trip duration TRIP DURATION
4 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
5 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


Today I would like to invite you to the highest mountain of Costa Rica. It’s the famous Cerro Chirripo, at 3819 meters above sea level.

This 4-day ascent to Cerro Chirripo is a great opportunity to discover Costa Rica in a different way. As you may know, it is a really unique country in Central America. Moreover, it is ideally located between the Caribbean and the Pacific oceans, which makes it a really attractive destination.

During this ascent, you will also have the chance to admire and learn a lot about the native flora and fauna of the place. As for the accommodation, we will spend a night in a hotel in San Gerardo de Rivas and the following ones in a cozy mountain hut.

Besides that, you won’t have to worry about the heavy backpacks. This program includes portering service as well as food supply. That way you can move lightly and enjoy the expedition to the fullest.

Regarding the itinerary, we will progressively ascend so you don’t feel the abrupt altitude change. Our base mountain hut is at about 2000 meters.

The second day will be exclusively dedicated to the ascent to the Cerro Chirripo. Furthermore, we can also climb other mountains of the area such as the Cerro Terbi (3760 m) or the Cerro Ventisqueros (3812 m), which is the second highest peak of Costa Rica. In fact, I am also leading a program where we combine the Cerro Chirripo ascent with the Cerro Uran!

Finally, on the fourth day we will return to San Gerardo de Rivas after midday, where this amazing program ends.

Please keep in mind this tour is not technically difficult. And thanks to the help of the porters this trip will be even easier. The only requirement is to have a good fitness level since we must hike between 4 and 8 hours per day.

So, if you find this ascent program interesting please fill out the form and get in touch with me. I have no doubt we’ll have a really good time together!


Day 1

San Gerardo de Rivas

We will meet at San Gerardo de Rivas in the Hotel “Albergue Pelicano” by 5 PM. I will give you a briefing about the plan for the following days and then, we will have the equipment checked. The porters will come to the hotel to pick it up. Afterwards we will enjoy a dinner together (-/- /D).

Day 2

Crestones Hut

After an early breakfast we will start our hike towards the Crestones Hut, inside the Chirripo National Park, at 3,372 meters. Our journey in the tropical cloud forest will be a unique experience and will take us about 8 hours. We will stop in Llano Bonito for a picnic lunch. Finally, we will arrive the hut, our accommodation for the following days (B/L/D)

Day 3

Summit day

After having breakfast we will get ready for today’s ascent: we will conquer the highest peak in Costa Rica, Mount Chirripo. If weather helps we can enjoy amazing views of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans simultaneously. A picnic lunch at the summit will certainly be the highest lunch in Costa Rica. We will continue and visit the Mount Terbi and the Crestones which are huge rock formations. Later, we will return to the lodge. If we have some extra time we can also walk along the Talari River. Finally, dinner and rest at the hut (B/L/D)

Day 4

Return to San Gerardo

We will get ready to hike down after breakfast. The time hiking down is usually shorter than on the way up. Many beautiful things you couldn’t see on the hike up, maybe because you were a little tired, will appear now. Once we arrive to San Gerardo, we will enjoy a good lunch. Finally, you can return to San Jose or other points of the country.

Price per person

1 Person980USD
Group of 2710USD
Group of 3610USD
Group of 4610USD
Group of 5610USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Porters

Other details

Meeting point

San Gerado de Rivas at the Hotel Albergue Pelicano


- 1 night in the Albergue Pelicano at San Gerardo the Rivas
- 2 nights of lodging in Crestones Base Lodge

More info

Not included in the price:

- Transportation from the Hotel in San Jose – San Gerardo de Rivas and back after the Trek from San Gerardo de Rivas to San Jose
- Fee for a sleeping bag
- Beverage on the hut
- Tips

What to bring?

- Backpack (30– 40 lts)
- Small Trekking bag (waterproof) for the personal luggage you will carry daily
- Hiking shoes
- Rain jacket and pants
- Fleece coat, hat and sunscreen
- Camera
- Sunglasses
- Hiking poles (recommended - available for rent in San Gerardo)
- Sandals or shoes for the lodge
- Towel, personal medicines, energy food
- Warm clothes
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sleeping bag

**Pack everything in plastic bags inside your backpack.