The Auyán Tepui is the origin of the famous Angel Falls with almost 1000m free fall. This flat-top mountain is the biggest mountain in the Gran Sabana.
Day 1: (3-4 hours trekking)
We start at 7:30 in the morning in Ciudad Bolivar with a small plane. On the way to the Auyán Tepui we see the "Cerro Bolívar", one of the largest iron ore mines in the world. Its red colour is a great contrast to the surrounding green of the jungle. A short time later we see the border of the Guri Lake. It is the 8th largest manmade lake in the world.
In Canaima National Park the huge wall of the Auyán Tepui rises in front of us. If the weather permits we fly along the tepuis' east wall until we reach the Devil‘s Canyon. This huge Canyon almost swallows us and we follow the Churun River until the Angel Falls comes in sight. This fall is the highest waterfall in the world with almost 1000 meter free fall. At mid day we reach Uruyen where our trek starts. Until the light lunch we have some time to go swimming and in the meantime the luggage and food for 7 days is spitted between the porters. We start with the trek in direction to Guayaraca, the camp on the first step of the mountain. Already here we see the difference in the vegetation of the "lower Savannah" and the higher regions of the mountains. We reach the camp at about 5 pm.
Day 2: (6-7 hours trekking)
After breakfast we go through the high Savannah and before the sun burns to strong we reach the shadow of the middle rain forest. The big wall of Auyan Tepuis comes closer and we meet the first member of endemic flat-top mountain plants. The path is not anymore easy to see and wet roots make our walk difficult. At about 3-4 pm we reach the "El Peńon" Camp, which is an overhanging rock at 1600m.
Day 3: (6-7 hours trekking)
During morning in about 1600 meter height we can look down at an ocean of clouds. First we walk to "El Libertador" which is our entrance to climb further up this flat-top mountain. After just 90 minutes walking we reach the Paloma wall which disappears in the clouds. We take a little break as here starts the tough part of the trek. We have to overcome rocks which do not give us any holds for our hands. On five places we need ropes. It is a difficult part but the vegetation is incredible. Arriving on top the landscape is completely different. We take our lunch next to the abyss at the “Pico Libertador”.
From here it is just three hours until we reach at about 5 pm "El Oso", a welcoming overhanging rock. This is our camp for the next 3 nights. Nearby is a beautiful cascade of waterfalls inviting to bath.
Day 4: (3 hours trekking)
This morning is for relaxing, cleaning clothes and hopefully drying them. After lunch we have a lot of time for observing the unique vegetation.
Our guide will explain to us the detailed vegetation of this area.
Day 5: (6-7 hours trekking)
After breakfast we are on the way to "Campo Lecho" after the big curve of the Churun River. For this we trek through the rocky scenery of Auyan Tepui with black rocks and small islands of endemic plants. There is no visible end of the high plateau and all rivers are called "Churun". The reason is explained by our guide when he tells the Indian tales. We leave the plains and enter a green heaven of rain forest explaining the need of the river. After this walk we take our lunch at a charmed place on the curve of the Churun River. We can go swimming and jump from the rocks into the clear red shining water. Path permitting we go to a place where the river disappears for 300 meter in the rocks and comes boiling back to the surface. Now it is time to turn in order to reach the "El Oso" at about 4 pm.
Day 6: (7-8 hours trekking)
Today we leave the camp as early as possible walk the way down and we just stop at "El Peńon" for lunch. It is a long walk but just downhill and we walk carefully. At about 6 pm we are back in Guyayaraca.
Day 7: (6 hours trekking)
The last part of the trek starts after breakfast. Until now we saw Kavac only as the birds do, but at 3 pm we arrive there and get cold drinks! After our 7 day adventure we sit again at tables and enjoy the famous Kavac chicken barbecue. The overnight stay here is in hammocks.
Day 8: (2 hours trekking)
Until the plane takes us back to Ciudad Bolívar we use the time to visit the famous Canyon of Kavac. We swim through the narrow canyon to an opening cave with an impressive water fall. After this excursion our plane is ready to take off and we say good bye to Auyan Tepui.
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