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  • France 
  • Massif Central 
  • Saint Guilhem 

St Guilhem Path Part 1

1st part : from Aumont-Aubrac to Meyrueis, throught the Tarn Gorges

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520€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Aumont-Aubrac, you set off on an adventure along the first part of the Chemin de St Guilhem, following in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims who wished to reach the abbey of Gellone, located at St Guilhem le Désert in the Hérault. This 6-day walk takes you through the volcanic soil of Aubrac, then over the Causse de Sauveterre after a stopover at La Canourgue. Taking a variant of the GR6, our route takes you through the magnificent gorges of the Tarn, before climbing the famous Causse Méjean and reaching Meyrueis, a former centre of local commerce.

These 6 days of walking on the first part of the Chemin de St Guilhem, in the heart of the Massif Central and with balanced mileage, will satisfy your desire for escapism and discovery. 
 

  • DestinationFrance, Massif Central, Saint Guilhem
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 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

Highlights

  • Crossing the highlands of the Aubrac volcanic plateau.
  • Hiking along the Tarn gorges.
  • The pretty villages of Nasbinals, La Canourgue and Meyrueis.
  • All very natural stage

Complementary informations

  • 7 days 6 nights with 6 days of hiking

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival at Aumont-Aubrac

      You arrive in the afternoon at Aumont-Aubrac, capital of the Aubrac Iozérien. Take the opportunity to visit the village and stroll through the streets, before heading to your accommodation. Learn about the infamous Beast of Gévaudan, who terrorised the region in 1764, and see the statue dedicated to the famous rural legend in the village square. 

      Night in Aumont-Aubrac.

       

    • Day 2

      From Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals

      • Distance : 23 km
      • Duration : 7h15
      • Elevation gain : 495 m
      • Negative gradient : 355 m

      This first stage, shared by the Chemin de Compostelle, starts with you leaving Aumont-Aubrac in the direction of Nasbinals. Cross through the villages of La-Chaze-de-Peyre and Lasbros; the final villages before you reach the solitude and open spaces of Aubrac. Next, follow the tracks used by livestock to cross the heart of this region, and wide open pastures dotted with ‘burons’ - shepherds’ shelters. After a beautiful climb, you reach the Roc des Loups at 1261m, before descending  back down into Rieutort-d’Aubrac. You then arrive in Nasbinals, where you can visit the Roman church, which is built in brown basalt and with a schist roof. 

      Night in Nasbinals.
       

    • Day 3

      From Nasbinals to St Chély d’Aubrac

      • Distance : 17 km
      • Duration : 4h30
      • Elevation gain : 237 m
      • Negative gradient : 590 m

      Welcome to Aveyron! A few kilometres after your departure from Nasbinals, you leave the department of Lozère, head into Aveyron, and continue your journey towards the hamlet of Aubrac. This portion of the route crossing the mountain was particularly dangerous for the pilgrims travelling to Compostelle; especially cold and infested with wolves and bandits. A hospice for pilgrims was founded in Aubrac in 1120 by the monks of the Domerie. Only the church and tower with the ‘bell of the lost’, which would ring for the pilgrims lost in the Aubrac, remains today. Finally, you descend towards St Chély d’Aubrac.
       

    • Day 4

      Saint Chély d’Aubrac to Col de Trébatut

      • Distance : 28 km
      • Duration : 7h30
      • Elevation gain : 830 m
      • Negative gradient : 560 m

      Passing by Les Enfrux and the Roc de Campuels, you cross over the high plateaus of Aubrac under the gaze of its highest point; the Signal de Maihebiau at 1469m. Then, via a beautiful forest, you arrive at the Col de Trébatut. Night at Trébatut. 
       

    • Day 5

      From Col de Trébatut to La Canourgue

      • Distance : 16 km
      • Duration : 4h20
      • Elevation gain : 190 m
      • Negative gradient : 730 m

      A relatively short and downhill stage where you follow legendary migratory routes, which have transported thousands of people over the years. Leave Aubrac through the forest and cross the River Lot, after passing by St Germain du Teil. You then arrive in La Canourgue, the « Lozérienne Venice ». 

      Night in La Canourgue.
       

    • Day 6

      From La Canourgue to Vignes

      • Distance : 25 km
      • Duration : 7h30
      • Elevation gain : 715 m
      • Negative gradient : 860 m

      Starting from La Canourgue, you follow the GR6 towards the Causse de Sauveterre, gaining a little altitude on the way. The hike takes you across the Causse, through small woods and virtually deserted expanses, before arriving in Saint Georges de Lévéjac. From here you overlook the magnificent Tarn Gorges, into which you will descend to reach your stop for the night. 

      Night in Vignes. 
       

    • Day 7

      From Vignes to Le Rozier

      • Distance : 12 km
      • Duration : 3
      • Elevation gain : 180 m
      • Negative gradient : 180 m

      The vast majority of this stage follows the River Tarn. Offering you a sublime view over the gorges, and without physical difficulty, the first part of this stage is really pleasant. Arrival in Le Rozier, end of the stay. 

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    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.

    • 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.

    • Attendees

      From 2 people.

    • Formalities

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

      As our accommodation is small, please book as early as possible.

      Half-board (dinner, overnight stay and breakfast included)

      Accommodation options to choose from :
      Gîte d'étape: selected for the quality of their welcome, these gîtes offer a friendly atmosphere. In most cases, you'll share 4/6-person dormitories. Sheets and towels are not provided.
      Double room option (subject to availability): you sleep in comfortable 2-person rooms in hotels, B&Bs and sometimes gîtes. Sheets and towels are provided.

    • 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.

    • Difficulty level

      level : 2.5
      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, roadbook.

    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Departure from Aumont-Aubrac.

      How to get there :
      By car : Motorway A75.
      By train : Aumont-Aubrac SNCF Train Station.
      By plane : Rodez Aveyron www.aeroport-rodez.fr 

    • 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 people595
    Registration at 3 people560
    Registration at 4 people530
    Registration at 6 people520
    Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - double room
    Registration at 2 people695
    Registration at 3 people670
    Registration at 4 people630
    Registration at 6 people620

    Options

    • Single room supplement, if double room package chosen: 120€/pers
    • Return to Aumont Aubrac: 50€/pers
    • GPS rental with recorded tracks: €40
    • Stay without luggage : - 50€/pers

    The price includes

    • Half-board accommodation: from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7.
    • 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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