Do you like hiking? If so, this trek is made for you. Go on a 20-day journey and have the best hiking experience. First, you’ll hike up Pico Bolivar and Pico Humboldt, the highest mountain summits in Venezuela. Both peaks are located in the Andean mountain range with an altitude of 4,978 m. and 4,940 m., respectively. Although you do not need too much experience and training to climb Pico Bolivar, courage and resistance are necessary. On our way to Pico Bolívar, we’ll come across four different sections that are very steep and difficult to ascend, so we’ll provide you with ropes and harness for you to climb them. Unlike Pico Bolívar, Pico Humboldt is more rounded and its summit is surrounded by the two largest glaciers out of the four remaining ones in the country. Although the ascent to Pico Humboldt is easier, you can’t help getting exhausted! On the other hand, Mount Roraima is the highest Tepui of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. Hike up this magnificent tepui, and enjoy an incredible and unforgettable experience in Conan Doyle’s “Lost World”. Watch many species of plants and animals that are unique in the planet.
Important: We recommend bringing food high in potassium such as bananas, oranges and tomatoes. This type of food could prevent you from suffering from acute mountain sickness that is very common at this altitude. Drinking a lot of water and having already walked at high altitudes might also help. People have different susceptibilities to altitude sickness; for some otherwise healthy people, acute altitude sickness can begin to appear at around 2,000 metres above sea level. Symptoms often manifest themselves six to ten hours after ascent and generally subside in one to two days, but they occasionally develop into the more serious conditions. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbance. Exertion aggravates the symptoms.
Important: Depending on weather and physical conditions of the group, we’ll decide whether climbing Pico Bolívar or not; this peak is entirely optional!
Important: Bus fare from your posada to the bus station/terminal costs about 5 euros, and from the bus station/terminal to Santa Elena costs about 25 euros (not included!). We recommend taking the last bus to Santa Elena for you not to arrive at your posada too early in the morning. In fact, your room will be available late in the morning.
Important: The bus fare from the bus terminal to your posada costs around 5 euros (not included).
IMPORTANT: You need to bring: hiking boots, hats, sunscreen, shorts, trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece sweaters; bug spray or lotion, headlamps, raincoats, bath towels, flip-flops and swimsuits.
You have to carry your personal luggage, max. 12 kg.
Note: If you’re interested in renting a mattress or a sleeping bag, please let us know in advance.
Important: Bus fare from the posada to Ciudad Bolívar costs around 30$ (not included). We recommend taking the last bus to Ciudad Bolívar for you not to be at your posada too early in the morning. Remember your room will be available at the end of the morning.
Important: Bus fare from the bus terminal to the posada costs around 5 euros (not included).