For #MauritiusIndependenceDay, celebrated this Sunday (March, 12th) we had planned with a few friends to climb le Pouce (the Thumb) with our kids. Everything was ready for the big day, snacks, cameras, one large Mauritian flag for the ultimate shot at the top of the mountain. Hélas! it wasn’t meant to be. I knew it didn’t look very promising as soon as dawn broke and I saw a gigantic cloud cover, but the kiddos were too excited to call it off – so we packed the car, triple checked that we hadn’t forgotten anything and off we went!
Le Pouce is the 3rd highest mountain in Mauritius It is part of the Moka range, overlooking the capital city of Port Louis. It culminates at 812m.
We were supposed to get up the one of the left. We couldn’t even see the top! Anyways, we went to out rendez-vous point and decided to give it a go.
All started well enough, no rain – still no top to be seen, but we had hope. The clouds were not that thick. Lots of people also had had the same idea as us, arriving even by bus.
After a few hundred meters we got to the start of the actual trail…
That’s not the trail… but I liked the nature, with the little farm in the background, and I needed a picture of the sign, because right at this moment it started raining again. Big, wet rain.
So back down we went… it’s a shame because the kiddos were really excited about the climbing. The reason we stopped is not so much the rain, but there are a lot of very slippery rocks at one point up and to come back down, would be pretty tricky for the kiddos. I do stand by what I have said before though – February, March are not exactly hiking months. It would have been super hot, specially for the kiddos. Plus let’s be honest, the views are a bit more exciting when the sun is shining!Let’s hope we have more luck next time!
The funny thing is a couple of hours later the sun was out over the mountains. The weather on the little island is very hard to predict. I wrote a bit on the Mauritian climate in this post.