Serra dos Orgãos (the Organ Hills) is a national
park in the state of Rio de Janeiro, about a one hour drive from the city.
The Park's area is 110 km² and it has 10 peaks higher than 6560 ft
(2000 m) and six other peaks over 4920 ft (1500 m) high. The highest peak
is Pedra do Sino (Bell Rock), at 7424 ft (2263 m) that can be reached
in a 4 hours hike.
The most famous formation in the park is the Dedo de Deus
(God's Finger) rock, which resembles a left hand with its index finger
stretched, pointing towards the sky. It has 5551 ft (1692 m) and is the
most sought after summit in Serra dos Orgãos.
Classical routes in Dedo de Deus are the East Route, with
a passage called Maria Cebola, and Salomith's Dihedral, both with amazing
views. The descent is by rappelling the original first ascent, the Teixeira
route, which can be very exciting due to its overhangs.
Another classical climb in Serra dos Orgãos is Agulha
do Diabo (Devil's Needle). There are hundreds of other routes in many
other peaks inside the park. It is also home to one of the most classical
hikes in Brazil, the passage from Petropólis to Teresópolis,
a two to three days hike with overnight camps in high altitudes.
Dedo de Deus and Agulha do Diabo climbs take full mountain
days. Dedo de Deus is a one day climb. Agulha do Diabo is a two days climb
with a base camp overnight. Both climbs start and end with semi-heavy
Temperatures in the Hills can fall as low as 4°C (39ºF),
and the average temperature at 1000 m (3300 ft) is 17ºC (62 ºF).
Humidity is between 80 and 90% on average, but it can reach 99% at higher