Hiking at the summit of Piton des Neiges
12-day adventure

The Best of Reunion Island

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Our Réunion Island office is based in the town of St Leu and is expertly managed by Jessica. We offer private, tailor-made adventures on the island as well as scheduled open group trips. Réunion is a paradise for outdoor sport enthusiasts and our team can arrange rafting, hiking, canyoning, diving and mountain biking excursions. We have 3 office staff taking care of logistics and a further 5 guides who all live on the island and speak fluent...
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Kandoo's view

Reunion Island offers travellers a diverse range of landscapes and environments to discover. On this adventure we will crawl through underground lava tubes and climb to 3000m peaks. We hike through primary rainforest and volcanic wasteland. Explore the bustling city of Saint Denis and the isolated Creole village of Grand Bassin. This trip is a celebration of everything Reunion has to offer, designed for those who want to see and do as much as possible. Staying in a mix of comfy hotels and local “gite” accommodation, you will experience first hand the unique culture and cuisine of this remarkable island paradise.

Trip highlights

  • Watch the sunrise from the summit of Piton des Neiges
  • Discover remote Creole villages
  • Explore underground lava tubes beneath Piton de la Fournaise

Experiences

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    Head to the top of a real mountain summit for a real sense of achievement

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    WELCOME TO RÉUNION ISLAND!

    Welcome to Réunion Island! Transfer to the hotel in St Denis and meet your group and guide. Depending on your arrival time you may have some time to explore the town a little. This evening you will have your pre-trek briefing.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 2

    ST DENIS TO NOUVELLE

    We start our journey by travelling along the aptly named “forest road” to the start of todays trek. Our first objective is the Col des Boeufs, a mountain pass that connects the Cirque de Salazie to the Cirque de Mafate. The Cirque de Mafate is entirely enclosed by mountains and vertical cliffs except for the exit of the Riviere des Galets (river of the pebbles). The valley has no roads and supplies for the few inhabitants often have to be transported in by helicopter. It was first inhabited by escaped slaves in the 19th century. From the pass, a gentle descent takes us to the Tamarins plateau and we continue to our accommodation in Nouvelle, the valley’s most accessible settlement.

    Note: Today we leave our main bags in the vehicle and start trekking carrying only what we need. We will be able to access our luggage again on day 4.

    • Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
    • Ascent: 200 m
    • Descent: 610 m
    • Accomodation: Gite
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    TROIS ROCHES

    Today we head towards the hamlet of Marla. On the way we will explore Trois Roches (three rocks) where hard and polished lava rock covers the basalt riverbed of Riviere des Galets. The river cascades over a beautiful waterfall, in front of which sit three huge blocks of basalt. We explore volcanic features at the base of a 1000m high cliff which forms the edge of the cirque and follow the riverbed up to the delightful settlement of Marla at 1630m. This route involves crossing the river two or three more times.

    • Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours
    • Ascent: 660 m
    • Descent: 460 m
    • Accomodation: Gite
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Please note

The details in this programme are regularly updated but unforeseeable and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. Under no circumstances would this give rise to a refund or compensation.

Trip information

Difficulty

This adventure is of moderate difficulty. Climbing Piton des Neiges requires a steep ascent of over 1000m in a day.  Although many days only have relatively short distances to cover, the walking is continuous. The weather could be hot and humid which makes the hiking more demanding and we will be reaching altitudes over 3000m. Crumbly volcanic terrain can be difficult to walk on and care should be taken to avoid slips and trips. 


You should be in good physical condition with recent experience of hiking for several days in row with over 1000m of ascent and descent. To ask about your suitability for this trip and what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.

Food & drink

Continental style breakfasts are served at your accommodation each morning. You can expect tea, coffee, fruit juice, bread, butter, jam and maybe meats and cheeses.


Picnic lunches will be provided each day. These will include fresh seasonal produce, cheese, meat, salad and fruit. Please be aware that you will be expected to carry your lunch and water with you each day.

For dinner, hot home cooked meals of local cuisine are served at your accommodation. Supplies in this remote area are delivered by helicopter so evening meals may not vary greatly but you are sure to love the mix of French, Indian, Chinese and African flavors that is Creole cuisine. The traditional dish is a curry with tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and spices served with either chicken, duck or fish and accompanied by rice, grains (beans or lentils) and rougail, a spicy condiment flavored with tomato, lemon and pistachio.


Drinks, including mineral water, can be purchased at your own expense. Options include local rums, beer or fruit juice. The rum is made by soaking fruits, aromatic herbs and spices in white rum and are served as an aperitif before dinner. A beer called Dodo is brewed by the same local company.


Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Accommodation

During this trip we will be staying in mountain refuges that, in French speaking countries, are referred to as gites.  You will sleep in dormitory accommodation with shared bathroom facilities.  Dormitories will normally sleep between 4 and 12 people and all your bedding is provided with the exception of one night. Whilst at Refuge du Piton des Nieges, you will be provided with a mattress and blankets only, we recommend you bring a sleeping bag liner for this night. On 4 nights we will stay in comfortable 3 star hotel accommodation in a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom.

Luggage

Your luggage will need to be divided into two bags, a daypack which is 30 - 40 litres and a larger 60 - 80 litre bag for the bulk of your luggage (see equipment).  Whilst trekking you should carry everything you need in your daypack as your larger bag will be transported by vehicle and, as detailed in your itinerary, you may not see this bag for up to two nights. Your larger bag should be a flexible duffle bag or backpack and not a rigid suitcase.

How do I get there?

You will need to fly to Reunion's Roland Garros Airport (RUN) which is located just outside the city of Saint Denis.  As Reunion Island is a department of the French Republic, there are direct flights departing from Paris every day of the week. Airlines that offer a direct flight from Paris include Air France, Air Austral and Corsair. There are options departing in the morning and the evening and the flight time is roughly 11 hours. 

Direct flights to Paris are available from most UK airports including Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh and all London airports.  The flight time is usually less than 90 mins.  Remember Paris has two main airports, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY), check that your flight to Paris and your flight to Reunion are using the same one. There are direct flights to Reunion from both Paris airports. 

If you would prefer to fly direct to the Indian Ocean from the UK, you can travel to Mauritius (MRU) and then take a short hop to Reunion from there.  Air Mauritius offer direct flights from Heathrow and British Airways have direct flights from Gatwick. Flight time is just under 12 hours.  From Port Luis in Mauritius, the flight to Reunion Island is only 45mins. Air France, Air Mauritius and Air Austral all provide flights between the two islands, so you are sure to find a departure time that works for you.
 
From the USA, if you prefer to have just one stop on the way, it is best to fly to Paris and then take a direct flight to Reunion.  There are numerous direct flights to Paris from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington and many more.  Please remember that Paris has two main airports, CDG and ORY.  If you need to transfer between the two airports you should allow time for this. 

On arrival, after clearing immigration and collecting your luggage, please look out for a member of our team in the arrivals area.  They will be holding a large "KANDOO" sign. 

Budget & change

The currency is the Euro (EUR).


You can withdraw euros from in-country ATMs and credit cards are widely accepted. Isolated areas like small villages or mountain refuges are generally cash only.

Please budget for drinks, tips and other personal expenses and please be aware that hot showers are not always free.

Tips

Although the custom is practiced here, it is not expected. If you are satisfied with the services of your guide and local team, tipping is always appreciated.  It is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Formalities & health

Passport

Most travellers will require a passport valid for at least 6 months after your return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific requirements and please be aware that proof of onward travel may be required.

Visa

For short stays of less than 90 days, a visa is not required for UK or US passport holders. This information is subject to change at short notice and It is your responsibility to confirm your specific requirements before departure.

Vaccinations

No mandatory vaccinations are required. Recommended vaccines include Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Diphtheria and Tetanus.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses. Our adventures on Reunion Island will reach altitudes over 3000m and you should check your policy will cover you at this altitude. We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Medication

Your guide carries a first aid kit at all times but we recommend you carry the following items:
- Painkillers
- Sunscreen for lips and skin
- Moisturising cream (for sunburn)
- Elastic bandage, regular bandages and Blister bandages
- Sanitary products

Equipment & clothing

Clothing to bring

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and does not dry quickly. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

  • Warm hat (beanie)
  • Sun hat with wide brim for protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Suitable quick drying underwear
  • Light gloves
  • Walking boots (with ankle support and sturdy soles)
  • Socks (quick drying and not too warm)
  • T-shirts and warm jumper
  • Fleece or soft shell jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell trousers
  • Walking trousers and/or shorts
  • Pajamas and toiletries
  • Comfortable shoes for the evenings

Equipment to bring

  • Water bottle / thermos
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack 30L to 40L
  • Duffel bag 80L to 100L or similar flexible bag for your main luggage. Not a suitcase.
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Walking poles
  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet paper and lighter to burn it
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing



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Price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • An expert Kandoo Adventures guide
  • All transportation
  • All accommodation
  • Full board while trekking

Price does not include

  • Flights and Visas
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Dinner on day 1 and 11
  • Travel Insurance

Options

  • Additional hotel nights before or after your tour