Hiking to the top of Guyana’s Awarmie Mountain in the Rupununi location, and then expending the night there, was like an episode of Bare and Afraid, minus the naked and double the scared. In truth an episode was actually filmed right here!
Even with treacherous inclines that will get your adrenaline pumping, it is one particular of the most well-liked hikes in the state for the reason that of the trails rainforest foliage, panoramic check out from the top rated and wildlife spotting, particularly birds.
Where by is Awarmie Mountain
Awarmie Mountain is positioned in the South American country of Guyana, in the Rupununi region. It is an effortless boat trip from Rewa Eco-Lodge, which is wherever most men and women start out the tour.
The Hike to the Leading
The adventurous Guyana tour started out from the Rewa Eco-Lodge the place we took about a 40 minute boat trip to get to the base of the mountain. We walked inland on flat ground for about fifteen minutes, just one of the best items bout this part of the path was checking out the Makushi people today who were being at the foundation cooking up some of the conventional cassava root for lunch. The sweet village young children ended up happy to see website visitors and have their photos taken.
From there it was stated to be about an hour to an hour and a fifty percent hike to the stage exactly where we’d be environment up camp. Normally that length of trek is nothing at all to worry about for me, but this is a Hard hike with a seriously steep and rocky incline (to the point we were practically rock climbing—that might be a slight exaggeration), furthermore 90 diploma climate with 90 percent humidity and carrying my 20 pound backpack didn’t help the situation.
Be aware: You will be offered a going for walks stick at the bottom, I declined, but it can be actually useful in aiding with scaling the rocks.
There were being definitely moments my facial area was dripping with sweat and I wasn’t guaranteed I’d make it. But, in the conclusion it took me just about an hour to get to our right away web site.
And the reward at the top was so truly worth the struggle—a stunning perspective.
Tenting on Awarmie Mountain
At the top there was a clearing where by the locals from Rewa Village had set up camp for us right before we arrived. Hammocks ended up hung a several feet apart with a tarp previously mentioned for rain (we had been in the rainforest after all) and a tarp below to decrease bugs.
At the time I obtained into my hammock surrounded by a mosquito net, I felt oddly safeguarded and instantly fell asleep. Even though sleep arrived promptly, it was a little bit of a tough evening with all the seems of the wilderness and a plastic garbage bag whipping in the wind in the vicinity of my head that I held considering was an animal. But, I managed about 6 hrs of ‘interrupted’ sleep and not a single tiny critter arrived within my space—that I know of!
Idea: Put all your possessions inside of the mosquito web, beneath the hammock. This will enable to avert bugs from crawling inside of your luggage and you are going to be delighted to have your footwear correct upcoming to your hammock if you have to make a midnight toilet operate.
I’m not a large supporter of peeing in the woods, but when you’re on a tour in the wilderness you will have to do what adventurers do. The makeshift rest room was a plastic tarp hung amongst a couple tree trunks and a gap in the ground. It was tough to maneuver, but I manufactured it in the hole on the first try out. Yay me.
Dinner experienced been created and carried up by the very same nearby villagers that set up our camp. It was a classic food of curry rooster with dal puri (equivalent to a pita) and some refreshing produced lime juice. All we needed was a bottle of the area El Dorado rum. Never forget about to carry yours! You can obtain some at the lodge.
The Hike Down Awarmie Mountain
There was only one particular way back down the mountain, the very same treacherous way we arrived up. For some people today going down can be even more challenging than heading up, especially when you have these kinds of steep terrain. A couple of the hikers in my team slipped and one particular took a minor fall, but we made it back again to the boat in half the time as heading up.
How to E-book This Tour
This expertise can be booked by means of nearly any tour operator in Guyana. It can also be booked by way of the lodge we stayed at, Rewa Eco Lodge in North Rupununi, and wildlife expert/tour operator who was with me my whole time in Guyana, Leon of Leon Moore Nature Activities.
Want a lot more concepts of items to do in Guyana? Examine out these Guyana tours.
What to Convey
For just an overnight hike you want to maintain you particular belongings to a bare minimum. I brought a 44 liter Teton Activity Backpack with the Waterfly Sling daypack inside of of that. I wore Prana mountaineering trousers, Bearpaw mountaineering reserve, a tank top rated with a very long sleeved button up top about it.
Here’s a rainforest packing record of what you may well need to have:
- Toothbrush and paste
- H2o bottle
- Smaller very first help package
- Sweat rag
- Bug repellent
- Battery backup for telephone or camera
- Iphone and/or camera
- Snug lengthy sleeved shirt to sleep in ( I wore my trousers to bed).
- Granola bars or snacks
- Hiking boots – strong ankle boots are most effective.
- A alter of garments is optional