Merida Trekking Adventure with Sauna

ACTIVITIES

WAY TO TRAVEL

2.4.Difficulty

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

LENGHT

3 days

FROM

$ 500

WAY TO TRAVEL

Group, Private, Solo

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

ACTIVITIES:

LENGHT

3 days

FROM

$ 500

Overview

Regions: Andes
Places: Los Nevados.
Hotels: .
Description:

In the high Andean trails of Venezuela there is one that is very little known, a path that connects the Pico Espejo station with the town of Los Nevados.

The journey begins in high mountain terrain, you’ll go through different altitudinal floors and a unique ecosystem lives in each one of them. It is an old trail used by the inhabitants of Los Nevados to get closer to the high mountains. Even at the beginning of the 20th century, many of them reached the snowy zone and cut blocks of ice from the glaciers to sell them in the cities. A few years later, it served as an access route for the first explorers and scientists of the Venezuelan Andes.

An ideal and relatively easy route for lovers of high mountain hikes, with beautiful natural settings, a lot of history and little traffic.

This program was thought of and designed with convenience, safety and comfort of the camp as top priority. Imagine a spa in the middle of the mountain and in the background the highest mountains in Venezuela!

This is made possible with our thermal tents that have been specially designed to withstand high temperatures and that become a portable sauna taken to all our camps. The experience is a Banya (traditional Russian sauna) performed in beautiful settings through the Venezuelan Andes.

Now we tell you a little more about what the Banya is about.

The traditional Russian sauna, better known as "banya" is a steam or dry bath at a very high temperature, between 70 and 90 degrees Celsius, the air and internal steam circulate thanks to the use of a brush or bunch of eucalyptus leaves and the air inside is infused with small bouquets of aromatic herbs.

Banya is an activity deeply rooted in Slavic culture and its origins date back to the Viking settlements in Novgorod who used these spaces to heal body and soul through the combination of the four elements; fire, water, earth and air.

The activity consists of entering the sauna in a bathing suit or light clothing and wearing a wet cap on the head to prevent the body from overheating. Remain inside the sauna between 5 to 15 minutes. Then go outside and take a cold shower to even out your body heat and cool down.

This dynamic can be repeated four times or as many times as you think or feel are necessary for your body. The idea is that you enjoy the experience and your body and mind are in complete relaxation.

After the second session, a brush or bouquet called Venik is used to lightly whip the body and help blood circulation, as well as to activate the essential oils of eucalyptus on the body, which due to their properties, aids in relaxing the muscles. The brush also helps circulate the air inside the sauna.

The physical effort performed in the high mountains is demanding, the muscles are sore. A sauna session is the ideal activity for recovery and eliminating fatigue. The sensation is of complete relaxation and at the end of the sauna you will enjoy a hot tea surrounded by beautiful Andean mountains.

In each camp the use of the thermal tent and an outdoor Banya session is included, a warm and comfortable space in the high mountains.

Highlights

BanyaBanya
Experience the high venezuelan Andes in luxury - Enjoy a Sauna on each day.
Merida VenezuelaMerida Venezuela
Hike through the high Venezuelan Andes
Camp with Sauna MeridaCamp with Sauna Merida
Camp in luxury and comfort throughout the journey
Los Nevados MeridaLos Nevados Merida
Visit the picturesque town of Los Nevados
Pico Espejo MeridaPico Espejo Merida
Use on of the highest cable cars on earth

Map

Day by Day

  • Max Altitude: 4780 mts/15.700 feet
  • Min Altitude: 4200 mts/13.800 feet
  • Distance: 4 km/2.5 miles
  • Time: 4 hours

The pick up is at 8 in the morning from the hotel in Mérida and then head to Barinitas station of the cable car system. We ascend to the fifth Pico Espejo station located at a height of 4780 mts/15.700 feet. From there we descend along the path from the old Pico Espejo refuge to the first camp. Camping at altitude is an advantage, since we can see the Venezuelan Llanos, and on some occasions the Colombian Andean mountains, but above all and in the foreground, the Sierra Nevada and its highest mountains (Pico Bolívar, Humboldt and Concha).

On the tour you hike through the highest lagoon in Venezuela; Timoncito. It is a walk through high mountain terrain and is narrow and a bit technical at the beginning. Then, as you progress, you transition to an easier and less rugged path. At the end of the day the camp will be set up and the sauna tent ready to be enjoyed.

  • Max Altitude: 4200 mts/13.800 feet
  • Min Altitude: 3350 mts/11.000 feet
  • Distance: 4 km/2.5 miles
  • Time: 3:30 hours

At dawn you can appreciate a beautiful view of Pico Humboldt and the Venezuelan Llanos. After breakfast we follow a path that descends to the Valle del Indio, a beautiful little-traveled place in the Sierra Nevada National Park. On the way you can see endemic plants, beautiful waterfalls and paramera birds. It is a journey approximately 4 hours long. At the end of the road we reach the Chorro de Humo camp where the sauna will be waiting for us.

  • Max Altitude: 3750 mts/12.300 feet
  • Min Altitude: 2740 mts/8.900 feet
  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Time: 6 hours

Después del desayuno comienza el primer ascenso al alto del Emboque. Desde este lugar el paisaje de la Sierra Nevada y del Pico Bolívar es impresionante. Es el punto más alto de este día y luego de superarlo se desciende hasta el pueblo de los Nevados. 

Es un camino fácil y despejado en el que se puede disfrutar y apreciar las montañas del sur de Mérida. Al finalizar se disfruta de un merecido almuerzo y luego se llega al carro rústico que tarda 4 horas en llegar a la ciudad de Mérida. 

After breakfast, the first ascent to Alto del Emboque begins. From this place, the landscape of the Sierra Nevada and Pico Bolívar is impressive. It is the highest point of this day and after overcoming it we descend to the town of Los Nevados.

It is an easy and clear road where you can enjoy and appreciate the mountains of southern Merida. At the end, we will enjoy a well-deserved lunch and then a rustic will be waiting for us, and then a 4 hour drive to the city of Merida.

It is possible to spend the night in the town of Los Nevados and the next day go down to the city of Mérida first thing in the morning. It has an extra cost.

General Information

  • Lodging in Mérida at the Casa Sol Inn.
  • Cable car ticket
  • Entrance to the National Park
  • Mountain guide
  • Camping equipment (tent, dining tent, sauna tent)
  • Pack mules
  • Muleteer
  • Transfers during the program
  • Food during the program
  • Spot GPS service
  • Banya Session

 

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