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Gros Piton
Gros Piton

Gros Piton

Free admission
Soufriere, Soufriere

The Basics

Sightseeing tours along St Lucia’s west coast are sure to include a photo stop at the mighty Twin Pitons; for the best views, though, opt for a catamaran cruise along the coast or hike the Tet Paul Nature Trail and gaze out over the jagged peaks. True adventure-seekers will love hiking Gros Piton—follow the scenic Gros Piton Trail and climb right to the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view across the island.

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Recent reviews from experiences in St Lucia

star-4
Difficult but worth it
Michelle_B, Jun 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
More like a climb and not a hike- lots of boulders and rocks. Beautiful views at the 1st quarter and halfway marks- also at the top too. Bring lots of water and hiking shoes! Definitely a challenge but worth it!
star-5
More than just transportation
Andrew_M, Jun 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
Danney made the hour and a half drive feel like 20 minutes! He provided great insight into the history of Saint Lucia and every location we passed. Traveling solo, I felt completely safe and worry-free. The hike itself was beautiful. Quite the challenge, but guides were encouraging, and rest stops were located at helpful intervals.round trip on June took approximately 3hrs 20min, which included a 40min break at peak.
star-5
Danny Boy was a great...
suzan_a, May 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
Danny Boy was a great driver and was so very informative about St Lucia. He made sure we had everything we needed for the hike and made sure we were comfortable on the ride back as we were exhausted. Highly recommended
star-5
Great Experience!
Anna_B, Apr 2021
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
Dabbyboy was an excellent tour guide! He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. The transport vehicle was very clean and he made an hour plus drive feel like a 20-minute drive. He provided water, which was needed after our climb of the Gros Piton, and everything else we needed. I would highly recommend St Lucia Best Experience Tours!
star-5
Great trip to Gros Piton, brought to life by our driver!
John_M, Jul 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
A fantastic trip, that we would both highly recommend. Although the hike up Gros Piton was main reason for our trip, what turned out to be an added bonus was our driver, Danny Boy. From start to finish, he talked us through the scenery around us and the history of the island - information we would not otherwise have found out! Ask for him as a driver if you can. The hike up the mountain is challenging but do-able if you have a decent level of fitness, just go at your own pace. Start early in the morning before the heat of the day. On our way back, Danny brought us to the rum distillery for rum tasting (6 dollars per person), which was an interesting way to finish the day.
star-5
Fanatic Hike! Danny Boy is great
Stelios_I, May 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
Like a lot of people the reason I booked this trip was the fantastic reviews Danny Boy had received and boy he didn’t disappoint. Danny Boy picked us up at 6am with strong communication before hand, always replying to our messages quickly. As soon as we got in to his car, he was upbeat and really set the great mood for the day. He has such a wealth of knowledge it made the 2hour journey feel like 15 minutes. He made sure we stopped on the way to take pictures and enjoy the views. Once we got to Gros Piton, we paid the US$ 50 per person and was allocated a tour guide. The hike is certainly challenging and you’ll be sweating from the first minute so I recommend taking sweatbands and a change of clothes for the journey back. Take plenty of water (we took 3L each which did include the 1.5L Danny Boy gave us). Take snacks; bananas, nuts etc. as you’ll need to replenish on the hike. I would also recommend sturdy trainers or walking boots as the hike is essentially climbing rocks after rocks. The view at the top is amazing and we’ll worth the hike. Once we got back down Danny Boy had ice cold beers as promised and again made the 2 hour return journey fly by. We had an amazing day and would say it was our favourite excursion of our holiday. Danny Boy is a legend!
star-5
This tour is greater than Gros Piton!!!
Jay_L, Apr 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
Surpassed Expectations! This is more than an amazing 2600+ft hike to Gros Piton! It is a cultural immersion, a local experience of what St. Lucia is all about. Danny Boy picked us @6am from Marigot Bay docks. We stayed at an off the island resort, so he waited patiently for our ferry to arrive. Right from the get-go, Danny Boy was excellent at communication. He responded as quick as humanly possible via Viator which we appreciated a ton. Danny Boy was an encyclopedia and history buff! He schooled us good along the way to the hike and not in a boring monotone kind of way. He was quite interactive and animated with his approach. After the Piton hike, Danny Boy of course had a cold Piton waiting for us. He then took us to this awesome black sand beach and to a local off the street vendor where we enjoyed the best authentic chicken and pork BBQ with salad, plantain and bananas. We seriously ate, drank and listened to reggae tunes amongst the locals. Check out my IG if you want to see how much fun we had @ja.yc - these photos don’t do justice. If you want exceptional service, experience an island life and get more than a beautiful hike and view, then this tour is for you. Danny Boy is your man! Thanks for a great time. This was our first tour in the island which set the bar pretty damn high for everybody else. Jay & Jena From Canada
star-5
Great morning at Gros Piton!
