Hiking and trekking in Reunion Island
Hikers, get your brogues out !
Reunion Island offers an exceptional playground for mountain lovers: a mountainous landscape (Piton des Neiges culminates at 3069 m altitude), authentic cirques free from civilization, a spectacular volcano, fascinating primary forests ... Everybody will find something to their taste and level: from the half-hour family walks (the famous "sentiers marmailles") to the "Grand Raid" which each year gets a few hundreds of runners rush through the island (8000 m difference in height!), everyone can find their way up! The National Forest Office has indeed marked more than 1,000 km of trails, not to mention the two big hiking trails ("GR1 and GR2") that crisscross the mountains of Reunion. (Info on the site of la Maison de la Montagne)
Our partners :
With RANDO VOLCAN, Vincent offers hiking, trekking and expeditions, more particularly in the lava tunnels formed by the eruptions of volcano Piton de la Fournaise. A state certified mountain guide, qualified and specialized in caving and in volcanology, thus you can safely follow him on programmed or custom outings!
Caving in lava tunnels
Volcanism for everyone
Since 1983, GILLES DUBESSET has felt the desire to share his experience and enthusiasm for this little corner of paradise unique in the world. Being State-certified, he offers a range of hikes and treks over one or more days. Depending on your wishes and your level, he offers personalized tours in addition to conventional hiking. Possibility of tailor-made Trail training programmes.
Tailor-made hikes and treks
RICARIC invites you to take this opportunity to discover lava tunnels, Nature’s curiosities! Our state-certified speleology guides will share their passion for this underground environment unique in Reunion Island. For a half day hike or for a full day "exploration of the tunnels", visit the volcano’s backstage!
From 6 y.o.
Are you an individual? A couple? You wish to be part of a group of hikers to walk the trails of the island with a state licensed guide? Contact RANDO SENSATION to discover Reunion's authentic cirques and volcano with confidence thanks to Patrice Zulmé, a native from Reunion and a hiking enthusiast. Possibility to organize "turnkey" stays with food and shelter.
LUDO, a qualified guide, offers: a one-day hike in Mafate (5 hour walk, 4WD, visit of a village, swimming in the river). A hike to the summit of the volcano ( off the usual trails). A hike in lava tunnels (visit accessible to most people in a magical world). A "heli-hike" in Mafate (walk on the way in, helicopter on the way back from Mafate).
Hiking in Mafate
|If you do not want to walk alone on the trails, you can hire a guide trained to help you discover the island in an original non-sporting and cultural way. A friendly formula for safe hiking and learning a bunch of anecdotes about local Nature and History, and sometimes a way to access not-so-famous places.
Impossible to list everything: the entire island is a walking area ! But let's particularly mention the three cirques (particularly Mafate), the Volcano, the Bélouve and Bébour forests, etc ...
- For beginners
the Bélouve Forest, Trou de Fer ; La Nouvelle (Mafate) through le Col des Bœufs ; Marmites de Fleurs Jaunes in Cilaos ; le Pas de Bellecombe ; most coastal trails and "sentiers marmailles".
- For fans
Le Maïdo ; Mafate through the “Canalisation des Orangers”; the Volcano ; the ridge of “les Trois Salazes” in Cilaos ; Grand Bassin.
- For good hikers
Le Piton des Neiges, la Roche Ecrite, le Dimitile, hiking around “la Vallée Heureuse“.
* Clothing : Don't forget a fleece jacket (the temperature is bordering on 0 ° C in winter), a windproof raincoat or cape, and, of course, good light and studded walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of drinking water.
* Timing : Reunion Island is for those who get up early, and it is even more true for hiking! Indeed, mid-morning usually brings the fog, and early hours will allow you to enjoy the first rays of sun on the walls of the cirques.
|* Weather : In any case, find out about the weather before starting your day! Ask about the 24 hour weather forecast calling 08 92 68 00 00 or 32 50. Never go out in the rain or just after, the ground gets slippery and you won't be able to walk across some gullies. Ask around! Any good guide will tell you the walking time from one stage to another, as well as the signs at the ONF trailheads.
* In your backpack : Make sure you take water bottles and a picnic for lunch, even if some "boutiques" in the "îlets"(the small isolated mountain hamlets) sell supplies during the week. If you have booked a gite or a guest room, you can also book your evening meal at their "table d'hôtes", a typical and convivial formula. Your hosts will provide sheets and blankets, so it is not necessary to bring your sleeping bag.
* Maps : IGN maps (official topographic maps) can be useful, or la Maison de la Montagne's guidebooks.
* Security : It is advised not to go out in the mountains alone. If you are really experienced and go out without supervision, take a loaded cell phone: even without a chip, you can join the international emergency phone number: 112. Your bag should also contain a headlamp in case you take longer than expected ...
- Sentiers Marmaille (46 promenades de 1 à 4 heures) Pierre Payet, Jean Marie Wallet. Editions ONF.)
- Itinéraires Réunionnais Jean Pierre Lorillot, Jean-Marie Wallet. Editions ONF.
- Les Plus Beaux Paysages de la Réunion en 80 Randonnées Luc Reynaud, Editions Orphie.
- Les Plus Belles Ballades à la Réunion
Lucay Permalnaïck,Jean-Camille Didgen, Zalan Hoareau, Gilbert Deveaux, Gilles Elma
- 52 Balades et Randonnées Faciles à la Réunion Luc Reynaud, Editions Orphie
- Guide Touristique Du Cirque De Mafate Editions ONF.
- Topo Guides Sentiers Forestiers de l’Ile de la Réunion (25 randonnées) Editions FFRP.
Topo Guides des sentiers de randonnée (pour les grands marcheurs): GR R1 GR R2 et R3 / Le Tour du Piton des Neiges (GR R1 en 6 étapes)/ La Grande Traversée de l'île (GR R2 en 13 étapes) / Le Nouveau GRR3 (Tour de Mafate) Éditions FFRP (Octobre 2006)