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St Guilhem Path 2nd Part 6 days

Part 2 : from Meyrueis to St Guilhem le Désert


Presentation of your trip

From Meyrueis, in the Jonte gorges, you take the second part of the famous Chemin de St Guilhem itinerary. You'll pass through the Mont-Aigoual forest massif, stopping off at its foot in the village of L'Espérou. The diversity of landscapes continues as you pass through the Causse de Blandas, just before reaching the beautiful Cirque de Navacelles and then the Larzac plateau. The route ends in the beautiful village of St Guilhem le Désert, where you can admire the Abbey of Gellone, an ancient place of pilgrimage.

5 days of walking at your own pace, with no stages exceeding 22km, in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims, from the Jonte gorges to the Hérault valley.

  • DestinationFrance, Massif Central, Saint Guilhem
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip6 days and 5 nights
  • ActivitiesHiking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details


  • Passing through L'Espérou, at the foot of Mont Aigoual.
  • The Cirque de Navacelles, classified as a Grand Site de France
  • The diversity of landscapes between undergrowth, causse and cirque.
  • The finish in St Guilhem le Désert, a very pretty village in the Hérault.

Complementary informations

  • Self-guided circuit
  • 6 days 5 nights with 5 days of hiking


  • Day 1

    Arrival in Meyrueis

    • Type of accommodation : HotelStopover gite

    Arrival and settling to your accommodation. Night in Meyrueis.

  • From Meyrueis to L’Espérou

    • Distance : 22 km
    • Duration : 6h30
    • Elevation gain : 800 m
    • Negative gradient : 270 m
    • Type of accommodation : Double roomStopover gite

    Passing first by Camprieu and the Col de la Pierre Plantée, you then cross the Vallée du Bonheur (Valley of Happiness) through woodland undergrowth and climb up towards the Col de la Serreyrède. You are then in the foothills of Mont Aigoual.
    From this col, a descent transports you to L’Espérou, where you finish the stage.
    Night in L’Espérou.

  • Day 3

    From L’Espérou to Vigan

    • Distance : 19 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 250 m
    • Negative gradient : 1250 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover giteDouble room

    Lots of forests on the programme today! From L’Espérou, you take on the Col de la Broue and the Col de la Sablière before a long descent along a path called “La Draille du Languedoc”, an ancient transhumance route. You cross the medieval village of Aulas, in the valley, before quickly arriving in Vigan, where you will immediately sense that we have reached the South!

    Night in Vigan.

  • Day 4

    From Vigan to Navacelles

    • Distance : 23 km
    • Duration : 6h15
    • Elevation gain : 640 m
    • Negative gradient : 530 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover giteDouble room

    After the undergrowth of the day before, you now climb up onto the Causse de Blandas, where you will discover remnants dating back to the Palaeolithic era (menhirs, dolmens). You then rejoin the open desert landscapes which are so typical of the Cévennes. Having passed through the villages of Montdardier and Blandas, you arrive at a superb panorama, stretching out over the Cirque de Navacelles. The route then takes you down into the Gorges de la Vis, where you finish the stage. 

    Night in Navacelles.

  • Day 5

    From Navacelles to La Vacquerie

    • Distance : 15 km
    • Duration : 4h30
    • Elevation gain : 630 m
    • Negative gradient : 330 m
    • Type of accommodation : Double roomStopover gite

    The start of this stage along the Gorges de la Vis in truly magnificent. You gain a little height to join St Maurice de Navacelles on the Plateau du Larzac. Follow the Plaine de la Barre, before arriving in the village of Vacquerie. 

    Night in La Vacquerie.

  • Day 6

    From La Vacquerie to St Guilhem le Désert

    • Distance : 20 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 460 m
    • Negative gradient : 900 m

    It’s the final stage of your trip. Today, you follow the Tour du Larzac to Mont St Baudille, and reach the Cirque de l’Infernet. You then start your descent towards the magnificent village of St Guilhem le Désert and the completion of your hike along the Route of St Guilhem.

    End of trip after the hike.

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Food

    This is not the time to go on a diet! Instead, it is an opportunity to taste local cuisine and specialities. The quality of your food is paramount and we take great care to ensure a good dietary balance, sufficient calorie intake and that each meal includes local specialities.You will eat in the hotel.

    Picnics (for lunch) are not included.

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
  • Luggage

    You only need to carry what is needed for the day and your picnic. Your other luggage is transported by vehicle. Please respect the luggage limit of one bag per person, maximum weight of 13kg/bag.

  • Key information and support

    Self-guided formula :

    You can go on your own, as a couple, with your family or with friends. We'll look after your accommodation, meals, luggage transfer and group.
    You have a good experience of hiking. From one stage to the next, you follow the maps and detailed digital roadbook that we have carefully prepared for you.
    Going on your own means hiking lightly, at your own pace, and taking full advantage of the pleasures of nature without worrying about the logistics of your stay. It also means being free to interpret and imagine what the landscapes have to say.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is in short supply and we invite you to reserve as early as possible.

    5 nights on a half-board basis.

    Accommodation options to choose from:

    ‘Gite’ option: Gites are selected specifically for their warm welcome and friendly atmosphere. More often than not, you will share a dormitory of 4-6 beds. Sheets and towels are not provided.

    Double bedroom option (depending on availability): Sleep in a comfortable 2 person bedroom in a hotel, B&B and sometimes, in a ‘gite’. Sheets and towels are provided.

  • Difficulty level

    LEVEL : 2.5/5

    This hike is aimed at all adults who are in good physical condition and can walk between 4 and 7 hours per day (for younger hikers, please contact us). The itinerary presents no technical difficulties. You should know how to orientate yourself using a map, a compass and a TopoGuide.


    Departure from Meyrueis

    How to get there :
    By car : D996 and D986
    By train : until Millau train station and then regular shuttle to Meyrueis


  • Options

    Accommodation at the end of the trip.

    Return transfer to the departure point

    Single bedroom (see prices on our website)

Dates and price

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage carried by cabs - stopover gîte
Registration at 2 people580
Registration at 3 people535
Registration at 4 people510
Registration at 6 people500
Package with assistance vehicle and luggage transport - double room
Registration at 2 people680
Registration at 3 people660
Registration at 4 people620
Registration at 6 people600


  • Single room supplement, if double room package chosen: 150€/pers
  • Return to Meyrueis: 50€/pers
  • GPS rental with recorded tracks: €40
  • Stay without luggage : - 40€/pers

The price includes

  • Half-board accommodation: from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6.
  • Luggage transfer 
  • Digital roadbook

The price does not include

  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Picnics
  • Accommodation at the end of the trip
  • Return transfer to the departure point
  • Visits to monuments

The destination

  • Massif Central

    Traversée du Massif Central by road bike: from Clermont-Ferrand, through the typical Volcans d'Auvergne to the sea in the pretty town of Sète, nicknamed the "Venice of Languedoc".

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  • Saint Guilhem

    From Aubrac, on the Chemin de St Guilhem you'll encounter the volcanic Plateaux, the Causse de Sauveterre, the Gorges du Tarn, the Aigoual massif and its undergrowth, the Causse de Blandas, the impressive Cirque de Navacelles and then the Larzac plateau, before finishing your journey in the charming village of Saint Guilhem le Désert.

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