- Angel Falls Trek and Descent -

VENEZUELA

Discover Gran Sabana - Venezuela
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Overview - (EXPLORATORY EXPEDITION) DECEMBER – 2017 - 12 DAY TRIP

Journey into the world of myth and legend as we explore the Lost World of La Gran Sabana in southern Venuzuela, one of the wildest and least explored regions on earth. Our trip to this legendary land will include the ascent of Auyantepui (Devil’s House), the largest flat-topped mountain in the Guiana Highlands, and a rappel descent of the world’s highest waterfall Kerepakupai Meru (Angels Falls). As we venture deep into the Caniama National Park we will be accompanied by experienced mountain guides and indigenous Pemon indians, as we become immersed in their rich culture and ancient myths. As we explore the folklore and myths of death and rebirth in the mystical land, it’s no mistake will be climbing up into the Devil’s House before our descent of Angel Falls. Our journey includes a multi-day exploration of the pre-historic summit of Auyantepui with its caves, canyons, twisted rock formations, clear red pools and wild fauna, and a canoe descent of the Churun and Carrao rivers through pristine jungle to the base of El Sapo Falls.

For a less technical experience request information about our Roraima & Angel Falls adventure, which will run in tandem and meet the others as they descend Angel’s Falls.

We are monitoring conditions on the ground in Venezuela and have an alternative plan to enter through Brazil if needed.
Highlights
  • 12-Day Journey into La Gran Sabana
  • Ascent of Auyantepui – 8,040 Feet
  • 2-Day Rappel of Angels Falls – 3,212 Feet
  • Canoe Down Churum and Carrao Rivers
  • Domestic Flights to Uruyen (Falls Flyby)
  • Indigenous Ceremony in Pemon Village
  • 9 Nights Camping Accommodation
  • 1 Night Accommodation Caracas Airport
  • 1 Night Accommodation Puerto Ordaz
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Canaima
  • Local Guides, Cooks and Porters
  • Authentically Sources Meals
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The La Gran Sabana has long been associated with the legend of the Lost World, and was said to be the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novel. The region is known for a unique land feature called Tepui’s, which are considered to be the oldest mountains in the world – 200 million years. They are literally islands in the sky, isolated by their steep almost impenetrable sheer cliffs and contain entirely unique flora and fauna from the grasslands and jungle below. The indigenous Pemon Indians described these mountains as the Houses of Spirits, and their myths and legends are represented in the mountains, waterfalls, rivers and rocks, serving as reminders of the origins of their world. As we embark into this unknown world, these ancient myths and rites of passage will serve as a stroyline as we explore the initiation stage of our Hero’s Journey to the Lost World.

Our trip begins with a flight into the heart of Canaima National Park to the village of Uruyen. For the locals, Canaima means the devil or the evil spirit that causes all pain and suffering. Upon arrival we will take a short trip to the Yurwan River Canyon for a swim and cave exploration. In the evening we will prepare our gear for the trek the next day, and then take part in an opening ceremony by local shaman, blessing our journey and assisting us in crossing the threshold into the house of spirits.

The next day we begin our 6 day trek to to the summit of Auyantepui and the source of Angel’s Falls. We will travel across open savanna and grasslands as we approach our climb. The environment and weather here is much drier and hotter compared to the climate on the summit. As we begin our climb however it will get cooler and wetter. Once above the first terrace the vegetation will shift from high grass to cloud forest. From here the terrain climbs steeply with sections of technically challenging tree roots and rocky sections. We will most likely not see any other visitors during our trek, as this is one of the least visited areas of the park, and will have complete solitude. We will camp under a huge rock overhang here on the second terrace.

On Day 3 of the trek our objective will be to reach the crest of the mountain, requiring a steep ascent to 8,000 feet past several sandstone towers reaching a point known as “El Libertador” at the summit. From here we will have views in both directions, out across the grasslands and into the interior of the tepui. From here we descend to our overnight night camp and begin to explore the pre-historic environment and rock features.

Over the next three days we will explore this remote and other worldly environment, traveling through dense forests, canyons, carved rock formations, deep pools, sinkholes and clear red rivers. The flora and fauna is especially unique having evolved independently with a large variety of orchids, bromeliads and carnivorous plants. The environment is cool and misty, and you will be able to observe how water has shaped the landscape and created adaptations in the plant and animal species.

As we approach our final destination we will come to the source of Angel Falls, and be afforded incredible views to the valley 3,000 feet below. Once camp is prepared we will spend the afternoon reviewing our climbing equipment in preparation for the next two days of rappeling. Our climbing guides will ensure everyone is checked out and familiar with the procedures for our descent.

