6 days trekking trip: Mount Roraima

Topographic map: Mount Roraima tour

Roraima is one of the best trekking trips in Latin America. The trek crosses savannah, rivers and thick cloud forest. It offers stunning views and the opportunity to explore a unique eco-system on the top of the Roraima table mountain, a height of 2,700 m. It requires a medium to high level of fitness to complete the 6-day trek, with a hike of 4 to 8 hours per day. We recommend that you carry no more than 10 kgs of personal baggage and leave any additional equipment in your accommodation in Santa Elena. At night you will sleep in tents – including 1 night on the mountaintop – and local Pemón and Guyanese guides will prepare your food on site each day. The trek begins at 8am in Santa Elena de Uairén and ends there 6 days later at about 6pm.

Start in Santa Elena by 4x4 jeep Registering at Paraitepuy First trekking part through savanna Crossing Rio Kukenan In front of the “Lost World” Base Camp at Mount Roraima Vegetation in cloud forest of Roraima “La Rampa” on Roraima Steep part before the “Entrance” “Los Hoteles” on Roraima Enjoying the view on top of Roraima Porter crossing a river

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Santa Elena - Pareitepui - Tek Camp

You leave Santa Elena around 8am for the 2-3 hour journey by jeep to the Pemón village of Pareitepuy, where visitors register with the National Park authorities and where the porters pick up the equipment. After a light lunch, you start the 4-5 hour trek across open savanna, eventually arriving at the Tek Camp where you will spend the night in tents.

Day 2: Tek Camp - Savanna - Base Camp

After breakfast you set off for another 6 hour hike. Today you cross the Tek and Kukenan rivers, which can be quite a challenging experience if there has been heavy rainfall. Passing by fields of orchids, in the early afternoon you stop for lunch at the Military Camp. Then the trail climbs for a few hours, taking you to the base camp at a height of 1,800 m near the foot of Mount Roraima, where you spend the second night.

Day 3: Base Camp - “La Rampa” - Plateau

This is the most difficult day’s hiking. After breakfast there is a steep trek for a couple of hours through lush, beautiful cloud forest to the wall of the mountain, marked by a slope of huge boulders and a waterfall. The trail rises along this natural stone ramp that runs from right to left through the jungle and up the side of the cliff face, the only accessible route to the summit, which takes about 90 minutes. After a light lunch you can begin to explore, and enjoy the tremendous views across the Gran Sabana from a height of 2,700 m. On this night you sleep on the top of Mount Roraima, sheltered by a natural rock overhang known as “Los Hoteles”.

Day 4: Plateau - Summit - Crystal Valley - Triple Point

The plateau of Mount Roraima is around 70 square kms and offers bizarre rock formations, flesh-eating plants and black frogs that are unique to this eco-system. After breakfast you spend around 8 hours exploring the summit, hiking to the valley of crystals; the Triple Point obelisk marking the border between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil; and to the El Pozo waterhole and cave system.

Day 5: Descend to Tek Camp

After breakfast you set off down the mountainside for a full day hike that will retrace your steps and take you back through the jungle, over the savanna, and across the two rivers to the Tek camp. You can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river at the end of this 7-8 hour trek.

Day 6: Pareitepui - Quebrada de Jaspe - Santa Elena

On the final day you hike back to the village of Pareitepuy. Here – after leaving a good tip – you say goodbye to your guides and meet your jeeps for the journey to Santa Elena after cold drinks and lunch. On the way you will stop at the Quebrada de Jaspe – a natural formation of water and beautiful red stones.

Price 6 days / 5 nights 290 US$

approx. price per person

What is included?

  • Transfer between Santa Elena and Paraitepuy village by jeep
  • Experienced Spanish, English, French and German speaking guide
  • Tents, transportable toilet, first aid kit
  • All meals during the trek (5x breakfast, 6x lunch, 5x dinner)
  • Water and cold drinks
  • Porters for tents, food, water and cooking gear

What is not included?

  • Porters to carry your personal baggage (must be paid for separately)
  • Sleeping bags (rentable)
  • Ground mats (rentable)
  • Breakfast in Santa Elena on Day 1 before the hike and dinner on Day 6 after the hike.

What you need to bring

  • Identification documents
  • Sleeping bag (suitable for night temperature of +2°C)
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Mosquito repellant and sun-block
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm clothes for the evening (fleece jacket, gloves, hat, long trousers and shirt)
  • Swimming costume
  • Flash light and spare batteries
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Snacks/sweets
  • Personal water bottle
  • Travel and accident insurance (in case of emergency it is possible to arrange helicopter medical evacuation at your expense)