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stepher8
Dubai, United Arab Emirates100 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
800m pretty much straight uphill (there are some spots where it levels out) will take you to this beautiful viewpoint. Most of the trail is shaded. There is a decent sized viewing deck at the top for your photo taking pleasure. What a view it is, greens and blues galore. I didn’t want to go back down.
Written April 11, 2021
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Ana_Bejan
201 contributions
Mar 2022
I loved it here one of my fav hikes in seychelles, id combine it with a relax at the beach after. You will not regret it. It says 1 hour on the sign however i hike alot in mountains back home in Romania it took me 16 minutes to get to the top it was worth it
Written April 18, 2022
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Tiffany W
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Couples
We wanted to visit the tea factory then climb the Morne Blanc trail, but the tea factory was closed (it was a weekend day, Sunday I believe). So we just did the trail to the top of Morne Blanc. It’s a steep incline but well shaded and easy enough. Take plenty of water! There is a nice platform at the top for photos and picnicking if you bring food. After our descent, we went to nearby Beau Vallon for a lovely meal and swimming. Just another perfect day in Seychelles.
Written January 6, 2020
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John W
Cambridge, UK118 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
Based on the other reviews on tripadvisor, I left our hotel one afternoon to climb Morne Blanc thinking it would be incredibly easy - I told my wife I'd be back in an hour and set off with just a camera in hand, wearing an old pair of boat shoes and took no water.

What an idiot I am - it was far more challenging than I could have ever expected! The afternoon was a scorching 35 degrees and the humidity was high. The hike was some of the steepest terrain I've encountered and seemed to go on for ever. About halfway up the path seems to vanish and you have to climb through the jungle, hoping you're going in the right direction.

I'm a fit 30 year old man, but even I had to stop quite a few times on the way up. The terrain is tough and not for the faint hearted - the reviews on here had made it sound so easy, I was considering doing it in flip-flops! What a disaster that would've been - I'd recommend a good, solid pair of trainers at least, if not hiking boots.

By the time I made it to the top, I was absolutely exhausted - but god was it worth it! The views are incredible and I had the whole place to myself (nice but worrying, since I thought my feeble heart might give way at any second and I was dying for a drink!).

All in all a great view but you definitely have to earn the privilege - the reviews that describe it as a 'nice and easy' hike must be written by members of the SAS or something.

Don't be an idiot like me - take suitable clothing and lots of water. When I returned to the hotel, I was dripping in sweat and mud, parched and desperate for a drink - my wife couldn't stop laughing at how pathetic I looked! The photos were worth it though....
Written March 17, 2015
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Rajeev S
Victoria, Mahe63 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
As is mandatory, culmination of a task needs preparation. Towards this end, a hike to Morne Blanc, Mahe (SEYCHELLES) needs a bit of physical preparation. Morne Seychellois is the highest mountain in Seychelles and Morne Blanc is somewhere down the line, but it is one of the peaks and with a full-fledged trail. In fact when reached at the end point of the trail, Morne Blanc dwarfs many hills around it.

A journey by road (car or bus) is required till Tea Factory on Chemin Sans Souci, where in the car park across the road in front of Tea Factory one can situate the vehicle. The area can be secluded on Sundays. Only one house was found next to the Tea Factory. A two-minute walk back on the road and we see a board stating Hike Route to Morne Blanc for the climb to start.

Steps made out of tree trunks and branches were found on the route in the initial phase. The route is clear and broad. It passes through some small caves covered with wooden bridges. Most of the route is uphill only.

After about 40 minutes of walk, we started to feel that we were near the edge. We first found a spot through a small opening in trees/bushes on our left hand side, which showed the western side of Mahe. A few steps further, to our amazement we found a spot which showed the Morne Seychellois standing in front of us tall and sturdy as ever. There was a deep gorge between us and the Morne Seychelles. The gorge and the mountain in front was full of clouds and presented mesmerizing scenery. The medium-size boulder where we stood one by one was the edge of edges. But the view was wonderful. Paradise !

A few minutes’ walk further up, a man-made wooden platform was found to offer indulgence into the beautiful panoramic views of the North-Western side of Mahe as well as various islands and rocks out in the ocean.

