Hiking at Chirripo National Park

Chirripó is the 38th most prominent peak in the world. In terms of Holdridge life zones, the park can be categorized into five ecosystems: lowland tropical wet forest, premontane tropical wet forest, lower montane wet forest, montane wet forest and subalpine wet forest (páramo). Most of the park consists of both primary rain forests and primary cloud forests. Around 9,000 ft (2,740 m) it changes to wet desert.

It's named for its most prominent feature, Cerro Chirripó, which at 3,820 metres (12,530 ft) is the highest mountain Costa Rica's
It's named for its most prominent feature, Cerro Chirripó, which at 3,820 metres (12,530 ft) is the highest mountain Costa Rica's

Tour in Chirripo National Park "Two nights in Chirripo"

1 night in San Gerardo & 2 night in Chirripó

 

Fitness Level

The fitness level required for this tour is high, 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 overcome 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.

 

Day 1

Arrival at El Pelicano Mountain Hotel ( Before 4 pm)

During the afternoon you will be able to enjoy the wonderful views from our facilities, as well as enjoy the art collection with more than 200 pieces of art all created by our father. Enjoy hiking trails, swimming pools, the ping pong table and other fun activities.

Dinner at our restaurant at 7:30pm

 

 Day 2

Breakfast at our restaurant and a snack to go at 4:30am

Transportation to the trailhead and start of hike at 5:00am

Lunch will be served once everyone is registered and situated in their rooms of the Albergue Centro Ambientalista El Paramo also know as Base Crestones.

Dinner at Base Crestones from 6:00 to 7:00pm

Total distance in kilometers: 14.5

Approximate duration of hike: 7 hours

 

Day 3

Breakfast at Base Crestones from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Hike to the Mount Chirripo  (5 kilometers) 

Hike back to back to Rabbit Valley (+4 kilometers) 

Hike to the Mount Terbi  (+2.5 kilometers) and los Crestones 

Hike back to Base Crestones (+3.5 kilometers) 

Dinner 6:00 – 7:00pm 

 

Day 4

Breakfast at Base Crestones from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm

Hike back down to San Gerardo of Rivas

Lunch at Hotel de Montaña el Pelicano from 11:30am to 2:00pm

Total in kilometers: 14.5

Approximate time: 5 hours

The ultimate in Costa Rica hiking is to reach the summit of Mt Chirripó – Cerro Chirripó. To see the famous crestones with your own eyes, to wake above cloud level and view sunrise from the peak, will make memories forever.