Climbing in Tijuca National Park
There are impressive mountains in the Tijuca National Park, Tijuca Forest and Maciço da Gávea. Pico da Tijuca (1.021m) and Pedra da Gávea (842m) are the greatest symbols of these forests. See the brief descriptions below of climbs on these mountains and Agulhinha da Gávea.
Agulhinha da Gávea is located between the forest and the sea. Both forest and sea views are fantastic. Agulhinha is a faster climb than Pedra da Gávea – the aproach is short and easy, and the routes are not too long. While Pedra da Gavea requires a full day, Agulhinha can be done in half a day, morning or afternoon.
Agulhinha da Gávea has about ten routes with grades ranging from 5.5 to 5.11d. The longest routes have from four to five pitches, and it is possible to climb and return from the summit in four hours. The most popular and beautiful routes are: Jorge de Castro (2º IIIsup, 160 metros), Olimpo (3º IVsup, 120 metros) e Zaib (5º Vsup, 190 metros). An easy trail can be followed to descend from the summit. This trail ends next to the Pedra Bonita paragliding ramp. Due to its beauty, Agulhinha is an excellent option for those who wish to climb in the Tijuca Forest.
The most famous route at Pedra da Gávea is Passagem dos Olhos (Eyes Traverse). Although the route is not too difficult (5.9 / 5), it’s height and horizontal layout are impressive. There are even stretches where it is necessary to down climb, and one stretch includes via ferrata (steel cable).
There are some good holds but also some friction sections and a short lieback at the first pitch. It takes an hour and a half to get to the base, three to four hours to climb the route and another hour and a half to hike down from the summit, so it takes a full day. Pedra da Gávea is about 850 meters above sea level.
The east face of Pedra da Gávea has the longer routes, some up to 450 meters. The classic routes of this wall are C-100, Aquarius and Vapores da Gávea, which range from 5.9 to 5.11a and require good physical condition. The routes include stretches with holds, friction and cracks.
Regardless of which route you choose, you will be impressed by this mountain’s summit: a large plateau with a view of the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, São Conrado and Tijuca Forest.
Pico da Tijuca has a beautiful north face with many good routes, some of them five pitches long. At the end of the routes, after a short hike, you arrive at the highest peak of the TijucaNational Park (1.021m).
Most of the routes are 200 meters long, many with low-angle friction moves, but there are also some vertical sections with good holds. The easiest ones are 5.9 and 5.10 (5+ and 6a/b). It takes about 6 hours to approach the routes, climb and hike down from the summit. The classic routes are P3 (5.10 / 6a), Vereda Tropical (5.9 / 5+ A1) and Magia Vertical (5.11a / 6c).
The routes are on the north face so it’s better to start early. Pico da Tijuca is one of the best attractions due to its solidness and excellent friction. In addtion to reaching the summit, it’s an excellent day of climbing.
You schedule your climb with Companhia da Escalada whenever you want! Weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. You can bring a friend or put together your own group, which we give discounts for.
Come with us and you’ll be in the hands of experienced and highly knowledgeable climbing guides! All are known for their friendly and professional style. Take a look at their CV´s and photos. Don’t worry about equipment. If there is something that you do not have or cannot take with you, no problem! Just let us know and we can loan it to you free of charge. If you prefer, you can bring only your climbing shoes. Contact us for any questions or doubts at (21) 2567-7105.