The Auyan-Tepui is the biggest Tepui with a surface area of 700
km_ and a quiet tip for mountain wanderers. In the first there are
much less tourists climbing it because of reaching the starting
point is only possible by plane making the tour more expensive.
In the second the ascent is more difficult, demanding greater stamina
and sureness of step. The daytrips, compared to Roreima, are 2 to
3 hours longer but you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive
countrysides. Everything is a little bit bigger and greater compared
to Roreima. You also have a bigger chance to discover the wildlife.
Ciudad Bolivar Kavac LD
Flight departs in the morning from Ciudad Bolivar above the Angel
Fall to the small Indian village of Kavac which Indian rotundas
(Churuatas) are settled in a picturesque way in front of the dark,
rugged rocks of the Auyan-Tepui. In the afternoon we wander into
the Kavac-ravine having to swim the last part to get to the waterfall
which waters fall in a great din into the grotto. Overnight stay
in the village in a Churuata in hammocks.
Kavac Guarayaca BLD
Early in the morning we are heading to Auyan-Tepui wandering 6 hours
in the whole from river to river. There is the possibility to go
swimming and to refresh yourselves. Our way leads us through small
Indian settlements. We pass the Okono-river and overcome the slope
to the Campo Gurayaca. Here we pitch our camp besides a river.
At first hiking (today for 7 hours) through the savannah and then
through dense jungle surrounding the Auyan-Tepui. After the ascent
we walk through a thicket of metre tall bushes towards our place
to spend the night, El Penon. El Penon is a huge boulder under which
there is enough space for all of us including our sleeping bags.
Ascent to the Auyan-Tepui BLD
Our path leads us through a stony countryside and through a wild
network of roots up to the steep wall of the table mountain. Along
this wall we get to a huge rift leading us onto the table mountain.
Climbing above big rocks we reach the edge of the plateau. Noon,
we rest at the rock El Libertador. Continuing our travel across
the table mountain we reach the rock El Oso after ~8 hours under
which we can roll out our sleeping bags.
Campo Elcho BLD
Wandering from El Oso across huge plates of rock down to a little
tributary of the Churn we continue into the valley of the Churun
river where we again meet the jungle. After 4 hours, at noon, arrival
in Campo Lecho. Who wants may accompany our guide to the Boca de
Dragon where the Churun seeps away in the Auyan-Tepui and comes
back into sight after 500 metres
Back to El Oso BLD
We wander back to El Oso. In the afternoon there is time to explore
the surrounding of El Oso.
El Penon BLD
Today we continue travelling downhill to El Penon for ~6 hours where
we can take another refreshing bath under the waterfall.
Descent to Kavac BLD
Passing through El Danto we wander back to Guarayaca where we rest
at noon. In the afternoon, we cross the Rió Ocone heading
to Kavac reaching it after 9 hours altogether. The path leads us
directly along the foot of the Auyan-Tepui.
Kavac Ciudad Bolivar
Breakfast and relaxing in Kavac.
In the afternoon leaves our return flight from Kavac to Ciudad Bolivar
(in the case we were not able to fly above the Angel Fall during
the flight to Kavac, we try this during the return flight).
Price: 750 US$
Bring with you:
Valid passport and visa card
Travel sickness insurance, recommended free time-accident insurance
Possibly photo equipment
Short clothes (shorts, t-shirts,
One set of long clothes (long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, fleece
Sleeping bag with comfort temperature -2°
Used walking boots
Little bag (for clothes)
Open-mindedness towards the native people and the fellow travellers