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“Exhilarating & Exhausting”
Review of Nevis Peak Hike

Ranked #3 of 53 things to do in Nevis
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Where to start, first read the reviews on this, they are accurate. Its not a hike by any means but a Climb up cliffs of roots, mud, and ropes. You will be covered in mud by the time you come back down. The trip to the top starts off up a nice a size trail but quickly the trail becomes very small and hard to follow, there are parts where its no wider than about 6 inches. Its mostly through the rain forest so there are not many picturesque views on the way up, but the ones that you do get to see are amazing views of the island. When we got to the top we unfortunately couldn’t see anything because of the cloud cover, but had a great time climbing up. Our guide was knowledgeable of the island and trail. He brought us up at our pace and was very helpful. Coming back down was hard on the knees.

At the end, my wife and I were both very happy that we did it, however we would never do it again. We've done our share of hiking and are both runners, however this was a challenge. It was worth it because of the experience and we really did have a good time, just be aware of what you are getting yourself into.

Taxi to and from the start is about $40 round trip. Make sure you bring plenty of water, gloves (the ropes and roots are rough), a change of clothes and a small towel. We climbed it in under 4 hours which the taxi driver told us was quick, however we paid for it through soreness and exhaustion that afternoon.

We used sunrise nature tours (http://www.nevisnaturetours.com) which I found online, we took the first ferry over from St. Kitts and they had a taxi meet us at the dock. We had intended to tour Nevis afterwards; however were so exhausted we opted to head back to St. Kitts. The company was easy to communicate with and it was straight forward.

4  Thank Tim F
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This hike was awesome! We almost skipped it since all the reviews made it sound like it was more pain than it was worth...but we were so glad we did it. I loved the fact that it was more of a climb than a hike and it was a different kind of challenge. It wasn't very difficult at all, just different. Yes you will get muddy, especially if it's raining like it was when we were hiking...but it isn't that bad. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!

2  Thank ElizHingley
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Climbed with my bf on the second day of our visit. Very muddy and difficult at parts - get ready to get your hands dirty - but the view at the top was worth it all. We began hiking at 7:45am and were back at our hotel by 11 (1.5hrs each way). Important to wear shoes with good traction!! It was a great way to spend the morning and still left us time for some pool side lounging and lunch at the Montpelier. I'll probably do this hike every time I'm on Nevis form now on!

We used a guide but it's really not necessary.

Thank Nicoya B
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We hiked Nevis peak with Kenneth Dore, booked through Reggie Douglas' company. It's a challenging hike, plenty of ascents with ropes. We got very muddy. We went up one way and down another (up and down same way is more common) . The ascent is a barely marked trail, but the descent, well our guide was using a machete to hack through! There was a great sense of achievement and need for rum punch when we'd completed the hike. Kenneth was very good, trusted his knowledge totally. When I thought about booking this trip I wanted to know how it compared to the clearly visible volcano(Liamuiga) on the neighbouring island of St Kitts which we'd already climbed. Answer is : Nevis is harder.

Thank chobhamlass
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We climbed the volcano 2 days ago with Ervin Weekes as our guide and found it far more exhilarating than we expected! Ervin was a terrific guide - very knowledgeable, helpful, easy going. We kept a steady pace and arrived at the peak in just under 2 hours. It was very challenging - not at all a hike - definitely a climb. Anyone without a fear of getting dirty, and not terribly out of shape can do it, although if you're carrying extra body weight it's going to be more difficult. You are pulling yourself up using roots, rocks, ropes, whatever you can find - using lots of upper body strength in some parts. There are also a few big step ups and step downs. If you have the extra weight but are in good physical condition and are strong, then you can probably do it. The climb is also hard on the knees. You wear them out on the way up and then are completely dependent on them to get down. We wore shorts, t shirts and tennis shoes - shoes were completely covered in mud. In fact my show got stuck in the mud at one point and my foot came right out of it. Lots of mud on the top 1/4. Take water and an energy bar. There's no store - just a man and his mountain. I found Ervin through Reggie, who lots of folks talk about on Trip Advisor. Reggie wasn't available on the day we wanted to go so he gave me Ervin's number. Really happy with Ervin and definitely recommend him!

2  Thank Sallyfreeman5
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