CLIMBING sugarloaf mountain

Climbing Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), is a must-do while in Rio. It is one of the most famous attractions in Brazil, and there are many different ways to climb this incredible mountain– some of which are easy, and others are not. It is not possible to hike to the top, however, even inexperienced or beginning climbers can reach the top with our guides and the appropriate equipment by the easiest route (Costão). If this is your case, please read Sugarloaf mountain for beginners below. If you are an experienced climber and need a guide or instructor, please read Sugarloaf mountain for experienced climbers below. There are routes of different levels, more than 40, like Coringa (The Joker) and Via dos Italianos (The Italian Route).

Sugarloaf for beginners

Costão is the easiest route on Sugarloaf Mountain and one of the most incredible hikes/climbs in Rio. Climbing Costão does not require previous mountaineering experience, but the long uphill foot ascent and climbing segment does demand a high amount of energy.

The ascent includes trail hiking and some easy rock climbs, with a small vertical pitch of 20 meters, where the required safety equipment will be used: ropes, harnesses, helmets and carabiners. Don’t worry, our guides will help you along this adventure!

The entire activity, including ascent and descent, lasts for about four hours, depending on the size of the group. There is also no problem with climbing alone – you pick the day and we provide the guide.

Climbing Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio is possible year-round, but the trail is in the shade only in the afternoon, which is not as hot. The heat can be intense in the morning when this face is exposed to full sun.

After reaching the summit and having a well-deserved rest break, the descent includes a short cable car ride (free) and some hiking. A breath-taking tour, with views that only adventurers of this path will see! See our drone video! This will definitely be an unforgettable adventure! You’ll find out why climbing in Rio is so amazing!

Our Instructors and Climbing Guides are highly experienced professionals, including Flavio Daflon, author of Sugarloaf rock climbing guidebook. They will ensure your safety so that you can enjoy the ascent worry-free.

Please, contact us for any questions or doubts.

Sugarloaf for experienced climbers 

Sugarloaf is a fantastic mountain–it is tall and made of good quality granite. Many of its routes are among the most classic routes of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, like the Italianos Route (5.10/6a+), Coringa (5.9/5+) and Secundo (5.11a/6c).

If you are comfortable climbing 5.10 (6a), we suggest you climb the Italianos Route, listed as one of the 50 classic routes in Brazil. With pitch after pitch of amazing climbing in a spectacular location, this is one of the most beautiful routes in the city. The first two pitches are impressive due to the verticality, good rock and aesthetic moves. It’s sustained 5.10 (6a+) for 80 meters. These pitches involve face climbing. After the crux pitches, there are two possible link-ups: straight up to the summit by a via ferrata or traversing left for 50 meters to join the last three pitches of the Secundo route. The Italian Route-Secundo link up is 270 meters long. See our drone video! It takes about six hours to hike to the base, climb, enjoy the summit and return (partially by free cable car , partially on a forest trail).

One should not underestimate the grading of the Italianos route. Rio de Janeiro has a high grading. Those who are not used to smearing on granite could have difficulties, and it is better to be prepared to climb 5.10 (6a). If in doubt, you can choose an easier route, we suggest the Coringa (5.8/5).

Coringa is the best 5.8 (5) on Pão de Açúcar mountain, which makes the route extremely popular. It is 100 meters long, with three pitches, one of them almost vertical. It’s located in an amazing area between vertical walls, the forest and the sea. After climbing Coringa, we hike and climb (5.7/4) to the top of Sugarloaf by the normal route. The maximum Guide:Participant ratio is 1:2. 

Our Instructors and Climbing Guides are highly experienced professionals, including Flavio Daflon, author of Sugarloaf rock climbing guidebook. They will ensure your safety so that you can enjoy the ascent worry-free.

Climbing Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio is possible year-round. Please, contact us for a different route. 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. Please, contact us for any questions or doubts.

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