Hiking in Chirripó National Park
Visiting Chirripó National Park is a thrilling adventure you should definitely experice. Chirripó is a breathtaking place; besides exercising your body, you can find calmness and peace due to the contact with nature and its quiet surroundings. Moreover, a delicious fresh air will purify your lungs and help you release any kind of stress you had got. If you are thinking about hiking the highest peak of Costa Rica, here we show you the most convinient package for you to reach this colossal moutain.
Before the Trek
Preparing yourself for the trek includes the fact that you must arrive in San Isidro de El General by 2 p.m. the afternoon before the start of the trek. You must have your luggage or stuff ready (prepacked) to deliver at the porter’s office. This will allow you to register it and start the hike very early the 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. However, you have missed the opportunity to do an early chek in if this happends.
Please, note that we do not include the lodging and dinner the night before Day 1 in the package.
Today, we will have a challeging journey reaching Base Crestones Lodge (at 3,372 m.a.s.l. / 11,063 feet). After an early breakfast, we will provide transportation from your hotel to the entrance of the park. Your hike starts from this point. Our journey in the tropical cloud forest will be a wonderful experience and will take in average 8 hours. Furthermore, the half-way point will be Llano Bonito; here you can take a short rest and relax. Then, you might want to fill out your bottle with water before you continue. Four more hours and we will arrive at Base Crestones, which will give us shelter for the following days. Eventually, dinner will make us warm before our first night in Chirripó.
On this day, you will visit the highest peak in Costa Rica, Mount Chirripo at 3,820 meters a.s.l / 12,532 feet. From this point, (if wheather allows it) we might enjoy the amazing sights of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans simultaneously. Also, you can have a panoramic view of the placid lakes in the Moraines´ Valley , and the Valley of the Lakes. Later, a picnic lunch at the top will certainly be the highest lunch in Costa Rica. Consequently, we will continue to visit Mount Terbi at 3,760 meters a.s.l / 12,352 feet. After that, we head for Crestones which is a great rock formations of the park. Finally, back at the lodge we can take some time to walk along the Talari River while we wait for dinner time. (B,L,D)
This morning, we will get prepared to hike down the mountains after breakfast; the time hiking down is usually shorter than on the way up. Besides, many beautiful things you didn´t see on the hike up, maybe because you were a little tired, will appear to your eyes and give your trip the final touch. Once we arrive to San Gerardo, we will enjoy lunch and then travel back to San Isidro. (B,L)
Since we want customers to have a nice and enjoyable trip, we include all necesary services you need for this trekking adventure. We provide transportation from the hotel, 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, and porter service to send up and down your main luggage (6 Kg. maximun per person); specifically, it must be packed in plastic bags. Also, additional kilograms have an aditional charge, and it is upon request. On the other hand, the tour doesn´t include energy food during hikes, lodging in San Isidro the night before and after the trek.
What to bring?
In order for you to have a nice trip, we suggest taking the following stuff: hiking shoes (waterproof are recommended), rainjacket, sunscreen, camera, coat, personal medicines and flashlight with extra batteries. Further, there are some other ítems which are not a must, but they might make your feel more comfortable; consider bringing rainpants, fleece, hat, sunglasses, hiking poles, sandals or shoes (for inside the lodge), towel, personal medicines, anergy food, and daypack.
**Pack everything in plastic bags inside your backpack.
We recommend dressing in layers. As a result, you can add or remove pieces of clothing whether you sweat or cool down.
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. In adition, 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$||$1093||$678||$587|
*For larger groups please send us a message.
*Group rates upon request.