Steam can be seen rising from the Boiling Lake in a distance from the highest point of the trail at 3’006 feet. The dramatic descent into the Valley of Desolation now begins. In the Valley caution must be exercised at all times. There are hot fumaroles, which can burn you severely. There will also be some streams with water about 94 degrees Fahrenheit in these you can sit and enjoy the warmth. The sulphur mud and the minerals in the water found here are said to be great for the skin. Also look for the Fumarole Vegetation - the only kind of vegetation that can thrive under these harsh volcanic conditions. Leaving the Valley of Desolation, the trail will continuously rise and fall.
As it snakes its way up and down dramatic ridges, crossing unusual streams then finally cresting the last ridge; the final five minutes of the hike to the Boiling Lake can in relative terms be described as easy! Carefully admire this natural wonder as a strong gust of wind, could just push you over and into the Boiling Lake. The temperature of the lake’s edge is over 200 degrees F. need I say more! This is usually where lunch is eaten so that you can be rejuvenated for the long trek back.
Interesting fact: On July 6, 2007, adventure-film maker George Kourounis became the first to cross the boiling lake, suspended by ropes over the most violently boiling section; filmed to the TV series Angry Planet. On the way back the greatest challenge is the climb out of the Valley of Desolation. The climb out of the valley up Morne Nicholls is called "the gut buster". One consolation you can use as motivation to help you endure; is the thought of Bathing in the incredible and exotic Ti Tou Gorge at the end of the trail. This bounty at the end of a tough hike makes the whole thing seem like a pleasant dream.
Note: Time 6-7 hours.
- Activity cost is calculated on a minimum of 4 persons.
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