Rock climbing on SUGARLOAF

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Overview

Raising almost 400 meters above the harbor, the beautiful mountain has dozens of climbing routes across all levels of difficulty. Its sweeping views of the city, forests and the sea make climbing Sugarloaf the quintessential Rio de Janeiro climbing experience. Among Sugarloaf's routes are some of the best-known and most historic climbs of all of Brazil. You don't need to have previous rock climbing experience to climb Sugarloaf, as there are options suitable for first-time climbers

See below for our favourite routes. If you would like further suggestions, contact us to speak with a guide

Best routes on Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf has more than one hundred rock climbing routes across all levels! Below are a few of our favourite ones. If you have something specific in mind and you don’t see it here, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We will help you identify the best route for you. For climbing options beyond Sugarloaf, see other rock climbing destinations in Rio de Janeiro

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[first-time/beginner]
HEINEKEN

Located on the gently-sloping east face of the mountain, Heineken is a great route for first-time and beginner climbers who want to climb to the top of Sugarloaf. Prior climbing experience is not required as your guide will teach you all the safety procedures required during the climb!

2º III BR | 3 FR | 5.5 US
210 meters

Prerequisites:
Willingness to learn multi-pitch safety procedures

Logistics:
Afternoon start at Praia Vermelha, Urca
3 hours to summit
Return by cable car and trail

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[beginner/intermediate]
CORINGA

One of the most popular climbing routes on Sugarloaf, Coringa is a consistent and challenging 3-pitch climb with sweeping ocean and mountain views. Demanding precise footwork on small holds as well as confidence smearing on granite, Coringa is a great introduction to the technical style of climbing that is dominant in Rio de Janeiro!

3º IV BR | 4 FR | 5.7 US
100 meters

Prerequisites:
Multi-pitch experience or willingness to learn
Outdoor climbing experience at the route difficulty grade

Logistics:
Morning or afternoon start at Praia Vermelha, Urca
2 hours to climb with option to hike to summit after
Return by cable car and trail

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[intermediate/advanced]


ITALIANOS COM SECUNDO

Italianos com Secundo is Sugarloaf’s most classic route and one of the best-known rock climbing experiences in Rio de Janeiro. Vertical, technical and consistent, it follows up the impressive west face of the mountain, directly below the famous cable car.

5º Vsup BR | 5+ FR | 5.10a US
260 meters

Prerequisites:
Multi-pitch experience
Ability to climb the route difficulty grade

Logistics:
Morning start at Praia Vermelha, Urca
4 to 6 hours to summit
Return by cable car and trail

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[intermediate/advanced]


CHAMINÉ STOP

An adventurous option for experienced climbers, Chaminé Stop extends to the summit almost entirely in chimney style. It is one of the best preparatory climbs for those that are planning to climb Dedo de Deus or Agulha do Diabo, mountains in the remote regions of the state whose normal routes make heavy use of this climbing style

4º IV BR | 4 FR | 5.7 US
230 meters

Prerequisites:
Multi-pitch experience
Ability to climb the route difficulty grade

Logistics:
Morning start at Praia Vermelha, Urca
4 to 6 hours to summit
Return by cable car and trail

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[intermediate/advanced]
CEPI

CEPI is a “via ferrata” - a route equipped with a permanent steel cable line, leading up to the summit along the west face of the Sugarloaf. It does not require much technical rock climbing ability, however, for passing over vertical and overhanging rock, it does demand a lot of stamina! For those that are up for a challenge, CEPI can also be free-climbed (see grades below)!

Via ferrata
6º VIIc BR | 7a FR | 5.11d US
220 meters

Prerequisites:
Multi-pitch experience

Logistics:
Morning start at Praia Vermelha, Urca
2 to 6 hours to summit
Return by cable car and trail

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