Pico Duarte

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Chris T
Reigate, UK11 contributions
Pico Duarte through Guías de las Altura, Fantastic Trip!
Dec 2020
A friend and i booked to climb Pico Duarte through Guías de las altura, contacting them through email 3 days before the trip. Joel was brilliantly responsive and quickly told us everything we needed to know about the trip in advance and what to expect. Everything was done on good faith which was nice and we agreed to pay $250 USD per person for there assistance with the Trip (Guides, mules, a tent, food and coffee up and down) which we paid up front and I think this was value for money

A few things worth pointing out. This is a relentless trail path to the top with steady incline all the way, it is tough on the legs and and i am sore but there is nothing technical at all here and bar the small rocky outcrop at the top you will not have to use your hands. I would liken it to walking up ben Nevis by the mountain path....Twice.

We arrived the day before and were kindly allowed to use a room in someones home the night before before being met by Giovanni at 0530 to start our climb. He arrived with his mule palermo and we duly followed them all day stopping maybe every 1 and a half hours before reaching the summit at around 1630 making it back down to camp 1 at about 1800 for a welcome meal by the fire. we left at 0700 the following day and got back to base camp at 1330 feeling pretty battered. Our guides spoke no English so do not expect any commentary on the area or wildlife on the way up but they do what's advertised which is show you the way up, lug your kit, feed and water you and prepare your tent. They were always looking out for us to the point that we tipped the $20 USD each on completion

I loved the following.

- Experiencing a bit of the real Dominican Republic away from the beach resorts and luxury, having no mobile signal. - ; loved the ambience of the local folk, the local food and the hospitality offered to us 2 gringos

- A Tough walk. I consider myself a keen UK fell walker. (Hadrian's wall, Yorkshire dales, 3 peaks, Pen y fan, most of the lakes, isle of skye) this was by far the toughest days walking of any of these, it is a relentless trudge to the summit with no scrambling or exposure.

- A whistling bird that you could hear most of the way up, sounded like the mocking jay from hunger games, no idea what it was. Pino our guide told us (i think)

- The local countryside and views

- A Beer in the hotel eventually at puerto plata

Advice.

- Take plenty of water. The stops say they have water but not all of them did and we ran out a couple of times

- Take plenty of supplementary snacks. Your guides will provide some food;, rice egg, coffee and the odd pineapple but you will need more than this to get to the top.

- A spanish phrase book if your spanish is as poor as ours
Written December 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

RamblingRon69
Hereford, UK88 contributions
The highest peak in the Caribbean, what an adventure!
Jan 2020
I arrived at the trailhead with the intention of climbing to the summit but a lot of arrangements had to be made first. I teamed up with a German guy who spoke English and we booked a guide and his donkey! It was a two-day trek and we reached the summit at 0600hrs because that was the best time to witness the glorious sunrise. Sadly, the clag was down and we couldn't see a bloody thing. On the way down, I suffered an accident when part of the track gave way and I fell about six feet, landing on my side and back and as I found out much later, I'd broken three ribs. I couldn't walk so they got me back to base on the donkey and I swear that I remember every step that the bloody animal took. A painful experience but one that I wouldn't have changed for the world!
Written February 12, 2020
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Alef C
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Demanding but beautiful experience
Jan 2019
Rising 10,000 feet high, Pico Duarte is the highest mountain in the Caribbean. Getting to the summit is a demanding experience that will change you for life. Most people use the Manabao Route, a 29 mile hike (roundtrip) with 8000 ft altitude gain, where the hiker go through several ecosystems, from the tropical forest to Pine Forests, to Alpine Grass highlands. Above 6000 feet temperature gets cold, getting below freezing at nights.

The trip by this route is typically done in three days. In order to preserve the National Park, authorities require you to use the services of a local guide. Hiring a professional adventure outfitter will make your experience more enjoyable. I recommend Guias de Alturas, a small, solid group of guides with extensive experience in the dominican outdoors and a strong mountaineering background both locally and internationally. This guys really love the mountains.

They take good care of the customer and provide a lot of information before the actual trip, which helps you prepare in advance and provide peace of mind by knowing all you can know before the actual adventure. They also have a strong bond with the local community around Pico Duarte, so they can use the best local guides and mule drivers and the trips support a better way of life for the local population.