Rains in this of the forest are quite common and one should go prepared accordingly.
Written December 4, 2012
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Claire L
64 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
This was quite a difficult hike up to the viewing platform but definitely worth it! We started early morning which meant we got a parking spot close to the start of the trail and the temperatures where slightly lower. We were lucky enough to see two wolf snakes which is probably because we were the first people hiking. The snakes aren't poisonous and are actually incredibly rare - only found on this trail (apparently!) If you decide to start early, just watch out for these on the path but in general they will move out of your way. Some parts of the trail were slippy and the ground uneven so I recommend wearing a good pair of trainers rather than sandals. Make sure to bring plenty of water as is it steep and you get hot very quickly. The start of the hike is pretty hard but it does get a little easy so persevere as the views are worth it! It took us about 35 minutes to hike up and about 20 minutes on the way back but we are general in good health and run regularly.
Written March 1, 2019
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gersenkirth
London, UK54 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
The Morne Blanc climb is one that every keen hiker should do: even one that is enjoying the wonderful beaches of Mahe. The climb itself is not particularly remarkable: there are no difficult passages and you will be able to maintain a steady – albeit strained – pace throughout. The path is also well defined and in most places steps have been carved to make the ascend smoother. If you are in reasonably good conditions, it will not take more than 35-40 minutes to reach the top (with a 5 minutes break halfway through), where you will be rewarded – on a cloudless day – with a wonderful and commanding view of most of the Western and South-Western part of the island from a comfortable and safe wooden platform. One word for those who like to hike solo: it will be very difficult to get lost because the path is straightforward and difficult to miss, but I advise to take a local guide or at least to do it as part of a group of three or four. There are in fact crevices here and there (not directly on the path) which can turn in dangerous traps if somebody is unfortunate enough to fall down into. My overall judgement is four stars, average of three for the hike and five for the view.
Written December 16, 2013
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Chmartin68
City of Venice, Italy14 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Before we set out to do this, I read the reviews and I knew it would be a challenge both with being overweight and age. We parked opposite the tea factory and then walked up the road to where the trail starts (dont mistake the tea factory trail for this one). The climb was steep and it's a natural path and some of the steps I needed help from the step in front or a tree to help me up. The first third of the hike is the hardest, so bring plenty of water and put it in a rucksack as you will need both hands. We stopped several times and it took us just under an hour to get to the viewing platform. A tree had fallen covering the natural tread of steps so this was a challenge to get over but we did it. It was only when we were coming down that I realised going up (although hard and good cardio) was the dangerous part. It had rained overnight and whilst it didn't affect us going up, it made everything slippery coming down with the potential for serious injury. So sensible shoes with good grip a must as is water and a camera for the view from the top. I think it's a reasonable climb depending on your level of fitness and I am not fit but managed it so worth trying.
Written May 12, 2019
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expressive-one
Guildford, UK998 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Easy to get to on Bus Route 14 (Port Launey to Victoria via Sans Soucis Road route). All buses are 7Rs no matter where you get on/how far you are going.
There is a big board at the start of the trail with a route map, and some information.
There was a small lay-by for one car, but not sure where you'd park if you had a car.
We found the trail quite easy, good steps up and only one track so you can't get lost.
Took 35mins up (with some photos along the way), 10mins or so at the platform at the top for views and photos, then back down again.
There is 2hrs between buses on route 14, so gives you enough time to get up and back.
Good shoes/trekking sandals are needed as a lot is climbing up rocks / granite boulders, so flipflops would not be suitable.
Really nice jungle walk, and great views from the top.
Written May 20, 2018
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onlyshantanu
Mumbai, India19 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Had promised my wife that we'll explore the heights of the mountain and the depth of the sea while on honeymoon, so we hiked for this place. Took the easier route which spans across 1km, it's not an uphill climb but is challenging. Walking through the dense vegetation has its charm, we reached the observation deck in about 40 minute. The view is the best experience we had in Seychelles. Annoyingly the observation deck has been cordoned off, the wooden floor is rickety. Little more adventure and you risk falling off the cliff that's 905m
Written June 7, 2017
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