Reunion - Paradise Island Trekking
Reunion Island, Trek & Walk, 11 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,815 (land only) - from $2,160 (land only)
Trekking in the Tropics?
With 30-years trekking experience in far-flung destinations, this tropical island trek is sure to provide you with 'A taste of trekking paradise'.
- A superb walking holiday on the Reunion Islands
- Distinctive Creole flavour and Indian Ocean beaches
- Summit Piton des Neiges (3070m), Reunion Islands highest mountain
- Proper volcano walking and overnight in mountain refuges
- Sunrise on the summits and stunning mountain scenery
Wild and tropical trekking adventure holiday walking in the mountains of Reunion Island. Eight hundred kilometres east of Madagascar, the French overseas department of Reunion Island is a walking destination - par excellence! The far-flung volcanic Reunion Island, with its intriguing mix of African and French cultures, rises to over 3000m and its rugged interior boasts a network of walking trails which would not look out of place in Nepal. Three vast eroded cirques, Salazie, Mafate and Cilaos, dominate the centre of Reunion Island and provide the backdrop for this surprising walking adventure holiday. Walking through forest and farmland, our trekking takes us across high passes, descending to spend time in and explore friendly villages. Luxuriant vegetation, exotic bird species, towering waterfalls and hot springs to are all part of the scene on the endearing paradise of Reunion Island. Trekking to the summit of Piton des Neiges (3070m) at dawn, we can look across to our final objective, the active volcanoe of Piton de la Fournaise (2632m). Having ticked off many of the best walking trails on Reunion Island, we will be ready for a day of R&R at the pleasant coastal resort of St Gilles, a great way to end our walking holiday adventure to Reunion Island.
Is this holiday for you?
This is not a long or sustained walking holiday and the altitudes that we reach are relatively modest. The first 3 days of walking take the form of a continuous trek, walking for 4 or 5 hours each day, as we cross from the cirque of Salazie, through Mafate to Cilaos. We then have a free day, before making a 2-day ascent of Piton des Neiges. Climbing this peak and then descending to the refuge at Belouve, will provide us with our longest day - possibly 7 hours of walking. We have 2 further day hikes, including the 5-hour return trip to the cratered top of Piton de la Fournaise. Although most of the paths that we follow throughout the trip will have way-markers (in the French style - blobs of paint) we will encounter a wide range of underfoot conditions. There will be forest trails, including potentially muddy conditions at Trou de Fer, as well as zig-zag tracks on volcanic scree and rough, rocky sections on each of the peaks. Whilst trekking for 2 nights / 3 days between Salazie (day 2) and Cilaos (day 4) and during the 2-day ascent of Piton des Neiges (3 nights/4 days), we will carry everything that we need in our daysacks. Our main luggage will be transferred to the following hotel. We do not need much as the refuges supply all bedding etc, backpack should be kept light, under 8kg. Carrying our few belongings over the walks makes it seem much more adventurous and exciting on this rural island.