Now we are back on today’s route from Refuge de la Caverne Dufour down to Bourg-Murat, about 12 km and about 900 meters of elevation gain, not counting counter ascents. The Plaine des Cafres is signed as 4 ½ hours of walking. Let’s start with a look back at the Refuge de la Caverne Dufour and Piton des Neiges and the ascent path in the lower part after the refuge.
By the way, we needed a good 7 hours with breaks and photo stops for the stated 4 ½ hours. The rest is quickly told: It goes now still un-difficult along the pastures to a small gravel road with parking, then you would follow the gravel road 2 km to the N3. The GR R2 continues tomorrow from the N3, our night’s lodging in Bourg-Murat is about 5 kilometers south. We are lucky that other hikers have called a cab and can go to Bourg-Murat at 16:30 with a contribution to the travel costs.