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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 […]

Im Feuchtwald auf etwa 1.800 m Höhe

We didn’t really sleep well that first night. Everything is wet and smells a bit moldy. The mood does not improve when we put on the wet clothes at 6 o’clock in the morning. Socks, underwear, shirt, pants, fleece: all wet. We try to take it with humor and trust the reports that this is […]

Day 1: Gîte de la Plaine des Chicots (1.839 m)

Ascent through the mystical rainforest


Tamarin des Hauts

Silence. Some birds are singing. An intense forest aroma. The path at the beginning is relatively wide, the roots of the Japanese sickle firs run crisscross. Again and again the path is terraced with boards, although it is not really steep, probably a tribute to the extreme rainfall. We put one foot in front of […]

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The Sentier de Grande Randonnée No. 2 (R2) is the crossing of the island from the capital St. Denis in the north to Basse Vallée in the south. The tour is scenically incredibly varied, especially the variety of different forests on Reunion fascinates. The typical tropical mixed forest of the island (“Bois de couleurs des […]

La Réunion 2019: Prologue

Wedding dance on the volcano


Callalilie (Zantedeschia aethiopica) in der Nähe von La Nouvelle

2019 is a very special year for us, a truly extraordinary year! See for yourself and pay attention to the small details in the following image: YES! We got married on September 14, 2019. “Lustwandlerlike” in the “Buckligen Welt”, outdoors, by a pond, accompanied by family, many friends and a cool jazz duo playing piano […]