We are now within site of our final destination as we make our way down to Aguas Caliente traveling through abundant forests filled with parrots and orchids. Upon arrival we will have opportunity for a soak in the hot spring and enjoy a fine meal as we explore this quaint village and relax in preparation for our visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

The next day our descent and fun begins as we prepare to rappel 1,000 meters from the summit. We will approach from the left side of the falls, and be out of the water course as we follow the rigged lines 1,400 feet to a large ledge know as La Cueva “the Cave”. The descending will be a slow process as each participant will rappel a section and be safely clipped in before moving onto the next section. Participants will have many opportunities to hang out to appreciate the views and take photos. Once reaching the ledge we will setup our bivouac camp, and enjoy some of the most incredible views anywhere in the world.

The following morning we will get an early start, and descend the remaining 1,600 feet, starting on forested ledges, and then transitioning to vertical rock and overhangs. Again the process will be slow and methodical as we ensure safety is the top concern. This will again be a long day of 7-8 hours as we get the entire team and all gear down the cliff face. Once on the bottom we will have an enormous celebration and take a short hike to Isla Raton where we spend the night in the warm jungle next to the river.

From here we will enjoy a 5 hour canoe down the Churum and Carrao Rivers through pristine jungle to the village of Canaima. Here will will stay in local settlements, have a group dinner and closing ceremony local shaman to conclude our passage from the Devil’s House and down Angel’s Falls and tie in our completion of the Hero’s Journey initiation stage. The next morning after breakfast we will sail the famous Caniama Lagoon to El Sapa Falls where we will hike the hidden passage linking the falls. In the afternoon we will board Cesna’s once again for our return journey.

The Sacred Valley of Peru is one of the most mystical places in the world and is home to some of Peru’s greatest historical sites. Our trip includes local flights from Lima and includes one night accommodation in Lima. The adventure begins and ends in the Incan capital of Cusco where we will have one nights stay in one of the luxury hotels, enjoy a group dinner and explore the city.

The next morning we travel by private bus through the mountains to the town of Cachora where we begin our adventure. We will be supported by porters and mules throughout the trip, and camp for 10-nights in four season tents in established campsites. Participants will only be required to carry a small daypack during the day with water, snacks and extra clothing. All meals will be prepared fresh and served in our well-provisioned cook tent. There are also many small tienda’s along the route that sell snacks, drinks and supplies.

As this is one of the more challenging treks in Peru we take an extra mule and also have points where vehicle transportation can provide assistance if necessary. The route distance covers approximately 75 miles with a minimum elevation of 4,800 feet and a maximum of 15,300, which we reach on Day 7 allowing plenty of time for acclimatization.

At our final destination of Machu Picchu we will have a group dinner and one night stay at a first class hotel in the village of Aguas Calinete. We will then either take a bus or take the short beautiful hike up to Machu Picchu to explore the site. We return in the afternoon and board the train for the four-hour journey back to Cusco and check into our hotel.

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Venezuela
    Arrive in Caracas and transfer to domestic terminal for local flight to Puerto Ordaz. Overnight stay in local lodging.
  • Day 2 – Ciudad Bolivar to Uruyen
    Transfer from Puerto Ordaz to Ciudad Bolivar (1 hour). Flight from Ciudad to Uruyen via Cesna 206 (1.5 hour) to Uruyen. Overnight stay in Pemon Village and Opening Ceremony. Camp Elevation: 1,665 Feet
  • Day 3 – Guayaraca Camp
    Distance: 5 miles / Time: 4-5 hours / Difficulty: Moderate / Elevation Change: +1,470 / Camp Elevation: 3,135 feet
  • Day 4 – El Penon Camp
    Distance: 4.5 miles / Time: 4-5 hours / Difficulty: Strenuous / Elevation Change: +2,750 / Camp Elevation: 5,885 feet
  • Day 5 – Piedra El Oso Camp
    Distance: 4 miles / Time: 6-7 hours / Difficulty: Extremely Strenuous / Elevation Change: -2,270, +2,150 / Max. Elevation: 8,030 / Camp Elevation: 5,760 feet

 

  • Day 6 – El Dragon Camp
    Distance: 5 miles / Time: 4-5 hours / Difficulty: Moderate / Elevation Change: -640 / Camp Elevation: 5,120 feet

 

    • Day 7 – Neblina Camp
      Distance: 4 miles / Time: 4-5 hours / Difficulty: Easy / Elevation Change: 0 / Camp Elevation: 5,120 feet
    • Day 8 – Salto Angel Camp
      Distance: 7 miles / Time: 7-9 hours / Difficulty: Strenuous / Elevation Change: 0 / Camp Elevation: 5,120 feet
    • Day 9 – Rappel Down to La Cueva Ledge
      Time: 7-8 hours / Difficulty: Strenuous / Elevation Change: -1,440 / Camp Elevation: 3,680 feet. Bivouac Camp on Ledge.
    • Day 10 – Rappel Down to Isla Raton
      Distance: 38 miles / Time: 5-6 hours / Difficulty: Easy / Elevation Change: -150 / Camp Elevation: 1,400 feet. Closing Ceremony. Night in Hotel.
    • Day 11 – Churum River Canoe to CanaimaTime: 7-8 hours / Difficulty: Strenuous / Elevation Change: -1,600 / Camp Elevation: 1,550 feet. Night in Hammock Camp
    • Day 12 – Canaima to Caracas

Morning sail in the Canaima lagoon and then 20-minute hike to “El Sapo” waterfall. Afternoon transfer for flight back to Ciudad Bolivar. Transfer (1-hour ) to Puerto Ordaz for domestic flight to Caracas. Night in hotel.

