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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 these 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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  • As the most recognisable 'thumb shaped' peak behind Port Loius it looked like a good place to take a hike . The trail head was a little tricky to find but having done so we set off along a litter stre...  more »
  • Port Louis is a lovely city to visit when the journey goes to Mauritius. The country is the 2. Richest in Africa and as a tourist, I very much welcome here. Tourism is the country's largest source of income, with more than 1 million. Visitors each year.
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  • Le Pouce can basically from two sides '"be boarded. I have climbed in "used, because at most footwear and a normal condition is needed to cope with the rise. We have started the way of Moka out, primarily because this finding is to simple. Easy Google maps (or similar services) enter the following coordinates: - 20.212879, 57.522943 the street runs from there through a couple of fields and ends at a parking lot. From there, the trail then the mountain high-> just follow the signs. The trail is quite steep in parts and a little slippery after rains, but never dangerous. Moderate pace and short layovers require ca. 2 hours. Because there is no vegetation at the edge of the road at a certain point, it is advisable to bring a thin jacket as protection against the wind. Rewarded one is provided, appropriate weather, with really wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, Port Louis and the sea. Because one comes up here just walking, the place is not crowded. For the descent should be expected up then in about the same time as for the ascent.
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