Pico Duarte Trekking

4 days / 3 nights
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Pico Duarte is located in the Central Cordillera of the Dominican Republic, about 180 kilometers northwest of the capital Santo Domingo. The nearest, larger village is Jarabacoa. This is also the starting point for the most popular ascent route to the highest peak of the Caribbean islands. Pico Duarte lies between the two national parks Armando Bermúdez and José del Carmen Ramírez. The Central Cordillera is the largest and highest mountain range in the Dominican Republic, stretching from San Cristobal and Baní in the south to the northwest of the country on the border with Haiti.

Getting to Pico Duarte

There are several routes to Pico Duarte. The most popular one goes through Jarabacoa and on to the small village La Ciénaga de Manabao, from where most hikes start. The 23.1 km tour leads from the entrance of the National Park via Los Tablones, La Cotorra, La Laguna, El Cruce, Aguita Fria and Camp La Compartición to the summit of Pico Duarte. This tour usually takes two or three days. Another popular starting point is the village of Mata Grande, which is reached via San José de las Matas. From there, 45 kilometres have to be covered. The stations are Loma del Oro, Las Guácaras, the high valley Valle de Bao, the sister summit La Pelona and finally the summit of Pico Duarte. You can either go back the same way or go down to La Ciénaga on the main route to experience a varied tour. Depending on the exact variant, you will be on the road here for four to five days, but you will experience the most beautiful scenic of all tours.

Pico Duarte Ascent

The ascent of Pico Duarte is a special experience. Who would expect here, in the middle of the Caribbean, a mountain that rises over 3,000 meters into the blue sky. Unlike in the native European mountains, there is no tree line here, which means that vegetation can be found up to the summit cross. The evenings around the campfire with a hot chocolate are also an unforgettable experience.


However, you are recommended to wear warm clothes on the way to Pico Duarte. In the evenings and at night it can get very cold in the higher altitudes. A warm fleece sweater or a jacket is recommended, as the temperatures occasionally drop to just over 0°C. From December to February it is slightly colder than the rest of the year. In the summer months, during the rainy season, short but heavy rainfall can occur.

PICK UP/FINAL STOP Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Samaná, Punta Cana
3 overnight stays in shelters
All transfers according to the program
English-speaking tour guide
Hikes and catering according to the program
1 riding horse per participant
All entrance fees, taxes and duties
Private travel health insurance
Tips and personal expenses


Day 1 – The adventure begins

Early in the morning, drive with an English-speaking tour guide to the central mountains to Jarabacoa and from there to La Cienega, the starting point of the hike. We take care of all preparations, such as national park permits, food, guides and pack animals. All you need to bring with you is your personal equipment, mattress and sleeping bag (these can also be rented). After we have finished loading the pack animals, the ascent to La Comparticion, which is at an altitude of 2800 m, begins. Here we spend the night in a simple shelter and are served a warm dinner. Today we cover about 20 km and 1500 vertical meters.


Day 2 – Ascent to the summit

On the second day there are some efforts ahead of us. It starts at sunrise. After a small snack we take the ascent to the summit of Pico Duarte at 3087 m. We enjoy the view and descend again to the refuge, where a warm lunch awaits us. Then another descent to the “Aguita Fría” spring, at an altitude of 2650 metres. It is the highest source of the Caribbean and the source of the River Yaque del Sur. Finally we hike to the “Valle del Tetero”, which is situated at an altitude of 1500 m. Here we spend the night in a simple shelter and are served a warm dinner. Today we cover about 22 km and 2500 vertical meters.


Day 3 – Valle del Tereo

On the third day we make a full day hike through the Valle del Tetero, the largest valley of the country with an extension of approx. 3 km². We see rocks with pictographies of natives and bathe in the river Yaque del Sur. We walk back to our shelter and enjoy a warm dinner.


Day 4 – Descent and return to the hotel

On the fourth day we make the entire descent (approx. 20 km) and drive back to the hotel. With such strenuous hikes you must always reckon with the fact that that with one or the other the strength diminishes, or also that someone hurts themself. Therefore we lead one riding horse per participant, which can be mounted at any time to rest in between.

Important information:

  • This trip is not suitable for children under 12 years.


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