4 days with a donkey in Auvergne

Self guided trip 4 days/3 nights
Hiking with a donkey in a self guided trip.
In this country of authentic flavors, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne, take the time to share with family real authentic moments. Go to meet this fabulous territory, at the slow pace of your valiant companion who will carry your food for lunch and your bags. In this gentle landscape, your walking days will be both easy and fun and in harmony with this preserved nature, will draw all the energy and benefits of this land of contrast.

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    familly trip in Auvergne with a donkey
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  • Day 1: Pessade - Orcival

    3:30 walking - Hotel / 8 km/ + 100 m / - 400 m

    Meeting around 10 o'clock in Pessade (follow the signs "rando- âne" in the village from the large parking where you can leave your vehicle at the entrance of the village). For those who can not begin the stay in the morning, contact us for an early afternoon arrival. It is in this small village that your ass is waiting for you. Hike to reach Servières Lake, a lovely little crater lake a few thousand years old, followed by a gentle descent with beautiful landscapes to reach the village of Orcival.
    Possibility for this first day, to hire the services of a mountain tour leader who will allow you in a few hours to read the map (essential to follow a route). He will also make you aware of the good behavior of the donkey ... all this in order to make the best of your stay (More information further for these extra costs).
    Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 2: Orcival - Farm of the violets - Montlosier

    3 to 4 hours walking - Lodge /10 km /+ 450 m / - 510 m

    In the morning, the Chain of the Puys is showing itself. Your feets lead you to the "Ferme des violettes" for the pleasure of a family visit (Attention no visit if passing there on Sundays). You will then continue your walk to the castle of Montlosier, home of Maison du Parc Naturel Regional des Volcans d'Auvergne. Possible visit of the exhibition on the Chaine des Puys.
    Dinner and overnight stay at the lodging of Montlosier.

  • Day 3: Montlosier - Puy de la Vache - Montlosier / = 300 m / - 300 m

    3:30 to 4:30 walking - Lodge

    Today, your little donkey plans to rest in the meadow to allow you to evolve with greater freedom on the most emblematic volcanoes of the chain of Puys, this "encyclopedia of volcanism" as Haroun Tazieff liked to define it.
    In the morning, at the reception of the house of the Park, think to take your musettes which will help you to discover in the form of pedagogical games, the nature and the environment of Puy de Vichatel (one of our most beautiful cones of slag). In the afternoon, your children will be happy to share with you the climb of the Puy de la Vache and may be of its twin, the Puy de Lassolas.
    Dinner and night at the lodging of Montlosier.

  • Day 4: Château de Montlosier - Pessade

    3 to 4 hours walking /13 km / + 550 m / - 150 m

    Your last day of hiking with your friendly companion of travel, will make you go up to the farm of Pessade passing by the Narse of Espinasse, real small jewel and relic of the ice age.


The route can be modified for reasons of safety, meteorology or unforeseen events linked to events beyond our control: cut roads, local festivals ... "Aluna Voyages" and its team will always strive to provide the best solution.


Walking or Activity Time

The days offer 4 to 5 hours of activity per day.

Consecutive Days of Activities

4 days of activities suitable for families with children.

Elevation / Elevation / Terrain

Low elevation on easy terrain.


For families of 2 to 3 people, the donkey will carry all your belongings, so plan travel bags and not suitcases, with a weight not exceeding 15 kg per person (if you desire more comfort, we can Transport your luggage by taxi Day1 and Day 2 : 120 €). For families or groups of friends over 3 people, your travel bags (or suitcases) will be transported by taxi Day 1 and Day 2. In this case, the donkey can carry your small backpacks with personal belongings of the day as well as your picnics.

Donkey (s)

There is 1 donkey for 6 people. Beyond 6 people, there will be an additional donkey. For any additional donkey on the stay : 180 €.

Weather Conditions

Pleasant mountain climate in the inter-season and hot in summer. The evenings can be cool.

Experience Required

No specific experience, Walk regularly and have the pleasure of effort.
Easy journey and accessible to anyone in good health. 

