Tropical parfumes, volcanoes and mountains
- Trekking on La Réunion Island and Piton de la Fournaise volcano -
Tour code: LRE_TTV
Duration: 12 days
Dates:9-20 Aug 2015
25 Oct - 5 Nov 2015
Price (p.p.): 1890 € ?
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Home to the Bourbon vanilla, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Réunion is the French counterpart to Hawai´i: a tropical paradise with one of the world's most active volcanoes, but also breathtaking mountain scenery offering extraordinary hiking possibilities to discover its geologically mysterious and difficult to access interior basins, the famous "cirques".
The combination of volcanic soil, tropical climate, and high mountains surrounded by tropical beaches and frequently active Piton de la Fournaise volcano, as well as the mix of French and Créole culture turn La Réunion into the perfect place for a vast variety of emotions to discover: coral beaches, lush forests full of tropical scents, steep gorges with waterfalls, high mountain peaks, and the exciting volcanic moonscape of Piton de la Fournaise.
Trekking on La Réunion Island (12 days)
Day 1: CIRQUE of SALAZIE
Pick-up from airport and transfer to the Cirque de Salazie, the largest and most verdant of the three "cirques" with many fields of "chouchou" and waterfalls.
Acc.: : guesthouse in Hell-Bourg (L, D)
Day 2: CIRQUE of SALAZIE / CIRQUE of MAFATE
Today, we'll hike from Col des Boeufs towards Grande Place overlooking the Cirque of Mafate within the National Park, where there are no roads nor cars.
Acc.: : dormitory in an comfortable gîte in Grand Place (840m) (B, D)
Day 3: MAFATE : Grande Place to Roche Plate
Full day of hiking through the Cirque de Mafate.
Acc.: : dormitory in an comfortable hut in Roche Plate (1140 m) (B, D)
Day 4: MAFATE : Roche-Plate - Marla
We hike to the highest hamlet of the cirque, located just under the third summet of La Réunion Island, Grand Bénard.
Acc.: : dormitory in gite in Marla (1650m) (B, D)
Day 5: CIRQUE DE MAFATE to CIRQUE DE CILAOS
Today, we hike into the CIRQUE DE CILAOS.
Acc.: : hotel or in a gite in Cilaos (B, D)
Day 6: PITON DES NEIGES
We climb to the highest mountain refuge of La Réunion island.
Acc.: : dormitory in basic hut of Caverne Dufour (B, D)
Day 7: Summit of Piton des Neiges
Sunrise at the summit « Piton des Neiges » then walk down to Bélouve
Acc.: : dormitory in mountain house of Bélouve (B, D)
Day 8: Botanic forest in Bélouve - transfer to the volcano
We start with a very nice and easy walk in the botanic forest with points of view on "Trou de Fer" waterfall and the Cirque of Salazie. We have picnic near a pond, from where we might observe some indigenous birds.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Volcano mountain house.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Climbing: 300 m. Descending: 300 m. Distance: 9 km
Acc.: : dormitory in Volcano gite (B, D)
Day 9: Piton de La Fournaise
Full day for Piton de la Fournaise volcano.
Acc.: : dormitory in Volcano gite (B, L)
Day 10: Piton de la Fournaise - transfer to south coast
Another nearly full day can be used to explore the volcano. In the afternoon, transfer to the south coast at Ste Rose.
Acc.: : hotel: "LA FOURNAISE" (B, D)
Day 11: Transfer to the West Coast
Full day excursion in the wild south-east and south coast and transfer to the West coast.
Acc.: : hotel "LE NAUTILE" *** (B, D)
Day 12: Transfer to airport
Half free day near the beaches and transfer to the airport in time for your departure, or own extension.
Acc.: : none (B)
During this wonderful circuit on Réunion, you will mostly stay in (very well equipped and managed) refuges and mountain huts, as well in some small and charming hotels and pensions. The locations are perfect to discover the geological and natural wonders of this island. Except for the mountain hut of Piton des Neiges, where you will need to bring your sleeping bag, blankets, pillows and bed sheets are provided in the huts and refuges. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for the nights in huts.