Ascend the majestic Gros Piton

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Experience the thrill of climbing Gros Piton, one of St Lucia's iconic peaks. As you navigate its trails, Mervin will introduce you to the mountain's rich biodiversity, from rare plants to endemic bird species. The panoramic views from the summit, combined with Mervin's insights, promise a hike that's both breathtaking and enlightening.

Trip data

  • Height


  • Elegation gain


  • Trail type


  • Trail length


  • Duration

    3 to 4 hours

  • When to visit

    November to April

About this trip

Fitness level

Moderate to challenging.

A good level of physical fitness is essential.

Key information

This trail has mixed terrain. There are both maintained paths and rugged, rocky sections. Some stretches have steep inclines. Hikers should be prepared for uneven footing and uphill climbs.

  • Access: Accessible via the town of Soufriere; parking available at trailhead.

  • Facilities: Rest stops and viewpoints along the trail.

  • Permits: Guided tour required.

Packing list

  • Sturdy hiking boots or trail shoes with good grip.

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing.

  • Hat and sunglasses.

  • At least 2 liters of water.

  • Extra snacks for energy — like nuts or energy bars.

  • Walking stick or trekking poles — optional but helpful.

  • Heavy backpack that will slow you down and tire you out.

  • Any clothing made of heavy fabric that will dry slowly.

  • Brightly coloured clothing and perfume will attract insects.

Safety first

Your safty is our priority. This hike is likely not suitable if any of these apply to you or your group.

  • You are pregnant.
  • You have heart and respiratory problems.
  • You have mobility impairments.
  • You suffer from altitude sickness.

Happy hikers


    February 2023 Gros Piton

    I must plug our guide, Mervin the Mountain Goat! He was awesome! He kept things lively and fun, but most important - he was patient with me. We saw many guides far ahead of their group/not engaging. I highly recommend snagging Mervin if you can. I think he really loves Petite Piton, but does the Gros too.

    Full review on Trip Advisor
  • Gros Piton with the Goat! 🐐

    April 2022 Gros Piton

    One of the main reasons we chose St Lucia was for the opportunity to hike the magnificent Pitons. We were able to get the famous Mervin the Mountain Goat as our guide and he exceeded our expectations. We even got to meet his family as they were heading off to school, and his prized pig.

    Full review on Trip Advisor
  • Great Guide. Tough hike!

    February 2022 Gros Piton

    Mervin was a great guide. I had a tough time coming down the mountain and Mervin made sure I got down ok. He carried my backpack, poured water in my head, etc. He even called me later in the day to ensure I was ok.

    Full review on Trip Advisor
  • Hike the Pitons with Mervin and Maya

    January 2021 Gros Piton

    Mervin the Mountain Goat and Maya are AMAZING! If you want the best guide on the island, contact Mervin. He took our family (6 people) up Gros Piton with Maya. Our group was all skill levels and they were both patient and attentive to our entire group. Maya held my daughter’s hand for a decent part of the hike and Willow adored her for it!

    Full review on Trip Advisor

Did you know…

  • National Flag

    Gros Piton, along with its twin Petit Piton, is featured on the national flag of St. Lucia, symbolizing the island's volcanic origins and its iconic landmarks.

    The national flag of St. Lucia
  • Island Birds

    Gros Piton is home to some of St Lucia's rarest bird species. Sightings include the St. Lucia whiptail lizard and the Antillean crested hummingbird.

    Hummingbird feeding on a flower

What's included

  • Transfers to and from the trail

  • Permits to access the trail

  • Lunch to eat at the summit (optional)

  • Water and soft drinks

  • Me, your driver and guide!

What I need to know

  • Trip type

    Where you would like to go. Want to do multiple locations over multiple days? Just ask!

  • Group size

    We can accommodate larger groups so long as we have enough notice. Smaller groups are easier to accomodate at short notice.

  • Dates

    When you are hoping to book with me. I get busy during peak season so book early to avoid dissapointment.

  • Location

    Tell us where you are staying so we can arrange transfers. Boat transfers can also be arranged. Transfers are optional. Please let me know if you do not need this.

  • Dietary requirements

    So I can organise the best lunch for your group. Fish, chicken, vegetarian, vegan – all sorts of local cuisine can be arranged.

  • Other information

    Got something special in mind? Are you visiting for a special occasion? Let me know so I can personalise your adventure and make it as perfect as possible.

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