Day 9: To the basecamp of Piton des Neiges

Short and tough ascent to the Refuge de la Caverne Dufour


Aufstieg zum Piton des Neiges

The next big challenge is the summit tour of Piton des Neiges, the highest mountain on the island and the Indian Ocean. Since, as you know by now, the sight is always best in the early morning hours, today we hike to the base camp, the Refuge de la Caverne Dufour, to climb the summit […]

Tag 7 und 8: Cilaos and a resting day in Cilaos

It’s about the journey, not the destination … isn’t it?



In the morning, the ascent from Marla (1629 m) to the Col du Taïbit (2081 m) is awaiting us. We start at 8 o’clock, step by step we ascend in serpentines until we reach a beautiful forest with mimosa trees. To our right is the mighty wall of the Rempart de Mafate. After 1 hour […]

Îlet des Lataniers, auf der anderen Seite wieder Grand-Place. Rechts im Bild der Piton des Calumets, im Bildhintergrund der Morne de Fourche.

After breakfast (baguette, butter, jam, tea), we start today’s hike at 8 am to Roche Plates via the Îlet des Orangers. We go back to the GR-R2 and turn left towards Rivière des Galets. The sign says: 3 hours to the Îlet des Orangers. We say: Well, interesting. 😉 The path first leads us downhill […]

Réunionschwarzkehlchen (Saxicola tectes)

Cock-a-doodle-doo! From 4:30 a.m. we are repeatedly woken up by the roosters, until at 6:30 a.m. the alarm clock really calls us to get up. Now it’s time to get dressed, pack our backpacks and at 7:00 we go to breakfast. We start the day with baguette, butter, jam, and tea. We set off at […]

Roche Écrite, Crête de la Marianne, Crête d'Aurère mit Piton Cabris, Rivière des Galets und im Hintergrund in den Wolken der Morne de Fourche

The map shows a very overgrown wall, the height lines are close together. It is hard to imagine that a path runs into the Cirque de Mafate here, but it does, the GR R2 is marked here. In less than 4 kilometres of trail, it descends 700 metres in altitude, and in the steepest part […]