Hell Bourg - Bélouve

Walking/pedestrian at Salazie
  • Hell Bourg was born after the discovery of the thermal springs, and it was in 1852 that a company began to exploit these famous thermal waters which benefit the stomach and liver. Almost a century later, the springs were buried by a landslide because an attempt was made to unblock them with dynamite, but it was a disaster. Then the cyclone of 1948 ended up destroying the springs forever.\r
    It was also during this period (after the war) that the logging of the Bélouve plateau began. There wasn’t yet a forest trail in Bélouve and no mention of the Col de Bébour, and Bélouve was already famous for its forest of highland tamarinds. This was very popular in carpentry, but was also used in making the shingles that covered the walls and roofs of Creole houses of the time. The plan then was to construct a hoist between Hell Bourg and Bélouve, which was completed in 1953. All the building materials were transported along this trail because the Bélouve forest track would not be completed until much later. The pylons and large parts of this hoist are still in place, while the cables were removed for safety reasons after Cyclone Hyacinthe (1980). For the record, Cirque of Salazie found itself completely isolated after Cyclone Hyacinthe in 1980, because numerous rock falls blocked the road, and it was this hoist that resupplied the whole cirque for several days.
  • Difference in height
    625.38 m
  • Equipment
    Gourd, raincoat, hiking shoes, warm clothes, energy food, sunscreen, hat.
  • Documentation
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