- 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
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.
La Gran Sabana is one of the most wild and remote places on the planet. To aid getting to our destination our trip includes local flights upon arrival in Caracas, to Puerto Ordaz located on the Orinico River. We stay overnight in local lodging and then transfer to Ciudad Bolivar in the morning (1 hour) where we will fly via Cesna 206 to our base location (1.5 hours) in Uruyen in the interior of Caniama National Park. We will stay in the local village overnight in dorm accommodations, and have an opening ceremony with indigenous people before departing on our trek the following day.
Our trek begins in the morning as we venture out in to the savanna grasslands towards Auyantepui, we are accompanied by our local guides, group porters and cooks. We will camp the next 7 nights in 4-season tents in established camps along the route. Personal porters are recommended for this part of the trip, which cost an extra $20/day and can carry up 15kg. Our camps along the route will be situated near caves or rock overhangs and allow additional protection from the elements.
On Day 9 we will camp half way down Angel Falls on La Cueva Ledge. This is a large forested ledge capable pitching standard tents, and will provide breathtaking views of the falls and surrounding cliffs from a vantage point that very few people will ever experience. The next day we rappel the remaining distance to Isla Raton where we will spend the night in an established hammock camp camp along the river.
Our return journey is by canoe to the settlement of Canaima, where we will spend the night in local lodging with view of the lagoon and El Sapo Falls. The following day after our morning excursion to the falls we will once again fly via Cesna 206 to Ciudad Bolivar, transfer to Puerto Ordaz for our direct return flight to Caracas. We will stay overnight in the Airport Hotel and then transfer the following morning for departing International flights.
This trip is by application only and space is limited.
- 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
- Day 7 – Neblina Camp
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
- 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
- Waterproof Pants
- Waterproof Jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- Insulated Jacket
- Long sleeved shirt
- Ear plugs
- Plastic Bags – Garbage bags for your duffel for rain protection.
- Camp Soap/Shampoo
- Small camp towel
- Disposable wipes
- Hand sanitizer– Small
- 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
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