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Ascent to “Cerro Uran” and “Cerro Chirripo”

If you are planning going to Costa Rica, you cannot miss this high experience at 3800 meters, very close to the sky itself… Mount Uran and Mount Chirripo !

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4 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Nov, Dec




This is probably the most beautiful mountainous route of the central mountain range of Costa Rica, where both Cerro Uran (3600 m) and Cerro Chirripó (3820 m) stand tall. On this program, we will visit these beautiful peaks and we will also pass through Paso de Los Indio’s, where once, as also today, the indigenous people from the Caribbean coast cross to the general valley to exchange goods.

Early in the morning, we will begin the first ascent to Cerro Uran. After a short rest, we will continue our walk and reach the highest point in Costa Rica, Cerro Chirripó. If the weather permits, we will enjoy spectacular views from the top.

To carry out this tour, you must hire the service of a Local Guide from the Herradura community. Groups cannot exceed 7 members. We always start by arriving at the community of Herradura on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays because of the National Park Permit which only allows entry on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

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Prices per person

Price last updated by the guide on: Nov 21, 2022

Group of 1

USD 1920 Each

Group of 2

USD 1180 Each

Group of 3

USD 910 Each

Group of 4

USD 710 Each

Group of 5

USD 610 Each

Group of 6

USD 610 Each

Group of 7

USD 610 Each

Group of 8

USD 610 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

Price details


• Accommodation for the first night at Reserva Rio Blanco with dinner and breakfast.

• Transportation to the starting point of the walk.

• Snack for the first day of the Walk.

• Admission to the National Park for 3 days.

• Rights of the way through private farms.

• Lodging for the second night in a shelter in Paso de Los Indio’s.

• Porters for personal luggage to the Paso de los Indios. Each Porter carries 12 kilos maximum. The service is authorized and issued by the SINAC to be developed the first day until Paso de los Indio’s and second day back to Herradura with equipment not necessary to continue to Crestones Base.

▪ Meals at Paso de Los Indio’s shelter.

• Lodging for the third night at the Base Crestones shelter, for this night two blankets are included.

• An empanada and hot drink, Dinner on day 3, and breakfast on day 4 at the Base Crestones shelter.

• Certified 1 or 2 local guides throughout the journey

• Transportation from San Gerardo to Herradura on the last day and lunch the day of return at Reserva Rio Blanco.

• Organization and Reservation for the Entrance at the Chirripo National Park


▪ Transportation from the Hotel in San Jose – San Gerardo de Rivas and back after the Trek from San Gerardo de

Rivas to San Jose,

▪ Sleeping bag. Necessary for the second night at the Paso de Los Indio’s shelter (They can be rented in the Rio Blanco Reserve).

▪ Porter Service is also available, if required by the participants, to send clothes up to Base Crestones for the third Day or/and back down on the fourth day. Per kilo, the cost is around $ 5,-.

▪ Tip

150 USD per person for the national park fee is non-refundable.


Day 1: Arrival to San Gerardo de Rivas

3:00 pm maximum time of arrival at the administrative office of the National Park in San Gerardo de Rivas for the
corresponding entry registration to the National Park.
3:30 pm registration of lodging at Base Crestones shelter in CRC Chirripo.
5:00 pm check-in and luggage organization at Reserva Rio Blanco.
6:30 pm, dinner, and subsequent talk by the Guide in charge of the group.

ON Reserva Rio Blanco (D)

Day 2: Paso de los Indios

4:00 am, breakfast at Reserva Rio Blanco.
5:00 am, transportation by car to the starting point of the walk.
5:30 am, start of the walk at 1700 meters above sea level to the Paso de los Indio’s shelter at 3330 meters above
sea level. Approximate time of arrival at Paso de los Indio’s, between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.
5:00 – 6:00 recommended time for dinner preparation.
Hiking Distance 12 Km, Approximate Time 8 hours

ON Paso de los Indios Hut. (B,L)

Day 3: Uran and Chirripó

3:00 am, breakfast preparation.
4:00 am, start of the walk (the Guide will be able to define if it is advisable to start the walk even earlier or delay
it depending on the weather conditions and the condition of the walkers)
7:00 am, Approximate arrival at the summit of Cerro Urán, 3660 meters above sea level, a space of 30 minutes to
an hour is established to be at the site and resume the walk to the summit of Chirripó.
12:00 md – 1:00 pm, arrival at the summit of Chirripó at 3820 meters above sea level.
3:00 – 4:00 pm, approximate time of arrival at the Base Crestones lodge at 3400 meters above sea level.
6:00 – 7:00 pm, Diner.
Hiking Distancia 17 Km, Approximate time 11 hours

Day 4: Hiking down to San Gerardo de Rivas

5:30 am, breakfast.
6:30 am, start of the descent to San Gerardo.
12:00 noon, arrival in San Gerardo where a transport waits to return to Río Blanco Reserve
1:30 pm, lunch.


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1 night in Reserva Rio Blanco, 1 night at the Paso de los Indios Hut, 1 night in the Refugio Base Crestones.

