The volcano, which has been dormant for centuries, is captivating due to its majestic presence in the centre of the island. The highest peak in Reunion Island, Piton des Neiges is a good hiking destination. The ideal opportunity to explore wonderfully preserved nature.
Reunion Island is synonymous with Piton des Neiges. Indeed, the volcano, which has been dormant for 120 centuries, is the origin of the creation of two thirds of the island, more than three million years ago. Eroded by time and the absence of volcanic activity, it still remains the highest summit in the island, at 3,071 metres above sea level. However, its name is deceptive, because this island rooftop is rarely covered in a white blanket of snow: there is no permanent snow cover and snowfall is in fact very rare. Nonetheless, it is cold and hikers who want to climb it must ensure they are well equipped.
Climbing and hiking
Piton des Neiges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 2010, UNESCO included Reunion Island's volcanic peaks, cirques and ramparts in its list of natural World Heritage Sites, due to their outstanding universal value. Piton des Neiges can continue to sleep peacefully in the knowledge that its natural heritage is well protected, since it is also part of Reunion Island's National Park.
The "Piton des Neiges" may continue to sleep in peace, its natural heritage is protected well, for it is also part of the "Parc national de La Réunion".