Meghan_B, Mar 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
Had the best time with Danny driving from the north down to Gros Piton! He made the long early morning journey feel so fast and we learned a ton about St. Lucia’s history. Pickup at our resort was seamless and he greeted us with cold beers after the hike. The hike itself is definitely strenuous but you have a guide with you and it’s well worth it to get to the summit. Also recommend paying the extra $5 for walking poles. We also did the sulfur mud bath afterwards ($10/person) which was great as well, and you can add a stop for lunch if you want too. We didn’t, but it was offered! This was a highlight of our trip and worth every penny. Thanks Danny!
star-5
Exhilarating experience I'll remember forever
Martin_F, Feb 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
Danny boy (our private limo driver and mayor of tourism!) was the best tour guide and a mine of information on the ride over from our hotel. The time flew by and we learned a lot about the island and its history. Pay attention as there will be a test on the way back 😜 We met our guide at the guides village near the base of Gros Piton, hired a walking pole (an essential) and paid the $50 per person entrance fee. The first 1/4 is reasonably easy to walk as much is dirt trail. Second 1/4 is a bit more challenging, lots of rocks and boulders to negotiate but worth it for the amazing view of Petit Piton from the view point/rest stop. From here on in it gets really tough (and if its raining like when we went, it's extremely slippery so make sure you have good shoes with lots of grip) not everyone will make it to the top. If you are fit and healthy and open to a real challenge, this is a must do on the island. For nature lovers, keep an eye open for the SL bullfinches (males Black with red throat and females are grey/brown. Super cute and pretty brave so will come right up to you. If you're really lucky you might see the national bird. Usually hear them before you see them. Journey back from base camp was another fun hour with Danny boy. Here's very accommodating and will stop and point out points of interest or if you want to buy anything he knows where to go. Best excursion we've had in a long time. Highly recommend
star-5
Highly recommended challenging hike!!!
Terri_B, Mar 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
Danny Boy was a great driver! He was very funny and entertaining! He made the drive fly by with his knowledge of the island and then a quiz on the return trip. I scored a 95 on his quiz, even though my fellow hikers would firmly disagree. :-) The hike was very challenging. My wife and I are in our early to mid 50's, but are considered fit. We run and weight train. Up and down are equally challenging. The accent was mostly cardio. The descent was more physical, involving the arms and upper legs. We finished the entire hike in about 4 hours, which is a common time for finishers. I recommend taking lots of water, snacks, a backpack and camera. It helps to keep things light.
star-5
Great hike - know that Viator price doesn’t include actual hike
stefanie_f, Feb 2022
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
The hike is wonderful and so is Danny Boy. To be clear, this Viator offering is only for transportation to the mountain. Once you get there, there is a $50 US admission price per person and you will be assigned a guide. It is an approximately 2 hour hike up and 2 hour hike down. The hike is very intense and we needed lots of rests on the way up (our two teenage boys did not : ) Our tour guide “chilli” was fantastic, kind and helpful. The view(s) on the way and at the top were incredible and absolutely worth it! They have some food at the base of the climb but we’re no longer serving around 1:30 when we finished. Instead, we elected to have some ice cream which had some great local flavors.
star-5
Gros Piton great experience!
Ross_L, Nov 2021
Majestic Gros Piton Hike
The Gros Piton hike was challenging but worth every step! My wife and I had a great time. Our tour guide was excellent but a special shout-out goes to our driver Danney Pierre aka Danney-Boy! He was fantastic! I highly recommend this tour and of course Danney as a driver.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hiking the summit of Gros Piton is only possible with an official tour guide and can take up to three hours each way.

  • An average-to-good fitness level is recommended for the Gros Piton hike, but no technical hiking or climbing experience is required.

  • Be sure to bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.

  • Entrance fees are payable at the Interpretive Center in Fond Gens Libre village.

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How to Get There

Gros Piton is located just south of Soufrière; the starting point for hikes is the Interpretive Center in Fond Gens Libre village. The most convenient way to get to Soufrière is with your own transport or on a guided tour. Most day tours include free hotel pickup and drop-off.

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When to Get There

Although you can climb Gros Piton all year round, the most popular time to visit is from December to March, when you will likely share the trail with a number of other hikers. Get an early start and tackle the ascent before the sun is at its strongest.

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Exploring St Lucia

Combine a visit to the Twin Pitons with other island attractions, such as Castries, St Lucia’s capital, Marigot Bay, or the fishing villages of Anse La Raye and Canaries. On a full-day tour from the north of the island, you can also stop at the St Lucia Rum Distillery, take in the views from the Morne viewpoint, or enjoy a natural mud bath in Soufriere.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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