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:
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.
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.
Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)
With side protection to fit your faceQuantity: 1
Sunscreen and lip balm
30 FPS or moreQuantity: 1
Working headtorch and spare batteriesQuantity: OPTIONAL
A good snow, rain and windproof jacket
Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirtQuantity: 1 or more - long sleeve if possible
Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performance
Light trekking pantsQuantity: 1 or 2
Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditions
Fleece or polartec gloves for every day use
Sandals or crocs
Sandals or crocs for river crossing or hanging around campQuantity: OPTIONAL
Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expeditionQuantity: 1 pair
Good thick trekking socksQuantity: 2 pairs
These gels help out on recoveryQuantity: 2
Personal Hygiene kit
Soap, tooth brus, come, etcQuantity: 1
Nalgene 1 litre bottles or similar are great for expeditions! We prefer to not use camelbacks as its hose pipe might freezeQuantity: 2 x 1 litre or 3 x 600ml
Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.Quantity: 1 or pair (OPTIONAL)
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.
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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.
Cost varies according to the number of participants, contact us to know payment methods:
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