More info

150 USD per person for the national park fee are non-refundable,

• Due to the physical effort required to carry out this tour, it is not recommended for pregnant women or people with severe obesity, asthma, diabetes, or hypertension problems. • This tour is classified as of a high level, physically very demanding, we recommend that people who do it prepare adequately by doing as many previous walks and physical activity as possible. • For the Guide in charge, the first priority is the safety of the people, if necessary, the guide will assess the possibility of aborting the trip due to adverse weather issues, accidents, emergencies of a natural or institutional nature (for example, forest fires or natural phenomena), health problems of one or more members of the group, poor physical preparation of one or more members of the group, any special situation that prevents one or more members of a group from continuing. In the event of a situation such as the aforementioned and not being able to make the full route of the route, the Guide will value the complete return of the group to Herradura de Rivas, never partial, without this implying the reimbursement of any money paid for the tour.

Meeting point

We will meet in San Gerardo de Rivas at the national Park Office at 03:00 PM.

Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: ▪ Backpack for 40. – 50. Litre Volume, ▪ Small Trekking bag (waterproof) for the personal luggage what we carry to the hut, ▪ Hiking shoes, (Gore–tex are better), ▪ rain jacket and rain pants, ▪ fleece coat, hat and gloves (essential), good sun-scream, Mosquito repellent. ▪ Cap or hat (essential) Preferably hat that covers the neck well and a handkerchief. ▪ Water bottle (essential) with a capacity of at least two liters. ▪ sunglasses, ▪ hiking poles (recommended), ▪ sandals or shoes for inside the lodge, towel, personal medicines, energy food, ▪ warm clothes (for inside and outside), ▪ flashlight with extra batteries. ▪ Sleeping bag (rent possibility for $ 10,-) **Pack everything in plastic bags inside your backpack.

Frequently Asked Questions

 How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

 What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

 Can I join a group?

 What is the best time of the year for this hike?

 How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

 What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

 Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

 What happens in the event of bad weather?

About the guide

IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain guide
I was born in Admont, a small town in Styria in Austria, in the center of the Austrian mountains. After my school, I studied motor vehicle mechanic. Beside my hobbies (skiing, nordic ski, running and soccer) mountain climbing was a very important part of my free time activities.
There are experiences in our life we will never forget. When I was 10 years old, my dad took me one day to a local mountain tour. We were climbing over a local and very famous waterfall. I was so impressed about this experience that my interest for mountain climbing was awake forever. After that, I started to take climbing courses with various alpine associations.
Later, I used to climb repeatedly very famous mountains like the “Rosskupenkante”, the north wall of “Perternschartenkopf”, the north wall of “Dachl” and the north wall of “Rosskupen”. My first foreign experience was in Croatia in “Velebit” and in Italy, in the Dolomites, where I did several tours there. Now, since 22 years, I work as a professional mountain and ski guide all over the world.
I guided successfully more than 30 expeditions and more than 50 trekking tours. I give climbing and ice courses to students; children adventure weeks, firm events, canyoning and rafting tours, and much more. Here are some of the peaks I climbed these last years: Alpamayo, Toclaraju, Huascaran, Cotopaxi, Cimborazo, Iztaccihuatl, Pico de Orizaba, Aconcagua, Denali, Pic Lenin, Gasabrum II, etc.
My philosophy: Go outdoor and explore the beautiful magic of the nature, to experience and to enjoy unique moments! It can be in the Alps or on top of the highest mountains of the world or in the nature paradise of Costa Rica (where I live now for the last 13 years). Come with me and let’s carry out together a great adventure!


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Heredia, Costa Rica

What people are saying about this trip

Greg Korber


August, 2022

The view was absolutely amazing. I recommend this route vs. just the climb to Chirripo, as the loop route give no overlap of trail plus it is about the same amount of time. I actually preferred the trail up to Urán as it was more scenic. The views from the top of the 2 peaks are worth the challange.

Karolina Schlicht


January, 2022

The Tour with Armin to the peaks of Uran and Chirripo was quite unique. A wonderful experience that I will never forget. The view from Uran and Chirripo was fantastic and made you forget all the efforts needed for the ascent. If you like the mountains and hiking, you will love it. Armin is a perfect tour guide. He has a lot of experience and many interesting stories. Armin was always there, when I needed help. The communication and organization was also really good. All in all, I can definitely recommend the tour with Armin.



February, 2016

We spent three incredible days on the trail with Armin trekking to the summit of Cerro Chirrippo. His knowledge of the ecosystems we traversed provided our group great insight into the fauna, birds and animals of Costa Rica. Along the trail, conversation was easy given his many experiences throughout the world. The weather was perfect throughout the trip. The hut was more than adequate and the food was authentic Costa Rican. I would highly recommend any trip with Armin and we look forward to some type of adventure in the future.



June, 2015

We made a self planned trip to Chile and Argentina to climb Volcan San Jose and Aconcagua. While we are fairly experienced climbers and mountaineers at lower elevations we had Armin as our guide for Aconcagua. He was our insurance for our lack of high altitude experience and organizer with the local support agency. It was a very nice experience. Armin for the most part let us run around on our own as we wanted and only reigned us in when he thought it appropriate. When he forced us to make a rest day in camp at about 5500m altitude to improve our acclimation we were not happy because we thought we were strong and wanted to continue. The photos of our faces in camp that rest day and the fact that I barely remember the day as I was falling asleep all the time tells me that he was very right and we needed rest. He did exactly what we wanted from him; protect us from our own enthusiasm and inexperience. Two days later we all reached the summit. It never felt like having a guide that was calling the shots but like traveling, trekking, and climbing with a very experienced friend. Thanks Armin, "pura vida"!


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