Covigne Gorge via the Back Door

SUNDAY 21ST MARCH 2021

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Meeting place: The "Kayak Center" in Chaguaramas

Meeting time: 6:00am SHARP

Estimated start of hike time at Radio Tower Road - 7:15am

Estimated completion time of our activity: 11:30pm LATEST

The rating of this hike is (5) Moderately Challenging

Type of hike : CIRCUIT

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Along the Tucker Valley Road, a couple of our vehicles will park on the road that leads to the Arboretum, as here will be our finish point. The drivers of those parked vehicles will get a ride with the remaining vehicles concerning our party as we make our way at the trail head by Radio Tower Road where we will park.

Starting the trek along pitch road known as the Radio Tower Road leads you through the very well-known "Bamboo Cathedral" before our uphill trekking begins. Steady uphill for the next 25 minutes of easy walking until we are at last at the "Tracking Station". We relax here a bit until we now gear ourselves for more steady uphill trekking, this time through the "Enchanted Forest" all along a clean and clear narrow trail all the way to the top. Instead of taking the trail leading you back to Samaan Park, we go the opposite way and this time, we trek along undulating terrain which will be a reprieve. Our first stop off is at the popular "PLANE CRASH SITE". We spend a couple of minutes here and photos can be taken here. Now, it is important that we all stay together, as we will be making couple turn offs that only the experienced hiker knows. Couple more short uphills and undulating terrain until we make a very sharp right turn, and from there, steady down trekking all the way until we eventually come to lots of large rocks ahead of us.....welcome to the start of the "Covigne Gorge". At this point, we will have to be extremely careful as we must maneuver many rocks ahead of us. We eventually come to the well-known Covigne Gorge. Here now, like it or not, we will be getting wet, though the deepest pool at the gorge is not deep whatsoever, even to the shortest person hiking with us. After we cross the deep end, we are out of the water and thereafter, once again, careful trod ding over the rocks will eventually lead us back on good dry ground and from here onward will bring us to the "Arboretum" and from here, it is home stretch back to our parked cars.

Drivers for these vehicles will give the drivers (ONLY) of the vehicles parked at the start of the trail a life so that they can rejoin us at the finish.

Duration & Cost

HIKE COST

TTD $80. per person

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Cost includes: Hike fee & soft beverages

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Kindly make payment to any branch of Republic Bank Limited

A/C#320466690701

In the name of "Nature Trekking in T&T"

Account Type: Chequing

Once payment is made, kindly Whats app or email a copy of the receipt as proof of payment

Persons wishing to make direct payments, touch base with me and arrangements will be made

Please note that persons making advanced payments will be acknowledged first and foremost

Attire & General Information

Wear long/short trousers......your choice

Highly recommended that you wear long/short sleeve tops. No sleeveless tops please.

Wear a good pair of sneakers/sandals with good grips under the soles. No slippers on this trek please.

Bring along a cap or a broad brimmed hat preferably.

Sunglasses will be an important asset.

Sunscreen would be an asset.

Use a Backpack thereby keeping both hands totally free.

Bring a change of clothing which will be left in the maxi taxi.

Important Notice - Re: COVID-19

Due to the state of  this pandemic the Corona-virus epidemic, in order to maintain my usual high standard of service on to my fellow hikers and fitness enthusiasts, for this "Hike Funatics Event", no more than "(25) twenty-five hikers" will be entertained whatsoever. Safety, and security is NTITT's utmost prime focus and of course, your well-being will be monitored every step of the way throughout the duration of the expedition.

Please read the guidelines carefully that will be the order of the day:

  1. At the meeting point, you are to park your vehicle and board the waiting maxi.

  2. A 15 minute grace will be given for late comers. At 6:15am, we depart Kayak Center to our destination. The objective here is to "START EARLY AND FINISH EARLY".

  3. Social distancing will be the order of the day throughout our walk.

  4. Wear your face mask along the if you so desire, but of course, along the hike route, mask wearing is in full effect.

Cancellation & No-Show Policy

As Nature Trekking in Trinidad and Tobago continue to strive for excellence in its endeavor in providing "A" class service whether by hiking or touring, effective IMMEDIATELY, whoever is interested in embarking on any hike or tour MUST make advanced payments to any branch of Republic Bank in the name of "Nature Trekking in T&T" and the account number is 320466690701 and the account is a "Chequing Account" if asked. Once payment is finally made, a screenshot of the receipt is suggested and whats-app to 740-2860. If payment to the bank is however not possible, I will strongly suggest that we meet for payment to be made and a receipt shall be given as proof of payment. Once again folks, this is highly suggested to ensure that on any given hike especially, the numbers will be under control at all times.

Please note that once you have booked a hike/tour with me means that I have reserved time in my schedule exclusively for you. If you cancel your hike/tour less than 24 hours before our activity is scheduled to take place, your full amount deposited will NOT be refunded whatsoever.

To avoid a cancellation penalty, please provide cancellation notice at least 24 hours prior to your hike/tour with me. You can cancel or reschedule a hike/tour by emailing me at emile@naturetrektnt.com or you can touch base with me at either 740-2860/389-7441 or Whats-app me at either mobile number stated.

If for some reason our scheduled hike/tour has to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, full refund will be paid if requested or your money can remain until a rescheduled hike/tour date is established.

If for whatever reason you are a no show for a hike/tour and no communication was made to notify the Hike Master/Tour Operator of such, NO REFUND will be in effect.

If on the day of a hike/tour, an emergency arises out of your control and you are unable to make it due to either sickness or death, 50% refund will be made to you at the earliest possible time.