base camp, which is 1870m above sea level. The walk also requires 2 hours uphill walking. On our way we will cross smooth hills in the savannah and beautiful landscapes covered with orchids and carnivores. In the afternoon we will reach the Base camp.
After having breakfast in the camp we start off to the tough part of the day: a 2-hour steep hike in the jungle. Afterwards we will be exhausted but amazed by the beauty and the overwhelming number of bromeliads, ferns and other rare plants. Finally we can touch the wall of the Roraima Mountain and a small waterfall will bring us our much needed refreshment! From there we need another hour to ninety minutes to reach the top, which is 2700 meters above sea level. The path leads us through the jungle and over stones of different forms and shapes. Stones looking like sea turtles or dragonheads welcome you finally at the top. A light lunch will be served at the camp. Now we have the whole afternoon for discovering the closer area around the camp. The evening will end with a delicious meal served by our guides.
The whole day we will discover the mystical top of the Roraima and feel the magic related to the mountain. We will find thousands of faces and sculptures in bizarre stone formations, some might remind us of lizards or Fidel Castro, others will seem to us like fantasy creatures or fairy tale witches. We will be amazed by the valley of crystals and the fantastic view from the top of Roraima to the valley. When the fog rises up the mountain we can feel the mystery. And do not be surprised when you feel like you are walking on the moon because the surface looks just alike. A light lunch will be given on the way and a delicious meal will be served at the camp in the evening.
In the morning we will have a last chance to take some pictures before you descend the mountain again to reach the campsite at Rio Tök. Today we have to walk about 7 hours downhill that means from 2700m down to 1050m above sea level. Shortly before the camp we have to cross the two rivers from the first day again. A light lunch is given on the way and at the camp there will be served a warm meal. At the end of the day we can enjoy a great swim in the river with a fabulous view to the Kukenan and Roraima mountains.
After the last four hours of walking we will reach the Indian village Paraitepuy again. Please watch out! Every tourist is searched for crystals by the park rangers. The crystals are a lot more beautiful on the top of Roraima then in your apartment at home! Our Toyotas are already waiting for us with cold drinks and lunch. After lunch we go back to Santa Elena. In agreement of the group there is a short stop at the Quebrada de Jaspe with its brilliant red shining Jaspe stones.