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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!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Permit and entrance fees
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
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).
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)
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)
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.
- 1 night in the Albergue Pelicano at San Gerardo the Rivas
- 2 nights of lodging in Crestones Base Lodge
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
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
- 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.
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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