Four days trekking within the Andringitra Massif, the ascent of Peak Boby and a loop that will give the opportunity to discover the highly varied landscape and the vegetation of the plateaus located at the foot of huge granite rock faces.
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Four days trekking, starting from Namoly Valley and finishing in Tsaranoro Valley
- Day 1:
Approximately 4 hours drive, 2 hours 30 minutes walk with 336m of ascent and 216m of descent
- Day 2:
6 hours walk and about 1150 m of ascent& 495m of descent
- Day 3:
9 hours walk and 1 000m of ascent & 1 400m of descent
- Day 4:
5 hours walk and 140m of ascent & 850m of descent
- Additional Information:
Hiking in the Andringitra National Park requires a good level of fitness and stamina. The paths are very well maintained by the park office but can be quite steep in places and you will be hiking for many hours each day. Some people might also be affected by the altitude over 2000m with less oxygen in the air. In addition, for most of the time you are carrying your day pack with you; the additional load on your back makes the climbs even harder. A large part of the path consists of rocky steps built by the park office; the rest of the path might require some scrambling over rocks and walking downhill on slippery rock surfaces. Previous hill walking experience is therefore required for this trek. Waterproof hiking boots that offer a good grip on the rock are an absolute must, too.
In general the evening, at nigh and the morning are cold in Andringitra. Particularly, in Andriampotsy campsite at an altitude of 2050m, it can be very cold in the evening and at night (0 degrees or even slightly below); make sure to bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag with you. It can also rain at times; don’t forget to pack a rain jacket, rain trousers and rain cover for the backpack. However, you shouldn’t pack many unnecessary items either. Functional, light and quick-drying hiking clothes are recommended.
The campsites are very basic. They have drop toilets and water from the river (no showers). Our support team will heat some water for you to wash upon arrival at the campsite.
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2 hours 30 minutes walk with 336m of ascent and 216m of descentEarly morning departure in the direction of the massif of Andringitra. In Ambalavao visit of the craft manufacturing workshop of wild silk and Antemoro paper. From Ambalavao, we will take the 45 km long dirt road leading to the entrance of the National park. Given the poor condition of the road we can only drive very slowly. However, this means that you will have plenty of time to contemplate the beautiful landscape that we will pass on our way! Arrival in Namoly and start of the first hike of 2 to 3 hours of walking through Betsileo villages and the forest of Imaitso. This forest is home to a large number of plants, many of which are used for medicinal purpose. Your enthusiastic expert guide will to reveal the secrets of some of them for you. Your first bivouac will be the Imaitso campsite at the entrance of the forest.
6 hours walk and about 1150 m of ascent& 495m of descentThe path begins easily through the Eastern forest; this is the beginning of the forest corridor that connects the Andringitra and Ranomafana National Parks. During the walk you have the time to admire the richness of the vegetation in this lush forest and with a little luck you might have the opportunity to see some lemurs living this forest such as brown lemurs or red bellied lemurs. After an hour of walking, you tackle a steep climb that opens up to a beautiful panoramic view on the Tanala (tribe living in the eastern forest) landscape and the Valley of Namoly. The trail continues across the plateau of Ampasipotsy with its high mountain vegetation adapted to the local microclimate. We will have a picnic lunch (lunch box) a few minutes walk before we reach the campsite. Our lunch spot is located near the natural swimming pool of Andreatelo where you can have a swim later which will be a welcome reward after the strenuous walk. The water is very clear but very cold. Continuation to the campsite of Andriampotsy at an altitude of 2050 m for a good night's sleep. Due to the altitude of this campsite, nights here are very cold and temperatures can drop below 0ºC in July and August. Warm clothes and a good sleeping bag are therefore essential!
9 hours walk and 1 000m of ascent & 1 400m of descentAfter an early morning start you will tackle the ascent of Peak Boby. After only 2h 30minutes walk you will reach the peak where you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of the entire region. In very good weather, you can even see the Isalo massif a bit further south. The path to the summit consists of quite steep stone steps and requires a good level of fitness; some scrambling over rocks is needed during the last part of the ascent near the top. The summit is located on a ridge which is very exposed to the eastern climate influences with a lot of humidity which can quickly cover the summit in clouds. Unfortunately this could spoil the views during the beautiful climb to this prestigious peak of Madagascar. We will descend from the peak via a circuit called ’Diavolana’. Once the walk begins you will soon understand why this circuit has been named ‘extra-terrestrial’: you will discover a strange surreal lunar landscape setting in mountainous surroundings that you won’t easily forget. On the descent from this beautiful landscape you will cross the forest of endemic palm trees called ‘ravenea glauca’ and continue to the campsite of Iantaranomby for the night, at an altitude of 1600m. The campsite is located next to a river; you can jump in for a refreshing swim!
5 hours walk and 140m of ascent & 850m of descentAfter breakfast, we will leave the last campsite and head down to the Tsaranoro Valley. Along the way, it might be possible to spot elephant’s foot plants, different species of aloe and lizards and appreciate the view of the open valley with the Tsaranoro massif in the background. Once at the foot of the massif, the path continues through several villages of Barabory, a mix of the Bara and Betsileo cultures. Upon arrival in the village of Morarano, you will continue the hike cross this beautiful valley ending at Camp Catta, Tsarasoa or Tsara Camp.
Note : From here, you have several possibilities: either to stay overnight in this magnificent valley or to carry on to the South heading to Ranohira for about 4 hours of drive or to back to Ambalavao (2 hours drive) or Fianarantsoa (3 to 4 hours drive).
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