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Hike to the top of Mount Chirripó in Costa Rica (Chirripó National Park), 3 days

Hike to the top of Mount Chirripó in Costa Rica (Chirripó National Park), 3 days | Costa Rica

Join this great 3-day hiking tour to the top of Mount Chirripós, Costa Rica's highest mountain, in the Chirripo National Park, along a guide from the El Pelicano Mountain Hotel team.


3 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec




* Enjoy an unforgettable hike to the top of Mount Chirripo

* Discover Costa Rica's amazing nature and diverse wildlife

* Spend a night in a refuge in the Chirripo National Park


Mount Chirripó (3821m) is Costa Rica’s highest mountain. Join us on this 3-day hiking tour and reach the summit of this beautiful peak in the Chirripo National Park.

Chirripó means “land of eternal waters”, due to the many lakes and streams that surround it. You will enjoy an unforgettable hike, surrounded by stunning nature and wildlife, and unique natural beauty.

We will spend the first night at El Pelicano Hotel, in San Gerardo de Rivas, with beautiful views all around.  Next day, very early in the morning, we will transfer to the trailhead starting point, where our hike begins. We will spend the second night inside the Chirripo National Park, at the shelter Base Crestones.

Finally, on the third day, a 5-kilometer hike will take us to Mount Chirripo’s summit. After hiking down back to the Crestones shelter we will return to San Gerardo de Rivas.

Bear in mind we will cover about 14.5 kilometers on the second day (7 hours) and 24.5 kilometers on the third day (9 to 12 hours), so you need a good fitness level to join this hiking tour.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to join us on this adventure. Just book your place and let us guide you to Mount Chirripó’s summit!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

Price details

The price includes: 1 night accommodation in room with private bathroom.

Meals: 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch.

Transfer to trail head and back to hotel.


Tips before starting the Chirripó hike.

Bathrooms and towels after return from Chirripó hike.

Use of swimming pool. Bring swimwear. The logistics for reservation and the payment of services in the park. Storage of luggage in the Pelícano during hike.

Snack on the first day. //Services included in Chirripó Park; Admission for 2 days.

Accommodation: 1 nights of lodging in El Páramo.

Food: 1 dinners, 1 breakfasts, 1 lunches.

Linens: 1 sheet, 2 blankets and a pillow.


Day 1: Arrival - El Pelicano Hotel

Arrival at Mountain Hotel el Pelicano. In the afternoon and evening you can enjoy the beautiful views from our facilities; you can also contemplate the collection of over 200 works of art, crafted by our father from roots. There are also short trails and a pool. Dinner in our “Doña Elsa” restaurant approximately at 7:30 pm.

Day 2: Crestones Shelter

Breakfast in our Restaurant and snack to go at 4:30 am**.** Transportation to the trailhead and beginning of hike 5:00 am. Lunch on this day will be served once you have registered and are installed in your room at the Crestones shelter Base. Dinner at Crestones Base between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. 

Total distance: 14.5 km
Approximate time: 7 hours

Day 3: Crestones Base - San Gerardo de Rivas- El Pelicano Hotel

Breakfast at Base Crestones 3:00 am. Mount Chirripo ascent (5 km). Return to the shelter Base Crestones (+ 5 km). Return to San Gerardo de Rivas (+ 14.5 km). Lunch at the El Pelicano Mountain Hotel upon your arrival. 

Total distance: 24.5 km. Approximate time: 9 to 12 hours.



More info

Fitness Level: A high fitness level required for this tour, and it is not recommended for people who have medical problems or are not allowed to do exercise. For those who do not have medical restrictions or conditions, the key to success is having the right attitude and to approach the climb to the top as a challenge that can be overcomed if you put your mind into it. We can assure you that physical condition is not the only factor responsible for getting you to the top.

Meeting point


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
La Cusinga Lodge Uvita Costa Rica
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What people are saying about this trip



The Hotel El Pelícano is undoubtedly an excellent option for those who want to connect with nature, relax and of course climb the majestic Cerro Chirripó!! On 7/3/19, my husband and I stayed at the hotel since we would climb the Chirripó on 3/8/19. They were very friendly, even on the 8th at 3:45 a.m. we were left at the entrance of the park. As we did not manage to have breakfast at the hotel, we were offered to change breakfast for a snack that was packed and we took the walk! The next day we went down, they brought us to the park entrance and took us back to the hotel!! Where we stay again! It was a spectacular experience and even more in this beautiful hotel where you feel a connection with nature, birdsong and tranquility! The food was very good and the prices very accessible. I would definitely return to this beautiful place! We appreciate the treatment we got!

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