Auyantepuy (Parte 1/4)
One of the best excursions that you can take in Venezuela, is the climbing of the Auyantepui. It’s a long excursion, tough, but very interesting. Here we narrate an excursion to the top of the Auyantepui. The only way to ascend to the Auyantepuy is by the south part, leaving from the village of Kavac or Uruyen. The Auyantepui is extremely big. To arrive to the “fuente” of the Angel Falls you have to walk in the top of the Auyantepui for a pair of days.
Day 1: From Kavac to the Guayaraca camp
We leave from Kavac at 10 AM, after having weighted our equipment, due that the carriers take with them a maximum of 15 Kg. (besides their one baggage). They take all the equipment in a “guayare”, hold with ropes. It’s impressing the capacity that the pemones (aborigines) have to carry such heavy and big baggage.
Weighting the bagagge
A pemon with the bagagge in it’s guayare
The Kavac River
Just a few meters after having started our walk, we have to cross the first river. The same river that we enjoyed so much the previous day: The Kavac.
Crossing the Kavac River
Walking in the savannah
Walk trough the Savannah
After walking 40 minutes trough the savannah and, paradoxically walking away from the Auyantepuy, we get to another small river, in the middle of tree gallery. There we refilled our water bottles, we refreshed ourselves and checked our feet, because the worst thing that can happen is that your feet injured, because this will make harder your following walks
After walking another hour through the savannah, with the sight of the mountain to our right with some cascades, we arrive to the third river, the “Yuruan”. To cross this river of about 15 meters wide, you must take out your boots and out some water shoes or sandals and be very careful, because the rocks are very slippery.
Bath in the Yuruan
Walking through the savannah
This place was ideal to take a bath and refresh ourselves. The water has a very nice temperature, and under it, the mosquitoes called Puri Puri, wont sting you.
We left very animated to the fourth river, where were to have lunch. To the right, the skirts from the Auyantepui, from a great beauty, with the cascades. Finally we arrived to Okoine that we had to cross in the same way we crossed the previous river, but knowing that our lunch awaited us.
The wall in front
The way up starts
In front of us we see the mountain that awaited us. After a prolonged hill, we reach an abrupt wall of the mountain. How do I climb it? Well, we’ll see. We tried to estimate the height we had to still walk. How much would it be? 300 meters? 400?. It turned out to have 420 meters of height. The river is 520 meters above sea level and the border of the summit is 940 meters above the level of the sea.
The way up is strong. But every time you looked back, you had a spectacular view. To the left the mountains, to the right the jungle and in the middle the green savannah with the rivers we had already crossed. The rivers are easily identified because of the row of trees that surround them.
View to the valley
Between Rocks and roots
Finally, we arrived to the wall of the mountain and started to climb in one of the side, supporting and helping us with the roots from the trees and rocks. Finally the top! We sat on the rocks, at the border of the precipice to watch such an spectacular landscape and the last persons arriving from our group. This was the ideal place for a photo session. Everyone wanted a picture to exhibit with pride in their “messenger” or “facebook”.
Contemplating the sight
The pemones resting
Arriving to the Guayaraca Camp
We were already above this first step in the ascent from the Auyantepuy and only two kilometers separated us from the Guayaraca camp. The path is beautiful. Some parts were in the forest, others in the savannah with bromelias and flowers. Frequently the path was over rocks. Finally we arrive the camp. After crossing a small river, we arrived to the churuata where the first pemon awaited us (how do they get so quickly?) and where starting up a fire.
Churuata in the Guayaraca camp
At very short distance, a small river, where we had a bath, commenting how nice the journey had been for us. After an excellent dinner, we instantly fell asleep. We were 1020 meters above sea level and had walked 16 km.
We invite you to follow our excursión. We’re already in the first of the three steps. On day 2 we get to the crag, a huge rock at the foot of the summit. On day 3, we see our goals accomplished. Click here to continue..