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 !




Trip Duration

5 days

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

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

Type of Trip

Not specified



    This is probably the most beautiful mountain tour in the Talamanca mountain range which includes Cerro Uran (3600 m) and Cerro Chirripo (3820 m).

    During this unique hike we will have the chance to go through Paso de los Indios, where the Bri Bri Indians coming from the Caribbean used to do trading.

    We will stay one night in the very cosy Rodolfo’s mountain hut where we will cook our food on the wood burning furnace and enjoy some delicious tea on the terrace. At the Paso de los Indios we will camp and admire the amazing views on the Caribbean coast.

    The ascent will start early in the morning, first with a climb to Cerro Uran and then to the highest point of Costa Rica, Cerro Chirripo.

    The views from the summit are breathtaking…! From there, we can see:
    – the mountains of Panama, looking south;
    – the Pacific Ocean, looking west;
    – the Caribbean coast, looking east;
    – Cerro de la Muerte, Vulcan Turrialba, Vulcan Irazu, Vulcan Poas… looking north.

    This trek is absolutely a must if you pass by Costa Rica. I will guide you there with much pleasure and let you discover all the secrets spots of this area.

    Please find below the program I usually propose. I can adapt it based on your time here, your wishes and your fitness level.

    Day 1 – I will meet you in San Gerado de Rivas at the Hotel Albergue Pelicano approximately at 5PM. I will give you a briefing about the following days. We will then check the equipment and hand it over to the porters. We will end the day by enjoying a good diner together.
    Night at Albergue Pelicano (-/-/D)

    Day 2 – After enjoying a delicious Costa Rican breakfast we will drive until Herradura de Rivas, the starting point of our hike. The hike to Rodolfo’s Hut through Fila Uran takes 4-5 hours. We will cook dinner and sleep here.
    Night at Rodolfo’s Hut. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 – We have breakfast early in the morning and then start our hike to Fila Uran. It’s an incredible tropical cloud forest, filled with beautiful wildlife that we might get to see. In particular, some of the birds are: Resplendent Quetzals, Black Guans, Spotted Wood-Quails, Silver-throated Jays, Collared Redstarts, just to name a few. Also stunning oak trees which have bromeliads and mosses growing on them.
    We will have a picnic during the hiking day. If the weather permits it we will see San Isidro del General from our camp and also the Pacific Ocean. Today’s hiking duration is approximatively of 8 hours. Dinner at the Indian Pass (3290 m).
    Night at Lager (B,L,D)

    Day 4 – After having an early breakfast before sunrise, we continue our hike 5 km further towards Mount Uran (3600 m). Then another 5 km trek takes us to the summit of the highest peak of the country, Mount Chirripo (3820 m).
    We will have a picnic for lunch. At the top of Cerro Chirripo we will sign the hikers´ book and then descend to Crestones Base Lodge (3372 m) by going across the Rabbits´ Valley (6 km more).
    We will have dinner at the lodge. The total trekking distance today is 16 km.
    Night in Refugio Crestones (B,L,D)

    Day 5 – We have breakfast, then start hiking down the mountain. Usually the hiking time on the way down is shorter than when ascending. This will be a chance to discover so many things that you probably didn’t get to see on the way up because you were a little tired. In addition, you will enjoy again our favourite places. We will have snacks during the hike. Once in San Gerardo we will have lunch, then return to San Jose o other destinations.

    This trek is technically not difficult. We will be supported by porters, which will allow us to have light backpack during the hike. We will walk from 4 to 8 hours every day.

    Please get in touch with me if you are interested in experiencing this fantastic hike on two of the most famous peaks of Costa Rica. We will discuss about your stay here and organise the hike which answers your expectations.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1395 USD

    Group of 2
    1030 USD

    Group of 3
    930 USD

    Group of 4
    895 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Other details

    Meeting point

    We will meet in San Gerado de Rivas at the Hotel Albergue Pelicano approximately at 5PM.


    1 night in the Rodolfo’s Hut,1 night in the tent, 1 night in the Refugio Base Crestones, 1 night in Albergue Pelicano.

    More info

    Included accommodation: 1 night in the Rodolfo’s Hut,1 night in the tent, 1 night in the Refugio Base Crestones.


    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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    What People are Saying

    • 2 reviews


    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.
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    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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