Conquest of the second highest mountain of Venezuela at 4942m
Pico Humboldt is with its 4942 m the second highest mountain of Venezuela. The ascent requires a very good physical condition. However, mountain climbing experience is not imperative. We recommend this tour more than Bolivar trek because of the beautiful landscape and because is technically easier.
1. Day: From la Mucuy to Coromoto lagoon
We start early in the morning and drive up to la Mucuy in Sierra Nevada national park. We start at 2000 meters to a 5-hour trek through a subtropical rainforest. At 3100m we reach our first goal: Laguna Coromoto. We pitch camp by the lagoon.
2. Day: Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon)
Today we begin our hike at Laguna Coromoto over the Paramo up to the Laguna Verde. A hike where we observe how vegetation changes from elf forest to Paramo. On our way we climb huge stones that were blown up from the mountain during the last ice age. By Laguna Verde we pitch our camp and contemplate the Humboldt glacier.
3. Day: Humboldt Glacier
After breakfast we hike to the turquoise Lagoon Laguna el Suero. From there we either hike or climb to the base of the glacier. Now we make use of rope, crampons, ice axes and belts in order to penetrate into the eternal ice. We need 30m approx to traverse and get to Humboldt peak´s summit. For our efforts we will be compensated by the breathtaking view of the partly snow covered summits of the Andes.
After it we descend and hike to our camp at Laguna Verde.
4. Day: Ascent
We need seven hours to get back to Laguna Coromoto in la Mucuy. At the national office of Inparques in la Mucuy, there will be a transport waiting for us to take us back to the posada.
Pico Humboldt / West Venezuela Andes
Duration: 4 days
Level of difficulty: 4-5 (0-5)
Services: Transfer, guide,(sp/eng.), transport, tent, sleeping bag, camping mat, full board, porter (important notice: personal things muss be carried by yourself. 12 Kg approx), helmet, crampons, ice axe
Price: 380 Euro/Person
What to bring:
- Lip balm
- Wind shell jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Hiking shoes or boots.
- Warm gloves
- Warm underwear
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Bug repelent
- Backpack at least for 65L (every one will carry at least 12Kg)
An extra porter can be arranged
- For the nights:
- fleece pants
- warm socks