Loop of the high Mafate
Duration : 3 days
Africa, Réunion Island
Level : good hiker
from 395 € / p. from 1 to 12 personsInfos & Booking
I propose you to follow me for an immersion in the high Mafate, in the heart of the Reunion Island. After having gone up entirely the cirque of Salazie and its luxuriant vegetation to reach the carpark, you will discover very quickly the unspoilable view on our adventure ground.
The appointment and the taking in charge are done at the parking of the "col des Bœufs" (other places of taking in charge on request). Parking guarding is optional and on request.
If I am unavailable, a colleague from the Bureau Montagne Réunion Trek will take care of the supervision.
Still in this beautiful cirque, I also propose four other treks:
- the discovery of the high Mafate,
- the crossing of Mafate,
- the discovery of the lower Mafate,
- and the tour of the lower Mafate's islets.
D1: Col des Bœufs - Roche Plate.
From the Col des Bœufs parking lot, at the top of the Salazie cirque, we quickly go down into the Mafate cirque. A long descent leads us to the bottom of the Galets river, crossing the magnificent plain of Tamarins, then the islet of La Nouvelle. After a refreshing break at the Fond Mafate, we start the ascent towards the Bronchard pass, before reaching the islet of Roche Plate, where we will spend the night in a lodge.
Attention, this stage is relatively long and presents a strong relief and some steep passages.
Duration: 6 hours, distance: 12km, positive altitude difference: 550 meters, negative altitude difference: 1250 meters.
D2: Roche Plate - Marla.
Today you follow a superb stage of the GRR2, at the foot of the Maïdo rampart. The first part leads us to the Trois Roches waterfall, where we enjoy the river. Then, we go up the Galets river, before reaching the plateau of Marla, the highest islet of Mafate.
Duration: 5 hours, distance: 8km, D+: 750m, D-: 300m.
D3: Marla - Col des Bœufs.
After breakfast, we cross the Galets river one last time, to go up to the Tamarins plain. We take advantage of its extraordinary atmosphere, then we finish our circuit by joining the Col des Bœufs via the GRR3.
Duration: 5 hours, distance: 7km, D+: 500m, D-: 250m.
The price includes
- Supervision by the mountain leader.
- Accommodation in ½ board (night + evening meal and breakfasts), in gites or huts, in small dormitories.
The price does not include
- Picnic lunches (available as an option). I will advise you of the best ways to have lunch.
- Transfers other than those mentioned in the program.
- Drinks other than those provided at meals.
- Personal equipment.
- Personal expenses.
- Insurance and assistance (optional).
- Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".