Before the Trek
Preparing yourself for the trek, includes the fact that you must arrive to San Isidro de El General by 2 p.m. the afternoon before the start of the trek, in order to prepare your lugagge and be taken to the ranger station for an early check in. This will allow you to start your trek very early next morning, and sort the possibility to get wet on the way to the lodge.
If you can´t make it that early, but no later than 5p.m. your luggage will still be able to be taken to Base Crestones by the porters, but you have missed the oportunity to do an early chek in.
Please note that the lodging and dinner in San Isidro the night before Day 1 is not included in the package price.
On the first day of the trek, we will travel by car from San Isidro de El General to San Gerardo de Rivas at 1,300 meters a.s.l / 4,265 feet (20 Km trip, we will pick you up from your hotel in San Isidro at 5 a.m.). After an early breakfast in a farmer´s house we will begin our hike to reach the Crestones Base Lodge in Chirripó National Park at 3,372 meters a.s.l / 11,063 feet. Our journey in the tropical cloud forest will be a wonderful experience and will take in average 8 hours. The half-way point will be Llano Bonito, and here a picnic lunch will give us energy to continue. Four more hours and we will arrive to Crestones Base which will give us shelter for the following days. Dinner will make us warm before our first night in Chirripó. (B,L,D)
Your guide will prepare breakfast while you get ready for the hike in the highlands. Today we will visit the highest peak in Costa Rica, Mount Chirripo at 3,820 meters a.s.l / 12,532 feet, from where, weather permitting, we could enjoy the amazing sights of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans simultaneously, as well as a panoramic view of the placid lakes in the Moraines´ Valley and the Valley of the Lakes. A picnic lunch at the top will certainly be the highest lunch in Costa Rica. We will continue and visit Mount Terbi at 3,760 meters a.s.l / 12,352 feet and Crestones, great rock formations of the park. Later, back at the lodge we can take some time to walk along the Talari River while a good warm dinner is prepared. (B,L,D)
We will get prepared to hike down the mountains after breakfast; the time hiking down is usually shorter than on the way up. Many beautiful things you didn´t see on the hike up, maybe because you were a little tired, will appear to your eyes to give your trip the final touch. Sanck for the hike. Once we arrive to San Gerardo we will enjoy lunch and then travel back to San Isidro(B,L)
Transportation from Hotel in San Isidro – San Gerardo de Rivas – San Isidro, meals (3B,3L,2D) entrance fees to Chirripo National Park, 2 nights of lodging in Crestones Base Lodge, hikes in the park, bilingual professional guide, porter service* to send up and down your main luggage (6 Kg. maximun per person, must be packed in plastic bags; additional Kg. charge $6 upon request). It doesn´t include energy food during hikes, lodging in San Isidro the night before and after the trek.
What to bring?
Hiking shoes (waterproof are recommended), rainjacket and rainpants, fleece coat, hat and good sunscreen, camera (200 ISO Film recommended), sunglasses, hiking poles (recommended – available for rent in San Gerardo), sandals or shoes for inside the lodge, sleeping bag (optional), towel, personal medicines, energy food, warm clothes (for inside and outside), daypack, flashlight with extra batteries.
Sleeping Bags Rentals upon request (Comfort Temperature Rating 35º F)
**Pack everything in plastic bags inside your backpack.
*Important Note: In order to turn-in the load to the porters on time, please have your luggage packed and ready before 2 p.m. at your hotel. For an early check in, you will be taken to the Park Ranger Station. If you have not done your hotel reservation with us, please communicate with our office (2771-4582) and let us know in which hotel you are going to be lodged the night before your trek.
We can arrange your hotel reservations and transportation from any part of the country.
Note: Chirripo.com reserves the right to change or omit portions of any itinerary due to bad weather or rain conditions.
|Number of people reserving||1||2||3-5|
|Price per Person in US$||$1178||$766||$635|
*For larger groups please send us a message.
*Group rates upon request.