Maromokotro is the highest mountain on Madagascar at 2,876 m (9,436 feet) high. It is located in the Tsaratanana Massif in the Northern part of the island. It is remote and can only be reached on foot crossing savannah, thick forest and mountain plateau. The round trip usually takes 15 days
Beautiful campsites, traditional Malagasy Villages, clean rivers and stunning wildlife are only a few of the wonders which await you. This tour is for the trained trekker in a very good physical condition only, it’s an expedition at your own risk, and overnights will be without any comfort. All equipment and food will be brought along the tour.
Money changing can be difficult in Diego Suarez or in Ambanja. It is recommended that you bring cash, preferably in euro, as these are the best currency to use/exchange.
The best season to go there is in August to November, for two reasons:
-level of rivers to cross is low
-temperatures are better (not too cold)
This itinerary is meant as a guide to the trip. Timings in brackets are approximate and can change due to weather conditions and client ability.
Tour starts in Diego Suarez and ends on Nosy Be
Please add 2 hrs to every day for extended lunchtime break due to the heat of the midday sun. Subject to changes.
Madagascar Tour 1st day:
Leave early morning in Diego Suarez by 4WD for meeting the porters in a local village of Ambatobe , it’s about 25 km off road after Ambilobe.
Madagascar Tour 2ndDay:
We start the first day of trekking to reach the next village camp of Andampy (06 hrs)
Madagascar Tour 3rd Day:
After early breakfast we continue the trek. Open savannah walking to village of Ankijabe . (07hrs)
Madagascar Tour 4th Day:
Trek over open savannah to village of Ambilobe kely. (08hrs)
Madagascar Tour 5th Day:
The same condition on open savannah until Ambodisaina Village and the last one before summit (08 hrs)
Madagascar Tour 6thDay:
Trek to remote campsite crossing Mahavavy River numerous times; Anjiabe camping (8hrs)
Madagascar Tour 7th Day:
Shorter day to the next camp against huge boulder and waterfall (7hrs) Antranovato Camping.
Madagascar Tour 8th Day:
The climbing begins! Undulating country to cross to camp 8 (10hrs) Ambodivato
Madagascar Tour 9th Day:
The rest day in Andranomadio Camp for a natural swimming pool 4hrs walk
Madagascar Tour 10th Day:
Walk through jungle and scrub as we climb close to Maromokotro. (08hrs) Andranomadio camping2
Madagascar Tour 11thDay:
“Summit Day.” Climb to the top of Madagascar 2876m and go down to the night camp of Ampitsinjovana
Madagascar Tour 12th Day:
We have to go down all day to the Camp in village of Ampanihy. (09 hrs)
Madagascar Tour 13thDay:
Cross undulating mountain country to riverside camp. (8hrs)Antranovato be camping
Madagascar Tour 14th Day:
Leave the mountains and go down to Beankany mountain until Ambalamanasy village and we continue to village of Mevadoany. (10hrs)
Madagascar Tour 15th Day:
Final trek day. Walk to village of Antsirasira (06 hrs). Transfer by 4WD from village of Antsirasira to Ankify passing by Ambanja and then End of service, but you can take a boat to Nosy Be.
End of service
Madagascar Tour 16thDay:
If you want to visit the plantation of Cocoa, vanilla, coffee, pepper, the perfume plants and the transfer for the boat to Nosy Be or go back to Diego! You just add one day.
Included in this tour :
- Vehicle 4X4, fuel, driver
- Guide, Porters, Park entrance fee, Tourism tax/levy
- Accomodation (mostly in tents), food
- Transfers Diego- Ambilobe and back to Ambanja
Not included :
- Personal expenses and shopping
- Alcoholic drinks
- Transfers Antananarivo – Diego Suarez (Domestic flight with airport taxes: about 250 Euro (Antananarivo – Diego Suarez)
- International flights and taxes
- Visa fees (35 € upon arrival if stay not exceeding 30 days)
- Boat to Nosy Be and Program on Nosy Be
- Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc.
Please note that this expedition if for serious and physically fit clients only, who are ready to live very simple without toilets and showers for 15 days. There’s no doctor or hospital around, and the participation is at your own risk.