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Le Pouce Mountain Mauritius: Complete Hiking Guide

by Steph

This complete guide to Le Pouce Mountain in Mauritius includes everything you need to know from how to get there, what to expect and essential tips! 

Situated in the central region of Mauritius, Le Pouce is the third tallest mountain in Mauritius standing at a height of 812 meters.  

The mountain is shaped like a thumb, hence the name Le Pouce. The hike is relatively easy and leads to a spectacular 360-degree view over Mauritius!  

From one side, you can see the capital city of Port Louis with its high-rise buildings while the other boasts incredible views over the neighboring mountains flanked by sugarcane fields. 

Hiking to Le Pouce Mountain is without a doubt one of the top attractions in Mauritius since the trail is easy to follow and doesn’t require too much strength (well, except for towards the “Thumb” section). 

So, keep reading if you want to get all the details on how to hike Le Pouce in Mauritius!  

View of Pieter Both mountain from the summit of Le Pouce Mauritius
View of Pieter Both mountain from the summit of Le Pouce Mauritius

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Where is Le Pouce Mountain?  

Le Pouce Mountain is situated in the central region of Mauritius in the village of Petit Verger Saint Pierre. It’s about 20 minutes from Port Louis, 50 minutes from Mahebourg or 1h 45 minutes from Le Morne. 

I’ve marked the beginning of the trailhead on Google Maps which can be found here.  

View of sugarcane fields and house from Le Pouce

How to get to Le Pouce Mountain?  

You can get to le Pouce Mountain by bus from either Port Louis or Saint Pierre. Bus tickets cost from Rs 12 to Rs 34 per trip (which is less than US$ 1) depending on the distance covered. Ask to be dropped off in Petit Verger along Bois Cheri Road. The bus station is found on the main road which is about 1 km from the trailhead.  

Alternatively, you can rent a scooter from Rs 600 (US$ 15) per day or car from Rs 1,000 (US$ 25) per day and gas costs Rs 44 (US$ 1.10) per liter.

If you’re coming from the village of Saint Pierre, you’ll find a little side road on your right towards the end of Bois Cheri Road (B47). The road is very narrow and if you’re hiking on a weekend you might need to park your car at the beginning of the road due to lack of space. 

If it’s not too busy, keep driving until you reach the trailhead. You’ll find a makeshift parking lot that can only fit a few cars. Alternatively, you can park alongside the road.  

Beginning of hiking train to Le Pouce Mauritius
The road leading to Le Pouce Mountain

How to hike Le Pouce Mountain?

After parking your car, follow the trail surrounded by sugarcane fields until you reach the sign as shown in the photo below. In some places, you’ll find blue and white markings painted on the ground which will help to guide the way. 

Sign at the beginning of the trail ead

Keep walking straight ahead until you find two little paths. You can take both since they meet higher up where you’ll find a huge boulder on which is written “Na Pa Faire Nou Montagne Vine Zot Poubelle”. So please keep the mountain clean and avoid leaving any trash behind. 

Hiking trail at Le Pouce Mountain

From there, take the left and continue along the path sheltered by a canopy of trees. You’ll eventually reach the first viewpoint after a huge boulder shaped like a chair. 

After this point, the hike gets more challenging. You basically have to get down on your hands and knees and hold on to the trees since the path is steep and slippery, especially if it has been raining. You’ll then reach another viewpoint and from there, the hike gets much easier.  

View of sugarcane fields from the top of mountain
View along the trail to Le Pouce

A few meters from the second viewpoint is a large rock wall painted in blue. This is where the blue and white markings stop and where most people are likely to get lost. 

Walk a few meters ahead and turn right along a small path that goes slightly uphill until you reach an intersection. Keep going straight ahead and in about 15 minutes you should reach another viewpoint from where you can even spot Le Morne Brabant Mountain. 

Blue rock at Le Pouce
Turn right immediately after the blue rock wall

Another 10 minutes are required to reach the base of the “thumb” where you can relax on the large green field and enjoy the view. 

To get to the summit of Le Pouce, make your way along the path behind the green field. This is the most challenging part as the trail is very steep and the wind won’t make the hike easy. And also make sure to watch out for falling rocks!

Base of the "Thumb" at Le Pouce
Base of the “thumb”

Depending on how fit you are, you’ll reach the summit in about 20 minutes. The top can accommodate only about 10-15 people and offers the most breathtaking 360-degree views over Pieter Both Mountain, Port Louis and Plaine Wilhems. 

View of the large green field from the summit
The view from the summit

Things to know before your hike 

  1. The overall hike is about 4.5 km. 
  2. Depending on how fit you are, it takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach the base of the “thumb and from there about 20 minutes to the summit. While the hike down takes about 1 hour.  
  3. I highly recommend wearing proper hiking shoes as the path towards the end is very steep and rocky.  
  4. You can hike Le Pouce at any time of the year but avoid hiking on a rainy day. 
  5. There’s another hiking trail that starts from Port Louis but the hike is longer and more challenging. 
Hiking trail with views of mountains and trees

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I hope you found this Le Pouce Mountain hiking guide helpful! Let me know in the comments below if you have any additional questions! 

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