The Best Short Trek To Do In May - Mount Tomaniivi and Mount Batilamu Trek
You'll find the most important details you need to know about this trek here, ranging from average cost to the nearest airport, aswell as a brief description of what you should expect on this trek.
FYI - This is part of a series of blogs that describe and detail the best short and long treks around the world per month. The trek per month is not random, I chose the best treks with the best climate conditions per month. Type in June in the search bar of my blog section and find out what the best treks to take are in June.
Name of the Trek: Mount Tomaniivi and Mount Batilamu Trek
Nearest Airport: Nadi International Airport
Average Trekking Duration: 3 Days
Distance: 9 km one way for both peaks
Highest Altitude: 1,110 m and 1,324 m
Best Month To Go: May
Average Temperature: About 25 degrees celsius
Average Cost: Those who are trekking solo through these two famous summits will incur a cost of around USD $350 per head, including park entry fees and other such necessities. Those who are going with tour operators will be around USD $500 approximately.
The trek will be a great way to view the highest peaks and panoramic view of the Fiji Islands from the same. The trek will be covering the twin peaks in three days and two nights. Those keen on experience the village culture and lifestyle of an average Fijiian will find the same here. The dense forest areas and the tropical vista will mesmerize you as you climb Mt Batilamu on one day and Mount Tomaniivi on the next.
The trek will begin from the Koroyanitu Heritage Park where you need to get the fees and start trekking. You should reach the summit of Mount Batilamu by evening before sunset. You can stay at the community halls there and spend the night there itself before descending the mountain. Many tour operators shall give you a ride to stay over at Naval for the night after the descent. The next morning you can begin your hike up to Mount Tomaniivi. Mount Tomaniivi was formerly called as Mount Victoria, and it is a dead volcano in Fiji. The volcano is located in the northern hills of Viti Levu.
What to Expect?
The trekking route is pretty challenging, but you can rest overnight in some decent lodgings too. You will be eating staple village foods as you stay at night. Though there is water supply through the trek, the climate condition during May will make you drink more than 3 liters of water on your way up. Make sure to treat or boil the water before consuming it on the trek.
It is necessary to wear proper trekking footwear since the route is slippery and full of slush in many crossings. Likewise, it is better to respect the local Fijian village culture and consume the food with the locals.
Remember the weather is humid for most of the times of the year, and so it is necessary to carry dry bags.