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St Guilhem Path 2nd part 8 days

From Le Rozier to St Guilhem le Désert


Presentation of your trip

From Le Rozier, 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.

8 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 trip8 days and 7 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
  • 8 days 7 nights with 7 days of hiking


  • Day 1

    Arrival in Le Rozier

    • Type of accommodation : Double roomStopover gite

    Arrival and settling to your accommodation. Night in Le Rozier.

  • From Le Rozier to La Viale

    • Distance : 13 km
    • Duration : 3h30
    • Elevation gain : 700 m
    • Negative gradient : 220 m
    • Type of accommodation : Double roomStopover gite

    From Le Rozier, the route takes you upwards, still following the GR6, to the famous Causse Méjean and the hamlet of La Viale.
    There is the option of a nice variation via the vase de Sévre and de Chine, with magnificent views over the Jonte gorges (+ 100m climb).

    Night at La Viale.

  • Day 3

    From La Viale to Meyrueis

    • Distance : 19 km
    • Duration : 5h20
    • Elevation gain : 410 m
    • Negative gradient : 590 m
    • Type of accommodation : Double roomStopover gite

    Still on the Causse Méjean, you pass through the small villages of St Pierre des Tripiers and Hyelzas, before coming across Aven Armand, a huge underground cavern. You then finish your journey across the Causse Méjean and descend into the Jonte gorges, to end your stay in Meyrueis.

    Overnight in Meyrueis.

  • Day 4

    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 through Camprieu and the Col de la Pierre Plantée, you cross the Vallée du Bonheur through undergrowth on your way up to the Col de la Serreyrède. You are in the foothills of Mont Aigoual.
    From this pass, a descent takes you to L'Espérou, where you will stop for the night.

    Overnight in L'Espérou. 

  • Day 5

    From L'Espérou to Le Vigan

    • Distance : 19 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 250 m
    • Negative gradient : 1250 m
    • Type of accommodation : Double roomStopover gite

    Lots of forest on today's programme! From L'Espérou, you'll head over the Broue and Sablière passes and begin a long descent along a path known as "La draille du Languedoc", an ancient transhumance route. You pass through the medieval village of Aulas, in the valley, and soon arrive at Le Vigan, where you quickly get the feeling that you've arrived in the south!

    Spend the night in Le Vigan.

  • Day 6

    From Le Vigan to Navacelles

    • Distance : 23 km
    • Duration : 6h15
    • Elevation gain : 640 m
    • Negative gradient : 530 m
    • Type of accommodation : Double roomStopover gite

    After the undergrowth of the previous day, you now climb towards the Causse de Blandas, where you can discover clues dating back to the Palaeolithic period (menhirs, dolmens). You'll find yourself back in the desert expanses typical of the Cévennes. After passing the villages of Montdardier and Blandas, you arrive at a sublime panorama of the Cirque de Navacelles. The route takes you down into the Vis gorges, where you will stop for the night.

    Overnight in Navacelles.


  • Day 7

    From Navacelles to La Vacquerie

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

    This is a magnificent start to the stage along the Vis gorges. You then gain a little height as you reach St Maurice de Navacelles on the Larzac plateau. You follow the plain of La Barre, before arriving at the village of La Vacquerie.

    Overnight at La Vacquerie.

  • Day 8

    From La Vacquerie to St Guilhem le Désert

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

    This is the last stage of your tour. Today, you'll be following the Larzac tour as far as Mont St Baudille and reaching the Cirque de l'Infernet. Then you start your descent towards the magnificent village of St Guilhem le Désert, the finish point of your itinerant walk along the Chemin de St Guilhem.

    End of the tour 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.

    7 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 Le Rozier

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


  • 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 people660
Registration at 3 people630
Registration at 4 people600
Registration at 6 people570
Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - hotel
Registration at 2 people795
Registration at 3 people780
Registration at 4 people740
Registration at 6 people720


  • Single room supplement, if double room package chosen: 210€/pers
  • Return to Le Rozier: 70€/pers
  • GPS rental with recorded tracks: €40
  • Stay without luggage : - 55€/pers

The price includes

  • Half-board accommodation: from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.
  • 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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