Explore a dramatic landscape hewn from volcanoes and softened by verdant nature with a trek through Mauritius’ mountainous interior.
Take a break from sun bathing and discover mountain hiking in Mauritius, exploring the stunning beauty of an island sculptured by nature into an array of mountainous peaks, waterfalls and tropical valleys, many of which are protected within national parks.
The three mountain ranges on Mauritius offer a variety of short and longer hikes, from easy to the more challenging.
These peaks aren’t high in comparison to major mountain ranges of the world but the views are breathtaking and the chance to see more of the island is one not to be missed.
Take your pick from the Moka range in the east near Port Louis, the Black River range in the south-west and the Grand Port in the south-east.
With peaks ranging from 480 to 828m many can be explored with a good map and some walking boots but some of the more challenging peaks will need a guide.
The very best mountain hikes include:
- Le Pouce – Despite being one of the tallest peaks on the island at 811m the walk up Le Pouce is one of the easiest making it perfect for those looking for spectacular views without too much difficulty. Situated in the Moka range it overlooks the capital Port Louis with 360º views around the island.
- Lion Mountain – For those looking for more of a challenge Lion Mountain in the south east, named because locals thought the mountain resembled the creature, is only 480m but is a longer, slightly more difficult hike. The half-day trek is well worth it for the stunning views of the lagoon when you reach the summit.
- Black River Peak – Surprisingly the highest peak on the island at 828m is also considered one of the easiest hikes and one of the most scenic. Most of the walk is along a ridge through beautiful endemic trees and plants with a stunning view across the island and the west coast from the summit.
- The Corps de Garde – For those looking for a serious challenge a hike up this 780m peak on the west of the island will get your pulse racing. A secluded, remote hike through basalt rock and tropical plant life gives stunning views over the ocean and the mountains of the Casela Nature Park in the south.
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