Dates & prices

May to October

  • Adult price (from 16) :                              390 €
  • Teenage price from 12 to 15 years : 350 €
  • Child under 12 years :                               260 € 

For families or groups of friends, from 2 people.

1 donkey for 6 people. Additional donkey during the stay = 180 €.
1  taxi for luggage is provided on Day 1 and Day 2, for families or groups of friends from 4 people at no extra charge.
If taxi desired for the transport of luggage Day 1 and Day 2, for families of less than 4 people, taxi package = 120 €. 
Option first day with a mountain tour leader : 215 €. 
Option first half day with a mountain tour leader : 140 €.

Our price includes


Full board from dinner on D1 to lunch on D4.


For group of 2 to 3 people, the donkey will carry all your belongings during your trip. For families or groups of friends of 4 or more people, your bags will be transported by taxi Day 1 and Day 2, while the donkey will carry your small backpacks with personal belongings of the day as well as your lunch. Only 1 bag max weight 15 kg/personn will be transported by taxi. 

Donkey (s)

There is 1 donkey for 6 people. Beyond 6 people, there will be an additional donkey.


Maps and road book for logistical information but also for naturalist and cultural information.


Hotel and lodging

Our price does not include


Drinks and personal extras. Meals not mentioned above.

Transport and donkey (s)

Luggage transport by taxi for group less than 4 people.
For group more than 3 people, transport of your luggage Day 4. This day, keep your luggages in the last lodge before leaving the place. You will get them back in the afternoon after finishing the trip (only 10 mn by car).
Luggage transport by taxi during the stay for group less than 4 persons : 120 €. Transportation to get to the starting point Day 1.
Additional donkey during your stay : 180 €.

Tour leader option

Option first day with a mountain tour leader : 215 €.
Option first half day with a mountain tour leader : 140 €.


Paying entries in the parks, sites and museums not included in the program.
Insurance Cancellation, Luggage, Interruption and Repatriation: 3.65% of the price of your trip.
Compulsory registration fee : 15 € per file

Practical info

Your meeting

Public transportation : In order to limit your CO2 emissions, we encourage you to use public transport to get to Clermont-Fd train or bus station.
From Clermont station to Pessade, about € 70 / taxi ride on weekdays and about € 100 / taxi ride on Sundays and public holidays.
For information, transport to / from Clermont-Fd - Pessade (60 km A / R).
By road : 30 km (40 mn) from Clermont-ferrand. Take the N89 in the direction of Mont Dore, then at the Ventouse pass, turn left (dir Besse) then 500 m further on the right on the D5. At Zanière, turn right until Pessade.


1 night in a hotel ** and 2 nights in a "gite d'étape" in small dorm.

If you arrive the day before, you can spend the night in Finnish kota or caravan at Pessade. There are 2 restaurants in the village, but it is also possible to order the meal from a caterer to eat on site.


You will have breakfast at the hotel and at the lodge.
The pack lunch will be transported by your donkey.
Evening meals are served in the hotel's restaurant and at the lodge.

Recommended equipment

A small backpack containing

• a hat or cap
• a pair of sunglasses
• a rain cape or a K-Way windbreaker or better a Gore-Tex jacket
• toilet paper
• a small personal first aid kit (aspirin, plaster, elastoplast, ...)
• Tupperware with cutlery for picnics and a gourd
• Plastic bags to wrap business in bad weather
• a camera / pair of binoculars

For your evening luggage

For donkey transportation : only soft bags (no suitcase) and maximum weight 10 kg/pers.
For taxi transportation : only 1 bag/pers (max weight 12 kg/pers).
• a silk or cotton sheet for the 2 nights at the cottage (blankets are provided)
• canvas or jogging pants
• a pair of tennis or other for the evening
• a polar fur
• spare clothing and underwear
• swimsuit
• toilet bag with a bath towel


• a pair of lightweight walking shoes, preferably already used, or, for sensitive feet, a good pair of reinforced tennis shoes
• socks