Mount Roraima (Monte Roraima) is the world’s highest flat-topped mountain with its height of 2810 meters. It is located in Gran Sabana, at the border between Venezuela, Brazil and Guiana. Its unusual shape and its glorious height have become an attraction for many of hiking-tourists which are coming here to experience unique feel of hiking the Mount Roraima. These kinds of mountains are called Tepuis and they are different from other because they are totally flat on their tops. If you look Mount Roraima from a distance, for a moment you might think that you are watching a huge building made by humans, because of its almost perfectly flattened top.
Treks to Mount Roraima usually last for about two days to reach the top of the mountain and two days to get back. Usually, hikers spend at least two days on the top of the mountain to explore and enjoy its unique environment. This area is also rich with plenty of exotic flora and fauna. You may find some endemic kinds of plants and also you could get a chance to see the jewel-like hummingbirds and the black frog. The highest point of Mount Roraima is the Mawerick Rock.
There is also a number of other tepuis-mountains which can be find in Gran Sabana but Mount Roraima is the highest and the most popular location. There is a whole chain of such mountains called Pakaraima chain. Indigenous people who can be find in the nearby of the Mont Roraima, like the Pemon Indians of Gran Sabana, see this mountain as very significant place and there are various legends related to it.
When to go
You can climb Mount Roraima any time of the year, but most people prefer the dry season between December and April. However, the weather is changeable at any time, and rain and mist are a constant. With rain, the rivers swell and crossing may be difficult.
What to Take
Be prepared for hot, steamy days and cold nights on the top of the tepui. You’ll want reliable rain gear, tent, and sleeping bag, if not provided by your tour company. A foam mat adds comfort. Additionally, you’ll need good walking shoes or boots, sneakers, a bathing suit, sun protection/sun blocker, hat, knife, water bottle, and a flashlight. A camera and plenty of film is a must, as is a cooking stove and food. If you’re on your own, take more food than you’ll need in case you want to spend an extra day on the tepui. Take plastic bags to carry your garbage out. Take a big supply of good insect repellant. The sabana is home to a biting gnat, jején commonly referred to as la plaga, the plague.
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