Cerro Chirripo

Elevation (feet): 12,533
Elevation (meters): 3,820
Continent: North America
Country: Costa Rica
Range/Region: Costa Rica - Panama Ranges
Latitude: 9.4833
Longitude: -83.483
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Apr, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: San Isidro or San Jose
Convenient Center: San Gerardo de Rivas

Thanks to Ron Araya for adding this peak.

Cerro Chirripó is located in South Central Costa Rica, and is the country's highest peak. Also is the non-volcanic second highest point in Central America.

It climbs from approximately 2000m to 3820m in about 17km. You go through several Ecosystems, to finally arrive at subalpine. In night/early morning temperature's go down to below freezing. All glacier formed- considering it's a relatively new isthmus and it's tropical-it's pretty incredible. The climb is astonishing. Very end of Chirripó is a rock scramble no problem, but other peaks nearby you'll need technical rock experience - rope, gear, etc.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 9 trip reports for Cerro Chirripo.

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  • Log #21950 - by Christian Rodriguez on Mar 05, 2010
    I done in 6 hours to the top, back to refuge and next day climbed again in 2 hours with an Israelian guy... then back in 4 hours, but my feet are very tired and feel much pain, many climbers told me...
  • Log #21888 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 13, 2010
    I went to Costa Rica with the only aim to climb Cerro Chirripó. I was in problems cause was impossible to get the permission to climb it and use the refuge. So, I decide to do it in just one day....
  • Log #12674 - by Jairo Granados Barquero on Jan 03, 2003
    I have been everywhere in Costa Rica, but Chirripo Mountain is by far the most spectacular place we have to offer. I dream of being back there again, before I get too old to climb it.
  • Log #15966 - by Greg Rosenthal on Nov 14, 2002
    An amazing experience...very grueling though...started at San Gerardo (about 4,000 ft.) and went to the Refugio Llano Bonito (7,880 ft.
  • Log #12675 - by Melissa on Dec 13, 2001
    This was an incredible climb! Be prepared. You will probably get rained on, take warm clothes, the lodge is cold at night. Don't forget that you have to reserve entrance beforehand with the ranger...
  • Log #12676 - by desbiens robin on Nov 14, 2001
    It's always wonderful to be there.I also have a house in san gerardo de rivas if you want to rent it,e-mail me :donrobino@hotmail.com
  • Log #12677 - by Dean and Kelli on June 07, 2001
    Very long grueling hike. Allow 8 hours to get to the lodge. LOdge is quite comfortable. Stoves and sleeping bags are available in all but the busiest times.
  • Log #15967 - by Dean and Kelli on May 18, 2001
    information on this hike is hard to find. all i can say is that its worth it. Sunrise on the Carribean at 5:30am was amazing !!! email me and I'll answer all your questions. deanomt@hotmail.
  • Log #12678 - by Andy Nachman on Mar 27, 2001
    Watched the sunrise over Eastern Costa Rica from the summit. It's a long, steep, hot slog up and up and up, but sunrise on the summit is worth every minute. 1 country down, 291 to go!!!