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Bolivar and Humbolt Peak trekking 7D/6N - Venezuela

Program overview

Humbolt Pic + Bolivar Pic

Do you like hiking? If so, this trek is made for you. Go on a 7-day journey and have the best hiking experience. First, you’ll hike up Pico Bolivar and Pico Humboldt, the highest mountain summits in Venezuela. Both peaks are located in the Andean mountain range with an altitude of 4,978 m. and 4,940 m., respectively. Although you do not need too much experience and training to climb Pico Bolivar, courage and resistance are necessary. On our way to Pico Bolívar, we’ll come across four different sections that are very steep and difficult to ascend, so we’ll provide you with ropes and harness for you to climb them. Unlike Pico Bolívar, Pico Humboldt is more rounded and its summit is surrounded by the two largest glaciers out of the four remaining ones in the country. Although the ascent to Pico Humboldt is easier, you can’t help getting exhausted!

The following itinerary shows just a simplified overview of some of the services and activities we usually offer among many others; so remember we can adapt this trek on demand!

Detailed program

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Day 1: Lake Coromoto

We will drive you from Mérida to the entrance to the Sierra Nevada National Park in La Mucuy where you have to register. Next, we will start a 6 hour-hike through a dense humid forest with tall trees, beautiful streams of pure water and small waterfalls. Later, we’ll leave the woods behind and we’ll finally arrive at Lake Coromoto located in a páramo (a variety of alpine tundra eco-system) at an altitude of around 3,000 metres above sea level. We’ll finally set up camp here.
Meal: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents.
Communication: None.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.

Important: We recommend bringing food high in potassium such as bananas, oranges and tomatoes. This type of food could prevent you from suffering from acute mountain sickness that is very common at this altitude. Drinking a lot of water and having already walked at high altitudes might also help. People have different susceptibilities to altitude sickness; for some otherwise healthy people, acute altitude sickness can begin to appear at around 2,000 metres above sea level. Symptoms often manifest themselves six to ten hours after ascent and generally subside in one to two days, but they occasionally develop into the more seRíous conditions. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbance. Exertion aggravates the symptoms.

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Day 2: Lake El Suero

This day, the pathway will be steeper and more difficult to hike and the area will be more wide-open. It will be a 6-hour journey where you’ll sometimes have to scramble across the rocks in order to keep your balance. After walking along a narrow path with a sharp cliff on one side, we will get to the Verde (Green) Lake. One hour later, we will be getting to Lake El Suero at the base of Pico Humboldt, where we’ll finally set up camp and stay overnight.
Meal : (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents.
Communication: None.
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Day 3: Pico Humboldt

First of all, we will leave the unnecessary things at camp and start a 6-hour hike towards Pico Humboldt. We’ll walk across valleys, moraines and rocky areas where the glacier once used to be. When we finally reach the edge of the glacier, we’ll immediately put on our crampons and sunglasses to prevent snow blindness, we’ll take out our ice axes and start to hike up a steep ice slope that leads to the flat top of the mountain. Depending on weather conditions and the experience of the group, walking as a roped team might be necessary to be safer. We’ll finally reach the summit of this majestic peak at an altitude of 4,940 metres above sea level. You can stay a little while here, so that you can rest and enjoy watching this beautiful scenery. Later, we’ll get ready for the long descent to our camp at the base of Pico Humboldt; coming down the peak is much easier, though.
Meal : (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents.
Communication: None.
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Day 4: Hike from Verde Lake to Timoncito Lake

If you were not short of breath yesterday, you will be today. First, we will start hiking up a slope of loose rocks until we leave the páramo behind and get to a higher altitudinal zone. We will continue hiking at more or less the same altitude until we finally reach the base of Pico Bolivar. We’ll set up camp here by Timoncito Lake at 4,700 metres above sea level. Depending on weather and physical conditions of the group, we could hike up to Pico Espejo at 4,765 metres, where the cable car top station is located.
Meal : (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents.
Communication: None.
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Day 5: Pico Bolívar

The day of the highest peak has finally come! The time it takes to climb Pico Bolivar and return to Pico Espejo or Timoncito Lake will depend on factors related to weather conditions such as excessive snow or rain, or those related to the group such as number of members, physical conditions and level of expertise. A positive attitude and a good dose of determination will absolutely be the two most important factors, so do not get discouraged once you leave the base camp! This is a hard peak to climb because of its steep, irregular rock faces. At the end of the day, we’ll go back to our base camp by Timoncito Lake where we will stay overnight.
Meal : (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents.
Communication: None.

Important: Depending on weather and physical conditions of the group, we’ll decide whether climbing Pico Bolívar or not; this peak is entirely optional!

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Day 6: El Refugio de Pedro Peña (Pedro’s Mountain Hut/Refuge)

After breakfast, we’ll walk about 6 hours downhill before reaching a little mountain hut called El Refugio de Pedro where you’ll stay overnight. Take it easy because your knees and ankles will be tested on this long final section of the trek.
Meal :(B-L-D).
Accommodation: Pedro’s Refuge.
Communication: Partial Mobile Network.
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Day 7: Back in Mérida

Today, we’ll continue walking downhill through a cloud forest before reaching the village of Mucunután where a Toyota Land Cruiser will be waiting for you to bring you back to Mérida.
Meal: (B-L-).
Accommodation: none.
Communication: Mobile network & 3G.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
  • 4 people or more: 560 Euros/person
  • 2 people: 840 Euros/person
  • High season rates: +15%

The following is included in this price:
  • - All of the forms of Transport, 4WD, taxis from Mérida and to Mérida
  • - All of the accommodation facilities.
  • - Meals when specified (B-L-D) = (Breakfast-Lunch-Diner).
  • - Specialised guides on each tour speak English & Spanish.
  • - All of the excursions and safaris mentioned in the tour package, except in Ciudad Bolívar.
Not included:
  • - International flights.
  • - Airport taxes (about 5 euros/person/flight).
  • - Alcoholic drinks.
  • - Meals when not specified (by yourself) (--) = no meals included.
  • - Private English-speaking guide during your whole trip.
  • - Personal expenses.
  • - All sorts of insurance.
  • - Everything that’s not specified below « The Following is included in this price».
Travel organization:
Our programmes are individually organised in terms of dates and content. However, our tours are not fully private, so you could meet other travellers at different stages of your trip.
What to Bring?
Hat; sunscreen; water bottle; hike pants; insect repellent; headlamp; raincoat; passport copy; sleeping bag liner; you don’t need big, heavy or cumbersome shoes, but good trainers (orienteering shoes); plastic bags to keep water away from electronic devices; first-aid-kit; polar fleece jacket; bath towel.
Tips when Planing your Trip to Venezuela:
Don't forget your travel insurance! You can benefit from the travel cancellation insurance offered by your credit-card company when paying for your tourist package at our point of sale. You must get neither a visa nor vaccination to come to Venezuela. However, Franbrasil Tour’s C.A. recommends you should get the yellow fever vaccine and the preventive treatment of malaria. You also need to have a valid passport for at least six months before arriving in Venezuela, and you have to carry it with you when travelling within the country.
Means of Transport are mentioned as examples of the models of vehicles used most often.
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