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Cirques of Cilaos and Mafate

Between Mafate and Cilaos, my heart wavers. Two cirques that are readily qualified as “cut from the world” and where life is totally pleasant. Discover their wonderful atmospheres during an unforgettable three days. A bonus of this itinerary is the second day’s “loop” hike from Marla with a light pack.

- Length: 3 days/2 nights
- Difficulty: moderate
- Backpack: contains your gear and the picnics for 3 days
- Start/end: Cilaos - accessible by public bus (Alternéo 60)

Rates 2020:

Organisation and guide for this trek of 3 days:

Individual Formed group
1 pers 2 pers 3 pers 4 pers 5 pers
510 € 285 €/pers 200 €/pers 157 €/pers 132 €/pers

Rate upon request for more than 5 participants.

Additional costs:
- 2 nights in lodges on half-board (circa 50 €/pers/night)
- mountain guide’s half-board package (60 €)
- 3 picnics (8 to 10 €/pers/day)

Day by day:

D1 – After a short bus transfer along the road leading to Ilet à Cordes, start of our ascent to the Col du Taïbit (pass) on the crest between the Cilaos and Mafate cirques. Short but steep descent towards the hamlet of Marla.
Around 4 h walking, +800 m and -450 m
Dinner and night in a lodge in Marla.

D2 – A day to fully enjoy the charms of this unique cirque. Loop hike via the Trois Roches waterfall, the îlet of La Nouvelle, and back to Marla.
Around 7 h walking, +800 m and -800 m (you carry your gear for the day only)
Dinner and night in a lodge in Marla.

D3 – Hike back to Cilaos along the same path as the first day. This time, we walk all the way until the town of Cilaos, crossing the Bras Rouge (the main river of the cirque), a good place for a picnic.
Around 6 h walking, +800 m and -1100 m

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