Best of Nevis: Conquering Mount Nevis

At 3,232-feet high, Mount Nevis is the most prominent landmark on our island, and this natural wonder can be seen from almost anywhere on Nevis. Climbing this dormant volcano is a popular activity for many island visitors, and we consider this once-in-a-lifetime experience to be among the best of Nevis.

Before you hit the trail, read our tips & tricks below to ensure you are fully prepared and know what to expect.

Hire a guide.

Although there is a well-worn trail in most areas, the course is unmarked, very steep and contains a few obstacles along the way. Therefore, we strongly recommend a guide and can arrange everything for you here at the resort. The experienced guides know the ins-and-outs of this terrain and will also be able to provide insider information on the trails, flora and fauna, island history and more!

Nevis PeakPhoto: Ashley Papadopoulos

Expect to be sore.

This excursion is more than a hike – it’s a strenuous climb! You’ll be using your legs, upper body and core, so you’re likely to have tense muscles throughout your entire body. To alleviate soreness, we recommend relaxing in our oceanfront hot tub upon your return or opting for a soothing massage at The Palms Spa.

Oceanfront hot tub at Nisbet Plantation

Know your limits.

Although you should be in good shape for this 5-hour adventure, it’s quite common to turn around at a certain point before reaching the top of the peak. Share your comfort level with your guide, and consider a shortened route.

Photo: @pedrofachada

Pack carefully.

We guarantee you’ll return to the resort covered head-to-toe in mud. Wear shorts, shirts and sneakers you are willing to throw out. There are ropes throughout the course, so also consider bringing gloves.

Other necessities include snacks to maintain your energy, water to keep you hydrated and a disposable camera to capture the breathtaking views!

Guests after climbing Nevis Peak

There’s plenty to see along the way.

The peak is often completely covered in clouds, distorting your scenic view from the top. In fact, on Christopher Columbus’ 1493 voyage, he imagined the clouds above Nevis Peak to be snow, and the island was then named “Nustra Senora de las Nieves” (Our Lady of the Snows). The best views and photo opportunities begin about halfway up, but typically are below the peak. There is plenty to admire along the climb or descent even if you don’t make it to the top!

Nevis PeakPhoto: Matthew Frey

Although challenging, climbing Mount Nevis offers adventure-seekers a rewarding accomplishment and memories to last a lifetime.

Have you conquered Nevis Peak? Share your experience or words of wisdom in a comment below!ave

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One thought to “Best of Nevis: Conquering Mount Nevis”

  1. I did Mt. Nevis last April (2016) with the guide, which I recommend just to find the trail. I wore hiking boots (a good idea), and long pants which, as indicated in your description, did get so muddy that I threw them away afterwards (it was about time anyway). On the trail there were dozens of ropes that pretty much had to be used, so it was the Three Rs: ropes, roots, and rocks. I am a reasonably experienced hiker, at least in New England, USA, and I would consider the trail very steep (the latter 2/3 of the trail distance, that is). Sadly, the top was enshrouded in clouds. A couple of hours later, in early afternoon, it did clear up. The trip up and back took me about 3 1/2 hours; for younger people who are in hiking shape, it could be done in 3 easily. I didn’t see any particularly interesting wildlife along the way. The trail (and ropes!) was muddy, but it could have been a lot worse if there had been rain earlier.

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