Trek to the summit of Mount Roraima and explore the Lost World!
- Start Point: Boa Vista, Brazil
- End Point: Boa Vista, Brazil
- Bespoke Tours: We organise this trip as a private trip to fit your dates and suit your interests. Please email us for details and a quote.
Mount Roraima is called South America’s “lost world”. A gigantic tableland encircled on all sides by vertical cliffs up to 700 m tall. Towering over the surrounding savannahs and rainforest like an immense fortress above the clouds, Roraima’s summit has been isolated for millions of years and is home to bizarre landscapes of towering stone pinnacles, a valley of shimmering quartz crystals, and unique animals and plants found anywhere on earth. The discovery of Roraima inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World.
Trekking up Mount Roraima is one of South America’s greatest experiences! This adventure offers you the opportunity to see Mount Roraima up close and personal, as the plateaus’ gigantic cliffs rise on the horizon, and tower above you as you trek closer. We climb via a broken ledge up the cliffsides, which is actually easy to climb and safe. As this secret staircase takes us through the clouds, we watch the vegetation change from lowland savannah to misty, lush cloudforest, until finally we reach the summit of the lost world.
Please note: we organise trekking trips up Mount Roraima as bespoke private expeditions to fit your dates and suit your interests. Please email us for details.
Trek to Mount Roraima Itinerary
Day 1: Meet in Boa Vista. Transfer in charter vehicles to the Venezuelan border (approx 4 hours driving time). We cross the border, and arrive in Santa Elena, Venezuela. Lunch and snacks en-route. Dinner in restaurant in Santa Elena. Overnight in local hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast, transfer in 4*4 vehicles to Paratepui for registration with the Canaima National Park authorities. Begin trek to Mount Roraima, with the goal of reaching Rio Tek camp site (approximately 6 hours walking over relatively flat terrain). Lunch en-route. Campside dinner and overnight in tents. The views of Mount Roraima are spectacular!
Day 3: Today we trek from Rio Tek campsite to Base Camp (located beneath the dramatic, gigantic cliffs of Mount Roraima). The trek is uphill, and takes approximately 6 - 8 hours. Lunch en-route. Campside dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 4: We through misty, lush cloudforest, to the base of the ledge of Mount Roraima. Ascending the ledge, we climb through layers of mossy vegetation, through Bonnetia forest and groves of giant bromeliads and treeferns. The views across the surrounding lowlands are spectacular. The climb up the ledge takes 4 - 5 hours. We then reach the summit of Mount Roraima, and step into a bleak, barren landscape of blackened stone, twisted rock formations and bizarre plants. We reach a “hotel” (campsite in a cave or under a rock overhang). Campside dinner and overnight in tents inside caves.
Day 5, 6, 7 and 8: We explore the summit of Mount Roraima. Note: we can decide the itinerary of our time on the summit as a group, depending upon everyone’s interests, the weather, and how much trekking we (as a group) would like to undertake. Recommended highlights include the Valley of the Crystals, the labyrinth of towering stone pinnacles, Lake Gladys, the Prow, Triple Point (the three way border of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil) and the Oilbird Ravine (home to rare echo-locating oilbird Steatornis caripensis). The summit is the habitat for a plethora of orchids, bromeliads, airplants, carnivorous plants (Brocchinia, Drosera, Genlisea, Heliamphora, Utricularia), unique butterflies and toads, and a black and yellow spotted lizard called Riolama. A trek to La Ventana offers the chance to catch breathtaking views of some of the most spectacular scenery in South America. Other activities include sunrise walks to the western cliff tops to see spectacular sunrise views of the neighbouring plateau Kukenán Tepui bathed in sunlight. The exploration of El Carro view point to see the whole plateau. We can also visit the Jacuzzis (crystal lined pools), the Pit, the Valley of a Thousand Columns and spectacular rock formations. During our stay, we look out for the elusive South American coati (Nasua nasua). Campside dinner and overnight in tents inside caves.
Day 9: After breakfast, we descend down the ledge of Mount Roraima, and trek to Rio Tek. Trekking downhill is faster, and most people reach Rio Tek ccamp within 6 - 8 hours. Lunch en-route. Campside dinner and overnight in tents inside caves.
Day 10: Today we trek from Rio Tek camp back to Paratepui (approx 4 - 5 hours walking) to meet 4*4 vehicles that transport us back to Santa Elena for lunch. Dinner in restaurant in Santa Elena. Overnight in local hotel.
Day 11: Transfer in charter vehicles from Santa Elena to the Venezuelan border with Brazil, and onwards to Boa Vista, Brazil.
Please note: Bespoke private group members can also decide how long to remain on Mount Roraima’s summit. We recommend 4 full days to see the key sights!
Although this expedition takes place in Venezuela, we recommend that this trip starts and finishes in Boa Vista, Brazil. Boa Vista is easy to reach by connecting flights or luxurious long distance buses from Manaus (which is is a major hub for international flights).
Flights are available to/from Manaus from destinations across the world, and numerous Brazilian airlines fly from Manaus to Boa Vista (one of the most economical is Azul Airlines).
Arriving in Manaus and travelling to Boa Vista offers many advantages. Manaus and Boa Vista are safer than Caracas, and also closer and easier to use as a base to travel to Roraima and Angel Falls. Starting this expedition from Manaus and Boa Vista also offers participants the advantage that they can spend a day or two before the expedition exploring Manaus’ fascinating colonial heritage in the heart of the Amazon, relaxing and recovering from long flights to South America, before the trip begins.
While we typically meet participants in Boa Vista and return participants to that city, if you prefer, we can start or end this trip in Manaus, Santa Elena, Puerto Ordaz or Caracas.
Adventure Rating: Moderate
- We can organise charter flights in light aircraft for aerial photographic flyover trips above Mount Roraima and Angel Falls. - We also run a 4*4 trip through the Gran Sabana to see the Jasper Creek (a waterfall that flows over bright red jasper gemstone), several other spectacular waterfalls, visits to Indian villages, and view points to sight the Eastern Tepuis). - We can also organise add on trips from Manaus to explore the Amazon rainforest (see Amazon Adventure Expedition for possibilities). To get a quote for any extensions, simply mention which extension(s) you are interested in when you apply to Join this Adventure!