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Ascending the Pic Boby in the Andringitra National Park
The Pic Boby hiking is a must-do when you go to Andringitra National Park. A nice relaxing three-day pace perfect for enjoy the scenery and admire the plants, that you would find nowhere else in the world. On this hike, no timeout: each meter you will walk offers a unique diversity of landscapes.
Circuit Imarivolanitra (or close to the skies): a 28km 3-days journey, it is the climbing of the peak Boby and the meeting with its high-altitude inhabitants after crossing the grassy savannas. The 3-days ascent of Pic Boby involves overnighting at campsites. Three days in the heart of this mineral world perfectly suited to hike, with sustained physical efforts but not excessive. Any occasional hiker, even beginners, will find yourself tempo to achieve the 5 to 6 hours walk per day. It is not a timed competition. This hike is more a slow ascending passing through passes and valleys, stunning viewpoints, meetings with local population in the heart of Red Island. The circuit will progressively lead us to the summit, go by the most beautiful sites: Idondy pass, Andrianalika, Riandahy and Riambavy waterfalls, peak Boby and at last the Sahanambo Valley.
Whether you call it Peak Boby, Boby Peak, Pic Boby, or Imarivolanitra, it won’t change the fact that it is the highest climbable mountain peak in all of Madagascar. Coming in at 2 658 meters, you feel every bit of it during that dark, chilly, early morning summit. Being at the top it is a surreal experience. Perhaps you have been to the top of many mountain peaks, but there is just something truly magical about this one. Before the sun rose high enough to light up the sea of clouds that will filled the Namoly Valley, you will enjoyed tea, coffee and toast while watching the sunrise feeling like you had the entire Andringitra National park to ourselves.
Peak Boby was named by a Frenchmen who first summited it back in 1956. His dog, who made the trek with him, was named «Boby». The Malagasies actually don’t like the name, as the mountain is sacred to them, and naming it after a dog was offensive. The new name of the peak is Imarivolanitra, meaning ‘close to the sky.’ However, as is often the case, the peak is still known by its former name by all but the people that live there.
ENJOY THIS… ascending the Pic Boby:
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There are two ways to reach Peak Boby. The first is from the west via the Tsaranoro Valley. It is a much tougher hike coming from the west due to the greater elevation gain involved. The other way is from the east by way of the Namoly Valley park entrance. This is the way most visitors start their Andringitra National Park experience. Here follow is the main popular program:
Day 1: 4 hours walk climbing up to 600m high to a Betsileo village passing 2 sacred falls and caves, plateau of the orchids at 2000m, the camping ground is at 2050m. On the first day the path follows the same circuit that the Diavolana route. But after you have arrived at a bifurcation on the waterfalls, you continue at a steep path leaving the forest that comes out onto the Andohariana plateau and climbs up further on a higher plateau behind granite mountain tops, where the second campsite is located.
Day 2: On the second day you climb to the Pic Boby very early in the morning (to reach Pic Boby at sunrise, you’ll need to leave the plateau camp by 3 am) to try to arrive before the clouds of the day. The ascent up to 2658m takes about two or three hours, depending of you pace. The peak, which is the highest accessible peak of the country, is easy to climb. Beautiful sightseeing, rare plants and birds. Overnight camping.
Day 3: Descent towards the western slope towards Tsaranoro large cliff. From the Eastern part, there is a view of Imaitso forest. A 6 hours hike through lunar landscape leads you to what is called the “extraterrestrial” camping ground, a natural swimming pool is also found along the way.
NOTE: The hike is open almost all along the year, except in case of cyclone. With very bad weather conditions, only the guide can decide what is appropriate to do. In case of driving rain, we may be forced to abandon partly or entirely the circuit.
About meals: Full Board (except breakfast at D1 and dinner on the last day) with wine and aperitif during bivouacs. 3 meals are served on a daily basis. Meal plan: generous and well-balanced meals to support your physical efforts. Biscuits, sugars, and dried fruits or fresh fruits while walking. Aperitif and snacks at the end of the afternoon. Generous dinner for a deserved rest. Beverages: bottled water, juice, tea, coffee, wine and aperitif, rums, beer. Our team take in charge the dinner preparation. However, if we are late, you could be asked to help (Fire, water…).
About accommodation: In tents, mattress and blankets provided. It is recommended to bring with you a personal flask. Our team take in charge almost everything in the camp. However, your help may be needed if lateness during the hike.
This package includes: Full Board (except breakfast at D1 and dinner on the last day) with beverages: bottled water, juice, tea, coffee, wine and aperitif, rums, beer; Accommodation in bivouacs/camps; The crew: 2 guides, cook, porters; All the camping equipment; 4×4 car transportations.
About safety: We always brief our customers before we go on a walk (A briefing on safety). We strongly advise hikers to subscribe to an individual insurance more efficient than our local insurance.
Not included: Personal expenses, tips, phone; Sanitary evacuation policy. In option: to be specified during your order.