CHIRRIPO NATIONAL PARK
Cerro Chirripó is Costa Rica’s tallest mountain at 3820 meters above sea level (12, 533 ft). The view from the top offers hikers sweeping views of the surrounding Talamanca Mountains and on clear days you can see both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The 20 km (12.4 miles) trail starts in San Gerardo de Rivas, climbs over 2,000 meters (7,218 feet), and winds through a spectacular array of ecosystems as you go, including the cloud forest and finishing at the unique paramo, found only at high elevations in the New World tropics. While the temperatures in Rivas are comfortable, up at the Cerro they can be between 40˚- 65˚F (4 – 18˚C) during the day and below 32˚F (0˚C) at night.
This is not a hike for beginners. It is possible to do in one day but with such an incredible view and environment to witness, we recommend staying at the Crestones Base Camp, a rugged hostel situated at 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) above sea level and 5.5 km (3.4 miles) from Chirripó’s summit, for 2 or 3 nights. This makes sunrise summits feasible and puts Chirripó within reach for average hikers. It also provides ample opportunity to explore other trails on the mountain top.
This 5-6 day trip is recommended for experienced hikers or individuals who have trained for more than 3 months to do this hike. Mélida will be happy to help you set up a training programs if you need one. This trip is perfect for fit and experienced families with teenagers, couples, groups of friends and small corporate teams all.
Duration: 3-4 days
Location: Chirripo National Park