Mauritius, being a volcanic island, has several breathtaking summits and valleys to explore on foot. The island is well known for its natural beauty, breathtaking nature, beautiful birds, flora, coastlines and its magnificent views.
Le Pouce is the third highest peak on the island and one of the most iconic features of the landscape. Le Pouce is located near the island’s capital city, Port Louis, and offers incredible views of the surrounding area. The mountain’s relatively central location on an island that’s only 45km (28mi) wide and 65km (40mi) long means it’s possible to see much of the island from the summit and its slopes. Hikers can see the northern coastline along with islands that lie off its shores.
Throughout the hike there are striking views of the Moka Range including the country’s second highest peak, Pieter Both, with its uniquely shaped rock formation at the summit which resembles a human head. To the south are sprawling views of the more urban district of Plaines Wilhems.
Le Pouce hiking experience
The trail initially leads up through sugarcane fields before entering the welcome cool of a small forest. The path then switches back on itself once or twice as it gains altitude and passes the odd shrine cut into the rock face. As the trail emerges from the trees it zig-zags across bare rock on the eastern side of the mountain before entering a more grassy ascent to the right of the summit.
When you encounter crossroads in the trail, always choose the path to the right ensuring you keep the summit to your left. Just below the summit there is a small plateau which is a great spot at which to pause and enjoy the stunning views across Pieter Both and the Moka Range.
The final part of the hike is through a small meadow followed by a short but slightly challenging scramble to the summit where you can enjoy a refreshing breeze, a gulp of water and some of the best views in Mauritius.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
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