Mount Roraima and Angel Falls

Trekking Mount Roraima, Venezuela`s most famous Tepui




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Holiday Overview


  • Canoe journey to Angel Falls the world`s tallest waterfall
  • A full day to explore Mt Roraima`s extraordinary summit plateau
  • Holiday in the Caribbean paradise islands of Los Roques
  • Explore Venezuela`s Gran Sabana and Canaima National Park

Trek beneath the world's tallest waterfall, Angel Falls, explore the wierd and wonderful world of Mount Roraima's summit and kick back and relax on unblemished Caribbean beaches on this Venezuela trekking holiday. Towering above the savannah and tropical forest of Venezuela's Gran Sabana region, the mysterious, sheer-sided Mount Roraima was the inspiration for Conan Doyle's book 'The Lost World'. Travelling to this remote region via the Pemon Indian settlement at Pareitepuy, our 6-day, fully porter-assisted trek takes us through open grassland, then cloud forest and finally via an unlikely secret pathway to Roraima's summit plateau. Exploring amongst the weird rock formations and unique plants of the mountain top, we have aweinspiring views of neighbouring table-topped peaks and their waterfalls. A short flight then takes us to the Canaima National Park, where we begin our exciting journey by motorised canoe to the foot of the world's tallest waterfall, the 1000 metre high Angel Falls. Camping below the falls, close to the palm-fringed river beach, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We round off this very special adventure vacation with 2 days of relaxation amongst the stunning coral-reef islands of Los Roques, located 100 kilometres off Venezuela's north coast.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday's grade takes into account  the 6-day return trek to Roraima, which is at fairly low altitude. Daily distances are short and we will be walking for around 5 to 6 hours each day. However, on our 3-day walk-in, there is a fair amount of height gain. Additionally, we will have to contend with generally hot and humid conditions, several river crossings and it will at times be slippery underfoot. The trek to Roraima's summit is well established and there is a reasonable trail to follow. However sections of this trail will involve some scrambling on rocks and over tree roots. This holiday also includes a couple of longish days driving, several internal flights and 2 short days of exciting river travel by motorised dugout canoe.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Caracas. A single timed transfer from Caracas Airport is provided.
  • Fly to Puerto Ordaz. Drive to Manacas.
  • Drive to Santa Elena. Visit Kawi Waterfall and Quebrada de Jaspe.
  • Drive to the trail head at Pareitepuy (1200m). Trek to Rio Tek.
  • Trek to basecamp at the base of Mt Roraima.
  • Ascent of Roraima. Afternoon to explore plateau.
  • Full day to explore the summit or Roraima.
  • Descend back to camp at Rio Tek.
  • Trek to trail head at Pareitepuy. Drive back St Elena.
  • Fly to Canaima. Canoe tour of the lagoon. Free time to swim and explore.
  • Canoe journey to camp below Angel Falls. Walk to Angel Falls view point.
  • Return to Canaima by canoe. Fly to Puerto Ordaz. Transfer to Ciudad Bolivar. Fly to Caracas.
  • Fly to Los Roques. Free day to explore.
  • Free day on the Caribbean island of Los Roques.
  • Departure day. Morning flight back to Caracas International Airport.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Caracas. A single timed transfer from Caracas Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel on the outskirts of Caracas. A single timed transfer from Caracas Airport is provided. KE Land Only Package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Fly to Puerto Ordaz. Drive to Manacas.

    We have an early start for the transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Puerto Ordaz (Ciudad Guyana), with good views of the Orinoco River. Here, we meet our transport for the drive southwards on the main road towards Brazil. On our drive we pass through a region known as El Dorado, on account of the ongoing gold mining activities. En route, there are good views of the savannah and of the approaching tepuis. There are points of interest along the way. For example, some fine jungle and a bridge built by Mr Eiffel (he who built the tower of that name in Paris). We will stop off for lunch on the way. Approximately 5-6hrs driving.

    • Accommodation Bungalow

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  • Drive to Santa Elena. Visit Kawi Waterfall and Quebrada de Jaspe.

    A day of spectacular waterfalls and swimming as we continue our drive to Santa Elena. We take our lunch near the Kawi Waterfall where we have the opportunity for a swim. We pass through the village of San Francisco de Yuruani, a quaint village of Seventh Day Adventists and visit another pretty waterfall, the Quebrada de Jaspe where the water runs over vibrant red rock. Arriving at Santa Elena, we check into the Posada los Pinos, which has a beautiful tropical garden and a pleasant pool area. Approximately 5 -6 hrs driving.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Drive to the trail head at Pareitepuy (1200m). Trek to Rio Tek.

