Climbing Chirripo
Climbing Chirripo
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Knipser88
Zurich, Switzerland11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
I started at 9 p.m. in the evening. Reached the summit at 4 a.m. in the morning for the sunrise and hiked all the way down and arrived at san gerardo at 11 a.m. the next day.

The path is easy to find in the night with a torch. Definitely no guide needed.

The nightwalking is charming. I glimpsed 6 shootingstars that night.

If you're short in time and sick of annoying bureaucracy you can do it this way. The ranger station at the entrance is only working from 4 to 10 a.m.

Suggested only for the tough ones.
Written April 5, 2016
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Julien P
Montreal, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
I would not recommend to do it in 1 day, 2 is a minimum.
You HAVE TO see the sunrise on the top, leave the lodge at 2.30am to be a the sommet at 5am
It was beautiful and rewarding
BTW you don't need to bring a sleeping bag at the lodge. The give you 2 blankets and if you're cold anyway, you can rent a sleeping bag for 10$. YOu must have warm clothes (definitely a windbreaker) and try to hike as light as possible
Written April 24, 2016
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corina0210
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain1,029 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
We stayed at Pelicano hotel in San Gerardo and started climbing Chirripo at 4:50 am. We made it in about 3 hours to the 7.5KM break place and then another 4 hours till the Albuergue Crestones. It was a very tough hiking but we loved it. We were 6 and we had a great time climbing up.
Make sure you have hiking sticks, it will make your life so much easier. Kilometer 13 is by far the most difficult one ( Cuesta de los Arrepentidos). You can buy a stick for 3500 colones where you buy the National Park Tickets.
For the hiking, some friends used Hitech shoes ( but they were a bit tough) while some reasons just used Asics running shoes. It turned out that the running shoes were just perfect. However all of us used vaseline for our feet, just in case.
Wear plenty of sunblock, insect repellent and a cap, it tends to be quite hot and sunny.
We arrived at the albuergue around 12 am and had lunch there. If you still feel like hiking more, there are some 1,2 ,3 hours shorter roots including Crestones where you can watch the sunset.
The second day we woke up at 2:30 am, breakfast at 3 am and left at 3:30 for Cero Chirripo. We got there in 2 hours just in time for the sunrise at 5:30. It was all windy and cold so you need gloves, scarf, cap and a thick jacket for it. On this 2 hours trail, I haven't seen any water point so you would need to take it from the albuergue.
Overall, such a great experience, full of effort and pain but worth a 1000 times.
Written April 10, 2016
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08sk73
London, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
This is a test of stamina and endurance, It's 14km to the top, the path through the national park is well marked but we did have a guide. After 7K we stayed at the mountain lodge overnight and headed for the summit at 0230, it takes between 2-3 hours to reach the top for sunrise from there, it's quite steep the last 50m to the top., great view and a real sense of achievement . The decent was a war of attrition and I would definitely recommend walking poles to assist balance and ease the weight on your knees. We actually went up and down in two days, which meant a total of 20km on the second day, usually people stay at the mountain lodge an extra night so you split the distance and altitude gain up and come down on day 3. We were not informed of this and I would not recommend doing it in such a short period as our schedule. We have hiked several of the worlds mountains not requiring ropes and this was a real challenge. If it had been raining on the way down it would have been very slippy on the mud trails, we were lucky at the end of the rainy season.
Written November 15, 2018
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Nee.zaaa
Naklo, Slovenia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
I am a big hiking lover so Chirippo was one of the first things on my Costarica list. Sadly I haven’t been able to get a bed in camp, but I decided to hike it anyway. It is totally doable in a day!! My hike started at 0.00, with a sky full of stars. 5.15 I reached camp (they open kitchen at 5.30) and continued half an hour later. From that point on you can see beautiful nature, and take tons of incredible pictures. Only 5 kms to the peak and a way back is not so hard after having opportunity to enjoy such views. Be sure to start early as peak gets clouds very soon, plus you don’t want to walk during the day when sun is strong. I definitely recommend this path to everyone who is in good stamina. It will stay in my memory for ever.
Written December 29, 2017
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markgG7059MF
Sitka, Alaska2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
Tough hike but watching the sunrise on summit was well worth the pain. Now that we'd had a couple weeks to heal, we'd definitely do it again.
Written January 14, 2016
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adventuregirlTO
Toronto, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Loved this hike! Great views!! We did not see any wild life but it was such a perfect day and the hike had options. We were able to swim to cool off.
Written May 8, 2019
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Donald Quintin B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
We hiked Chirripo in one day, starting at 1 AM and getting back at around 5 PM. Hardest single day hike of my life, but the cloudless view from the peak - where we lingered for an hour with no crowds - was completely worth it.
Written May 15, 2016
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El_Flying_Dutchman
Sliedrecht, The Netherlands121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
Hiking Chirripo is definitely worth all the energy it will drain from you, as it is incredibly rewarding. The sunrise views from the top of Cerro Chirripó and Los Crestones are simply stunning (if you have the luck to arrive there during a clear sky). Up to date information on the process of obtaining tickets is hard to find but the website hikingchirripo. com provides all the information you need for a succesful hike.
Written January 29, 2016
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