Hiking and Heritage on the Auvergne Volcanoes
Day 1: Clermont-Ferrand
Overnight in hotel
Arriving in Clermont-Ferrand, you will do the checking at your hotel.
If you arrive not too late, you can visit the centre of the city with his black cathedral build with lava stone.
Night at your hotel in Clermont-Ferrand.
Day 2: Orcines - Pariou - Puy de Dôme - Laschamps
Night in hotel or guest room / 13.5 km /Walking time 4.30 h / Elevation : +660 m /-600 m
In the morning, a short transfert by taxi* to the little village of Orcine, where you will start your hike. From Orcines, you join one of the finest cinder cones, the volcano Pariou, aged 8000 years. Then you’re going-up to the top of the Puy de Dome for a 360 ° view over the Puys before continuing to the small village of Lachamps.
Night at the cottage of Lachamps under the watchful eye of the giant dome.
(*) : Sundays and holidays, extra cost for taxi fare (see details further down).
Day 3: Lachamps - Puy de Pourcharet - Orcival
Night in hotel or guest room / 16 km /Walking time 5 h / Elevation : +420 m /-420 m
A short climb on the lava flows brings you closer to twin volcanoes of "La Vache" and "Lassolas" among younger cinder cones of this alignment of more than 80 volcanoes ... You descend on the lava flows of the Strombolian volcanoes and continue your way between pastures and hamlets mountains to the small village of Orcival, known for its medieval basilica.
Night in hotel or guest room.
Day 4: Orcival - Serviere lake - Chambon lake
Night in hotel or guest room / 23 km /Walking time 6 h / Elevation : +750 m /-775 m
In the morning, you join Servière and its small crater lake, nestled in lush lava. Its clear waters invite you to refresh. You continue through the woods until Pessade village then Beaune-le-froid village, known for its Saint Nectaire cheese cellars. From there, by "the leap of Pucelle", you descend to Chambon, a small natural lake formed by the lava flows dam of Puy du Tartaret.
Night in hotel or guest room in Lake Chambon.
Day 5: Chambon lake - Saint Nectaire
Night in hotel or guest room / 11 km /Walking time 3.30 h / Elevation : +250 m /-430 m
Today, shorter walk, a bit more cultural too.
In the morning, you go around the lake Chambon, passing through the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lac, now a little away from the lake because of the sediments carried by the Couze Chaudefour in recent decades. After the Puy de Tartaret, visit the medieval village of Murol, known for its twelfth century castle built on a promontory of basalt.
In the afternoon, you continue to the village of Saint-Nectaire, famous for its cheese, but also for its beautiful Romanesque church, perched on Mount Cornadore.
Night in hotel or guest room in Saint Nectaire.
Day 6: Saint Nectaire - Besse en Chandesse
Night in hotel or guest room / 14 km /Walking time 5 to 6 h / Elevation : +530 m /-260 m
Morning through small hamlets and pastures, you ascend the ancient lava flows to reach Saint Victor River. After lunch, you will leave on the landscape full of history and go up on the southern slopes of the massif to reach the small fortified village of Besse en Chandesse.
Night in hotel or guest room. Enjoy this stage in the heart of a medieval village.
Day 7: Besse - Top of Sancy (optional) - Le Mont Dore
Night in hotel or guest room / 17 km /Walking time 5 to 6 h / Elevation : +880 m /-836 m
The mountain is calling you today to climb the peaks of Sancy, the highest point of the Auvergne. From Besse, along the Couze Pavin, you gradually go up by summer pastures. You will walk to the edge of an ancient glacier valley, The Natural Reserve of Chaudefour along the ridges where you will not fail to observe marmots, or more
Possibility to climb the top of Sancy : 1:30 more (go and return).
After the 360 ° panorama, in the descent, you pass by the Great Cascade before arriving at the thermal baths of Mont Dore.
Night in hotel or guest room in this small spa village.
Day 8: Le Mont Dore
End of your stay
End of services after breakfast.
Possibility to extend your stay. There is a multitude of hiking around Mont Dore.
Possibility of returning by train to Clermont-Ferrand from Mont Dore.
The journey can be changed for reasons of safety, weather or unforeseen circumstances. Events beyond our control may change the course: change of accommodation (if the chosen accommodation is full at time of booking), cut roads, rivers in flood, strikes, local festivals ... "Aluna Travel" will always make every effort to provide the best solution, even changing the course.
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Before and after your stay
small backpack containing
- A hat or cap
- A pair of sunglasses
- A rain cape
- A windbreaker- jacket or better Gore-Tex
- A small personal first aid kit (aspirin, tape, elastic tape, ...)
- A water bottle
- Plastic bags to wrap your things in case of bad weather
- A camera and a pair of binoculars
- Khakis or jogging
- A flashlight for night
- A pair of tennis or else for the evening
- A polar fleece
- Clothes and various underwear
- A swimsuit for any swimming
- Toiletry bag with a towel
- A pair of walking shoes and preferably already in use, or for sensitive feet, a good pair of tennis strengthened.
- A few pairs of socks.