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Piton des Neiges (loop)

The highest summit of the Indian Ocean, the Piton des Neiges offers, at sunrise, a unique 360° viewpoint for the cirques, remparts (cliffs), east and west coasts, the Grand Bénare peak just opposite, and the Piton de la Fournaise in the distance.
“Base camp” atmosphere guaranteed for this ascent in two stages.

- Length: 2 days/1 night
- Difficulty: sustained
- Backpack: contains your gear for 2 days and picnics. You only carry a light pack for the return-hike to the summit early in the morning (your extra gear can stay at the refuge)
- Start/end points: Cilaos - public transport is available (Alternéo 60)

Rates:

Organisation and guide for this trek of 2 days:

Individual Formed group
1 pers 2 pers 3 pers 4 pers 5 pers
320 € 180 €/pers 126 €/pers 100 €/pers 84 €/pers

Rate upon request above 5 participants.

Additional costs:
- one night in a refuge with half-board (circa 46 €/pers/night)
- the guide’s half-board package (28 €)
- 2 picnics (8 to 10 €/pers/day)

Day by day:

D1 – From Cilaos, short transfer on the local bus. Ascent of the rempart (cliff) towards the Piton des Neiges mountain refuge, through a beautiful forest of “bois de couleurs des Hauts”. As we walk along, vegetation becomes dominated by brandes (a type of heather endemic to Reunion). Spectacular viewpoints for the Cirque of Cilaos and the Marsouins Plain.
Around 4-5 h walking, +1100 m
Dinner and night at the Piton des Neiges refuge.

D2 – Before sunrise, we climb to the summit of the Piton des Neiges (3070 m), highest peak of the Indian Ocean. When the sky is clear, we can admire the cirques of Cilaos and Salazie, and the volcano in the far distance looking south-east. Descent to the refuge then back to Cilaos on a path in the rempart.
Around 6 h walking, +600 m and -1800 m (light pack for the summit final ascent)

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