Hiking on the Piton de la Fournaise volcano

Duration : 1 day

Réunion Island

Level : intermediate

from 50 € / p. from 1 to 12 persons

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Description

Every Wednesday and Sunday, I propose to share the geological history of the Reunion Island in the mineral universe of this very active volcano.

Culminating at 2631 meters of altitude, the Piton de la Fournaise is the star of the intense island: with its eruptions every 9 months on average during the last ten years, it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world! About 500,000 years old, it is an incredible natural reserve, whose biodiversity is studied and protected. It is all this that I invite you to discover during this extraordinary hike.

This hike in the mountains of the island to discover the Piton de la Fournaise volcano lasts about 6 hours for a distance of 9 kilometers and a positive and negative altitude difference of 500 meters.

A good understanding of French is required to take part in this group hike.

If I am not available, a colleague from the Bureau Montagne Réunion will be in charge of the supervision.

If you want to continue to discover Reunion Island during beautiful day hikes, follow me in the Belouve forest and Trou de Fer, on the trails of the cirque of Cilaos, to discover the cirque of Mafate or for a off-trail hiking on the Piton de la Fournaise.

Program

  • Departure every Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Departure is confirmed from the first registered person.
  • Meet at 7.30am at the parking lot of Pas de Bellecombe-Jacob.
  • The hike starts with a descent into the "enclosure", then we walk through the lava flows to reach the base of the main cone and start the ascent to the summit crater.
  • In the event of an eruption in the enclosure, it is closed by prefectural decree. I will then suggest a route off the beaten track in the Plaine des Sables to catch a glimpse of the eruption in progress or to discover the past eruptions and the history of the volcano.
  • Back at the parking lot around 2pm.
  • You will be at an altitude of more than 2000 meters, so it can be very cold and the weather conditions can change very quickly (rain, fog, wind, etc.).
  • Finally, the terrain is not very uneven, but very rocky, and very sharp in case of a fall. For all these reasons, the minimum age recommended to participate is 12 years old.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • A snack with a local drink.

The price does not include

  • Transport to and from the parking lot of Pas de Bellecombe-Jacob.
  • Picnic lunch.
  • Drinks.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".
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