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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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  • The climb is pretty easy, should not be underestimated but also it, especially on hot days. At best it go early to escape the greatest heat. On the upper plateau before it goes on the actual "thumb", it may be slightly windy. Applies here, as also at Le Morne, avoid the weekend best, as many of the locals are on the road and there will be congestion on the final climb and it is quite tight at the Summit. Some also like to take over and bring your smallest children.
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  • OK starting from port louis, aim at the hippodrome (field of mars) road: brother Félix Valois st as a result continue with road: Castle of water St, the road rises slightly in the mountain, then a car park with toilets and a string reports the the starting path. Include sports shoes, hiking the top car in boulders and tiring path for the feet. Dress of sport, water, mosquito-free. The first part is friendly, not very hard, and shaded, the path is well signposted. Then come to the sign (45' we are sports) turn left, then the path always shady, more complicated, and physical. Attention if rain path can be slippery as Earth. (30' to the first plateau). At the first plateau the view is beautiful, but you can continue 5' for a second tray with the water source! Handy if you are dry. Of the beautiful view on the thumb and the city and its surroundings. Unfortunately due to lack of time we n unable to finish at the top. However the path seems to be marked months, in my opinion add 20'-30 ' for the Summit... Since the 2nd tray go returns 10km.
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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 »