Trekkers scale Upolu's highest peak

By Gutu Faasau 05 June 2023, 10:00PM

Milestones were achieved on Saturday when 11 trekkers from eight different nationalities walked up Mt Vaivai, the highest peak on the island of Upolu in Samoa.

Reaching 1,158 metres, Mt Vaivai is in the O le Pupu Pue National Park on Upolu and was the focus of a group of trekkers led by the Samoa Conservation Society (S.C.S.) President James Atherton. 

“We believe it was the largest tour group to visit the peak, with the most nationalities, the first Latvian and the very first diplomats (three heads of mission were in the group: United Kingdom, United States of America and Japan),” Mr. Atherton said. 

“We recommend this hike for everyone with a sense of adventure, for those who love nature and don’t mind a bit of mud. Please contact the Samoa Conservation Society if you want to know more about this hike.”

The S.C.S. also has a book titled "Hiking Samoa" available for those interested in taking on the rugged adventure. The book can be picked up at the society's office as well as Samoa Stationery and Books. 

Mr. Atherton said that the hike was enjoyable and he shared a few tips for those looking to start on the journey up Upolu's highest mountain.

“The hike is clearly marked and does not require a guide but you do need a Four-Wheel-Drive to get to the trailhead and a certain level of fitness as there are a few steep sections. The hike is around 6 km return from the top of Mt Le Pue and takes up to 4-6 hours depending on fitness and number of stops.”

Expressing appreciation for the support rendered by the British High Commission in Apia, Mr. Atherton said the high commission coordinated the movements of the hiking party. 

The trail up Mt Vaivai is well maintained by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Forestry Division to encourage more people to hike and enjoy Samoa's natural scenery. 

By Gutu Faasau 05 June 2023, 10:00PM
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