    It takes around two hours to complete our approach to the roadhead at Paraitepui (1200m) starting on good tarmac and ending on a deteriorating jeep road. Look out for giant anteaters on the way! There are also some great viewpoints looking back over the Gran Sabana and forward towards the Tepuis (Roraima, Kukenan and others). This Indian settlement of mud-built huts is situated on a high ridge and is the starting point for the walk-in to Roraima. The guide will organise porters for the group at Paraitepui and we will take lunch. The afternoon walk to Rio Tek takes 4 to 5 hours and apart from a small 25 minute hill at the beginning is mostly gently rolling, easy walking but in the heat of the early afternoon this will be tiring enough for us. Where the route crosses the Rio Tek (which involves stepping stones or wading) we camp. There is a chance of a swim here whilst we unwind for the evening. Just 5 degrees north of the equator, the climatic conditions are warm and humid and the temptation to take a dip in the river will be hard to resist. When it gets dark, we are entertained by fireflies and the sound of croaking frogs from the river. We might even be treated to a spectacular lightning storm over the tepuis or over the plains.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 4

  • Trek to basecamp at the base of Mt Roraima.

    Leaving camp we immediately cross the Rio Tek and after a further 30 minutes walk, we cross the Rio Kukenan, which is prone to rapid rises in level after rain. It is sometimes possible to get across on stepping stones. From here there are great views of Kukenan Tepui and (if there is water) the Kukenan Falls can also be seen. This is the second highest waterfall in the Venezuela, at 610 metres. We continue with a long, slow ascent. At elevations approaching 1800 metres, the open savannah is covered in places by abundant orchids and other wild flowers. The basecamp is at an elevation of approximately 2000 metres, where the open grassland meets the forest and alongside one of the streams which finds its way down from the summit of Roraima. Many birds and butterflies in this area. The Indian name Roraima means 'the ever-fruitful mother of the streams'. This is appropriate, since streams originating in this area feed the Amazon, Orinoco and the Essequibo, the 3 biggest rivers in South America.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Ascent of Roraima. Afternoon to explore plateau.

    The day of our ascent to the top of Roraima, we start by following a clear trail through the gallery forest. The going is moderately steep, requiring some very easy scrambling in a couple of places. The path is obvious but can be very slippery when wet, with clayey soil and roots. It is like trekking through Kew Gardens or the Eden Project, but with a greater variety of vegetation and a far more spectacular backdrop. Incredible plants, tree ferns, bromeliads, epiphytes, orchids, with the vertical sandstone walls of Roraima towering above your head. After 2 - 3 hours we reach the feature known as 'The Ramp' which is the key to the ascent of the otherwise unclimbable Roraima. The ramp is a slope of boulders and rock slabs that provides a passage through the vertical walls of the tepui onto the summit plateau at around 2720 metres. This is a non-technical but testing climb involving an element of scrambling. It takes around 1 - 2 hours to climb 'The Ramp' to the summit plateau. Then, it is another 30 minutes to 1 hour to get to one of the established camping spots, which are known as 'hotels.' These are typically open caves whose rock overhangs protect the area beneath from precipitation. The floor of these ‘hotels’ is sandy and flat and ideal for camping. There are numerous such sites, some accommodating as many as 10-12 tents. Night time temperature on top of Roraima can fall to 5°C. There are few if any biting insects on the summit of Roraima. Nearby places of interest which can be visited on this first afternoon include a number of odd rock formations and features, as well as the 'oil bird canyon,' home to a colony of birds known to feed on fruit from trees which are only found over the borders of Brazil and Guyana. The notable viewpoint known as 'the window' is also worth visiting, especially if there is good visibility. There are many options.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Full day to explore the summit or Roraima.

