Trek to Roraima

Trek to Roraima - 6 Days/5Nights.

Roraima is one of the best trekking trips in Latin America or even world- wide. Trek to the lost world to get incredible views and meet another world with 70% of endemic lifestyle (unique in the world).

The trek to Roraima starts from Santa-Elena de Uairén, a small town 15 km from Brazil.

Please note that the times, hours and distances specified in the following description are approximate and depends as much on weather as to the group's physical condition. Although we recommend to be in good shape to perform this trek, we have had a few old-timers doing it successfully, a 82 years-old Canadian photographer, and a 70 years-old British lady.

The Trek to Roraima

Day 1

We leave Sta-Elena at about 9:00 AM in a 4x4 vehicle. We have to ride about 90 km (55 miles), of which the last 26 (16) are in pretty bad condition, to reach the starting point of our hike, Paraitepuy de Roraima, an Indian settlement, at an altitude of 1400 m (4,600 ft.). On the way, we will have great views of the savanna and the tepuys. We will start walking after a light lunch in Paraitepuy, heading to the River Tek 11 km (6.8 miles) away, about 4 hours walk across gentle hills and savanna, and the crossing of 4 small creeks where we will be able to refresh ourselves. We will establish the campsite close by the river, at an altitude of 900 m (3,000 ft.), and we will have the opportunity to swim in the river before dinner.

Day 2

Our goal for today is to reach the base of the tepuy, 10 km (6 miles) away. Breakfast is at 8:30 AM and we are ready to go at 9:30. We have first to cross the River Tek, and a bit further the River Kukenan. As this is a bigger river, 40 m (130 ft.) wide, the crossing will depend on the level of water.

Around noon, we will have reached the Military Camp (don't worry no militaries here, only the site of an original military logistics camp), where we will have lunch. And we will reach the Base Camp at 3 PM, at 1800 m (6000 ft.) where we will install the campsite. Temperatures are down to about 15°C (60°F) at night, often with rain.

Day 3

Like yesterday, breakfast at 8:30 and off we go at 9:30. This is the most challenging day, an inspiring 4 to 5 hours walk through the tropical forest at the base of the tepuy followed by a steady climb up a ramp to the top of the tepuy. We will have lunch at a waterfall in the middle of the ramp, at around noon. The views of the savanna below are stunning. We will install the campsite on top of the tepuy, at about 2800 m (9,180 ft.), below a rock ledge to protect us from the strong winds and low temperatures, 5°C (41°F) at night. These natural caves are called “hotels” by the locals, but don't get mistaken, they are no Sheraton...

Day 4

The whole day to explore the surface of the tepuy. Here all the excursions will depend on the state of the weather. We will leave the campsite at 6:00 AM, before breakfast, trying to reach the “Kukenan window”, 2 hours walk away, to catch a view of the Eastern wall of Mount Roraima, Matawi-tepuy and the jungle of Guyana below before the clouds set in. Breakfast at 8:30 AM.
The triple point, where the borders of Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela meet is approximately 6 hours away. You will see the valley of the crystals (sorry, forbidden to bring them back as souvenirs), the icy blue wells called jacuzzi, and observe the endemic plant and animal life: frogs that roll like a ball instead of jumping, carnivorous plants, and rock sculptures result of millions of years of erosion... etc. Dinner back at the “hotel”.

Day 5

Time to go back. Leaving at 9:30 AM, we will go down the ramp first, careful with the loose rocks, have lunch at the Base Camp at noon, cross the Kukenan and Tek Rivers where we will set the campsite for our last night in the savanna. Dinner at 8:30 PM.

Day 6

Breakfast at 8:30 AM. Leaving the River Tek campsite at 9:30, we should reach Paraitepuy 4 hours later where we will have our last lunch. Then boarding our 4x4 to return to Sta-Elena where we should arrive at about 3:30 PM.

Price of the expedition:.per/person Consult

Prices are subject to change without notice.
Roraima 6 days - 5 nights,
from Sta-Elena to Sta-Elena,
including:

Services of a knowledgeable, bilingual, and responsible guide;
a cook
all meals;
a tent for 2 or 3 persons
Ground transportation from/to Sta-Elena

Photos from Roraima

 

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