Le Pouce

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AlanS2011
London6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Friends
Easy 1-2 hour hike (ca 400m altitude gain) from St Pierre village, no guides required, the path is clearly defined most of the way. The approach can be a bit wet and slippery in August (winter in Mauritius), but no ropes/security is required. Can also hike from Port Louis but its much longer as the altitude gain is ca 800m. Nice 360 deg view from the top.
Written August 31, 2011
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,839 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Le Pouce mountain is the third highest one in Mauritius. Its height is 812 meters. Its name derives from the peculiar shape of its peak reminding that of a thumb. It can be seen from Port Louis, and from its top there is a fantastic panoramic scene of that city. That’s one of the reasons why it’s a popular hike both among the local people and tourists. At any rate, in case the hike is made, once on the base of the thumb and due to the steepness thereof a considerable effort is required in order to reach the top concerned. The mountain lies in the Moka Range and constitutes the second highest peak in it. It’s been ascertained that Charles Darwin climbed up the mountain in 1836.
A nice view of Le Pouce can be enjoyed from around the church «Marie Reine de la Paix» which is a beautiful monument and also an appropriate place to have excellent view on Mauritius capital city. Around the church there is a very nice garden and the spot is picturesque and peaceful. Therefore the visit of that church is indeed advisable since in this way one has the possibility to admire the architectural characteristics of an interesting building and at the same time enjoy the stated view over Le Pouce.
Written July 18, 2016
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HighOctane93
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
Once you get to the top there is a 360 degree view of the entire island. We climbed on a clear sunny day so the view was breathtaking. The climb isn't very hard and can be done without a guide. We were lucky enough to have a family member that did the hike in the past come along but the route is pretty straight forward. If you don't normally do this sort of stuff, I would still recommend a guide, just so you don't get frustrated if you make a wrong turn.

There are people climbing all the time and this is a great site to see if you need something a bit different on vacation.

The "Thumb/pouce" portion can get a bit steep but the climb/hike in general is still moderate difficulty.

Amazing morning and 100% recommend seeing the view.
Written December 13, 2013
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Qadeer-H
Port Louis554 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
An excellent for those who like mountain climbing but who dont want go get tired too much.
A perfect place to admire the country through a different angle.
Almoste near the cloubs.
Can be climb in less an hour and have a picnic up then down after some pictures.
The tracks is easily accessible and dont forget your sun cream or ur coat in case it rains.
Written February 22, 2012
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Part of the Moka mountain range. If you clench your fist with the thumb raised and its upper outline is exactly that of Le Pouce Mountain as seen from Port Louis. Le Pouce or 'the thumb' is the third highest mountain on Mauritius at 811 metres and the one that most people climb for its 360 degree view.
Written November 8, 2009
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Vilgensal
Vilnius, Lithuania12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Relatively easy hike, while views from the top are wonderful. We did this hike in 2 hours 20 minutes, including 20 minutes we spent on the top. Most of the hike is a walk through a shaded area, and only the last part requires a bit of climbing. Better wear hiking shoes and do not attempt the climbing part in wet conditions. We did the hike from Moka starting point (passing St Pierre), there are a few parking places there. The path is clearly visible and marked in blue/white at some points. We used maps. me app, which works offline and accurately shows the hiking paths.
Written December 23, 2019
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CoeliacAdventurer
Brampton, UK194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Amazing hike up Le Pouce mountain, and definitely worth the effort! It's not a long hike, and for the most part not particularly challenging - we walked up and down this mountain in about 3 hours, with quite a long rest at the top to enjoy the spectacular views.

I used the fitsy website to find directions of where to park, which was super helpful as I've not visited that part of the island before. It also gives directions of where to go once you get there, but basically just keep the peak to your left and you'll be on the right path to the top. The first half of the walk is very easy, just a gentle upwards climb along the track. It gets a little steeper at some points but nothing too challenging until the end. The second part of the walk is more of a scramble over boulders and up small ledges. I'm 5'3" with two dodgy knees and I managed it, so I'm sure you can too! I wouldn't advise attempting the climb when it's been raining though, as I imagine it gets very slippery at the top.

Views from the top are absolutely amazing! You can see the entire island, with 360 views all around. Excellent views of Pieter Both and Port Louis, and you can see all the way to Le Morne in the south, and on a clear day you can see Round Island, lying 22km off the north coast of Mauritius. Definitely do this walk on a clear day!

Hiking boots highly recommended.
Written October 28, 2018
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Laurent L
Quatre Bornes, Plaines Wilhems, Mauritius30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
Nice walk in nature with great views, sometimes 360°! Even in summer, the heat wasn't that bad as this mountain is well situated for the soft nice breeze.
Written May 31, 2017
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Yeung N
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
There are two ways to go up the mountain - from the north Port Louis, or south Moka. We drove down from the north so we took the north route. Apparently it is a harder option as it takes longer time and less people go this way, so the vegetation has overgrown and it can be tricky to find the path. It was very muddy and there were lots of mosquitoes. However, the view from the summit was extremely rewarding - 360 degrees unblocked views. It took us 4.5 hours round trip from the north trail.
Written May 16, 2017
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Andrew L
Loddon, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
So if you're in Mauritius and fed up of the expensive day trips, why not give Le Pouce a go? It's free and all you need is a good pair of trainers (this isn't a particularly technical mountain ascent), sun-tan lotion, insect repellent and a bottle of water. You'll be up and down in two and a half hours if you in a decent physical condition. Apparently there's a fresh water spring on the route but I missed this entirely. I did however see wild monkey's hanging around in the beautiful trees and a Musk Shrew also crossed my path! There are great views from the top!
Written November 14, 2015
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