    Roraima’s summit plateau is around 70 square kilometres in area and would take weeks to explore fully. There are bizarre rock formations, unusual and endemic, carnivorous plants and tiny black frogs. Our objective today is to experience some of the wonders of the plateau, which presents a wild lunar or prehistoric landscape; bare rock, small colonies of exotic plants, green valleys with crystal clear streams, a valley of quartz crystals…incredible. Usually we have a 3 - 4 hour walk south west to the Jacuzzis area (for a refreshing swim) and then to the northern part of Roraima with a viewpoint of neighbouring Mt Kukenan. One option if there is no cloud is to make the 20 minute ascent to 'The Car' , Roraima's highest point, for views over our walk-in. It may also be possible (depending on the group and the weather) to complete a long (8 -9 hour) round trip to the triple border point which is marked by a concrete pyramid set amongst some incredible rock scenery. This is the place where the territories of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana meet - no passport required! Return to camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 4

  • Descend back to camp at Rio Tek.

    Time for some last photographs of the plants and the views, before setting off down. This will be a long day as we retrace our footsteps of the walk-in, beginning with the descent of 'The Ramp'. We will take refreshment at the base camp before continuing a hot and humid walk via the camp at the Rio Kukenan to our overnight halt beside the Rio Tek (around 6 to 8 hours walking, mostly downhill). It becomes increasingly warm as we lose height and a refreshing swim in the cool river will be our reward for the day’s exertions.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 6

  • Trek to trail head at Pareitepuy. Drive back St Elena.

    After breakfast, it is a hot 4-hour walk back to Pareitepui, where cold drinks or a beer awaits us. From here we transfer for approximately 45 minutes to a place where we have lunch before completing the drive (2hrs) back to Santa Elena. where we return to the Posada de Los Pinos for a well earned shower, soft beds and some great food. After dinner we will have the chance to repack ready for the next part of the holiday. On the flight to Canaima, only 10kg baggage is allowed so we will take only what we need for the two days on the river.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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    • Time 4

  • Fly to Canaima. Canoe tour of the lagoon. Free time to swim and explore.

    We transfer to the airstrip to catch the small-plane flight from Santa Elena to Canaima. This takes an hour and a half and takes us around the tepuis, over the high savannah grassland and jungle, passing some huge rivers and amazing waterfalls. Canaima is situated on the side of a river lagoon which we have the chance to explore in the afternoon. This involves a dugout canoe with outboard motor and takes us directly in front of a number of impressive waterfalls which tumble into the lagoon. With a low sun, rainbows are formed in the spray. There’s a chance to swim in the lagoon and a short walk leads to another waterfall that we can walk behind. (a waterproof camera would be ideal here). Another spectacular foray behind an enormous waterfall and then a boat ride back to the lodge for dinner. The accommodation is basic but adequate. Cold water showers are no hardship when the ambient temperature is around 30°C.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 1

  • Canoe journey to camp below Angel Falls. Walk to Angel Falls view point.

    A short walk first thing in the morning takes us above the waterfalls to the boat landings where we board a long dugout with a large outboard on the back for the voyage to Angel Falls. There’s no need to take our sleeping bags or lots of kit on this part of the trip. A waterproof jacket, together with a long sleeve top (thin fleece), dry clothes for the evening/sleeping, toothbrush and camera, will about do it. Day packs will be loaded into a large plastic bag inside the canoe to keep them from getting wet. Long sleeved top and trousers should be worn whilst in the boat, unless you know you can rely on your sun block. The boat ride takes over 4 hours and there is no shade. A waterproof bag for you camera is a good idea so you can take photos on the spectacular ride up river. There are many rapids, the first of which has to be walked around (25 minutes) whilst the boat negotiates it. The river gets more and more spectacular as we go higher and smaller and smaller tributaries are tackled. The boat pilot is very skilled and there are many sections of rapids which do not look to be feasible - but feasible they prove to be - the boat incredibly just powers up them. The Tepui sides get higher there are many waterfalls and sights to marvel at. There are lots of birds: eagles, vultures, hummingbirds, macaws, toucans, etc. We are also likely to see turtles. We will eat our packed lunch in the boat, so that we can set off immediately from the riverside camp, for the walk up to the Angel Falls viewpoint. This approach, through green and dense jungle takes around 1 - 2 hours. There are great views of the falls from this classic photo stop. It is possible to continue for a further 30 minutes to a point almost beneath the falls themselves where we have the opportunity to take a swim under the world's highest waterfall. We then return to the riverside camp. This is a fantastic location with excellent views of the falls. Sleeping arrangements here are rows of hammocks, slung beneath a sheltering awning. Sleeping in a hammock is an acquired taste, but worth it for the novelty value. The water in the rivers here is very acidic and mosquitoes cannot tolerate it, which means that there are actually very few biting insect in this area. Note with regard to river levels: When river levels are low, the journey to the foot of Angel Falls is more difficult for the boat and can take considerably longer. It may even be necessary to get out of the boat in places to allow the boatmen to overcome the shallow spots. Extreme, if we cannot reach the highest camping place, there is a lower camp which will be our overnight base for a spot of jungle exploration.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 1

  • Return to Canaima by canoe. Fly to Puerto Ordaz. Transfer to Ciudad Bolivar. Fly to Caracas.

