Piton des Neiges, Cilaos

4.6
#2 of 13 in Nature in Arrondissement of Saint-Pierre
Holding the title of largest mountain in the Indian Ocean, Piton des Neiges stands as a 3,069 m (10,069 ft) shield volcano. The peak of the volcano is the highest point on the island; it has been inactive for over 20,000 years. Three medium-difficulty trails allow hikers access the volcano’s peak, but they are lengthy--taking up to 12 hours for a round-trip to the peak. Many hikers opt to take two days, allowing them to witness a sunrise the next morning. A mountain hut near the top provides food and overnight lodging. The volcano is surrounded by three crater valleys--referred to as the Cirques--and the lower slopes of the volcano feature a biological reserve of endemic flowering plants. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Piton des Neiges and many more Cilaos attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cilaos online trip itinerary builder .
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  • We left the block at midnight and decided to ride everything in one go. We used to walk and took 4hours 40 hours to get to the top. The first part is easy, on the other hand after the cottage, the big rocks make the climb more difficult. For our part the hardest part was to go down these 1700m of vertical drop, it breaks the knees! The descent seems endless.
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  • Done twice this year: 1 at night at the lodge. 1 at night, leaving at 1 a.m. from the Bloc. I preferred the night version with a little break at the lodge to have a drink, rest and resume the ascent a little before sunrise. No difficulty ... apart from the height difference of course! Ti pa, ti pa as they say here.
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  • A bid of a climb, bud worth it once at the top!
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