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Two days hiking to spend an active weekend in Andringitra

  • Friday :

At 6pm, welcome meeting at the restaurant of Bougainvillées hotel that is located in front of the taxi brousse station in Ambalavao.

  • Saturday:

Approximately 4 hours of four wheel drive, 4 hours walk and about 741m ascent & 215m of descent

  • Sunday: 

7 hours walk and 386m of ascent & 714m of descent, approximately 4 hours of four wheel drive

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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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At 6pm, welcome meeting at Bougainvillées hotel in Ambalavao


Approximately 4 hours of four wheel drive, 4 hours walk and about 741m ascent & 215m of descent

Early morning departure from Ambalavao heading to the Andringitra Mountain range. Immediately, we will attack 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 followed by hiking uphill until Andohariana plateau.
After four hours of walking, we will overnight in Andranolava located next to a nice natural pool, at an altitude of 1965m. The water is typically cold but really pleasant and refreshing after hiking under nice summer weather.
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!


7 hours walk and 386m of ascent & 714m of descent, approximately 4 hours of four wheel drive

On the second day, we will wake up early with the first rays of sunlight for 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 to superb view points and make our way downward to Namoly Valley and Ambalamandray to pick up the vehicle that will take us back to Ambalavao.

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