    The sun catches Angel Falls in the morning making for spectacular photos if it is clear. The colour of the sandstone cliffs is amazing in the sunlight. There is time to linger and take photos before setting off back down the rapids. Again, the boat ride is very memorable with some close encounters with massive rocks and the odd wave splashing over the side, just brilliant. We arrive in Canaima just before lunchtime. After lunch, it’s another exciting hour-long 6-seater plane ride to Ciudad Bolivar. Ciudad Bolivar is now the home of Jimmy Angel's famous plane in which he was stranded after landing on top of the falls. His plane has only recently been recovered and we have the opportunity to see it before making the 1½ hr drive to Puerto Ordaz. Here we are reunited with our luggage before we say goodbye to our guide and take the onward flight back to Caracas. In the evening we will have time to relax, clean up and repack our bags.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Fly to Los Roques. Free day to explore.

    We take a packed breakfast from the hotel as we have an early morning check in for the flight to Los Roques. Our main baggage can be stored in Caracas for an additional charge. The flight to Los Roques on a light aircraft takes just 30 minutes. This charming Caribbean island group is located 100 kilometres (62.5 miles) north of Caracas. The airport is on the main island of El Gran Roque, which is also the only inhabited island. We check in to our accommodation at one of El Gran Roque's pleasant beach-front posadas. Houses on the island are painted in bright colours, which contrast with the white sand of the streets. It is normal to go barefoot here. The remainder of day is at leisure.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Free day on the Caribbean island of Los Roques.

    Full day on Los Roques with a boat ride (snorkels available to rent locally) to visit one of the many surrounding, uninhabited islands. Beach lazing and snorkelling opportunities. Comprising around 50 islands Los Roques is an unspoiled paradise, with quiet waters, lagoons, beaches of white coraline sand and incredible colours. The perfect place to relax after our journey into the interior of Venezuela. Overnight at our characterful posada.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Departure day. Morning flight back to Caracas International Airport.

    We walk back to the airport for the flight back to Caracas Airport where we collect our main baggage and KE Land Only services end.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Single timed airport transfer on day 1
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport
  • Hotel and lodge accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Full trekking service including food and equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Caracas Airport transfers (other than single timed transfer on Day 1)
  • Airport departure taxes within Venezuela
  • National park fees payable on arrival in Roraima / Canaima / Los Roques
  • Entrance fees for waterfalls
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single timed transfer will be arranged on arrival at Caracas Airport. This transfer will normally be in the afternoon on Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The KE local guide or a representative of our local agent will assist with this airport transfer. At the end of the trip, the group will fly from Los Roques to Caracas Airport, to connect with the early evening flight from Caracas.

If your flights do not allow you to take advantage of the group transfer from Caracas Airport on Day 1, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Caracas Airport. Independent Caracas Airport transfers can be provided at additional cost. Please contact the KE office for a quote. Alternatively, an official 24-hour taxi service is provided by Corporacion Anfitriones de Venezuela. There is a distinctive yellow desk in the airport arrivals area where passengers can pay for their taxi ride in advance.

Clients booking a Land Only Package MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights at a comfortable hotel in Caracas. The group will also have basic hotel or lodge accommodation whilst at Kamoiran, Santa Elena and Canaima. During 2 nights on the islands of Los Roques, we will stay in simple but characterful guest-houses known as posadas. There are 5 nights camping on the Roraima trek and a further night's camping (sleeping in hammocks) beneath Angel Falls. The tents we take on Roraima are 2-man, but not very large - this is so that they can fit in the small spaces on the rocky surface of Roriama.

