If Mount Panié (1627 m) is the highest point of New Caledonia, Mount Humboldt (sometimes nicknamed Pic Humboldt) follows it closely, with the height of 1 616 meters. And, unlike its neighbor of the great North, it is possible to reach its summit at the end of a two-day hike.

It was named after Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist and explorer (1769-1859), considered by many as the father of modern geography.  It is visible, further down the chain as you approach the Tontouta airport.

Few people know it but the highest summits of New Calendonia nearly did not experience any snowy episode. Mount Humboldt would measure a few meters more should the snow come regularly to decorate its peak! And those who have had the opportunity to reach its summit during a winter hike can confirm that the night-time temperature when one is approaching the top regularly reaches 0°C!

The legendary moss forest of Mount Humboldt!

To reach its summit, through the western side, it demands preparation and luck! In fact, it is relatively common to see it completely cloudy. It is then impossible to take advantage of the view to simultaneously set ablaze the western and eastern coasts of Grande Terre with eyes.

But trekkers know it very well! The most interesting thing during this ascent is the famous moss forest which is part of the botanical reserve. If you have the opportunity to get there, you will understand the origin of the name! The moss is everywhere: on the ground, on tree trunks of several meters high. A real film set combining magic and mystery!

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