Day 1: Herradura / Rodolfo´s Hut
Our adventure begins in San Isidro de El General. We will pick you up from your hotel at about 6:00 a.m., and then drive up to Herradura de Rivas where our hike begins. After a good Costa Rican breakfast in Rodolfo´s country side house in Herradura we begin our trek. Today we hike 4 to 5 hours to the famous Rodolfo´s Hut on the slopes of the Fila Uran where we will spend the night. Lunch and dinner in the hut. (B,L,D)
Day 2: Rodolfo´s Hut / Indian Pass Camp Area (3,290 m / 10,793 ft)
An early breakfast and then our hike up starts to reach the mountain fila known as Fila Uran. The tropical cloud forest is amazing here and we have a great chance to see interesting wildlife. Birds are abundant: Resplendent Quetzals, Spotted Wood-Quails, Black Guans, Collared Redstarts, Silver-throated Jays, among many others, and of course beautiful oak trees with bromeliads and mosses growing all over them. Once we reach the mountain fila by crossing timberline we will be trekking through the tropical paramo life zone which is Andian like vegetation. By walking on the continental divide we reach the Indian Pass Camp Area (3290 m) where we will spend the night. Picnic lunch during the hike, and dinner at the Indian Pass. Weather permitting it is possible to see San Isidro de El General from our camp as well as the Pacific Ocean. (Today´s trekking time: 8 hours approx.)(B,L,D)
Day 3: Indian Pass Camp Area / Mount Urán/ Indian Pass Camp Area / Rodolfo´s Hut
Now on the range and after having breakfast early while it is still dark, we will continue our trek for 5 km towards Mount Uran (3600 m / 11,811 ft). From there you can observe both Oceans if weather permits it, Mount Chirripó at the distance along the mountain ridge, Cerro de La Muerte, Poás, Barba, Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes, and even Volcán Barú in Panamá. Later on continue our trek descending to Indian Pass Camp where you have left your belongings, to continue to Rodolfo´s Hut by the end of the day.(B,L,D)
Day 4: Rodorlfo´s Hut / Herradura
Today after breakfast, we will get prepared to hike down the mountains back to the start point in Herradura de Rivas we will enjoy a traditional lunch and then travel back to San Isidro de El General where our trip ends. (B,L)
Transportation from Hotel in San Isidro to Herradura de Rivas - San Gerardo de Rivas to San Isidro, meals (4B,4L,3D), entrancee fees to the national park, 3 nights camping/lodging, hikes in the park, bilingual guide. It doesn´t include energy food during hikes and lodging in San Isidro the night before the trek. Our guides: They are equipped with radio communication to keep in contact with Chirripó Trek´s Office in San Isidro, as well as equipped with first aid kit, they are bilingual and very knowledgeable of the area.
Note: Chirripo.com reserves the right to change or omit portions of any itinerary due to bad weather or rain conditions.
**Pack everything in plastic bags inside your backpack. We recommend to pack light. Remember, you will be carrying your backpack the whole trek.