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Le Pouce, Port Louis

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Le Pouce is the third highest mountain in Mauritius, at 812 meters . Only Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire and Pieter Both are taller. It is named Le Pouce because of the thumb-shaped peak of the mountain. It can be viewed from the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis, and is a popular hike for the view of the city. The mountain is in the Moka Range and is closest to the village of La Laura-Malenga in the Moka District. Charles Darwin ascended the mountain on 2 May 1836.Natural featuresThe Mascarene Islands, the island chain that Mauritius lies in, is a volcanic belt. Le Pouce is the second highest peak in the Moka Range, which was formed ten million years ago from volcano eruptions. The range is a basalt lava dome and is no longer volcanically active.Le Pouce is overgrown with guava and acacia, which are not native to the area. One example of flora endemic to Le Pouce is Pandanus pseudomontanus commonly known as Le Pouce Mountain Screwpine. This plant is not officially listed on the IUCN Red List, but IUCN has potentially assessed it as critically endangered. The only individuals of this species are two plants in the Le Pouce Mountain Nature Reserve. Since both of these are male plants, the species is at "extremely high risk of extinction'.
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  • Family hike from 2:30 that comes out of the beach, great view. Well signposted and easy to do without a guide. Made with 3 15 children, 12 and 9 years, but who have the habit of walking.
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  • Start from port louis, the trek is about 3500 meters. The path gives you feel of a real natural mountain climb, as you'll find the bushes and plants overgrown and sometimes you'll have to make way for...  more »
  • 高度一般,前段中段以缓坡为主,但最后一段路难度较大。五岁孩子在大人帮助下也登顶了,但是下山时有。较长湿滑路段不太好走。山上风景相当不错,俯瞰毛球全景。从moka前往一路上有指示牌,很容易抵达山脚起点。  more »