With incredible mountain views and a spirit of adventure, climbing Pico Duarte could easily be the greatest thing to do while you’re at the Dominican Republic.
Written October 8, 2019
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Wayne C
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic5 contributions
Another example of ‘Dominican Republic has it all’
Sep 2019 • Friends
This is a demanding hike, even for experienced hikers in good shape (though you can always go up by mule), but well worth it. With morning temperatures of 7C on our trip, the roaring evening fire at La Compartición high camp was very welcome. We went with @PicoDuarteTours, which takes care of all the logistics ( from having a paramedic accompany the group down to the s’mores for the campfire) at a very reasonable price—and their very responsive team was ready for anything. A fabulous experience, and an especially great option for hikers looking for a challenge during Northern Hemisphere off-season.
Written September 15, 2019
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Maria N
Oahu, HI2 contributions
Awesome hike!
Apr 2019 • Friends
If you're used to hiking mountains every weekend, climbing ropes, rocks and bushwacking, this hike is NOT difficult. It's a National Park with path the whole way! It's mandatory to have a guide. We opted to rent mules to ride on the extra rocky parts. You could probably do this hike in a day. However it is fun to spend the night in the house and then watch the sunrise in the morning. It didn't take us long to come down the mountain, maybe 6 hours. We spend only one night at campsite.
Written August 28, 2019
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a hiker
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its beautiful . they should sell permits to enter with out guildes...
Jan 2019 • Solo
know the prices for the guide ( 600 peso ) and mules( 400 pesos ) each day . because they will over charge you .I've been there 8 times . it was my 8th time i found that they where over charging me . letting my guard down by believing in their fake hospitality.. every time i planned to go on a hike i would call the guilde FERMIN at mata grande entrance to arange a trip . i have enough experience to go on my owen but they force you to hire a guilde and a mule which i never see untill i what for him at each camp site ... don't pitty or trust these villager's all they have in mind is getting over you ... and, i am a native dominican ...
Written July 25, 2019
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Laura O
Dominican Republic19 contributions
MUST GO!
Apr 2019 • Friends
We're talking about the highest peak in the caribbean! I've been there like 3 times already and the view it's amazing. You need to walk a lot and do camping in the way, but you can do it at your rhythm, you'll always have people in the way doing the same trail as you. They have campfires, kitchens, cabins and camping areas. Everything have a sign, and you can always ask for help.
Written May 8, 2019
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JoseDavid2018
Dominican Republic7 contributions
Guías de las alturas.
Apr 2018 • Friends
Excellent! very professional, reliable, organized. Logistics is your forte. With Guias de Alturas each experience is unique. They are my guides par excellence !. Thanks to Joel, Misael, Roselio; Main guides of this great team.
Written October 13, 2018
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LP148
Miami, FL80 contributions
Very Difficult Hike
Jun 2018 • Friends
I am in good shape and 44 years old. Do NOT take this mountain lightly. It is a 26km hike and they do not count the turns in that calculation. It is likely 30-35km. It is much longer and harder than you would expect from a 10,000ft peak.

The beginning may fool you as it is an easy slight up hill walk with beautiful nature scenes and a river. After the first 4km it is all business. There is a section they call “Repentimiento.” I called it HELL ON EARTH. It is a very steep grade loaded with rocks of all sizes that goes on for 2-3 hours. Turn after turn after turn after turn, it feels like it will never end. Every peak is met with a higher peak and another, followed by more and more and more. Just remember, it does eventually end.

It is extremely important that you hire a professional guide. We used Rancho Baiguate (Buy-Gua-Tey) in Jarabacoa (Ha-Ra-Ba-Coa). We purchased the Relax package which is not relaxing, but it is not rushed. It allowed us time to prepare, complete the hike, return, shower and relax and eat afterwards. They provided a professional guide, all of the food and drinks, snacks, mules to carry everything but us, and a cook for the entire trip.

You still need to bring along extra snacks. I suggest you bring a LOT. I also suggest you bring professional grade Salt-Pills. You can find them on Amazon (see photo) or in a local camping supply store. It will help fight against muscle fatigue and cramping. We brought a large container of powdered Gatorade. It allowed us to change the water provided into Gatorade, which helps with electrolytes.

Last note, it gets cold at 8000-10000 feet. No matter what time of year you summit, bring proper clothing and camping gear for freezing to near freezing temperatures. It is the Caribbean. However, every 1000 feet you climb the temp drops about 4 degrees F, or 2 degrees C. That means it will be cold at night no matter where you sleep.

Get your mind right before the first step and congrats when you take that awesome picture at the top!!!
Written June 9, 2018
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Trekker416
Toronto, Canada16 contributions
A rewarding hike!
Feb 2018 • Solo
It's been a two day, one night guided hike for me. The hike can be arranged on your own from the Park's headquarters in La Cienaga, which will cut your overall costs but I arranged it through an agent in Jarabacoa as my Spanish is very limited. I chose to do the hike in February because it's arguably the area's driest month of the year (Ironically, however, both mornings brought either a drizzle or a pouring rain and the first day started with 7 km of a very muddy and slippery trail). The hike is not extremely difficult, and is doable if you are in a decent physical shape. It's just a very long walk. The 3.5 km long section from La Laguna to Aquita Fria is probably the most challenging. The serenity of the mountains and spectacular views along the way make it all worth the effort. Keep in mind, the temperatures may fall below ten Celsius at night at the Comparticion where most hikers spend the night and below zero at the summit.

We were very lucky to have clear skies at the top before the sunrise. A truly majestic view opens before you with mountains and glimmering lights of towns an villages below (you can see as far as Santiago!). The sunrise on a clear crispy morning is breathtaking!
Written February 14, 2018
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