All accommodation is based on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on the Roraima trek. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 8 hotel nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. For single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals except 1 dinner are included. While staying in hotels we may take our meals in the hotel or in a nearby restaurant. There is normally a choice of local and international dishes. During the camping, meals will be prepared by a trek cook using locally sourced ingredients.

We estimate that $350 will cover all of your expenditures whilst in Venezuela, including soft drinks, staff tips, minimal national park fees (see above), 1 dinner, and airport departure taxes of approx $45. You will need approximately $15 for baggge storage in Caracas when you take the flight to Los Roques (10kg limit on the plane). If you intend to purchase expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. Credit cards can be useful here. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Bolivars) prior to departure. We recommend you bring your holiday money in the form of US dollars, preferably including some smaller bills as it is not possible to change money back when you leave. It is possible to change money at the airport but you may obtain a better rate away from the airport. We do not recommend travellers cheques as exchanging is time consuming and dependent on banking hours.

National park fees need to be paided locally. The approximate figures are: Roraima $5, Canaima $35, Los Roques $40. Please note that park fees are subject to change.

A professional, English-speaking local guide accompany the group throughout the trip (not including the Los Roques visit). When on trek and camping in Roriama your local crew will consist of porters to carry the group's equipment and a cook. During the canoe trip to and from Angel Falls, we will have the assistance of local boatmen.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough estimate we suggest you allow a total of around $50 for tipping your guide and local crew.

You should make every effort to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. There is a weight restriction of 10kg on the internal flights to Canaima (day 10) and Los Roques (day 13), but there is opportunity to leave luggage in storage. (there will be a charge for this storage in Caracas). During the trek to Roraima, porters will carry your equipment in your KE trek bag. The weight limit for baggage on trek is 7.5kg. Items not required on trek can be stored locally in Santa Elena, so we suggest you bring a second fold-away bag to store these in.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

A valid passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity is required for entry into Venezuela. Visas are NOT currently required by nationals of countries within the European Union or citizens of the United States or Canada. Nationals of other countries should check the visa situation with the embassy of Venezuela in their own country.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. You should make every effort to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Sports sandals for river crossings and beach use
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)
  • Shirts and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight fleece gloves
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Daypack c. 30 litres - 1800 cu. in
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Second fold-away bag for storing extra items
  • Headtorch / Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Water purification treatment
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • 3 season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • Basic First Aid Kit consisting of: Antiseptic cream, antihistamine, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), water purification tables (see notes) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers / Sneaker or similar for traveling and camp use
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking poles
  • Mosquito net
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Travel clothes


  • Please note that there is a weight restriction of 10kg for your KE trek bag on the Canaima and Los Roques flights. If necessary, you should wear your trekking boots and jacket when checking in for these flights to keep the weight of your trek bag to just 10kg. You will also have your daypack, with camera, water bottle and minimal other gear. During the trek porters will carry your equipment in your KE trek bag. The weight limit for baggage on trek is 7.5kg. Items not required on trek can be stored locally in Santa Elena, so we suggest you bring a second fold-away bag to store these in.
  • The drinking water at Roraima is sourced from local pure streams, but it is not purified treated water. For this reason you should bring along with you, your own purification tablets or systems.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, cycling and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Venezuela has a predominantly tropical climate and temperatures fluctuate little throughout the year. In Caracas, we can expect to find temperatures of around 30 degrees centigrade. In the far south, the region of the Gran Sabana has a more temperate climate on account of the generally higher elevations (500 to 2500 metres). Here temperatures range between 20 and 25 degrees centigrade at the lowest elevations (with relatively high humidity), falling to 15 degrees centigrade at the level of Roraima’s summit plateau. At night on Roraima's summit plateau the temperature may fall as low as 10 or even 5 degrees centigrade. However during the day if there is no cloud cover, temperatures in this area can be 35 degrees centrigrade or more. Rainfall can be expected at any time of year, although November through to the end of March usually corresponds with the 'Dry Season'. Canaima is particularly humid and you will relish the opportunity for swimming here. Los Roques is a much drier heat and it is very important here to use adequate sun protection, especially during and after swimming and snorkelling.

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Mount Roraima. Last Refuge Publishing. Various scales

Not just a map but a selection of notes, maps and diagrams introducing the local history, geography, geology, flora & fauna of the region. The most detailed map is at the scale of 1:100,000 and composed from remote sensing imagery. Highlighted features include main trails, rivers, lakes, campsites, refuges, etc.

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