Seven Peaks – Seven Islands part VII – Madagascar

Sunset-off-French-Mountain

Here’s the seventh and final miniblog about my Seven peaks – Seven Islands challenge…

From the islands capital – Antananarivo (known locally as Tana), you fly north to the coastal town of Diego Suarez to begin the trip.  Diego is one of the world’s largest natural harbours and is a quiet town, full of crumbling French colonialism, 2CV’s and graced with wonderful sunsets.  Here you depart by 4 x 4 as far as the road will go (weather and mud permitting), before the trek begins.

Trek days make full use of the daylight, with a break for lunch under the largest tree you can find as the temperature rises.  Nights are truly dark and the stargazers amongst you will love the untainted view of the night sky.  As you approach the Tsaratanana Massif, open savanna is slowly replaced with rolling countryside, dense jungle and an amazing moorland, reminiscent of the Derbyshire Peak District, but standing at over 2000m. There are stunning waterfalls, beautiful rivers and a peace which I struggle to describe.

The peak itself is technically a trek, and was first climbed by a French team in 1936.  A small cairn sits on the summit, where wonderful views of the island can be seen, before you head out on a different path, through remote villages and farms.

Click here to read my full expedition report…

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3 thoughts on “Seven Peaks – Seven Islands part VII – Madagascar

  1. Congratulations for your Seven Summits Island. I have climb Seven Summits and Volcanis Seven Summits, first in the world, but i’m going to complete my Seven Islands and i need to konw the e.mail of your guide in Diego Suarez, in Madagascar, or travel agency, to contact them to climb Maromokotro. Wich is the best season to go??
    Thanks a lot
    Mario

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