- Trip Outline
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Three days trekking, starting and finishing in Namoly Valley
- Driving time :
Approximately 4 h each way (8 hours round trip)
- Day 1:
Approximately 4 hours of four wheel drive, 3 hours walk and about 433m of ascent & 308m of descent
- Day 2:
9 hours walk and 677m of ascent & 270m- of descent
- Day 3:
8 hours walk and 981m of ascent & 1 600m of descent, approximately 4 hours of four wheel drive,
- 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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3 hours walk and about 433m of ascent & 308m of descentEarly morning departure in the direction of the Andringitra Mountain range. 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! In Namoly we will enter the park and begin our first day of hiking with views of the queen and king sacred waterfalls . The walking time is about 3 hours. The campsite for the first night will be Belambo, in a clearing in the forest.
9 hours walk and 677m of ascent & 270m- of descentYou will wake up early with the first rays of sunlight for the second day of hiking on a circuit called ’extra-terrestrial’. Once the walk begins you will soon understand why this circuit has been named ‘extra-terrestrial’: you will discover a strange surreal lunar landscape set in mountain surroundings that you won’t easily forget. The circuit winds between clusters of boulders and a few shreds of vegetation to bring us down to the Andohariana plateau and join our second campsite Andriampotsy at an altitude of 2050 m. Due to the altitude of this camp site, 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!
8 hours walk and 981m of ascent & 1 600m of descentAnother early morning start to 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. Back down to the village of Ambalamandray, and then head to Ambalavao and/or Fianarantsoa.
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