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An epic trans-Reunion backpacking route that goes from Saint Denis to Saint Philippe covering the island's highlights.


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90.4

Miles

145.5

KM

Point to Point

8,169' 2,490 m

High

78' 24 m

Low

28,999' 8,839 m

Up

29,118' 8,875 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

125%

Max Grade (51°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Need to Know

If you plan to stay in gites/refuges along the way, be sure to book a bunk in advance and bring cash for food.

Description

This is a multi-day backpacking route that will take you to some of the island's most scenic vantage points. You'll pass Dos d'Ane, through Cirque de Mafate, over Col de Taibit, through Cirque de Cilaos, up to the Refuge de Caverne Dufour at the base of Piton des Neiges, down to La Plaine des Cafres, up to Pas de Bellecome with views of Piton de la Fournaise, along the ramparts, and finally down to Saint Philippe. There are hikers' gites/refuges along the entire route so you could avoid carrying a lot of food, water, or camping equipment. Sections of this trail can be very rocky, muddy, slippery, or beautifully smooth.

Contacts

Land Manager: Reunion National Park

Shared By:

Karl W

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Really cool tall flowers in front of Piton Cabris.
Jul 28, 2018 near Salazie, RE
Piton de la Fournaise from the area burned by lava from the 2018 eruption which still emits smoke in the distance.
Jul 13, 2018 near Saint-P…, RE
Grand peaks and beautiful tree-based red flowers can be found at the lower elevations in Mafate.
Jul 27, 2018 near Salazie, RE
Sun beams shine onto Cilaos far below Grand Benare.
Jul 11, 2018 near Cilaos, RE
Looking into Cirque de Cilaos at sunset
Jul 11, 2018 near Cilaos, RE
The sun begins to set behind Piton des Neiges in route to the Refuge
Jul 11, 2018 near Cilaos, RE

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