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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 name means thumb, because the peak looks like a thumb up. You can immerse yourself through a hike starting from Port Louis and finishing in Moka or simply gaze a it's beautiful greenry from a dist...  more »
  • Very nice hike you can do without a guide. 3 h about ROUND-TRIP. We did it by the opposite South (Port Louis) on Christmas day. Take a small road on a bend at right angles between mocha and Saint-Pierre (Panel from mocha, but invisible out of St. Peter). No difficulty off the steep slope up to a plateau, a beautiful view on the Interior of the island. For the final part of not mountaineering but need hands. It is rewarded by the stunning view from the top!
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  • It is a somewhat less known than Pieter Both or Le Morne mountain, yet it is one of the few that have little climb alone without a guide! You can come by car to the bottom of the mount. Approximately 1½ hours max to climb to the top. The path is clear, without particular difficulty. Sometimes slightly slippery in places if it rained but nothing difficult. At the top you have a great view of Port Louis and the other mounts autour. Bring a small picnic for lunch at the top or near the top. Ideal for a half day.
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