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Cerro Uran Ascent in the Chirripó National Park

Barre des Ecrins

Discover a beautiful, remote region of Costa Rica on this amazing Cerro Uran ascent, which will gift you gorgeous nature and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific.


3 Days

Jan - May, Aug, Nov, Dec




* Explore a gorgeous and remote spot in Costa Rica.

* Enjoy spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific.

* Join an uncrowded option in the Chirripó National Park.


Chirripó National Park, also in the region.

This fantastic mountain with a spectacular view in all directions is truly worth getting to know. On this Cerro Urán hike, we explore the paths of the indigenous people, from Herradura up to the Paso de Los Indios. Then we spend the night in a rustic hut.  Finally, we start very early to the summit so that we can arrive at sunrise. After taking in the gorgeous view, we begin our descent. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

To join this trip, keep in mind that before setting off, we need to check into the park office at San Gerardo de Rivas, which we can do on a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The actual trekking begins the following day.  Furthermore, due to the physical effort required to carry out this ascent, it is not recommended for pregnant women or people with severe obesity, asthma, diabetes, or hypertension. Keep in mind that this is a physically demanding experience, we recommend that people who do it prepare adequately by doing as many previous walks and physical activity as possible.

So, are you ready to climb the gorgeous Cerro Urán? Then contact me today and I will be happy to guide you. Or, if you’re feeling up to it, climb Cerro Urán AND Chiripó!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details


▪ 1 night in the Reserva Rio Blanco including Dinner and Breakfast,

▪ Lunch Box on the first hiking Day,

▪ Entrance fees to the Chirripó National Park for two days,

▪ Fees to pass over Private Fincas

▪ Porter service for the two days hike. (Each Porter will only carry a maximum of 12Kg.)

▪ 1 night of lodging in Paso de Los Indio’s (Very rustic and simple Hut, only cold-water shower)

▪ Lunch and Diner on the second Day,

▪ Breakfast at the Hut on the third Day,

▪ Lunch when we return to Reserva Rio Blanco,

▪ Liability insurance

▪ Transfer to the starting Point round trip,

▪ Organisation and bilingual professional qualified local Guide.


▪ Flight tickets to and from Costa Rica.

▪ Drive to Herradura from San Jose or other destination in Costa Rica round trip.

▪ Hiking Equipment.

▪ Extra Food and drinks and dinner at the Hut

▪ Tips


Day 1: San Gerardo de Rivas

  • Arrival at San Gerardo de Rivas.

  • 3:00 pm, personal registration at the Chirripó National Park office.

  • 5:00 pm, Check-In at the Reserva Rio Blanco and organize the equipment.

  • 6:30 pm, Diner and afterwards briefing from the Guide for the next days.
    ON Reserva Rio Blanco (D)

Day 2: Start of the trek

  • 4:00 am, Early Breakfast.

  • 5:00 am, Transfer to the starting point.

  • 5:30 am, We start hiking from an altitude of 1700m until we reach the Paso de Los Indios hut a 3330m. Arrival time approximately, around 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

  • 5:00 – 6:00 Diner at the Hut

Distance 14 Km, Time 6-8 hours
ON paso de los indios (B/L)

Day 3: Cerro Uran – Herradura

  • 3:00 am, Start hiking from the Paso de Los Indio’s to the Summit Cerro Uran
    The guide will decide whether the group will start earlier or later. It depends on the weather conditions and the conditions of the guests.

  • 8:00 am, Hike back to the hut + breakfast

  • 9:30 am, preparation to go back down to Herradura

  • 3:00 pm, arrival back at the village and Lunch. End of Service.



More info

The day of arrival in San Gerardo de Rivas for checking In at the Park office is always on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Hiking, therefore, starts always on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and/or Saturday.

Meeting point

San Gerardo de Rivas

Equipment you will need to bring

▪30 – 40. Liter Volume Backpack, ▪ Small Trekking bag (waterproof) for the personal luggage that we carry to the hut, ▪ Hiking shoes (Gore-tex recommended), ▪ Rain jacket and rain pants, ▪ Fleece coat, hat, and good sunscreen, ▪ Camera (200 ISO Film recommended), sunglasses, ▪ Hiking poles (recommend), ▪ Sandals or shoes for inside the lodge, towel, personal medicines, energy food, ▪ Warm clothes (for inside and outside), ▪ Flashlight with extra batteries. ▪ Sleeping bag (you can borrow it for a fee) **Please pack everything in plastic bags inside your backpack.


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Banana Azul Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Costa Rica
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Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Costa Rica
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Cariblue Beach and Jungle Resort Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Costa Rica
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About the guide

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Mountain 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 about this trip



Overall fantastic trip. We actually went up Cerro Uran because Cerro Chirripo was fully booked during the Dec / Jan season. I appreciated that Armin made this suggestion to switch, so we were able to get a similar experience despite booking late (2-3 weeks in advance). His pre-departure instructions were pretty clear and comprehensive, so we had appropriate cold weather clothing. We could have used a little more clarity on the accommodations. The link says only 1 stay at the base camp shelter, but it actually also included the night before in Herradura. So I didn’t need to book the hotel at Pelicano the night before (but Pelicano gave us a 50% refund). I also would have appreciated if he let us know he would not be our guide. I liked our guide Veronika, but was surprised by it when we arrived. So ask in advance, if you care who your specific guide is. Veronika was lovely, was flexible on pace (so we ascended to the summit the first day to see the sunset, while all her precious groups waited until the next day to see the sunrise). Only thing to note is that her English is not strong, so we didn’t have much conversation and it wasn’t clear what the morning plan was (we would have liked to ascend again in the morning for sunrise but we ended up going straight down). The hike itself was beautiful, great weather and surprisingly comfortable shelter (porcelain toilet, thin mattresses, slippers to walk around the shelter with, shower but no hot water so we did not partake).

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