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.
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