This 6-7 hour arduous hike starts in the village of Laudat.
For the first hour the trail passes through lush rain/montane forests,
then moving up into the elfin forests on higher ground - more difficult
terrain. The Boiling Lake of Dominica is said to be the largest of its
kind in the world. It is about 200 feet in diameter and is inside a crater;
the lake is fed by two freshwater streams.
The water is heated by magma below the surface, which causes it to boil
constantly at the centre where it is over 100 degrees Celsius.
The trail also passes through the Valley of Desolation an area where there
is plenty of volcanic related activities like hot fumeroles and Sulphur
pits. Because of the mixture of different chemicals and minerals in the
area, the streams have interesting colours like gray, bluish gray, white
and even black.
It is a very strenuous hike and one should be in very good physical condition
before attempting to undertake it. It is recommended that you carry some
liquid and snacks in a knapsack, this way you will have your hands free.
The Boiling Lake hike should not be attempted by anyone with a heart condition
or suffering from old injuries, which are likely to be aggravated by stress.
People with physical problems should discuss them with the guides before
doing the hike.
We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes,
due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are
not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.