An atypical massif in the west of Mauritius, with three peaks approaching 700 m. The ascent of the central peak is done by hand, in two distinct parts: first by a path that climbs up through scrubby undergrowth. The view over the Yemen plain is grandiose, beautifully yellowed by the region's scorching sun. The second part is more exposed. The drop-offs on the east and west sides of the rock are impressive. The adrenalin rushes in from time to time as the summit approaches. A panoramic view in all its splendor is the sure reward for this well-deserved ascent.
Trois Mamelles will embark you on a adventurous hike which offers panoramic views of the southwest from a craggy and narrow ridgeline. While not lengthy, this hike presents steep sections where you may need to use your hands, with a significant drop below. It's important to note that shade is available for only about one-third of the hike. If rain is forecasted, it's advisable to avoid this trail as the rocks can become dangerously slippery. The trail initially passes through sugarcane fields. For this portion, you can drive and park before or after the bridge, ensuring your vehicle doesn't obstruct the path. Please use your judgment accordingly.
Continue straight along the road, which winds through the fields toward Trois Mamelles. It's advisable to keep the overall route in mind as you navigate this section, as the path varies depending on the height of the sugar cane throughout the year. Your goal is to find a trail that leads to the saddle between the west and center peaks. Eventually, the road will come to an end, but you'll notice a treeline on your right, marking the western side. Stay on this side of the treeline/field and follow it until you reach the end of the sugarfield at the treeline. Keep an eye out, and you'll find a small break in the brush (see photos), marked by a small pile of rocks.
Once you locate the trail, it's relatively easy to follow, though there are a few places where you need to pay attention. At one point, it appears to end near a small rocky and possibly dry stream, but fear not – continue climbing steeply up. You'll encounter a few short rocky sections where you may need to use your hands. Next, you'll traverse to another drainage that leads up to the saddle.
From the saddle, the trail turns south and ascends sharply. This section presents a significantly more challenging route. Walk and climb along the ridge, following a faint path. Eventually, you'll reach a rocky minor summit. Be cautious not to descend or attempt to climb it; the easiest route seems to be around the north side, where you'll need to carefully navigate a narrow ledge.
After the ledge, the trail becomes well-defined again and continues its steep ascent toward the peak. Remember to retrace your steps and return along the same route. Prepare for an exhilarating adventure filled with stunning vistas, as Trois Mamelles Mountain hike promises an unforgettable experience. Ensure you come equipped with appropriate gear, ample water, and a sense of adventure as you immerse yourself in this thrilling journey.
- Distance: 4.2 kms hike
- Duration: Approximately 2 hours
- Lowest Point: 313 m
- Highest Point: 671 m
- Total Elevation Gain: 388 m