 

  • Day 13 – Depart Venezuela

 

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Rob Harsh

Since 1993 Rob has traveled to over 20 countries leading people on climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and multi-sport adventures. He has experience as a certified Mountain Guide and Search and Rescue Practitioner, climbing mountains on five continents and is a veteran of over fifty expedition adventure races and ultra running events. Rob now enjoys developing one of a kind adventures that create opportunities for people to explore the world through conscious travel. Through bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and modern knowledge he offers transformative experiences that explore the land, culture and mythology of each destination, supporting people in stepping beyond their comfort zones, expanding their perspectives and learning universal wisdom that can be applied in overcoming perceived challenges in any area of life.

As a Conscious Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, Rob has completed studies in Meditation, Eastern Philosophy, Western Psychology, Energy & Sound Healing, Shamanic Practices and Plant Medicine. He has also coached individuals in the areas of Fitness, Nutrition, Physiology, Health and the Athlete’s Mindset. Rob holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Health from Illinois State University and has 20 years experience in Environmental Sustainability.

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Aquiles Escalona

Aquiles is one of the most experienced mountain guides in Venezuela. He has more than 12 years of experience in mountaineering, climbing and expeditions to the Tepuis, the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He’s led trips throughout La Gran Sabana and Canaima National Park, and is the only tour operator to be able to access Angel Falls by boat in the dry season. Aquiles is an expert on the region’s flora, fauna geography and local Pemon culture. He speaks English, Spanish, Portugese and Pemon dialect, and is an expert at snake handling.

A happy family man, married to a beautiful half Syrian half Venezuelan woman who is apart of coati trekking owner, a chemical engineer and environmental auditor. Father of two amazing kids. A 9 year old girl called Sabana who also loves climbing and mountains and a little 4 months old boy called Enock.

  • Day Pack – 20-30L
  • Water Bladder – 3L
  • Sleeping Bag – 20F at least (synthetic recommended)
  • Sleeping Pads – Inflatable and/or closed cell foam
  • Duffel Bags – Large expedition-size vinyl or canvas to be carried by the mules.
  • Additional bag to leave at hotel with change of cloths.
  • Shoes – Lightweight hikers or cross trainers
  • Camp Shoes
  • Warm Hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Insect repellant with Deet (*Important, there are biting flies near the river)
  • Lightweight Trekking Pant
  • Shorts and/or bathing suit for hot springs and river
  • Capaline/Polypro top and bottom
  • Socks – At least 4 pair
  • Sun Hat/visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Hygiene/toiletry kit – Small
  • Pee bottle or female spout
  • First Aid Items – Small. We provide a larger kit for the group
  • Headlamp w/spare batteries
  • Trekking Poles – Highly recommended
  • Camera
  • Nalgene bottle
  • Snack foods to supplement standard meals.
  • Ear plugs
  • Plastic Bags – Garbage bags for your duffel for rain protection.
  • Camp Soap/Shampoo
  • Small camp towel
  • Disposable wipes
  • Hand sanitizer– Small
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandana-optional
  • Knife or multitool – Optional
  • Duct tape, Blister Kit
  • Journal – Optional
  • Donation items for local people – Shoes, shirts, socks, sunglasses, school supplies.
  • Tip money.This is optional, but the guideline is approximately $150 for the trek.
  • 2 photocopies of your passport
  • Label all Gear

Cost:

    • EARLY REGISTRATION: $3,100

      (before April 30th)

    • NORMAL PRICE: $3,500

      (after April 30th)

    • contact registration@lostworldstravel.com for exact dates, availability or any questions

Single Occupancy Add On and Group Pricing Available

Exclusions:

  • International Airfare
  • Single occupancy option, unless specifically requested
  • Tips for guides, porters and cooks
  • Personal drinks, snacks, food, and gifts
  • Additional lodging not outlined
  • Meals not outlines or while in transit
  • Alcohol and desserts
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
  • Skills:
    • Be able to walk carrying a pack of at least 20 pounds over uneven terrain up to 8 hours
    • Mental fortitude to endure heat or cold, rainy or humid conditions, and challenging terrain
    • Previous backpacking experience

    We have designed this trip to be completed by anybody with a good level of physical fitness and good mental preparation.  As this program is all about helping people break through barriers and achieving goals, we offer a coaching program to anyone wishing to improve their conditioning and skills prior to the trip.wishing to do one-on-one personal transformation work in connection with trip.

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