Agulhas Negras + Prateleiras – Brazil - 3 days

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Agulhas Negras + Prateleiras – Brazil - All year round

Itatiaia National Park is the first national park created in Brazil and one of the most accessible. It homes the sixth highest peak in Brazil, Agulhas Negras, 2787 metres above sea level. Itatiaia has stunning landscapes and great challenges.

It is an ideal location for those who want to start mountaineering. In our expedition you will be accompanied by experienced guides who have been visiting Itatiaia for over 20 years.

Requirements for joining this trip are:

  • Will to have fun;
  • Basic trekking experience;
  • Good health and physical prepared;
  • Fill the booking and medical form;
  • Read all the information available in this website.

Itinerary

Agulhas Negras + Prateleiras – Brazil - 3 days

Day 1 – Travel to Itamonte

All the clients and guides will meet at Itamonte, the nearest city to Itatiaia NP. Our night will be in a mountain hostel, 5 km away from the park. Included: Overnight in mountain hostel

Day 2 – Climb to Agulhas Negras – 2787m

Early start with a nice breakfast in the hostel. Our transport will pick us up at about 8am and drives us to the start of the trek. The ascent to Agulhas Negras starts at a public hut named Rebouças, located at 2500m. From there the trail is fairly obvious and easy for 1 hour. The last 4 hours are rock scramble with technical climbs. Some of the technical steps are 20 metres high and pretty exposed. Our guides will provide all the necessary climbing equipment. We will rappel down the technical steps and trek back to Rebouças. Our driver will be waiting 2km away from the hut and take us to the hostel for a delicious meal. Included: Transport, breakfast, lunch box, dinner and overnight in hostel

Day 3 – Climb to Prateleiras – 2630m

After breakfast we drive back to the highlands of Itatiaia and back to Rebouças. This time he’ll walk in a different direction and walk for about 1.5 hours to the base of a immense rock massif named Prateleiras (means ‘shelves’ in portuguese). Different than Agulhas Negras, Prateleiras has more exposure however the trek is shorter. After driving back to the hostel for a quick shower and a snack, we’ll take you back to Itamonte where you can take buses to anywhere in Brazil. Included: Transport, breakfast and lunch box

** The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political / administrative problems and any other events not described.

Equipment

Having good mountaineering equipment is one of the key points to have a safe and enjoyable trek. Please note all your personal equipment will be checked by one of our guides in the hotel or hostel. Some of the equipment can be purchased in Rio but you cannot rent it.

Head
  • xNxExplorer noir vert J

    Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)

    With side protection to fit your face

    Quantity: 1
  • GG

    Sunscreen and lip balm

    30 FPS or more

    Quantity: 1
  • xNxlanterna

    Headtorch

    Working headtorch and spare batteries

    Quantity: OPTIONAL
Torso
  • jaqueta

    Snowproof jacket

    A good snow, rain and windproof jacket

  • camiseta dry

    T-shirt

    Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirt

    Quantity: 1 or more - long sleeve if possible
  • fleece

    Fleece jacket

    Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performance

Legs
  • Caláa de Trekking

    Trekking pants

    Light trekking pants

    Quantity: 1 or 2
  • Caláa anorak

    Snowproof pants

    Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditions

Hands
  • Luvas segunda camada

    Gloves

    Fleece or polartec gloves for every day use

Feet
  • crocs

    Sandals or crocs

    Sandals or crocs for river crossing or hanging around camp

    Quantity: OPTIONAL
  • bota

    Trekking boots

    Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expedition

    Quantity: 1 pair
  • Meias de trekking

    Trekking socks

    Good thick trekking socks

    Quantity: 2 pairs
Other Equipment
  • gel

    Carbo gels

    These gels help out on recovery

    Quantity: 2
  • kit

    Personal Hygiene kit

    Soap, tooth brus, come, etc

    Quantity: 1
  • nalgene

    Water bottle

    Nalgene 1 litre bottles or similar are great for expeditions! We prefer to not use camelbacks as its hose pipe might freeze

    Quantity: 2 x 1 litre or 3 x 600ml
  • Bast∆o de caminhada

    Trekking poles

    Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.

    Quantity: 1 or pair (OPTIONAL)

FAQ

Where do we sleep?

We will spend the 2 nights in a mountain hostel, with bedrooms, bathroom and shared kitchen.

I am/will be in Rio, how can I get to Itamonte?

There are public buses going from Rio to Itatiaia. We can arrange transport for you, just let us know exactly where you are

What if the weather is bad for the weekend?

If the forecast is undoubtedly right and rains for the whole 3 days, we can postpone the trip. If any participant cannot attend the new date, the money will be returned. If it rains for either agulhas or prateleiras, we will probably cancel one of the climbs.

Do you include equipment?

We include climbing equipment for the technical climbs. In addition, we will take a first aid kit. Personal equipment such as jacket, etc can be purchased in Rio or São Paulo.

Can I take my little son with me?

Children older than 10 years old are very welcome to Itatiaia. Provided they are active and use to trekking.

What if I get hurt?

Our guides are experienced and trained rescuers. They carry a complete first aid kit. In addition, the NP can organise a rescue if needed.

Can I drive to Itamonte?

Yes. Your car can be parked safely in a garage for the night. This can be done in the hostel.

What if it rains during the trek and we can not make it to the summit?

Our priority is safety. Even with some adverse conditions, we can make it to the summit. If any participant cannot attend the new date, the money will be returned.

I’m a vegetarian, will you serve vegetarian food?

Yes, we base our menu on whatever dietary restrictions you’ve listed in the booking form. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Do you serve food for the walks?

Trail snacks will be prepared by the guides. These are light meals such as chocolates, sports drinks, sandwiches, etc. We normally add fruit such as apples and pears.

Is there an age limit to participate in this trip?

We accept adventurers from 10 to 65 years old.

What is the experience necessary for this trip?

It is important that you have already done any sort of treks, preferably on mountains. It is essential that you have no fear of heights as we’ll pass over some very exposed cliffs.

View our photos of Alex Ribeiro:

Alex Ribeiro

Rock climbing guide

Language skills:

English - excellent command
Portuguese - native speaker

Climber and mountaineer for over 25 years, Alex began climbing and mountaineering in 1990. A man of few words, Alex Ribeiro is a rock climbing reference in Brazil. He's the author of 2 climbing books, "Dividir and Conquistar" (To Share and To Conquer, 2000) and "Manual de abertura de vias" (Route Opening Manual, 2013). Additionally, he has written dozens of articles for magazines, websites, and newspapers.

Conqueror of over 200 climbing routes in several Brazilian states, some of his routes are amongst the largest climbing routes in Brazil. He's also an Industrial Rope Access Supervisor and is a certified rescuer in height and confined spaces.

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Cost

Cost varies according to the number of participants, contact us to know payment methods:

What’s included:

  • English speaking leader guide;
  • 1 or 2 local guides depending upon the number of clients;
  • Transport Itamonte > Itatiaia > Itamonte;
  • Breakfasts, dinner and trail snacks during the trek;
  • 2 nights in hostel with hot shower;
  • Rock climbing equipment;
  • First aid kit;

What’s not included:

  • Transport to Itamonte (we can arrange for you, let us know where you are);
  • Personal equipment (check equipment tab);
  • Food and drinks at Itamonte;
  • Dinner on last day;
  • Money return in case you abandon the trip;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Reimbursement for loss or damage of your personal equipment.

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